Sunday, October 14, 2012

Runner Profile - Chris Kwiatkowski

Meet Chris Kwiatkowski

Born: Laguna Beach, California, December 15 1988
High School: Bellingham High School, Bellingham WA
College: University of Oregon
PBs: 1500 - 3:47, 3000 - 8:09, 5000 - 13:51, 10000 - 29:42
Favorite Local Trails: Rock Creek

Chris' Story:
I grew up playing soccer competitively for a regional club team in Washington. The summer before entering high school, I decided to go out for my high school's cross country summer practices. At first, I did it to stay in shape for fall soccer, but quickly came to love the grueling work of cross country running. I found success and more importantly, passion in the sport of track and field. I was a Washington State champion in the 3200 my senior year of high school and was recruited to compete at the University of Oregon. At Oregon, I competed on NCAA championship cross country teams, and my senior year, qualified for the NCAA outdoor national championships in the 5000 meters.

After graduating with my Bachelors degree in Human Physiology this spring, I moved to DC to take an assistant coaching position at American University. I am continuing to compete for the Pacers racing team and am training under American University head coach of track and field Matt Centrowitz. I also work at Pacers out of the Arlington store.

My goals for this season are to continue to represent Pacers running stores well and to qual

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