Dakotah Lindwurm – Minneapolis Running Coach

4.73 out of 5
(11 customer reviews)

From: $100.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

As someone who believes you can do whatever you put your mind to, I’m here to help assist you in achieving your wildest dreams!



Minneapolis running coach Dakotah Lindwurm is an elite runner and US Olympic Trials qualifier who loves coaching other runners on half and full marathons. She’s placed in the top spots at big races like the Boston marathon, and she’s here to help beginners to advanced runners reach their goals.

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Track
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours


I specialize in the marathon and half marathon on the roads at any level. That said, I have 10+ years of running experience from the mile to the marathon.

An avid student of nutrition and running, I also believe strength training is an integral part of staying healthy and getting faster as a runner. I believe one of my greatest specialties as a coach is the ability to help athletes find a winning mindset.


The most important part about running is that overall you enjoy it. While of course we all have off days or workouts, it’s necessary that you have a positive outlook towards running in order to find the success you are looking for.

As a coach I want to focus on your longevity in the sport and will customize your training based on your goals. Everyone runs and trains for different reasons, therefore I believe everyone’s training should be different. Together we will create a healthy lifestyle and balance that will help you find success.


As a college athlete I helped coach a kids program where we helped kids find their love for running. Since then I have coached three first time marathoners. They all started with the goals of finishing and all did so successfully. One of them went from ‘the couch to marathon’. As a coach I was successful in my most important goal, that they had positive experiences and enjoyed the process.

I have been coached for 10 years by great coaches who have taught me so much about different coaching strategies. Taking my experience as an athlete I feel incredibly prepared to coach all types of athletes.


I am a professional runner for Minnesota Distance Elite. My personal running specialty is in the marathon. I’m also a substitute teacher and graduate with a degree in biology education and chemistry. While my husband and I live in a big city we love trading it out for the woods and outdoors on the weekends with our dog.


My biggest influence is my college coach, Kevin Bjerke, who took me, an average runner and made me an All-American and professional runner. Its because of him I believe anyone can achieve whatever goal they are dreaming of. This includes following the Jack Daniels approach with twists based on what my athletes needs/wants.


This year I ran at the Olympic Trials and placed 36th. My PR in the marathon is 2:32. But I started as most runners do, in the back! As a high schooler I was the runner who came in last most of the time, but through extremely hard work and dedication I managed to walk on at a Northern State University, a D2 school in South Dakota. While there I continued to work hard and became a 2xAll-American in the 10k and cross country. I graduated with Olympic dreams.

I took my first shot at an Olympic Trials Standard in 2017 at CIM and absolutely, positively failed, dropping out at mile 20. From there I have learned and understood what it takes to put together a strong marathon. Aside from the marathon, I also enjoy racing the half marathon and 10k and occasional 5k.


  • Marathon: 2:25:01 (June 2022) Grandma’s Marathon, 1st place
  • Half Marathon: 1:09:36 (Jan. 2021) Houston Half Marathon
  • 10 mile: 56:08 (Mar. 2019) Hot Dash
  • 10k (road): 33:42 (Apr. 2019) Get in Gear
  • 5k (road): 16:21 (May 2019) Brian Kraft



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11 reviews for Dakotah Lindwurm – Minneapolis Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sherwin Doroudi

    I’m a new runner entering the sport in my 30s and I started working with Dakotah a couple months into my running journey (having only run a 5k and having no prior background in running whatsoever before that). In the six months since I’ve started working with Dakotah, she has helped me tackle my first 10k, 10 mile, and half marathon races; in the process she’s introduced me to a variety of running workouts. I plan to continue working with her into the foreseeable future, so she can help me improve at all distances from the 5k to the half marathon and eventually train for a full marathon once I’m ready to move up in distance.

