Apr 7, 2016 12:57 PM
CONCORD - A 10-year-old runner from Northwood set a new world record for the 5K on Saturday.
Aidan Cox ran the SEA 5K in 17:24, according to an article in Runners World. The time, if confirmed, would make him the fastest 10-year-old to complete a 5K race, surpassing the existing record by 24 seconds.
Even more surprising, Aidan wasn't trying to break any records. He only learned of his accomplishment when his parents told him after the race. Nor did he know that the year before, he'd set the record for 9-year-olds at 18:03 in the same race.
His parents had not made a big deal about the world records because they want to preserve their son's love for running.
But the sport is a big part of the Cox household. Aidan's father, Tim Cox, is a co-head coach of the cross-country and track team at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, and all of the Cox children have grown up around running.
Aidan's sister, 13-year-old Addison, is the New Hampshire small schools state champion in cross country.
Aidan typically runs six days a week, from 30 to 60 minutes, sticking to trails and dirt roads when he can.
“I like running because I can explore. It is something fun I can do with my family and friends,” Aidan wrote in an email to Runner’s World.
It's that attitude that Aidan's parents want to preserve.
"It’s about teaching them a lifelong activity that they can hopefully fall back on at many different times in their lives,” Cox said.
Watch here to see Aidan cross the finish line on his record-setting run. He was fourth in the entire field, including all the adults!
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