Oregon runners rely on strong finishes to hold
BEND, Ore. (Sept. 18, 2010) –
Light rain and
heavy competition were not enough to stop the reign of Max King at the
XTERRA Trail Run National Championship on Saturday, Sept. 18.
(pictured) won the XTERRA National Championship race for the third
completing the 13.9-mile course in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 57 seconds.
resides in Bend, used his knowledge of the course to break away from
late in the race.
you have good competition and you pull out a win like that, it always
good, mentally and physically,” said King, 30. “I tried to be relaxed
first half of the race and see if I could open it up in the second half
the win, and that’s what I did. It wasn’t easy. This was a very
Fleshman, who is from Eugene, Ore., also relied on a late surge to win
women’s national championship for the second consecutive year.
finished 10th overall with a time of 1:24:24.
third consecutive XTERRA National Championship victory was his closest.
Oregonian Greg Mitchell and California’s Mario Mendoza pushed King the
who is from McMinnville, finished second with a time of 1:16:52. The
margin was the closest any runner has come to King at the XTERRA
Championship race in the past three years. Mitchell had the lead for
half of the race, but King passed him during a flat section along the
River with around three miles to go.
first half of the race I felt pretty strong so I pushed it,” said
“Then somewhere along the river, Max just came on by like it was
(pictured in blue/yellow) is an experienced distance runner, but was
making his first appearance at the
kind of figure that Max is on a different level, but you never know,”
said. “It was fun to be right there with him most of the way in a race
who is from Cambria, Calif., also held the lead for a brief stretch
for third place in 1:17:16.
tried to stay with Max at the end there and kind of overextended
Mendoza, 24. “I would have liked second, but (Mitchell) he passed me.”
was also racing for the first time in Bend, but it won’t be his last.
to move there next month to train on the numerous running trails. He
will even seek the advice of King.
I’m convinced that moving to Bend is the best decision as far as my
concerned,” Mendoza said. “This was a great race, great course, and a
train with Max … that just adds to it.”
Broderick of Bend was fourth in 1:18:58, and Tyler Davis of Talent,
fifth in 1:19:50. In a true sprint to the finish, Derick Williamson of
was sixth (1:20:05), John Ngigi of Oregon was seventh (1:20:06) and Tim
Orden of Vermont was eighth (1:20:08).
women’s race was also supposed to be close, but Fleshman (pictured)
turned it into a
runaway by running away down the stretch. For most of the race before
Fleshman and Michele Suszek of Colorado stayed near each other.
just tried to keep pace,” Fleshman said. “Then probably with around 5
(kilometers) left , I really picked up the pace to make it
the other girls in the race. My specialty is 5k, so once I knew there
left, I felt comfortable picking it up.”
who was racing in Bend for the first time, finished in second with a
was right behind me, then she got ahead at the 10-mile mark,” Suszek
Fleshman. “Then we hit the flat stuff and she was gone. I tried, but
28, was also fast as she finished more than two minutes ahead of
Mary Colburn (1:29:18) of Culver City, Calif.
runners Sopagna Eap (1:30:41) and Kami Semick (1:32:07) placed fourth
than 400 runners from around the world participated in the race. The
were greeted in Bend by light rain and temperatures in the 50s.
rain helped, actually,” Fleshman said. “It kept the dust down. And
it’s cool is always better than running when it’s hot.”
and Fleshman each received $1,000 and roundtrip airfares to Hawaii
Hawaiian Airlines. They can use the airfares to compete at the XTERRA
World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii, on Dec. 5.
addition to the overall titles, 24 age-group national champions were
Zoe Allen (pictured), who is 7 and the youngest runner to ever compete
in the XTERRA
Nationals, finished in 3:03:37 to win the female 9-younger division.
is from Hillsboro, Ore., ran the course with her mother, Tara.