    Dakotah clearly tailors her plans to what I need and what’s going on in my life, and I think I would have made a bunch of mistakes if I was writing my own plans or just following some plan that I could find online. In the six months I’ve worked with Dakotah, I’ve dealt with some nagging shin pain that would come up when running quickly in my first few months, covid, and a sudden back injury (unrelated to running). Dakotah helped me with figuring out how to scale things back and/or taking the necessary time off and then cautiously ease back into running. She’s always very generous with her time and willing to hear and address my concerns (or just talk through how a recent race went) over a phone call, and given that I live in the Twin Cities area, I’ve even had a couple of opportunities to meet her in person for a workout or some form instruction. She’s also been a great help when it comes to developing race strategies (especially when it comes to courses she’s run herself). She is clearly extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the sport and enthusiastically champions her athletes. I’m excited to see what I’ll be able to achieve under her coaching in the months to come

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Pulkrabek

    I’ve been running marathons for years now, but I asked Dakotah to train me as I try to break 3 hours for the first time. Two months into training and I couldn’t be happier. Her training plan is exactly what I need and her positivity keeps me going, especially as I’m battling Arkansas summer heat (which is brutal!). She’s very responsive and always encouraging. She’s very good at identifying your potential and pushing you toward it. My workouts are all very much doable while pushing me toward my outer boundaries. I’ve never been more confident as a runner, and that’s thanks to her training program and coaching style. I highly recommend Dakotah as a running coach.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jack Mignosa

    Beyond thrilled to be working with Dakotah! I consider myself extremely lucky to have found her. In the two plus months I’ve worked with her she has encouraged me, gotten me excited to chase my goals again, helped with an injury, assisted/supported me with fueling issues and answered all kinds of running related questions. She is well versed in all facets of running. She responds way faster than anticipated when I reach out and I feel like she closely watches my training on final surge. Most importantly her positivity is infectious. She believes in me more than I do. I hope she is able to coach me until I retire. She is my 4th coach in 5 years and I’ve honestly never been happier.

  4. 4 out of 5


    I am not a runner but wanted to set a few small goals and see if I could train for a 5K. Her workouts have been very doable, and she has been very supportive. I highly recommend her.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Harrigian

    In this climb back into competitive running after being out for 2 years and having surgery and just mental health stuff . Having this easier training plan has been nice and just chill . I am about a month away from doing my first race in years . Dakotah is very understanding and just a good coach . It’s been a lot of ups and downs in finding a coach since my old coach of many years . Am interested to where this path takes me OTQ here we come and sponsorship 💜

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Dudley

    I’ve been working with Dakotah for the last three months and have already witnessed major improvements in my running. In terms of finding workouts to push me and fit my personal goals, Dakotah has done a tremendous job!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erica Vlasak

    Dakotah has been the perfect coaching fit for me. She took the time to understand my goals as well as the need for a flexible schedule (full time job with two girls under 5). She provided the guidance I was looking for (distance, tempo runs) and the accountability I needed. The variety in runs made the training interesting and fun. Additionally, Dakotah took things off my plate (thinking about what run should I do, what should I do if my ankle hurts, what if my schedule requires me missing runs) and not adding things to it (additional meetings that I wasn’t looking for – although I get the impression she will happily flex to whatever her clients want/need). Ultimately, she got me to the start line healthy for the NYC Marathon and qualified for Boston! Extremely responsive and motivating – I mean, look at those PRs! I highly recommend working with Dakotah!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carson Paulson

    Dakotah is absolutely incredible. She is caring, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I have seen so much improvement in my running as well as my running confidence. I’m stoked to have her as my coach!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Stayer

    Dakotah’s guidance has been extremly helpful in my half marathon training over the last few months. While the workouts have been challenging, I’m beginning to see improvements in both speed and endurance. I’m looking forward to the fall half marathon season and continued progress following Dakotah’s coaching program.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Lee

    Dakotah has been very helpful in my marathon training. A great balance of providing workouts while also being flexible to minor adjustments in schedule. I feel like I am getting closer to peak performance as training goes, and am confident working with her has helped to make me a better runner.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eli Queen

    I’ve been working with Dakotah for about three months. Training towards my first marathon, with a long term goal of qualifying for Boston. Dakotah has done an amazing job of pushing me just enough. The workouts she’s given me have been some of the most challenging I’ve ever done, but they are always within reach. My fitness and confidence have grown with each week. Dakotah has also been very responsive to any need to change the week’s training. Whenever injuries have come up, she has rewritten my schedule with great attention to my recovery.

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