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Ricky Cox wins sixth Three Amigos title;
masters runners rule on a warm morning

angela eusery and ricky cox
Angela Eusery and Ricky Cox

debbie sanders
Debbie Sanders
5-time women's winner

Ricky Cox, a three-time Cowtown Marathon winner who conducts the weekly Trinity 5000 Summer Series, won the first Fort Worth Runners Club's Three Amigos 4-Mile run in 1993 with a 21:05. On Sunday, June 28, he won again to collect his sixth overall victory in 23:52.7. Considering that Ricky will be 50 on Oct. 30, his longevity at a high level is a tribute to his training, diet and lifestyle habits. ``I try to run at least five miles, five days a week,'' he said. ``I don't drink or smoke and watch my diet.'' In other words, if anyone is going to look for an example of how you're supposed to live, Ricky is it. Winning the women's race was another masters runner, Angela Eusery of Grand Prairie, with a 27:33.4. The 41-year-old wanted to stay in bed after a Saturday 5K race had left her tired and worried about cramping in her left leg. ``If I hadn't already paid to run, I would have stayed home,'' said Eusery, who also ran Thursday night at Ricky's Trinity 5000. She ran a 21:45 on Thursday night to win the women's masters title and won her age division Saturday morning at the Plano Pacers 5K with a 21:26. Then she had to sprint past Maria Martinez with about a quarter of a mile to go to win on a warm and humid Sunday morning. Maria finished in 27:40.4. Angela said she stretched upon arriving for the Three Amigos near Trinity Park and that helped her left leg. And, to her surprise, she found her energy level was high after 2 1/2 miles and was able to stay just behind Maria. ``I didn't want to try to pass her too soon because I wasn't too sure I could hold (a faster pace),'' she said. Debbie Sanders, a five-time women's winner and holder of the women's course record of 24:39, set in 1995, won the women's masters title with a 29:58. Byron Benoit, 42, of Euless won the men's masters title and finished second overall. After Bryon moved into second ahead of early leader Jeremy Nelson of Grapevine, he yelled to Ricky that he was coming to get him. ``I said come on,'' Ricky said with a laugh. Jeremy finished third in 24:43.8. Runners had to cope with a warm morning (temperatures creeping toward the mid-80s) and high humidity.


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Three Amigos 4-Mile Run, June 28, 2009

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