Air Force Marathon officials announce guest speakers

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Air Force Marathon officials announced July 22 that Josh Cox will be the featured guest at the 2011 Sports & Fitness Expo Sept. 15-16 at Wright State University's Nutter Center.

Cox, the American 50K record holder, also owns the course record at the Air Force Marathon, having run a 2:20:57 in 2007. The 35-year-old from Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is also a four-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier and a three-time U.S. National Team member.

"We're just thrilled to be able to bring a runner of Josh's caliber to Dayton," said Molly Louden, the director of the Air Force Marathon. "He's a great addition to our expo, and we are lucky to have him participate this year. We work really hard to present a top-notch roster of speakers, and I think this year's line-up really represents something for everyone."

Also appearing at the expo will be Danny Dreyer, the founder and creator of Chi Running. Chi Running blends the movement principles of T'ai Chi with running to create an approach to effortless and injury-free running. This will be Dreyer's second year at the expo, having also been a presenter in 2010.

In addition to Cox and Dreyer, ultra-marathoner Marshall Ulrich will be on hand. Ulrich, who has run more than 100 races over 125 miles each, has also ascended the Seven Summits, including Mt. Everest, all on his first attempt. His book, "Running on Empty," chronicles his 3,000-mile transcontinental run across America.

Rounding out the speaking line-up will be Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, the Air Force Marathon medical consultant; representatives from the Pace Team; and Jessica Hardisky, a Dayton area yoga instructor who will offer some hands-on stretching techniques.

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(Courtesy of the 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)