Christo grew up in Falls Church City, VA, and completed both his undergraduate and graduate education at the College of William and Mary where competed in cross country and track, earning All-American status three times in cross country. Following college, Christo continued running as a professional competing in the 5,000m – the marathon. His resume includes former American Record holder at the 25km distance, National Championships at the 10k, 15k, 10mi, half-marathon and 25km (twice) distances, the 2012, 2014 and 2016 USA Running Circuit Champion and the 2014 USATF Long Distance Runner of the Year award. He is also a three time Olympic Trials qualifier and has represented the United States in international competition on multiple occasions. He retired as a professional runner at the end of 2018.
From 2010 to 2012 Christo was an assistant coach at the University of Michigan where he helped turn around a cross country team that hadn’t made the NCAA championship in years to being a perennial contender. He has also coached Chris Mocko, now a Nike sponsored ultra-runner, to PR’s in both the half and full marathon.
Christo lives and runs in Charlotte, NC where he likes to spend his non-running hours recovering helping people into the great sport of running, running group workouts for locals and coaching.