At the top of Curtis Cox’s wish list this Christmas is a house.
Cox has been a fixture in local and international road races for many years, and at the age of 51 is still a winner, taking top spot in the 2019 Grenada General Half Marathon. But for all his success, including victory in the 2005 Trinidad and Tobago International Marathon, Cox does not have a home of his own.
“I hope Santa brings me a house for Christmas,” Cox told the Express. “I’m renting for over 27 years and only getting promises. I don’t want anything free.”
In keeping with the Christmas season, Cox was in a giving mood last weekend. He opted out of Sunday’s National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAATT) National Cross Country Championship men’s 10K event in order to open a door for another runner.
“If I ran I might have placed in the top six, thereby denying a younger person an opportunity to be in contention to be selected for the Championship in Canada next February.”
The 2020 Pan American Cross Country Championships will be staged in Victoria, Canada, on February 29.
“I can still represent Trinidad and Tobago,” said Cox. “It’s just that I prefer to see younger athletes making the grade, especially in longer races, from 10K to marathon.”
Cox has not been as active on the road running circuit this year as he usually is.
“I injured my right hamstring in May because I did something silly. I took part in a five-mile race a mere six days after Sea to Sea Marathon in Tobago. I got injured within the first mile. I skipped most of the races since then.
“I actually won my first race on November 17,” the evergreen athlete continued, “the Grenada General Half Marathon, which I also won in 2016. This is the first time since I began training/racing that I had to wait until November to win a race. To win races, you need discipline, dedication and determination. Most people don’t have all three.”
Cox’s major 2020 assignment is the April 26 London Marathon.