Athlete Bios

Nadir Yusuf

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:15.27
Qualifying Race: 2023 Grandmas Marathon

Nadir Yusuf
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Moorhead, MN


Willmar, MN

High School

Willmar Senior High School

Current Affiliation



Sales Development Representative at Bushel Inc

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Minnesota State University Moorhead

Career Highlights
10th, 2023 B.A.A. Half Marathon; 13th, 2023 Grandma's Marathon (2:15:27, debut); Winner, 2023 Essentia Half Marathon; 6th, CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon; 3-time All-American; 7-time Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Champion; MSUM record-holder 3,000m, 5,000m, 10,000m, cross country 10K; 2021 NSIC Outdoor Male Track Athlete of the Year
I have three brothers, two half brothers and two half sisters. My family migrated to the U.S. in June 2006 after escaping war-torn Somalia to live in refugee camps. My dad still lives in Somalia.
Greatest Accomplishment
Going from getting denied admission into MSUM to now finishing up my MBA.
Interesting Story
I got kicked off the track team in eighth grade. I didn't think going to track practice was important; instead I would play basketball and hang around a different crowed. On 5/28/14 I missed school to become a U.S citizen. I almost didn't compete at the sections track meet but the principal was able to vouch for me to our athletic director. I was able to make it to the section track meet and competed in the 3,200m.
Favorite Book

Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

Favorite Movie

Black Panther

Favorite TV Show/Series

Prison Break

Favorite Song

Eminem Lose Yourself

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Burger or burrito bowl

Favorite Breakfast

Toast with peanut butter jelly or oatmeal

Favorite Motivational Quote
"Hard work is easy work, easy work too damn easy." - Fred Kerley
Favorite Running Memory
The 4x800 relay MSHSL in 2016 when we finished third in 7:49 after running 8:0x; finishing 14th in NCAA D II Cross Country Championships in 2019 first All-American honoree; winning Drake Relays 10,000m in 2021; finishing 5th in NCAA D II 10,000m on the track in 2021.