Paul Christman

Paul is known for his writing and love of running. In 1983 he wrote The Purple Runner, a  novel originally self-published by Highgate Lane Press. The story is about a badly scarred but talented American who runs a sub-two-hour marathon in the Greater London Marathon. The first edition has sold as a collector’s item for between $170-250 on

In 1985 Paul and Matt Henderson created a newsletter called Running Stats consisting of long distance running (track, road, and cross country distances between 3000m and marathon) results, information, editorials, interviews, photographs, and predictions that lasted until 2007.

Paul has had countless articles published nationally and internationally for more than 30 years and an advocate for runners from around the world.

Awards include The RRCA/Jerry Little Memorial Journalism Excellence Award and the Illinois Valley Striders Hall of Fame – for journalism.