Posted by: Joe English | October 1, 2008

Trail Running: King, Beck Win XTERRA Trail Run National Championship

Max King wins XTERRA Trail Championships

Max King wins XTERRA Trail Championships

BEND, OR – Max King and Susannah Beck beat out several hundred athletes from 21 states Bend this weekend to win the fourth annual XTERRA Trail Running National Championship on an incredibly beautiful, crisp and clear morning along the Deschutes River.

Ultimately the king of XTERRA trail running turned out to be host-city Bend’s very own Max King. The local favorite set the standard high turning out close to five-minute miles for a winning 21km course time of 1:08:01.

After just winning a six-day 125 mile race through the Rockies earlier this month and coming in second at the 2008 Northwest Mountain Running Championships last weekend, King was able to use his hometown advantage to edge out steeplechase star Ben Bruce, 26, of Eugene, Oregon by just over a minute. Ryan Bak, 27, also from Eugene and King’s teammate on the 2008 USA World Cross Country Team, took third in 1:09:41.

“When I spoke to Ryan, he said he was just coming to do the race for fun. Both he and Ben entered the race at the last minute, but I knew they would be tough competition” King said.

Being from Bend, King was familiar with the course and was able to run part of the upper track last night giving him a good feel for the twists and turns. “I love to run a course with tight curves. It might be because of my low center of gravity” he joked. It was a close race for the first section, but at mile 3 Max took the lead and never looked back. When talking to Bruce and Bak, they said that as primarily track racers, “The course was more technical than they were used to. Max was able to take the sharp turns and really open up his lead.”

“It’s a great course and nice to show all these runners from out of town what we have here in Bend and how you can go from this really cool downtown-type setting to forested single track in just miles,” said King. “Today was beautiful in Bend, the trails weren’t dusty, just perfect. Bend is really a great place for XTERRA to be, and I think that showed today.”

Overall Top 5 Men
Max King, 28 (Bend, OR) 1:08:01
Ben Bruce, 26 (Eugene, OR) 1:09:04
Ryan Bak, 27 (Eugene, OR) 1:09:41
Joseph Gray, 24 (Lakewood, WA) 1:13:53
Rich Skorczewski, 31 (Portland, OR) 1:15:01

In the women’s race it was marathon specialist Susannah Beck, 40, who took home the women’s top prize with her time of 1:23:07. This Eugene native “duked it out” for first place with Bend local Kami Semick, 42, who finished just 19 seconds later. These two ultra trail runners battled each other just six weeks ago at the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship in Crystal Mountain, Washington where Beck and Semick also took the first and second place respectively.

This morning, it was an all out tug of war as Beck took the lead from the start giving way to Semick at mile six, and then regaining the lead at mile ten to take the women’s title. 2008 Northwest Mountain Running Championships Lisa Nye, 40, of Bend, who was under the weather and only made it to the race by her children’s urging, came in an impressive third at 1:25:11.

Runners for the championship 21km distance ranged in age from 16 to 84. John Keston, the race’s most senior participant from Sunriver, Oregon, is originally from England and honored the event by singing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem at the awards ceremony. “I have only been racing competitively since I was 55” said Keston after completing the event in just 2:19:16.

After a 50+ event XTERRA Trail Run Series, 22 regional champions went head to head at this morning’s race to see how they stacked up against the competition. Usually behind the scenes instead of the starting line, Philly Series race director Don Morrison said, “This was a great, fast race. The rolling hills were beautiful but not too technical. Everyone had a great time.”

Overall Top 5 Women
Susannah Beck, 40 (Eugene, OR) 1:23:07
Kami Semick, 42 (Bend, OR) 1:23:26
Lisa Nye, 40 (Bend, OR) 1:25:11
Katie Caba, 37 (Bend, OR) 1:25:18
Lisa Goldsmith, 44 (Colo Springs, CO) 1:27:52

Five Bend runners won national titles today, along with several other Oregon-based athletes and out-of-state champions from California, Pennsylvania, Washington, Utah, Colorado, and Nevada.


2008 XTERRA Trail Running National Champions – Women
Division Name Hometown Time
15 – 19 Amanda Root Bend, OR 1:59:36
20 – 24 Ixel Sanchez Ashland, OR 1:33:31
25 – 29 Jenn Shelton Ashland, OR 1:30:04
30 – 34 Holly Hight Wilsonville, OR 1:32:30
35 – 39 Katie Caba Bend, OR 1:25:18
40 – 44 Susannah Beck Eugene, OR 1:23:07
45 – 49 Jodi Ruby La Verne, CA 1:37:08
50 – 54 Maureen Schlerf Bend, OR 2:01:22
55 – 59 Leah Whipple Kimberton, PA 1:47:26
60 – 64 Jessie Stratton Redding, CA 2:04:05
65 – 69 Amy Galbraith Venice, CA 2:21:35

2008 XTERRA Trail Running National Champions – Men
Division Name Hometown Time
15 – 19 Eddie Lacy Bend, OR 1:48:20
20 – 24 Joseph Gray Lakewood, WA 1:13:53
25 – 29 Max King Bend, OR 1:08:01
30 – 34 Rich Skorczewski Portland, OR 1:15:01
35 – 39 Richard Bolt Portland, OR 1:15:32
40 – 44 Mark Ryan Redmond, OR 1:19:21
45 – 49 Bernie Boettcher Silt, CO 1:16:16
50 – 54 2 Kevin Tuck Salt Lake City, UT 1:21:53
55 – 59 Don Morrison Brandywine, PA 1:36:18
60 – 64 Phil Rossi Lake Oswego, OR 1:40:06
65 – 69 Steven Humphrey Reno, NV 1:57:48
75 – 79 Don Hildebrand Sisters, OR 2:33:14
80+ John Keston Sunriver, OR 2:19:16

Source: Xterra Planet
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