St. Paul man, Burnsville woman among top finishers in Twin Cities Marathon

Updated: October 06, 2019 08:14 PM

The top male and female finishers for Sunday's Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon included two local athletes — a St. Paul man and a Burnsville woman.


Dominic Ondoro, Denis Chirchir, and Danny Docherty were the top three finishers in the 26.2-mile men's race, while Julia Kohnen, Dakotah Lindwurm and Heather Lieberg were top finishers for the women's division of the marathon.

Docherty is from St. Paul and Lindwurm is from Burnsville.

Ondoro finished the marathon from Minneapolis to St. Paul in just about 2 hours and 12 minutes. Sunday's win was the fourth time he's won the Twin Cities Marathon, and he also owns the course record from his 2016 win.

"I'm going to try my best," said Ondoro about his future races. He said this wasn't his personal record, although he still finished first. 

Denis Chirchir finished second in his first race in America. The Kenya native said what pushed his winning streak was an American athlete who he had never raced against before: Docherty.

"The American guy (Docherty) kept pushing. They were just pushing and we had to keep up with that pace and of course, they helped try to get fast times," Chirchir said after his win.

Docherty is that American athlete Chirchir credits for his win. He's from St. Paul and wore lucky bib No. 4, finishing the marathon in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

"I think it was around 10 miles I kind of caught up to their group, and I felt like the pace was lagging so I kind of put a little surge in," said Docherty.

His surge made a difference, as he clinched the bronze in a field of nearly 7,000 marathon runners from around the world. But, a victory in the Twin Cities was that much sweeter because he's one of many local favorites.

"I live in Richfield now, so yeah, Minnesota boy," said Docherty.

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Docherty knew the marathon course like the back of his hand.

"Born and raised in St. Paul, actually just grew up on mile 24," said Docherty, referencing his home near the 24-mile mark of the marathon.

The marathon's 38th year brought some record-breaking numbers, including 13,000 athletes who ran the shorter 10-mile route.

"It was an incredible experience; I can't wait to come back," said Docherty.

Kohnen had a finishing time just over 2 hours and 31 minutes, which was her personal best. She has already qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team trials following her 2017 Chicago Marathon finish.

Lindworm finished right after at 2 hours and 32 minutes, averaging about 5 minutes and 50 seconds per mile. She placed 19th overall out of 6,735 runners.

More than 4,000 volunteers helped make the big event possible with an estimated 300,000 spectators cheering on the race from the sidelines.

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