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Spotlight: RRCA's 2019 Roads Scholar® Grantees

11/05/2019

Five up-and-coming U.S. distance runners receive $5,000 each in financial support; the program has awarded $615,000 since 1996 to emerging elite runners in the U.S.

Arlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) announces and proudly introduces and congratulates its 24th  Roads Scholar® class: Annie Frisbie, Frank Lara, Dakotah Lindwurm, Connor McMillan and Alexis Zeis.

Since 1996, RRCA has awarded grants totaling more than $625,000 through its Roads Scholar® program. The goal of the program is to assist American post-collegiate runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class road running athletes. The grants awarded by the RRCA go directly to the athletes to help support their goals and training needs.

AoIJlcbscFeok036fFsPfV04wA-pZe6ZV5SD6umwMZIEmseiz6OxaS2wHGFhoTlMtZfm0NCHIUAVdhwdbuACFCk=w1200-h2560Annie Frisbie (Minneapolis, MN): A native of River Falls, WI, Annie Frisbie competed for her high school in Cross Country and Track. By her senior year, she won the Division I state Cross Country meet and placed in the top 25 at both Footlocker and Nike Nationals. 

She went on to run in college for Iowa State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. While competing for ISU, Frisbie received all-American honors in Cross Country and was a part of three Big 12 Championship teams, while being named a three time All-Midwest Region and a three time All-Big 12 Cross Country. 

Frisbie currently lives and trains in Minneapolis, MN with Team USA Minnesota, coached by Chris Lundstrom. Recently, she competed in the USATF 10 Mile Championships where she took fifth for the women with a time of 54:00.

Lara, FrankFrank Lara (Boulder, CO) While in high school, Houston, TX native Frank Lara won the 2013 Texas State Cross Country title and was a Footlocker and NXN qualifier the same year. With these accomplishments, he joined the newly forming team at Furman University in Greenville, SC. As a core member, Lara is the first and only Furman athlete to have competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for four years in a row. He finished his time at Furman as a three-time All-American in the 10,000m on the track. He made his post-collegiate debut at the AJC Peachtree 10k in Atlanta, GA where he placed 13th.

Following his graduation from Furman in 2019 with a B.S. in Health Sciences, and having learned quite a few things from RRCA’s RunPro Camp, Lara decided to live and train in Boulder, CO, where he had spent the last eight summers training.

He is now coached by Dr. Richard Hansen as part of the Roots Running Project. Since joining the team, Lara has placed second (by time) in the FORTitdue 10k (chase-race) and 18th at the USATF 10 Mile Championship host by the Twin Cities 10 Mile.

Lindwurm, DakotahDakotah Lindwurm (Burnsville, MN): Dakotah Lindwurm was born and raised in St. Francis, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Francis High School in 2013 as a three sport athlete in cross-country, hockey, and track. After graduating, she attended Northern State University in South Dakota, continuing to run Track and Cross Country. While there, she qualified for five NCAA national meets, earning two All-American awards (10k and XC).

Since graduating from Northern State, Lindwurm has pursued her goal to run professionally by training with Team USA Minnesota.  Within the last year she has set a PR in every event she has run from the 5K to the marathon. She placed 5th at the 2019 USATF 25k Championships and 14th at the 2019 USATF 20k Championship. She debuted her marathon at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth last spring in a time of 2:34:02, placing fourth. She lowered that time to 2:32:39 at the Twins Cities Marathon, placing second. Going forward, Lindwurm looks to improve that time at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. 

McMillan, ConnorConnor McMillan (Provo, UT): Connor grew up in American Fork, Utah and graduated from American Fork high school in 2014. While there, he developed into a top high school Cross Country and Track runner, winning the Utah State 5A championship in  Cross Country  and the 3200m in his senior year.

Connor ran collegiate Track and Cross Country at Brigham Young University, earning 1st team All American honors several times during his college career. Following graduation with a degree in chemical engineering, he chose to pursue professional running.

Since April 2019, Connor has  placed 4th in the USATF Outdoor Championship in the 10,000m, 6th at the New Haven Road Race, and 3rd at the USATF 10 mile Championship hosted by the Twin Cities 10 Mile.

Zeis, AlexisAlexis Zeis (Boulder, CO): Alexis’s running career really began in high school in North Dakota where career she qualified for the state championship all four years in Cross Country and Track.

After high school, Zeis stayed in her hometown of Bismarck, ND to attend Division II school, University of Mary. As a freshman, she became the first Cross Countr All-American for the school, placing 21st.  As a sophomore, she capped an undefeated Cross Countr season with her first national title. From there, she went on to break multiple records for the school and the conference,  becoming  a 13x All-American, 3x National Champion (XC 2015, Indoor 5k 2017, Indoor 5k 2018), 3x XC Region Champion, 13x Northern Sun Conference Champion.

Following college, Zeis moved to Boulder, CO where she currently trains with the Roots Running Project, coached by Dr. Richard Hansen. In her first year as a post-collegiate runner, she has set personal bests from the 5K(16:17), 10K (33:27), and 10 mile (54:32). She also competed in the USATF 25k Championships where she earned her first top 10 finish, placing 6th. From there, she  geared up for her first half marathon placing third at the Gary Bjorklund Half in June 2019, in an Olympic Marathon trials standard of 1:12:41.

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