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Max King

Get to know Max King

  • Name:
    Max King
  • Birth Date:
    February 24, 1980
  • Place of Birth:
    Sacramento, CA
  • Current Home town:
    Bend, OR
  • Primary Race Distance:
    Hmm, 3k to 50 mile. What’s primary mean anyway?
  • Other hobbies or sports:
    Shoes, running up hills, skiing, mountain biking.
  • What MHW/ Montrail gear and clothing is in your quiver for a typical day at/ on the [ trail, hill, on long runs]?
    Rogue Racers, Effusion Tights, Geist Jacket, Wicked Lite L/S, Power Stretch Glove. If it’s nice then the Ultra Refueler Shorts and Way2Cool shirt.
  • How were you introduced to your sport?
    I wasn’t always a “team player” and I was terrible at ball sports. I used to crush the other kids in the PE mile though so I went out for track in 7th grade.
  • What inspires you?
    Lots of things: A cold stormy run through deep forest on a flowing single track trail, seeing someone else make a huge breakthrough after months or years of hard training, or just the pre-race adrenaline that comes when all the best racers toe the line.
  • What advice would you give to newcomers to (your sport) today?
    It’s all about having fun and working hard. There are no special secrets to anyone’s running success, it’s all hard work.
  • What’s your favorite pre race meal?
    A Hammer Bar or oatmeal.
  • What the first thing you look forward to doing after a long run / race?
    Eating, I like to eat. A lot. It might not show but I run to eat and I eat to run.
  • How do you balance your training schedule with your “real” job?
    I quit my real job.
  • Do you have any pre-race/ pre-competition rituals?
    Sure, but I can’t tell you or it would jinx my superstitions.
  • In 10 years I hope to be…
    Doing the same thing I’m doing today. I envy those guys that are still improving at 40+ and hope that I’ll be doing the same.
  • Six-word bio:
    Pain is weakness leaving the body.
  • When singing karaoke, what song do you sing to bring down the house?
    If I could even sing, it would be: Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  • What music gets you fired up?
    Linkin Park
  • If you were a super hero, who would you be?
    Wolverine, he’s just plain bad ass. And yes, I’m a comic book geek.

Ultrarunning/Trail Running:

  • Xterra Trail Running World Championship 1st Dec 2011
  • Xterra Trail Running National Championships 1st Sept 2011
  • USATF National 50k Trail Championships 1st Sept 2011
  • IAAF World Mtn Running Championships 1st Sept 2011
  • Transrockies 6-day Stage Race 2nd Aug 2011
  • USATF Mtn Running Championships 1st June 2011
  • USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships 1st June 2011
  • Xterra World Championships 1st Dec 2010
  • USATF National Trail Marathon Championships   1st    Nov 2010
  • World Mtn Running Championships   16th  Sept 2010
  • Transrockies 6-Day Stage Race    1st    Partner w/ Andy Martin    Aug 2010
  • USATF Trail Half Marathon National Championships   1st  June 2010
  • American River 50miler  3rd  6:01   Apr 2010
  • Way Too Cool 50k  2nd  Mar 2010
  • World Xterra Trail Running Championships  1st    Dec 2009
  • USATF Trail Marathon National Championships    1st   Nov 2009
  • US Xterra Trail Running Championships   1st    Oct 2009
  • American River 50miler    1st   6:04   Apr 2009
  • World Xterra Trail Running Championships  1st    Dec 2008
  • US Xterra Trail Running Championships   1st    Oct 2008
  • Transrockies 6-Day Stage Race   1st    Partner w/ Erik Skaggs  Aug 2008
  • Siskiyou Outback 50k   1st   3:42   Jul 2008

Track, Road, and XC Running :

  • Olympic Trials Marathon 2:14:36 19th Jan 2012
  • London Marathon Pacer 2:13 pace/ 20 miles Apr 2011
  • World XC Championships    40th    Mar 2011
  • USATF XC National Championships    7th    Jan 2011
  • Baltimore Marathon    2:15:34     6th     Oct 2010
  • NYC Marathon    2:19    Nov 2009
  • World Championships XC Team Member   39th   Mar 2009
  • USA XC National Championships     9th     Feb 2009
  • Olympic Trials Steeplechase Qualifier     Jul 2008
  • World Championships XC Team Member    Mar 2008
  • 7th Place USA XC National Championships    Feb 2008
  • 8th Place USA Track Championships 3000m Steeple     Jun 2007
  • 6th Place USATF 8K Championships    Mar 2007
  • World Championships Road Running Team Member    Oct 2006
  • 9th Place USATF 5K Championships     Sep 2006
  • World Championships XC Team Member     Mar 2006
  • 3rd Place USA XC National Championships        Feb 2006
  • 3rd Houston Half Marathon   1:03:07      Jan 2006
  • 3rd Place USA Club National Championships      Nov 2005
  • 5th Place USA T&F Championships Steeplechase 8:33    Jun 2005
  • 5th Place USA 8K National Championships     23:07      Mar 2005
  • 11th Place USA XC National Championships Long Course     Feb 2005
  • 12th Place USA XC National Championships Short Course     Feb 2005
  • 10th Place XC Club National Championships     Dec 2004
  • 2nd Place Bend Marathon      2:32:33      Oct 2004


  • Marathon  2:14:34
  • Half Marathon   1:03:07
  • 3000m Steeplechase  8:31
  • 10k road  29:01
  • 8k Road  22:57
  • 5k Road  14:02

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