Friday, July 30, 2010

Meet Josh Cox in Chicago

I'm in a hotel room in Benton Harbor for a race tomorrow but a little pre-race jitters are leaving me typing away instead of sleeping. I just posted this story at but am sharing it here too. Enjoy and more once this darn race is done.

He's Ryan Hall's training buddy out in Mammoth, Calif. He's shoveled snow with 2009 ING New York City Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi. He's run the 56 miles of the Comrades Marathon in Africa with Team World Vision. He won the 5K that was run in Boston the day before the 2010 Boston Marathon. He's been on the cover of Runner's World, a contestant on The Bachelorette and was recently on the cover of Competitor magazine. Enough with the guessing, he's Josh Cox, an amazing runner who definitely doesn't play second fiddle to Ryan and Meb, and he's in town this weekend to celebrate the running of the second annual Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon.

If you were already at the expo Friday evening to pick up your packet, you may have spotted Cox at the Nissan booth signing autographs. Don't despair, it wasn't just a one-time showing. He'll be back at the expo tomorrow afternoon and then will be holding the finish line tape as the fastest male and female runners of the morning cross the finish line. Here's where you can catch Cox tomorrow at McCormick Place:
  • 1-1:30 p.m. Nissan Training Tips Seminar at expo seminar stage
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. Autographs at the Nissan booth
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Panel of Experts Seminar
Then on Sunday he'll be on hand signing autographs just steps from the finish line from 10-11 a.m., again at the Nissan booth. You can find the Finish Line Festival in Grant Park.

Can't get to McCormick Place or Grant Park? Catch running tips from Josh Cox, Ryan Hall and more online through Nissan's 'Master the Shift' program. This is really cool stuff, and I've only had a chance to look at it briefly. Cox is part of Team Ryan at 'Master the Shift', which empowers runners and those who want to take up running to become better athletes. We're talking tons of tips, personal experience stories, advice from experts--you name it--in the form of content, videos and blogs. Check it out at

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