Desiree Linden, you just won the Boston Marathon! Where are you going?
How about to Kentucky, the Disneyland for bourbon lovers?
Linden, who became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years when she crossed the finish line in April, is a self-professed “bourbon geek.”
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She will be in Lexington and visiting Woodford Reserve this week to select barrels for her own bottles with master distiller Chris Morris and assistant master distiller Elizabeth McCall. Woodford Reserve offers select clients the opportunity to batch barrels for a custom bourbon.
Linden’s visit is at the invitation of VisitLex and RunTheBluegrass, a half-marathon that bills itself as “America’s Prettiest Half-Marathon,” and runs through Lexington and Thoroughbred horse farms, takes place in the spring.
The barrels that Linden selects will be bottled and made available at next spring’s race as The Des Linden Championship Selection of Woodford Reserve at RunTheBluegrass 2019, according to officials with the distillery.
RunTheBluegrass also selects barrels for special bottles, said race organizer Eric Patrick Marr. He anticipates a head-to-head matchup of the bourbons available for race participants to sample.
Linden also will be at AllSports in Lexington from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday for autographs and photos.