Josh Cox is normally a distance runner who goes way farther than just the standard 26.2 miles of the marathon. He holds the American record for running 50 kilometers.
He's in town for Marathon weekend, but knowing that two runners he trains with sometimes in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. -- Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall -- are the top American names in the marathon, he decided he wanted a piece of the spotlight.
He led start to finish in the Boston Athletic Association 5K, winning in 14 minutes, 30 seconds.
"I told my coach I wanted to try it, and he said go for it," Cox said.
Jennifer Campbell of Watertown won the women's race in 16:50.
"I've been trying to go under 17 minutes, so this was great," she said.
Andrew Baddeley, 27, of Great Britain, won the men's professional invitational mile in 4 minutes, 9 seconds. Baddeley, whose mile personal record is 3:49.38, also won the 2009 5th Avenue Mile in New York.
Morgan Uceny, 25, won the women's invitational mile in 4:42. The 2010 US Indoor champ at the 1,500 meters was a four-time all-American at Cornell.
In the scholastic miles, Melanie Fineman of Newton won the girls race in 5:10 and Ben Groleau of Framingham took the boys event in 4:40. Fineman is a senior, Groleau a sophomore.
Winners of the scholastic 1,000 meters events were Sonya Jampel, 13, of Newton, and Caleb Winn of Natick, who is 14.
Check out the video by Brian Fadem to see some of the action from the races.
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes