KING SEEKING A TRIPLE CROWN
Max King of Bend, Ore., will put his unblemished XTERRA streak on the line at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, on Dec. 5.
More than 1,000 runners from around the world will participate in the race, and King is undoubtedly the man to beat. He has won the last five major XTERRA Trail Run races – taking first at the XTERRA National Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and the XTERRA World Championship in 2008 and 2009.
King, 30, won last year’s 21-kilometer XTERRA World Championship race with a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes, 26 seconds, which was almost three minutes faster than his closest competition. But he is taking nothing for granted this year, and said the unpredictable nature of the Kualoa Ranch course will be a factor.
“This course is relentless,” he said. “This course just keeps throwing hill after hill at you. The changes made last year made the course even more difficult by throwing in a fresh cut path through the jungle with uneven footing and a few more steep hills. Then to top it off, there’s a nice two miles of single track ‘trail’ with the great uneven footing and slick conditions to take you into the finish. I love it.”
RUFO AND SHIKE WIN FIRST XTERRA FLORIDA TRAIL RUN
By finishing first at the XTERRA Wildhorse Trail Run, Louis Rufo and Amanda Shike will always be first on the list of winners in the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series.
The Wildhorse Trail Run, completed on Sunday, Nov. 7, was the first XTERRA Trail Run ever staged in the state of Florida.
Rufo was the overall winner in the 21-kilometer long course, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes, 39 seconds. Shike was the first female with a time of 1:55:29. Rufo, 28, is from Lutz, Fla.; Shike, 24, is from Clearwater, Fla.
JOHNSON PREVAILS IN GEORGIA RACE
After a couple of runner-up finishes earlier this season, Michael Johnson emerged in front this time, winning the XTERRA Battle at Big Creek Trail Run today at Roswell, Ga.
Johnson completed the 9-mile course in 1 hour, 41 seconds, to finish first overall. Johnson , 23, is from Canton, Ga.
He finished far ahead of the rest of the field, as second place Ian McCann came in more than five minutes later at 1:06:08. McCann, who is from Atlanta, beat Johnson for first place at the previous race in the Georgia Series last month.
Tara Mooney of Kennesaw, Ga., was the first female with a time of 1:15:31. Mooney, 27, placed 13th overall.
Alexis O’Brien of Decatur, Ga., came in second among the females at 1:19:14.
A capacity field of 350 runners participated in the event, ranging in age from 14 to 73. In addition to the 9-mile course, there was also a 5-mile course for less-experienced trail runners. Chris Howren of Kennesaw, Ga., was the first overall finisher in the 5-mile race, while Nina Baker of Johnson City, Tenn., was the first female.
It was the third of six races in the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series for the 2010-11 season. The next race in the series is the Victoria Bryant Trail Run on Dec. 4.
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ALABAMA SERIES FINALE ON NOV. 14
It’s not even 2011 yet, but the 2010-11 season for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series will come to a close on Sunday, Nov. 14, with the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run at Pelham, Ala.
The event will feature two courses – a 21-kilometer course for experienced runners, and a 10-kilometer course for less-experienced runners.
It will serve as the last chance for runners to earn points for the 2010-11 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. The top runners in each age group will receive free entry to the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
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