Inside the Career of Chris Lukezic


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Remarkably he has in many ways become the Millennial version of Phil Knight [1] [2].

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What makes Chris Lukezic’s career most interesting is that prior to his time at airbnb he was a standout runner who eventually went on to the professional ranks and recorded bests of 3:54.46 in the mile and 3:33.28 in the 1500. In 2005 he forewent competition his senior year with Georgetown to turn professional with Reebok. And in 2002, as high schooler, he ran 3:46.01 at the world junior championships and was part of a national record 7:32 4x800 relay.

Below you can scroll through his ranks in descending order from the most recent career accomplishments back to his high school days as a runner.


airbnb

The following videos showcase not only his role as a first generation employee of AirBnB but his influence as an industry leader.

November 7th, 2011


ON RETIRING FROM PRO RANKS

Note he did not officially retire until 2010

December 17th, 2007

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PRO CAREER: 2006 TO 2009

VIDEO RECAP: 2006 Golden League - Paris 1500

MAGIC 2006 SEASON

DATE COMPETITION COUNTRY CAT RACE PL. RESULT
14 JAN 2006 Blacksburg Virginia Tech Invitational USA USA F F 1. 2:21.47
10 FEB 2006 Fayetteville Tyson Invitational USA USA D F 5. 7:49.05
10 MAR 2006 Moskva IAAF World Indoor Championships RUS RUS GW H1 4. 3:40.97
11 MAR 2006 Moskva IAAF World Indoor Championships RUS RUS GW F 7. 3:45.09
28 MAY 2006 Eugene Prefontaine Classic USA USA A F 6. 3:54.46
14 JUL 2006 Roma Golden Gala ITA ITA GL F 12. 3:33.28
23 JUN 2006 Indianapolis US Ch. USA USA C H2 1. 3:38.84
25 JUN 2006 Indianapolis US Ch. USA USA C F 4. 3:40.37
03 JUL 2006 Athens Super Grand Prix Tsiklitiria GRE GRE GL F 9. 3:34.96
08 JUL 2006 Paris-St-Denis Meeting Gaz de France FRA FRA GL F 10. 3:34.46
30 AUG 2006 Rovereto Palio Città della Quercia ITA ITA B F 11. 1:48.54

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

YEARS: 2003 TO 2005

At one point in 2005 it appeared he was destined as one of the next catalysts in the resurgent American Distance Running scene.

Men 1500 Meter Run Open
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       World: W 3:26.00  7/7/1998    Hicham El Guerrouj, MAR
    American: A 3:29.77  8/25/1985   Sydney Maree, Puma
   World "A":   3:36.20
   World "B":   3:38.00
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
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Finals
  1 Alan Webb                    Nike                   3:41.97
  2 Christopher Lukezic          Georgetown             3:42.06
  3 Rob Myers                    Reebok                 3:42.27
  4 Scott McGowan                New Balance            3:42.59
  5 Charlie Gruber               Nike                   3:42.89
  6 Jon Rankin                   Unattached             3:43.41
  7 Jason Lunn                   Nike                   3:44.57
  8 Sean Duffy                   American U.            3:45.24
  9 Christopher Estwanik         Nike Farm Team         3:46.19
 10 Sean Jefferson               Indiana                3:47.93
 11 Jason Jabaut                 Nike Farm Team         3:48.49
 12 Daniel Wilson                Asics                  3:55.24```

Georgetown Team Bio

ACCOLADES

  • 45th at 2003 NCAA XC Championchips
  • Junior National Champion at 1500 Meters 2001-2002
  • 10th at 2002 NCAA Championships in 1500

PERSONAL BESTS

EVENT MARK
800m 1:48.06
800m 1:47.6
1000m 2:25.43
1500m 3:39.90
1600 3:58.4
Mile 4:05.63
3000m 8:00.98

AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL

Auburn, Washington
CLASS: 2002

In high school he was clearly a very, very good athlete with personal bests at 1:51.39/4:06.84/9:04.88.

TRACK & FIELD

DATE EVENT PLACE MARK COMPETITION
2002-07-21 B-1500 11 3:46.01 World Juniors
2002-07-12 B-800 2 1:51.39 Bahamas Pre-World
2002-06-21 B-1500 1 3:47.32 CA USA Jr Nationals
2002-06-08 B-Mile 1 4:06.84 CA Golden West Inv
2002-05-25 B-2Mile 2 9:04.88c
2002-05-25 B-Mile 1 4:11.70c
2002-05-17 B-Mile 1 4:12.66c WA District
2002-04-13 B-Mile 3 4:16.36c WA Pasco Inv
2002-03-10 B-Mile 5 4:17.66 MD PG-NIC
2002-02-23 B-Mile 3 4:20.39 WA UW allcomers
2002-02-01 B-Mile 1 4:21.14 NY Millrose Games
2002-01-20 B-Mile 1 4:21.17c U-Wash

NOTE: Click om Seattle Times 2001 Article below to read full story

CROSS COUNTRY

DATE EVENT PLACE MARK COMPETITION
2001-11-03 5K-XC 2 15:32 5k - Sun Willows GC, Pasco
2001-10-24 5K-XC 1 15:11 5k - Tumwater Val GC
2001-10-17 5K-XC 1 15:30 5k - Lake Spanaway Pk
2001-10-10 5K-XC 1 15:24 3.1m -
2001-09-29 3M-XC 1 14:56 3m - Franklin Park, Yak
2001-09-26 3M-XC 1 15:21 3m -
2001-09-22 5K-XC 5 15:21 5k - some hills, grass, hot,
2001-09-15 3M-XC 1 14:45 3mi -

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In April of 2008 Chris Lukezic wrote: