On November 2, Regent Walden was the first of more than 200 runners across the finish line in the Brad Fox Memorial 5K Foundation's Annual Fox Trot. The sophomore is part of the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Track and Cross Country teams and also participates in the Conshohocken Electric Force Track Club in the spring.
"It was a lot different than meets that I usually do," said Regent. "I was following a police car the entire time."
His time of 19:09 was more than a minute faster than the second place runner, but two minutes slower than his Personal Record (PR) for a 5K.
"It's harder when it's just you pushing the pace, because there's nobody helping you to go faster," he said.
In track, Regent enjoys running the mid-distance races including the 400 and 800 but hopes to run a marathon someday. In the meantime, he plans to keep working on a new PR and achieving better times.
"My favorite thing about running is having that speed," said Regent.
In addition to athletics, Regent plays percussion in the PWHS Concert Band.
The Brad Fox Memorial 5K honors Plymouth Township Police Officer Brad Fox who was killed in the line of duty on September 13, 2012. Funds raised for the race go to police, and military members, families and charities in need.