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Mammoth Track Club and Josh Cox come up big in Vegas

December 6, 2010

What happens in Vegas, stays in … Mammoth.

The Mammoth Track Club came up the big winner on Sunday in Las Vegas, where Mammothite Josh Cox won the Rock’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, while Mammoth TC runners also captured the men’s half marathon and the women’s half marathon.

There were 28,000 runners. Ours came up first and best.

Cox, the 50K American record holder who made up four minutes during the race, finished in flamboyant style, according to Monday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal, which reported that he crossed the finish line, “first high-fiving fans, then spreading his arms and whirling around in his finest airplane imitation.

“Cox completed a brilliant rally to break the tape in a winning time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 5 seconds. He then raised the tape over his head, as if it were a heavyweight championship belt,” reporter Patrick Everson wrote.

Meanwhile, Mammoth’s Scott Bauhs won the half-marathon in 1:02:39, with training partner Patrick Smyth second at 1:03:31.

In the women’s half marathon, Mammoth TC’s three-time Olympian Jen Rhines finished a brilliant race in 1:14:57, three minutes of ahead of Britain’s Nicki Archer.

But it really was Cox’s show, all the way.

“To have the whole Strip shut down for the marathon, and then to be the first guy coming through with this crowd – this is a party,” Cox said in an interview with the Review-Journal. “It’s not just a road race, it’s an event, and that’s what makes it special.”

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