Max King’s Advice for XTERRA Trail Run Worlds
Max King knows Kualoa Ranch.
The four-time XTERRA Trail Run World Champ and five-time XTERRA Trail Run National Champ is the closest thing to a mountain goat Oahu has ever seen. In the four straight years he won the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, he won easily, covering the arduous course at Kualoa Ranch at a sub-six minute pace every year.
At 37, King is only getting faster. This year alone he won nine of the eleven races he competed in, including the FOURmidable 50K in Auburn, California, the Chuckanut 50K in Bellingham, Washington, the Horse Butte 10-miler in Bend, Oregon, and the Backcountry Rise 50K in Toutle, Washington. Next weekend, he will be competing in The North Face 50 in Marin.
In addition to his training and racing schedule, he runs the Max King Trail Running Camps for youth and adults in beautiful locations like Tahoe, California, and the mountains of northeastern Oregon.
“I really want to do XTERRA Worlds again, but it’s been a long year,” said King. “I’m planning on taking a break.”
In the meantime, he is passing on his advice on how to conquer the only course deemed worthy for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.
Q. What is your strategy for the start? Do you focus on getting a good position before you hit the single track?
Q. How do you race the first third of the race, before you begin to climb?
Q. What about that hill?
Q. How about getting down?
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