UK version[US]
home | contact | site map

Desiree Davila

[Photo of Desiree Davila]

26 July 1983

2:25:55 (Houston, 2012 )/2:22:38w (Boston, 2011)


21Apr14 Boston Marathon 10th 2:23:54
29Sep13 BMW Berlin Marathon 5th 2:29:15
05Aug12 Olympic Games Marathon DNF
18Apr11 Boston Marathon 2nd 2:22:38w
10Oct10 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 4th 2:26:20
23Aug09 IAAF World Championships 11th 2:27:53
12Oct08 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 5th 2:31:33
16Apr07 Boston Marathon 18th 2:44:56


14Jan12 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials 2nd 2:25:55
20Apr08 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials 13th 2:37:50


With a few hundred meters to go at the 2011 Boston Marathon, it seemed that Desireé Davila would be the first American champion there since 1985. However, she could not match Kenyan Caroline Kilel's final kick, finishing two second behind. Her tailwind-aided time of 2:22:38 was the fastest ever by an American at Boston.

At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Davila looked like she could be headed to Beijing for the Olympics, as she was within eight seconds of third-place runner at mile 22. However, Davila couldn't gain any more ground, fading over the final few miles to place 13th.

At the 2009 World Championships Davila was in 28th place at halfway, but continued to move through the field and finished just outside the top ten, breaking 2:30 for the first time.

In her only marathon in 2010, Davila took another step forward, pushing her PR down to 2:26:20 at Chicago to become the fourth fastest American of all-time.

Davila ran a smart race at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January 2012, finishing second in another PR (2:25:55) to make the team. Unfortunately during the buildup to London she began experiencing pain — originally diagnosed as an injury to her hip flexor tendon — which compromised her training, and eventually forced her to drop out of the Olympic Marathon. Upon returning home, Davila was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her femoral shaft, and when the healing didn’t go as quickly as planned, she was forced to withdraw from last April’s Boston Marathon.

When she returned to marathon competition at Berlin in September, 2013 she again broke 2:30, with a 2:29:15 in fifth.


Davila's hometown is San Diego. She now lives in Michigan where she is a member of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.