Paul T. Kirner, Bus Ad ’69, Law ’72, ran the equivalent of the circumference of the earth.
Kirner, a magistrate, attorney and former city councilman in Parma, Ohio, boasts a nearly 19-year streak of running at least one mile daily. According to his count, he reached 24,901.55 miles, or distance equal to one trip around the world, in 2014. “It was a New Year’s Eve resolution in 1995 to try to at least run one mile every day for a year,” he says.
He met that milestone. He even powered through 12 weeks of chemotherapy in 2010, a stretch he calls his “lowest point.”
Next on his list was running nearly 25,000 miles in time for his 67th birthday on July 1 last year. Family, friends and colleagues, including the mayor of Parma, gathered to commemorate the achievement. Approximately 25 friends joined Kirner and a police escort in running the final half-mile. His history has been highlighted by the U.S. Running Streak Association as the second-longest running streak in Ohio.
Kirner was president of Marquette’s student council, and a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and Army ROTC. After graduation, he attended law school at Cleveland State University. He served seven terms on Parma’s City Council and was a special counsel to the Ohio State Attorney General for 15 years. Today, he operates a law practice with his son, Kirner and Boldt Co. L.P.A.
Kirner had surgery in December, halting his running record. He plans to start again after he recovers: “One day you will not be able to run, but today is not the day.” — Patrick Leary, editorial student-intern