Team USA Minnesota News

Tyler Jermann Named 2017 RRCA Roads Scholar; Coach Chris Lundstrom Featured in CTolleRun Podcast

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Oct. 17, 2017 - Team USA Minnesota's Tyler Jermann has been named one of the six up-and-coming U.S. distance runners to receive the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) 2017 Roads Scholar grants.  Each of the grantees receive $5,000 in financial support which helps support their goals and training needs.


Since 1996, RRCA has awarded grants totaling more than $560,000 through its Roads Scholar program.  The program assists post-collegiate, American runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class road running athletes.

Jermann is from the Chicago suburb of Naperville where he ran cross country and track at Naperville North High School, followed by a collegiate running career at Iowa State University.  He graduated in 2015 with degrees in mathematics and finance.

During his first two years out of college as a professional runner, he trained at altitude in Flagstaff focusing on the half marathon and marathon distances.  From 2015-2017 he ran seven marathons, including qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.  He achieved a personal best of 2:16:52 at Pittsburgh in May 2017 where he finished 4th overall.  In 2016, he was 3rd overall at Pittsburgh and 11th overall at the Houston Marathon.

Only 24-years-old, Jermann is also the 2017 USATF 50k Champion with a time of 2:48:56, which puts him third on the world all-time list at that distance.  He joined Team USA Minnesota in August and is currently training for the USATF Marathon Championships, which will be held in Sacramento on Dec. 3.

CTolleRun Podcast Features Team Coach

Team USA Minnesota coach Chris Lundstrom is featured in a podcast interview conducted by Olympian Carrie Tollefson on her CTolleRun web site.  The interview was recorded Oct. 2 and posted Oct. 12 at  Both Tollefson and Lundstrom were original members and teammates at Team USA Minnesota.

In the podcast, Lundstrom discusses coaching, teaching at the University of Minnesota, and "offers actionable advice for anyone looking to tackle the marathon."  A native of Northfield, Minn., he competed on the NCAA Championship track and cross country teams at Stanford University in the 1990s.

As a competitive runner, he finished third (2001) and then fourth (2006) in the USA Marathon Championships, was a three-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (2004, 2008, 2012) and represented the U.S. in the 2007 Pan-American Games marathon and in the 2010 World Mountain Running Championships.

As a coach, he has 19 years of experience at the high school, college, post-collegiate and now professional level.  Lundstrom has his Ph.D. in kinesiology (2015), with an emphasis in exercise physiology and did his dissertation on running performance.

About Team USA Minnesota

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 running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Chris Lundstrom.  Team USA Minnesota's gold sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion.  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation, the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, and Twin Cities Orthopedics.  For more information, visit the team's web site at


Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876,