SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – An avid runner has been missing in Durango, Colorado for three weeks now. While research efforts are still underway, friends and family of North Dakota resident David Lundy are working to raise awareness and provide funds for a new South Dakota Department of State.
“Growing up on a farm, we have Lund Centenary Farm near Cooperstown, and it’s been around for 100 years,” said Kaia Berggren, Lundy’s sister.
David Lundy was born in a French-speaking country in Africa, but the time he spent on his family’s farm in North Dakota created his deep roots.
“He really felt connected to the ground,” Berggren said.
He spent the past year working on a farm near Durango, Colorado, where he also renewed his other passion for running.
“My brother ran high school across the country and practiced track,” Berggren said. “Last year I started running again.”
He ran mountain trails almost every weekend with the Durango Running Club.
“He was running this very intense track called La Plata Enchilada and he was supposed to check in with a friend when he finished, but he never checked in,” Bergren said.
This Sunday marks three weeks since his disappearance.
“Search and rescue teams said they hadn’t searched for that long,” Berggren said. “They did a really thorough job, we still don’t have answers, we haven’t found my brother’s body, that’s really hard.”
Despite this impossible situation, Lunde’s family and friends come together to complete a task he had planned to do for his 30th birthday this Sunday.
“He said I would run this Seven Summits course, 60 or 61 miles, and I would try to raise money for this organization,” Bergren said. “So he started telling me more about Rockside, they are based out of California, but they are opening a new location in South Dakota. And what they are really doing is helping guys get their lives back on track.”
“It’s a working ranch where young people can go to get life back,” said Gordon Decker of Rockside Ranch South Dakota.
Over the past year, Lunde has been a strong supporter of Rockside Farm and her work to open a farm in New Underwood, South Dakota.
“He loved that young people were able to get their lives back on a working farm,” Decker said.
Besides the working farm, Rockside also includes a Workforce Program, which is a partnership with local businesses in the Rapid City area to attract people in the program to a new career.
“They learned different skills, they taught different trades, so when they graduate, they can go into those different skills that they learned while working on the farm,” said Amy Painter, director of development at Rockside Ranch, South Dakota.
The remote farm is designed to help young people between the ages of 18 and 28 resume their lives after hardship or crisis. It’s exactly what Rockside’s eight-month program in California did for Amy RJ’s son, who was battling drug addiction, homelessness and depression in Rapid City.
“He’s such a completely changed man, physically, mentally and emotionally, it’s amazing what God has done through Rockside to change his life,” Pinter said.
It’s something eight South Dakota men have done in the past two years, a program that will soon serve more people when the new Underwood Ranch opens early next year, all thanks to enthusiastic supporters like Lundy.
They’re still running it,” Bergren said. “I’m still trying to honor my brother.”
Although Lunde won’t be able to perform for his 60-mile birthday Sunday, his friends and family run the track for him, and are increasing support for Rockside Ranch in South Dakota in his honor.
“David will be able to see the positivity in the situation, saying hey, awareness has been raised for this organization that I care so deeply about,” Bergren said.
You can support the Rockside Ranch mission in South Dakota directly at her website A gift was given in honor of David. A Go Fund Me The account has also been created for this weekend’s Run for David birthday event.