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King Earns USATF Award!

Even the Wanted posters could reel in former Cornell star Max King as his trail running dominance continues.

For the fourth straight year, he won the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, this time at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on Sunday. His previous titles came in his hometown of Bend, Ore.

The World Mountain Running champion traversed the 21k trail course in 1:17:59, four minutes ahead of the field.

“I love my hometown of Bend, but this was, I gotta say, a great course,” said King. “It was a lot more climbing than we get in Bend, so this was tough.”

Wrote Dayton Morinaga of XTERRA:

Making it even tougher, King was running on tired legs. Less than 24 hours before the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, King was competing in even longer state – and in a different time zone.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, King won the USA 50K Trail Championship in Bend, Ore. In essence, the XTERRA Trail Run victory gave him two national titles in less than 24 hours in two different states.

“You always have to think positive when you’re an athlete, so I was thinking positive that I could do it,” King said. “It was a matter of how your body holds up and how you feel after the first (race).”

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