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Desiree Linden breaks women's 50K world record, running 31 miles in under three hours

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Distance runner Desiree Linden took her achievements to a new height Tuesday, becoming the first woman to run 50K under three hours.

Linden, who won the Boston Marathon in 2018, covered the 31-mile course outside Eugene, Oregon, in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 54 seconds. That easily bettered the women’s 50K world record of 3:07:20 set by Great Britain’s Aly Dixon in 2019.

Running sub-3:00 was “what we circled,” Linden said. “To be me that was the big high-end goal. It’s nice to achieve that. Aly Dixon took a nice chunk of time off (the 50K record). She’s been so supportive of this effort. It speaks to women in sports and women in running specifically. We want to push things forward, we want to see progress and recognition. We got a little bit of pushback on hyping this event, but that’s the point. Let’s get people excited. I hope this record does move forward.”



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