(besides King) to win age-group titles for the third consecutive year
Hildebrand (men 75-79), Katie Caba (women 35-39) and Jessie Stratton
The XTERRA Trail
Run National Championship was the last race
in a 60-stop U.S. Tour that hosts races in 15 states ranging from 5km
to 42km. Here’s a look at
the 2010 XTERRA
Trail Running National Champs:
XTERRA Trail Run National Champions
|15-19||Jaxon Rickel||Tucson, AZ||1:26:07|
|20-24||Mario Mendoza||Bend, OR||1:17:16|
|25-29||Derick Williamson||Austin, TX||1:20:05|
|30-34||(3) Max King||Bend, OR||1:15:57|
|35-39||Greg Mitchell||McMinnville, OR||1:16:52|
|40-44||Tim Van Orden||Bennington, VT||1:20:08|
|45-49||Scott Frey||Eugene, OR||1:29:04|
|50-54||(2) Jim Bendis||Palm Springs, CA||1:34:15|
|55-59||Steve Giardini||Bend, OR||1:56:03|
|60-64||Skip Brown||Bend, OR||1:41:22|
|65-69||Lawrence Dunlap||Eugene, OR||1:52:44|
|70-74||Kenneth Harrison||Hudson, OH||2:08:35|
|75-79||(3) Don Hildebrand||Sisters, OR||2:33:46|
|9-under||Zoe Allen||Hillsboro, OR||3:03:37|
|20-24||Hannah Schultz||Seattle, WA||1:49:17|
|25-29||(2) Lauren Fleshman||Eugene, OR||1:24:24|
|30-34||Mary Colburn||Culver City, CA||1:29:18|
|35-39||(3) Katie Caba||Bend, OR||1:35:41|
|40-44||Kami Semick||Bend, OR||1:32:07|
|45-49||Joan Cottrill||Cuyahoga Falls, OH||1:47:45|
|50-54||Cecilia Kirk||Eugene, OR||1:57:38|
|55-59||Sooki Raphael||Topanga, CA||2:13:20|
|60-64||Lee Saltonstall||Kailua, HI||2:26:53|
|65-69||(3) Jessie Stratton||Redding, CA||2:23:40|
WILD IN 5K/10K RACES: In addition to the
21-kilometer championship course,
there were also separate 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races.
Piper McDonald won the XTERRA Bend 5k for the second year in a row, and
time she took the overall victory as well. The future running star from
turned in an 18:52, which was 45 seconds ahead of runner-up and men’s
Danny Harris, also of Bend. In the 10k another Bendite, Zach Rowland,
the men’s race in 37:05, while 23-year-old Adrienne Nova of Kirkland,
won the women’s race in 40:18.
NOTES: Today’s trail races were a
benefit for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, a non-profit
guiding philosophy is to encourage academic achievement and promote the
positive values of competitive Alpine, Cross Country Skiing,
Cycling. Many of the young adults the foundation services showed up in
and made for a great atmosphere at the aid stations.
In addition to the main event, 5km and 10km trail runs, nearly 100
kids enjoyed the XTERRA Kids Zone obstacle courses, running races and
drills, the Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon was six stylists deep creating
hairdos as a benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and an
enormous crowd of spectators, friends, and family enjoyed an
day in Bend.
The XTERRA Trail Running National Championship is presented by Paul
and Degree Men Adventure. National sponsors include GU Energy Gel,
Zorrel, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Hawaiian Airlines, XTERRA.TV,
Runner Magazine and the XTERRA Alliance – Wetsuits, Gear, Cycling,
Footwear. The destination sponsor is Visit Bend, and local sponsors
Old Mill District, Oregon Sports Authority, Fleet Feet Bend, Earth2o
Strictly Organic Coffee, U.S. Forest Service, Mount Bachelor Village
and the Phoenix Inn Suites.
A special thanks to Visit Bend, Bend Parks
and Rec, Deschutes National Forest, the great volunteers from the
MBSEF, and the entire Bend community for embracing the event
and making it a world-class atmosphere for athletes from around the
UP NEXT: The XTERRA
World Championship is December 5 at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian
Island of Oahu, and many of
today’s runners have already signed-up to take on the world. Read more
Contact: Dayton Morinaga