Thursday, October 4, 2012

Max King Dominates USATF 50K Trail Nationals

September 22nd, 2012, Bend, Oregon

Max King again proved that he has what it takes, comfortably winning in a time of 3:33:10 followed by fellow Bend residents Mario Mendoza (3:44:14) and Ryan Bak (3:44:58). 

Max King
Erica Baron travelled from Los Alamos, NM to win the women’s overall in a time of 4:11:28. Erica was also the fastest master’s woman. Emily Kalenius of Albany took second overall in the women’s division with a time of 4:53:26. 

Erica Baron

Complete race results can be found at

The venue for this years event was spectacular with incredible views of Mt. Bachelor and several other peaks in the Oregon Cascades. 

Dave Thomason of Superfit Productions did an extraordinary job of race management. The Pole Creek fire, raging less than 30 miles away made Dave’s job all that more difficult. It was not until the morning of the race that Dave felt confident that the race could be held safely. The fire itself was not the issue as by that point a perimeter had been established and was 45% contained. Dave’s main concern was how the smoke from the fire would impact the area where the race was held. In the days leading up to the race, the amount of smoke varied greatly depending on the speed and direction of the wind, in combination with the temperature. Fortunately for all, race day dawned cool and with relatively light winds that were blowing from the south, keeping the smoke away.

In addition to Dave’s Superfit Production Crew, a large group of local volunteers ably staffed the well-stocked and strategically placed aid stations. The author would like to again personally thank the crew at the 25-mile aid station who came to his aid when he bonked and DNFed, a new experience. The aid station crew made sure I was well taken care of and provided an exciting ride back down the mountain to the start area.

Thanks again to everyone who came to race and for all those who made this great event possible.

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