Yuri was born outside of Nashville, TN in 1983. He was a member of the wrestling team, ran track and cross country in high school, but did not continue his running in college. He picked it up again in early 2013 as a way to cope with the grief of losing his mom suddenly from a cancer complication. He has maintained his running over the last 5 years and has shared his joy of it with his two oldest daughters. He is well known around town as the dad who wins races with the double stroller. He and his wife Carly have three children and think setting an example of healthy living is one of the most important things they can do for them.