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Meet the 2023 SWM Athletes: Craig Nowak

Craig Nowak | Men’s Elite Mile

Social Media: Instagram

College: Oklahoma State
Mile PR: 3:57.97

5 Things About Me: Craig Nowak

  1. I grew up in Houston, TX, but have lived in South Carolina, Oklahoma, and now Oregon.
  2. I love roadtripping – last year I hit a handful of  pace jobs on the west coast and drove/car camped along the way.
  3. I’m a big fan of plants- I got a lot of fun ones at home that a friend usually waters while I’m gone. Always enjoy seeing what people got growing in their yards across different cities as well.
  4. A few weeks ago, I ordered some fried chicken feet and it was kinda strange to eat/gnaw on, but honestly tasted pretty good.
  5. I really enjoy beverages. Water, juice, kombucha, coffee, beer, wine, spirits. All of these have so many factors and craftsmanship that go into them- you name it I’ll try it.

5 Fast Questions

  1. Do you have any superstitions/pre-race rituals?No superstitions. Definitely like getting caffeinated before a race though.
  2. What’s your favorite sport (or athlete) to watch, besides running? Love watching surfing. So much good footage out there and so easy on the eyes.
  3. What’s a show or movie you’ve seen lately that’s worth watching? I don’t watch many shows or movies, but my girlfriend has been watching Love Island lately and I find myself stuck watching it if I take a peak for too long.
  4. What’s a song or podcast that’s currently on your playlist? Been listening to a lot of Allah-Las lately. Psychedelic indie rock just hits me in the summer. That and a good dose of reggae to start the day has been happening.
  5. Do you have any connections to Raleigh or North Carolina? When I lived in South Carolina, I would frequent Asheville quite a bit. Always loved the runs, trails, and food/drink North Carolina has to offer.

Learn more about Craig at: VIS Experience | Run with the Pros

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