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Minnetonka Man Begins Running at 63; to Run Second Grandma's Marathon

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 19, 2019 01:39 PM

This weekend thousands of runners from all over the world will be competing in Grandma's Marathon.

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Andy Steinfeldt of Minnetonka is 71-years-old. He just started running at the age of 63. He has dealt with multiple health complications since 2014, including a 5 year battle with prostate cancer, but he is determined to not let those slow him down.

This Saturday Steinfeldt will join the crowd running in his second Grandma's Marathon.  

"I took up sprinting at the age of 70, and now at 71 I'm competing against the best in the land. I'm not very fast compared to them, but just to be out there is a great honor," said Steinfeldt.

But running wasn't always something he liked to do. The inspiration for it came from his son.

"He said I'm going to go run a marathon in Bloomington, Indiana. Why don't you come with me and run a 5K? They got a 5K there too, and I said 'what's 5K?' He said 3.1 miles. I said I couldn't run 3.1 blocks," said Steinfeldt.

But he decided to give it a go.

"I trained for two weeks, and went there, and ran it. I wasn't a star but I made it through," said Steinfeldt.

And from that point he was hooked.

"I can't say I love it, but I love challenges," said Steinfeldt.

Steinfeldt then ran in a half marathon with his son in Buffalo, New York, but had to drop out at the one mile mark due to medical concerns. It turned out he had a blood clot and needed surgery. 

Steinfeldt was told that was the end of his running career, but he was determined to not let that slow him down. 

"When I got this diagnosis saying you're not going to run again, but you can build collateral circulation, and maybe go for a long walk or something like that, it just spurred me and I went in the gym I think every day since," said Steinfeldt.

He was able to rehab, and has since run two full marathons, and a lot of half marathons. His first full marathon was the Twin Cities Marathon back in 2017. 

Steinfeldt also competed in the South Dakota Senior Games last September when he won ten medals in one day.

He also tries to stay in shape when he travels to different places around the world. Steinfeldt says he did a 38 minute plank at the age of 71, which he believes to be a record for his age, but that is still being determined.

Steinfeldt says he has been through 38 radiation treatments as his cancer returned last year. He says right now he isn't sure if he is cancer free, so he is doing all he can to stay active.

WDIO is a major media partner of Grandma’s Marathon. We will be streaming the 2019 Grandma's Marathon LIVE beginning at 6:00 a.m. Watch on WDIO.com, the WDIO mobile app, and other digital platforms.

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