Nadir Yusuf

College – Minnesota State University

Hometown – Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Coach – Chris Lundstrum

2023 was a breakout year racing on the roads for Nadir Yusuf (pronounced Nah’dear You’suff). In March, Nadir set a personal best in the half marathon at the Trials of Miles Project 13.1 race in New York, placing 7th and finishing in a time of 63:27. In May, he won the Essential Health Fargo Half Marathon setting a new course record. In his marathon debut in June, he ran negative splits (1:08:08, 1:07:19) to achieve an Olympic Trials Qualifier at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN in a sparkling time of 2:15:27. And finally, in November, he registered a top ten finish (2nd American) at the Boston Half Marathon, clocking in with a time of sub 64 minutes on a difficult course in frigid conditions.

Nadir continued his racing success in 2024 with a top ten finish at the USA 25K Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1:17:41 in May and in only his second race at the marathon distance, he ran 2:16:15 to finish 25th at the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando.

Migrating to the US at the age of 10 after spending time in refugee camps to escape war-torn Somalia, Yusuf became the first member of his family to graduate from college, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in 2021. While at MSUM, Yusuf broke multiple school records at multiple distances including the 3,000m (8:55), 5,000m (14:13), 10,000m (29:03), and XC 10K (30:13). For his accomplishments he was named the Dragons Male Athlete of the Year for both 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. A three-time All-American and 7X NSIC champion, Nadir won the highly competitive 2021 Drake Relays 10,000 meters in a time of 29:12 and was the champion of the 2019 NCAA D2 Cross Country Championship when he ran 30:13.

A US citizen, Nadir is pursuing an MBA degree at his alma mater, is employed as a sales development representative for Bushel (a firm that specializes in providing software technology solutions for the agriculture industry), and is coached by Chris Lundstrum of Minnesota Distance Elite.

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