Weekend Warrior: Jeff Cox, Runner & Cyclist

52, Chief of Police at Bartlett Police Department; Fitness Instructor at the Bartlett Recreation Center.

 My first half marathon was the St. Jude Half in 2008 and I have run it every year since. This will be my 11th time. I have run about 20 half marathons. I’ve biked the MS 150 for 10 years.

I am a boring runner. I don’t keep up with PRs. I just run for fun.

Every year, after I run the 13.1 miles at St. Jude, I go immediately to work the Bartlett Christmas Parade. It’s quite an adventure.

I competed in the Dragon Fly Sprint Triathlon at Sardis Lake, MS in August. I’ve done three triathlons. They’re fun, but I don’t like an open water swim. It’s not like swimming in a pool.

I’m running The Great American River Run Half, my first during Memphis in May. The folks who run the Memphis in May events are top-notch.

I train with the Bartlett Soul Mates. I like the accountability, connection, and camaraderie of running with a group.

When I was in the police academy, there was a poster in the weight room that stated, “Your competition works out, do you?”

Train for life. It’s practical movements for living everyday life that help you age gracefully.

“I like the accountability, connection, and camaraderie of running with a group.”

I can’t explain it, but my favorite thing to drink after a long run is a Coke.

I love hot wings. Crumpy’s is awesome. The whole Bartlett Police department ate there. It hurt our feelings when it moved.

My favorite destination is Florida. I love relaxing on the beach, and the golf courses are great.

Sharks are my spirit animal. They are powerful, and inward strength gets you through life. 

Those who wait upon the Lord will mount wings of eagles they shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint. —Isaiah 40:31

INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY TINDALL STEPHENS.

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