There were 23 athletes with local ties to Minnesota to cheer for at the US Olympic Trials. These athletes represented a mix of those originally from MN, current residents, and high school and college alumni. The US Olympic Trials, like every marathon, has story lines filled with themes of heartbreak, redemption, breakthroughs, and perseverance. In an effort to capture some of these stories, we commissioned freelance photographer, Katrina Gaisford, to be the official Run Minnesota press photographer on the ground in Orlando.
Congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the trials on their accomplishments and to Dakotah Lindwurm on making the 2024 Olympic team!
Reed Fischer (front left in adidas), Hopkins High School Alumni.
Biya Simbassa (center second row in Under Armour) attended Bloomington Kennedy High School.
The race start with Carrie Tollefson, Olympian and resident of St. Paul, announcing.
Nadir Yusuf of Moorhead ranked 69th going into the trials; finished in 25th place.
Joel Reichow (center in white) from White Bear Lake.
Gabi Rooker (center) of Minneapolis.
Dakotah Lindwurm of Minnesota Distance Elite getting ready for the start of the women’s race.
Crowd favorite, Run Minnesota Program Director and Saint Paul-ite, Danny Docherty (in white)
Left – Breanna Sieracki (right) of Bloomington with Minnesota Distance Elite. Her last marathon before the trials was the supposed to be the canceled Twin Cites Marathon.
Right – Elena Hayday, former Gopher, now sponsored by Oiselle.
Left – Ben Olson of Coon Rapids was the youngest Minnesotan. This was his second marathon.
Center – “Queen of the Road Mile” Heather Kampf of Minneapolis running for Mill City Running.
Right – Tyler Jermann of St. Paul with Minnesots Distance Elite. His instagram says he’s using this to jump start his spring training. He’s the three time City of Lakes Half Marathon Champ, so we are pretty excited to hear that!
Annie Frisbie of Minneapolis with Minnesota Distance Elite, on her way to a top 10 finish.
Bria Wetsch, Holy Angels Alumni, on her way to a 2:36:00 finish.
Laura Paulsen (left) of Pylmouth, MN.
Kim Horner (second from left) of Minneapolis. Kim was ranked 144th going into the trials and landed a time of 2:36:47 for a 40th place finish.
Katrina Gaisford is a Twin Cities based freelance sports and wedding photographer. Her work has been featured in Minnesota Bride and Trials of Miles. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Theory.