This is from RunnersWorld.com. Our man Josh Cox has a big weekend. We also just sent him some 'magic shoes' that will hopefully help him go faster!
Could Josh Cox Win the California International Marathon?
Cox, our videographer pal, set a U.S. 50k record of 2:47:17 in Arizona in January and California International Marathon Director John Mansoor believes "Josh is probably the only one (American) who realistically has a shot at contending for the win" at Sunday's marathon in Sacramento. This race gives American men at chance to qualify for the next U.S. Men's Marathon Trials by running 2:19 or better, and Mansoor believes "There's going to be a good pack for the men who run to try to qualify. They should be able to work together to get it done." He feels "there's about 20-plus men who are trying to get that mark … maybe six or seven get it." The contenders include Trent Briney, the surprise fourth place finisher at the 2004 Trials (he's been training at altitude in Flagstaff, Arizona), and former Stanford star Louis Luchini, who'll be racing 26.2 miles for the first time. Luchini has fond memories of Sacramento, where he took second in the 5000 at the 2003 NCAA Championships at Hornet Stadium. More And here's video of Josh Cox doing an eight-mile run and some intervals in preparation for California International. More