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Five Minnesota Distance Elite Runners Set Personal Bests at Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Jan. 19

Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 21, 2020 – Five Minnesota Distance Elite runners set personal bests at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon over the weekend, led by Katy Jermann who was the fourth American and 14th overall in 1:09:35 (previous best was 1:10:27).  In total, eight athletes from the team competed in the half marathon on Jan. 19.

Also running a new half marathon best in the women’s field was Dakotah Lindwurm who finished in 1:12:37 (previous was 1:13:39).  Both the women’s and men’s fields at the Houston Half had incredible depth, particularly in the American fields, with runners using the race as a final tune-up and/or a qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials that will be held in Atlanta on Feb. 29.

In the men’s field, three Minnesota Distance Elite teammates took their half marathon times down a notch from the 1:03s to the 1:02s.  Joel Reichow ran 1:0238 (previous best was 1:03:24), Kevin Lewis posted 1:02:48 (previous was 1:03:26), and Tyler Jermann ran 1:02:52 (previous was 1:03:31).  The three finished 15th, 16th and 17th respectively in the U.S. men’s field at the Houston race.

“Houston presented a great opportunity for our athletes to see where they’re at in the midst of the build-up to the Olympic Trials Marathon,” said Chris Lundstrom, Minnesota Distance Elite coach.  “Having a number of substantial PRs confirms that we are on track with our training, and the athletes are excited to build from here over the final six weeks of preparation.

“In addition to the race going well for us, it was amazing to witness all of the great performances from both U.S. and international athletes in the marathon and half marathon.  Year after year the Houston Marathon group puts on one of the top road races in the world, both in terms of the level of competition and race organization.”

Making her debut at the half marathon distance was Annie Frisbie who posted 1:15:48.  In addition, teammates Meghan Peyton ran 1:15:23 in the women’s field and Danny Docherty crossed the finish line in 1:06:15 in the men’s field.  With the exception of Frisbie, who was using the race as preparation for a spring road and track season, all seven others on the team have their qualifiers and are preparing for the Marathon Trials on Feb. 29.

About Minnesota Distance Elite

Minnesota Distance Elite – previously known as Team USA Minnesota – is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Founded in 2001, the purpose of the training group is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance runners and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Chris Lundstrom.   Minnesota Distance Elite’s major sponsors include Twin Cities Orthopedics, Twin Cities In Motion, and the Houston Marathon Foundation.  For more information, visit www.minnesotadistanceelite.org.



Pat Goodwin



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