CLOVIS, Calif. — A Clovis native has broken the world record in the indoor marathon. 25 year old C.J. Albertson has been logging the miles one step at a time. For the last two months he has been running 120 to 130 miles a week and it paid off.
“It was cool. It still seems kind of funny that I am world record holder because it is just a weird thing, it is just weird,” said C.J. Albertson, world record holder.
Over the weekend, the Buchanan High Alumni broke the indoor marathon world record in New York City. He ran 26.2 miles around a 200 meter oval track, which equals about 211 laps.
“I was just out there running. It was enjoyable for the most part,” said Albertson.
There were 6 other runners in the race. The field is kept small to not overcrowd the track. Albertson said he was running with the group but slowly some started to fall off the pace.
“It ended up that there were 3 of us together for 24 miles, we were just running together for 2 hours,” said Albertson.
Albertson made a surge and took the lead with about 2 miles to go. He kept building his speed until he could feel the finish line coming closer.
“I was like I am actually going to do it, I am going to win, I am going to be a world record holder. It was a fun last minute and a half,” said Albertson.
Then he crossed the line with the time of 2 hours 17 minutes and 59 seconds. He beat the record set in 2018 by 1 minute and 2 seconds. All while making a tribute to his hometown wearing the Clovis community college uniform.
“They are excited for me so hopefully that excites their training as well,” said Albertson.
He is the first ever head coach of the Clovis Community College Cross Country team. He is building the program from scratch with the hopes to share his love of running with the Central Valley.
“Any success I have is from the product of this valley, having great parents and great coaches growing up in a great school district.”