33-year-old Linden, who holds a half marathon personal best time of 1:10:34, said the ASICS Half Marathon was a chance to extend her marathon season after placing fourth at the Boston Marathon (2:25:06) and seventh in the New York Half Marathon (1:11:05) earlier this year.
“I was looking for a good fast half marathon in mid-July. I’ve seen results from the Gold Coast over the past couple years and it’s always quick for this time of year, has great conditions and is an absolutely gorgeous course,” Linden said.
“I always feel great doing big volume weeks leading into a marathon, but rarely have a chance to taper and race shorter distances during this type of training, so I’m excited to see what type of results this will yield.”
Linden will not only line up alongside her compatriot but she will also reacquaint herself with Rio 2016 Olympic Games Australian rivals Milly Clark and Jessica Trengove who she beat to seventh place in 2:26:08, Clark 18th in 2:30:53 and Trengove 22nd in 2:31:44.
“I was excited to see Sara’s name in the field. She’s had some great races recently and I know she’ll be looking for another quality run. She’s an incredibly tough competitor so I think we’ll really be able to push each other and hopefully we can both land some great times,” Linden said.
“The Australian women were very good in Rio and just stepped up to a whole new level with their marathon performances this spring.
“Jess Trengove’s 2017 London Marathon performance will raise the bar and level of expectation for all the Australian women and I’m expecting a lot of competition up front looking to have a breakthrough day.
“I think this mentality will help pull out some great races from the entire field.”