Alex Kurt May 25, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 0

Renaissance Man - Page 2

“I’ve run 8:03 for the 3K,” he says. “My PR in the 5K is 14:10, and in the 10K I think it’s 29:05.”

He is probably best known for qualifying for the past three Olympic Marathon Trials, and his other exploits on the roads as one of the original members of Team USA Minnesota, an elite training group that has included Olympian Carrie Tollefson.

But as Lundstrom, 36, of Minneapolis, continually seeks to learn from running, he has turned his focus to the trails. He ran his first trail race—the Superior 50K—in 2009 as part of his marathon training, and wound up with a course record (he won the race for the third time May 19).

“I went out really casually and there’s probably a good move on that course,” he says.

He has since notched two top-seven finishes at the San Francisco The North Face 50-Mile Championship—where he was third in 2010—and finished fourth at the American River 50-mile in April. In other words, Lundstrom is making the case that top-flight road talent can quickly transition successfully to trails and the ultra distances.

With his first child on the way, the PhD student in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota says he doesn’t have immediate racing plans. “I’m sure I’ll be out there again,” he says. “Most likely I’ll be more focused on trails than the roads.”

What is your running background?

I ran at Northfield High School [in Northfield, Minnesota]. I actually went out for cross country as an eighth grader. It was kind of the standard story—I went out to get in shape for basketball, but I just found I had a love of running. Plus I found I was much better at running than basketball.

I went to state sophomore through senior years and did pretty well, but was never a state champion. The highest I placed was third.

Then, I ran for four years at Stanford and definitely had even fewer accolades out there. We had a really good team, and won nationals twice when I was there. It was cool to be a part of, but I wasn’t one of the stars.

What did you do as a runner after college?

I stayed in the Bay Area for close to a year and ran a little bit. I was working temp jobs and finally joined up with a club team out there and did a bunch of cross country. In the Bay Area they have a team circuit for cross country.

The rest of the year there’s a similar road-racing circuit, which got me into the longer stuff. I did my first half marathon, and that went well.

In 2001, I came back to Minnesota and joined up with Team USA Minnesota, and have mostly been here since.


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