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Training to be an Olympian is more than a full-time job. Your support will make a huge difference as I pursue my dream to represent the USA, and as I seek to make a difference in my community. Thank you!
"Dedication to the sport and perseverance pays off. I was injured frequently in college, to the point where I got a sixth year of eligibility, but then I got injured again and couldn't use it. But I wasn't done, I wanted to see what I could accomplish, stuck at it and was able to achieve things beyond my wildest dreams." From Northern Virginia, Christo attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria where he was a state standout. Earning a team state title in cross country and individual…
Training hurdles: Exercise induced asthma. It is usually controlled with medicine (not Advair) but it still affects me during workouts and races at times but it's just another hurdle to overcome. If you want it, go for it and don't let things stand in your way.
Favorite foods: Tortilla Wraps and Ice Cream
Hobbies: Things I can do sitting down and recovering. Hanging with friends, board games, computer games (yes, I have a little competitive spirit), and reading.
Favorite TV show: Castle, White Collar, Firefly
Favorite movie: Ocean's Eleven
Favorite place to compete: On the road. All that matters there is place, you being better, stronger, gutsier, wanting it more than the person next to you. The raw competitiveness is what draws me to it.
I most enjoy competing against: A worthy opponent
After competition indulgence: Pizza! I don't let myself eat it in the week leading up to a race as if I order a large pizza...well I tend to eat a large pizza and I've found that to be a less than optimal choice in race week.
Highschool PR: Mile: 4:08 | 2 Mile: 8:48
25km American Record Holder (1:14:18)
3-time USATF Running Circuit Champion
3-time NCAA All-American
6-time USA Road Champion
2014 USATF Men's Long Distance Runner of the Year
Half Marathon: 62:52
Happy to announce I'm now offering personal online coaching to runners of any ability level!
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"Dedication to the sport and perseverance pays off. I was injured frequently in college, to the point where I got a sixth year of eligibility, but then I got injured again and couldn't use it. But I wasn't done, I wanted to see what I could accomplish, stuck at it and was able to achieve things beyond my wildest dreams." From Northern Virginia, Christo attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria where he was a state standout. Earning a team state title in cross country and individual state titles in both the one and two mile, he opted to take his talents to historic Williamsburg to attend the College of William and Mary. While earning degrees in finance and economics (and eventually a Masters of Accounting) from the College, he would become a three-time All-American, specializing in cross country. Since his time with the Tribe he has: set an American Record, represented Team USA on multiple occassions, and brought home the title at 6 USA Championships and counting.
"In distance running you're out there alone a large portion of the time, especially in racing. If you haven't prepared mentally in the week leading up to the race you're not reaching your full potential." In addition to mentally preparing Christo's sweet tooth ensures he has the fuel to keep him going, saying, "Running high mileage burns a lot of calories, at some point you've finished eating your healthy dinner and a snack and just need calories. Good thing I've got a selection of six or so different flavors of ice cream in the fridge so I can match the flavor to my mood."
Christo's long-term plan is to share his love of the sport with the next generation and to help contribute to the sport of running. To this end, he is starting a summer camp for high school cross country runners (Ascent Running: Camp), beginning to coach online (Ascent Running: Coaching), and would eventually like to start a retreat for adult runners and a road race.