St. Francis native and Burnsville resident has qualified for Olympic Trials
Dakotah Lindwurm has become very good at marathons, very quickly.
Lindwurm, a 2013 St. Francis High School graduate now living in Burnsville, finished second in the women’s division at the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday.
Lindwurm, 24, was a distance runner and girls hockey goalie at St. Francis and continued her running career at Northern State University, but Sunday’s race was only the fifth marathon she’s ever run.
Her time of 2 hours, 32 minutes, 49 seconds is a personal record. Lindwurm was leading all the female competitors until about the 23rd mile, when eventual winner Julia Kohnen of Florissant, Missouri, passed her. Kohnen’s winning time was 2:31:29.
Lindwurm, a substitute teacher, trains with Team USA Minnesota. Her previous 26.2-mile race was Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth in June, where she finished fourth and earned a place at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The U.S. Trials are Feb. 29, 2020, in Atlanta.
Running marathons proved to be “very natural for me,” Lindwurm told ABC Newspapers (a sister publication of Sun Thisweek) in July. “In high school and college I always had the most success with the longest distance - in high school the 2-mile and college the 10k - so when I decided to give professional running a try, I knew I would find the most success in the marathon. It has been my goal since my college graduation to qualify for the Olympic Trials.”
Other local runners finishing among the top 200 women at the Twin Cities Marathon included Alexia Wilson of Eagan (62nd, 3:14.41), Kirsten Van Hoorn of Farmington (82nd, 3:19:26), Nicole Deziel of Eagan (91st, 3:21:08), Andrea Brekken of Lakeville (95th, 3:21:28), Jen Lenarz of Apple Valley (99th, 3:22:07), Christine Hotvet of Lakeville (121st, 3:25:39), Brenna Bevan of Burnsville (127th, 3:26:23), Vivian Hett of Burnsville (129th, 3:26:27), Andrea Shadduck of Burnsville (138th, 3:27:13) and Anne Taylor of Burnsville (146th, 3:28:27).
Former Rosemount High School and University of Minnesota-Duluth distance runner Cody Sedbrook was 14th in the men’s division in 2:29:13. Dominic Ondoro of Santa Fe, New Mexico, won in 2:12:23.
Gregory Liebl of Apple Valley (39th, 2:42:15), Kevin Zanker of Burnsville (85th, 2:50:48), Adam Burnett of Eagan (108th, 2:54:46), Tyler Streff of Eagan (174th, 3:00:11) and Nicholas Pederson of Lakeville (178th, 3:01:07) also were in the men’s top 200.
Eastview High School teacher and coach Tom Sharp finished in 4:42:02, pushing a sports chair holding one of his chemistry students, Ryan Costley. They participated to raise money for Minnesota Special Olympics and the Eastview High School Unified Program. Donations were almost $2,200 as of Wednesday afternoon.