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Clovis College Cross Country Coach Sets World Record for 50K Run



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CJ Albertson, cross country coach at Clovis Community College, set a world record Sunday for the 50-kilometer distance — and he didn’t have to leave Clovis to do it.

Despite the windy, rainy weather battering Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High School, Albertson completed 125 laps in 2 hours, 42 minutes and 30.28 seconds, beating the old world record by 1 minute and 8 seconds, State Center Community College District announced Monday afternoon.

Fifty kilometers is equal to 31.07 miles.

Albertson ran in his first marathon only two years ago when he was 25, came in first, and qualified for the Olympic trials. A marathon is about 42 kilometers, or slightly more than 26 miles.

Coach Albertson on one of his 125 laps on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Brooks Running)

‘I Must Be Good at This’

His success in that race, the Two Cities Fresno Marathon, inspired him to keep running, State Center reported.

“I qualified for the Olympic trials on my first marathon. I really enjoyed everything about the training and the race and after taking first, I thought I must be good at this,” he said in a State Center news release.

Albertson has finished first in five races and already holds two world records.

He has been invited to an elite-only marathon in Chandler, Ariz. on Dec. 20 that’s limited to 50 men and 50 women considered to be the fastest people in North America.

Creek Fire Bad Air Slows His Training

Albertson’s training this fall was limited because of bad air created by the Creek Fire, but he still has six weeks to get ready. His goal is to finish the Arizona marathon in 2 hours and 10 minutes.

He is the founding coach of Clovis Community College’s men’s and women’s cross country teams and led both to the state championships in his first year. He also was named CVC Conference Women’s Coach of the Year.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email