Trail Running — King, Meyerhoff win 2010 XTERRA Trail Run Worlds

running-advice-bugKualoa Ranch – Ka’a’awa, HI — Max King found the perfect cure for a sickness – to win the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.

Max King Wins 2010 XTERRA World Championship

Despite running with flu-like symptoms, King won the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship for the third consecutive year today at Kualoa Ranch. King, who is from Bend, Oregon, completed the 12.9 mile course in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 36 seconds.

“I didn’t even know if I was going to make it to the race this morning, let alone win,” said King, 30. “I had a headache, my fever was going down, but I still felt terrible. But when I got here and started running on the course, I was surprised that I felt a lot better than I thought I would. I guess after all these years, running makes me feel pretty normal.”

When it comes to running XTERRA Trail Run Championship races, King is beyond normal. He is now 6-0 in the last six major XTERRA trail run races – three consecutive victories in the national championship race, and now three consecutive wins in the world championship race.

In the women’s race, Sally Meyerhoff of Arizona took the victory in her first try at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.
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Cross-country — DiCrescenzo, King lead team USA at 2010 NACAC Cross Country Championships

running-advice-bugTOBAGO – Delilah DiCrescenzo (New York, N.Y.) and Max King (Bend, Ore.) each won the individual open women’s and men’s titles to lead Team USA to the respective open team titles Saturday at the sixth annual North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Cross Country Championships at the Mt. Irvine Resort in Tobago.

The NACAC Championships contested races for the open men’s 8 km, open women’s 6 km, junior men’s 6 km and junior women’s 4 km.

King took charge early to win the open men’s 8 km in 23 minutes, 49 seconds, leading the U.S. squad to a perfect score of 10 points. Michael Spence (Ogden, Utah) finished 17 seconds behind King for the runner-up position while Bobby Mack (Raleigh, N.C.) and Thomas Kloos (San Francisco, Calif.) rounded out the scoring places for Team USA, running 24:26 and 24:34 for third and fourth-place respectively. Stephen Furst (Raleigh, N.C.) ran 24:46 for sixth-place overall. Mexico took the runner-up team position with 34 points.
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Races — King, Docherty win 2009 XTERRA Trail World Championships

running-advice-bugKa’a’awa, Oahu-Hawaii — Max King, 29, from Bend, Oregon and Fiona Docherty, 34, from New Zealand won the 2009 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship at Kualoa Ranch on Sunday morning.

More than 1,000 runners from 35 states and nine countries participated in the day’s 3.1-mile, 6.2-mile, and 12-mile races, which were a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Hawaii.

2009 XTERRA Trial Run World ChampionshipKing won the men’s 12-mile championship race in 1:14:26, nearly three-minutes ahead of runner-up Joe Gray, the reigning USA Track and Field Mountain Runner of the Year. It’s the second straight year King has won the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship and just a month ago he won the USA Track and Field National Trail Marathon (six days after finishing 18th at the New York City Marathon).

“This course was a lot harder than last year, it felt like 20 miles, not 12” smiled King.

Epic conditions greeted runners for the 9am start – sunny and clear with cool island breezes coming in off the ocean. The undulating course featured 3,000 feet of elevation gain while weaving up-and-down the verdant cliff faces in Ka’a’awa Valley and into the dense rainforest of Hakipu`u Valley at Kualoa Ranch.
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Cross-country — Ethiopia’s Gebremariam wins; Kenya takes title at World XC Championships

AMMAN, JORDAN — In a thrilling finish, Gebre Gebremariam came from behind to outkick his rivals to win the 2009 World Cross-country Championships in Amman today. The Ethiopian Gebremariam knocked off his competition in the final sprint to take the individual title, while Kenya won the overall team title for the 22nd time in 24 years.

Gebremariam finished the 12KM long-course cross-country circuit in 35:02. A pair of finishers came in just two seconds back. Moses Kipsoro from Uganda and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea finished second and third respectively in 35:04.

gebre-gebremariam-wins-2009-wxcc-champsThe first Kenyan finisher was Leonard Komon in fourth place, followed by Mathew Kisoro (6th), Mark Kiptoo (7th), and Moses Mosop (11th) to give Kenya the team title. The scoring was so close that it came down to a tie-breaker between Mosop and 12th place Feyisa Lilesa for Kenya to edge out the Ethiopian delegation. Kenya has not had an overall winner since Paul Tergat won the title in 1999.

After winning the Junior title in 2002, Gebremariam won the Senior Long Course bronze in 2003 and double silvers – both Long Course and Short Course – in 2004. Since 2005 his results have been mixed and last year he placed only 17th in the Long Course race.
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Off-road Running: King, Anderson win 2008 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship

Max King XTERRA 08 Trail Champs

Max King XTERRA 08 Trail Champs

Ka’a’awa, HI – Max King, 28, from Bend, Oregon and Cynthia Anderson, 25, from Kailua, Hawaii won the inaugural XTERRA Trail Running World Championship half-marathon at Kualoa Ranch this morning. More than 800 runners from 32 states and eight countries participated in the 5, 10, and 21km events.

Near perfect running conditions with cool breezes, cloud cover, and temperatures in the mid-70’s greeted runners for the 13.1 mile championship race that featured 3,000 feet of elevation gain while weaving up-and-down the verdant cliff faces in Ka’a’awa Valley and into the dense rainforest of Hakipu`u Valley at Kualoa Ranch.

King, a member of the Team USA cross country squad and the reigning XTERRA Trail Running USA Champ, led from start-to-finish and was the only runner to post sub 6-minute miles for a winning time of 1:18:23. Ben Bruce of Eugene, Oregon finished more than three minutes back in second place at 1:21:55, and Thomas Taylor of Phoenix, Arizona placed third in 1:29:33. Honolulu’s Matt Stevens was the top local finisher just 17 seconds later.

“Ben (Bruce) is as good a runner as I am, and I am always afraid of him” said Max. “This race was a lot tougher than Nationals. The last 5 kilometers were definitely the most challenging. I just didn’t want to do anymore hills. This was an awesome event.”
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Trail Running: King, Beck Win XTERRA Trail Run National Championship

Max King wins XTERRA Trail Championships

Max King wins XTERRA Trail Championships

BEND, OR – Max King and Susannah Beck beat out several hundred athletes from 21 states Bend this weekend to win the fourth annual XTERRA Trail Running National Championship on an incredibly beautiful, crisp and clear morning along the Deschutes River.

Ultimately the king of XTERRA trail running turned out to be host-city Bend’s very own Max King. The local favorite set the standard high turning out close to five-minute miles for a winning 21km course time of 1:08:01.

After just winning a six-day 125 mile race through the Rockies earlier this month and coming in second at the 2008 Northwest Mountain Running Championships last weekend, King was able to use his hometown advantage to edge out steeplechase star Ben Bruce, 26, of Eugene, Oregon by just over a minute. Ryan Bak, 27, also from Eugene and King’s teammate on the 2008 USA World Cross Country Team, took third in 1:09:41.

“When I spoke to Ryan, he said he was just coming to do the race for fun. Both he and Ben entered the race at the last minute, but I knew they would be tough competition” King said.

Being from Bend, King was familiar with the course and was able to run part of the upper track last night giving him a good feel for the twists and turns. “I love to run a course with tight curves. It might be because of my low center of gravity” he joked. It was a close race for the first section, but at mile 3 Max took the lead and never looked back. When talking to Bruce and Bak, they said that as primarily track racers, “The course was more technical than they were used to. Max was able to take the sharp turns and really open up his lead.”
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