Max King, our man on the trails

Max King, our man on the trails

Meet Max King, the most interesting runner in the world.

The star of BendBroadband’s new Ultrafast Internet campaign, Max has established himself as one of the most versatile – and successful – runners in the country.

This year alone he’s competed at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials (he finished 12th and was less than five seconds away from making the Olympic team), took bronze at the 10K Pan American Cross Country Championships in Venezuela and won the Bend Marathon.

In his pro career, the 36-year-young King has won four Xterra Trail Running World Championships, two Warrior Dash obstacle course world titles, the 2014 100K World Championships in Qatar and the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships in Albania, to highlight just a few of his victories.

King’s durability and willingness to tackle any race, any distance, any time is legendary in runners’ circles.

• In 2012 he won the Xterra Trail Running national title on a hilly 13.1-mile course in Ogden, Utah less than 24 hours AFTER claiming the USATF 50K Trail Championships at Mount Bachelor.

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• His victory at this year’s Bend Marathon came a day AFTER winning the 50K Lost Creek Trail Run in Medford.

• He won the 2014 Bigfoot 10K in Bend pulling his then 21-month-old daughter in a KidRunner stroller and placed second in the local Horse Butte 10-miler dressed in cowboy attire, complete with jeans, belt buckle, cowboy hat and pearl snap shirt. True story!

• He may or may not have once used a staple gun to attach a race bib to his bare chest.

In Bend, Max is just as well known for his coaching. For years he has led free weekly speed workouts from FootZone and has served as a coach with the Central Oregon Running Klub’s youth program. It’s like Steph Curry giving free shooting lessons to Bay Area residents on Warriors’ off nights and volunteering to coach the local kids’ travel team.

So, what does the man dubbed Maximus by his college teammates at Cornell have up his sleeve for later this year? (If this whole running thing doesn’t work out, Max has a chemical engineering degree from an Ivy League school to fall back on.)

Here is a look at King’s tentative race schedule for the rest of the year:

Sunday: Comrades Marathon, 56-mile ultramarathon in South Africa
June 12: Dirty Half Marathon, Bend
June 18-19: Broken Arrow SkyRace in Squaw Valley, California
June 27-July 1: Max King Youth Trail Running Camp, Sisters
Aug. 20: Leadville Trail 100 Run, 100-mile trail race in Leadville, Colorado
Sept. 21-25: Max King Adult Trail Running Camp at Mt. Shasta, California
Oct. 15: Elk-Kings 25K, Tillamook
Oct. 23: Grand Trail des Templiers, 76K in Millau, France
Dec. 3: North Face Endurance Challenge California, 50-mile run in San Francisco

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