Ogden resident Brad Barton has set his sights on a world record in the men’s masters mile on Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix race in Boston.
Barton, 46 will run against the 13 fastest masters milers in the nation. The current USAFT indoor one-mile masters age-group world record is 4:20.18, set in 2008.
Earlier this month, Barton ran a 4:21.58 at Boise State University during an indoor collegiate meet, breezing past college runners half his age.
“I really am excited about the race this weekend. I ran a 4:21.58 mile at a higher elevation,” said Barton.
Barton was a member of the Weber State track and field team. In 1990 and 1991, Barton ran the mile at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, and claimed NCAA All-America honors in the 1991 3,000-meter steeplechase race.
Barton competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992. After college, he put his running career on hold for work and family. In 2012, Barton decided to come our of retirement along at the urging of USAFT Hall of Fame coach Chick Hislop, his coach at WSU.