PARMA, Ohio (KGO) --It is often difficult to keep New Year's resolutions after they are made. One man has kept the resolution that he made nearly 20 years ago.
Paul Kirner of Parma, Ohio decided on New Year's Eve 1995 that he'd run at least one mile per day. He's run more than 24,000 miles since lacing up his sneakers in January of 1996. Soon, Kirner will have run the equivalent of one lap around the Earth.
Not even a cancer diagnosis derailed Kirner's commitment. "During the time that I had to take chemo, it was kind of rough," said Kirner. "It was very difficult to run but, you know, with the fortitude and inspiration of trying to keep that running streak alive, the doctors said I could run."
Kirner will reach his around-the-world goal, roughly 25,000 miles, on July 1. That also happens to be the day he turns 67 years old.
Kirner has also run two marathons and a half marathon during his streak.