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