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King, Meyerhoff win XTERRA Trail Run Worlds

Kualoa Ranch - Ka'a'awa, HI - Max King found the perfect cure for a sickness – win the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. Sally MeyerhoffDespite running with flu-like symptoms, King won the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship for the third consecutive year today at Kualoa Ranch. King, who is from Bend, Oregon, completed the 12.9 mile course in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 36 seconds.

“I didn’t even know if I was going to make it to the race this morning, let alone win,” said King, 30. “I had a headache, my fever was going down, but I still felt terrible. But when I got here and started running on the course, I was surprised that I felt a lot better than I thought I would. I guess after all these years, running makes me feel pretty normal.”

When it comes to running XTERRA Trail Run Championship races, King is beyond normal. He is now 6-0 in the last six major XTERRA trail run races – three consecutive victories in the national championship race, and now three consecutive wins in the world championship race.

In the women’s race, Sally Meyerhoff of Arizona took the victory in her first try at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.



Meyerhoff normally enters road races (she is the American record holder for a 10-mile road race), but she proved her worth on the tricky trails of Kualoa Ranch. She completed the course in a women’s record time of 1:28:58, which was good for ninth place overall, and nearly eight minutes ahead of the next female.

“I don’t do a ton of trail running, but I do marathons and half-marathons and I train really hard at the professional level,” said Meyerhoff, 26. “But this race tested me like I’ve never been tested before.”

Max KingIndeed, Meyerhoff collapsed after crossing the finish line and needed medical attention. She was eventually fine after receiving intravenous fluids.

King and Meyerhoff each received $2,000.

More than 1,500 runners from around the world competed in the event, which was the culmination of the 2010 XTERRA Trail Run season. Runners ranging in age from 12 to 75 participated, representing 30 states from across America, and seven other countries.

King won the race for the third consecutive year, but Will Christian of Maryland came closer to him than any previous runner in the last three years. Christian, 27, finished in second place with a time of 1:17:56 in his first race at Kualoa Ranch.

“Max is definitely a great runner,” Christian said. “He left me behind after about mile 9 going up the hills.”

King said his experience at Kualoa Ranch made a difference in the last three miles of the race, and Christian agreed.

“That big hill in the back is usually the deciding factor in this race,” King said. “That’s kind of where we separated. The thing is, even if you’re used to mountain running, that big hill can make a big difference.”

Christian said: “Not knowing those hills, yeah, that was key for me. I didn’t know that hill kept going on and on.”

Rivers Puzey, a member of the cross country team at Brigham Young-Hawaii, placed third overall with a time of 1:20:54. He would have preferred to be at the NCAA Division II Championships this weekend, but his strong showing at Kualoa Ranch was a nice consolation.

“I didn’t qualify (for the NCAA-II meet), but when I heard about this, I wanted to try it,” said Puzey, who is originally from Oregon. “I didn’t have any expectations. I knew there were going to be a lot of fast runners, so to finish third, I am very happy.”

Brandon Mader, the Alabama trail run champion, placed fourth overall in 1:21:48, and Tyler Davis from Oregon was fifth in 1:23:07.

In the women’s race, Kim Kuehnert was a surprising runner-up. She is a sophomore on the Hawaii Pacific University cross country team and is not even the top-seeded runner on her own team.

“This is unbelievable,” said Kuehnert, who is originally from Germany. “The other girls (on the HPU team) were finishing ahead of me this season. For the most part, I was finishing third on my team.”

But she finished second overall today with a time of 1:36:52. Her HPU teammate, Ina Marie Hjorth, placed fourth among the women at 1:38:33.

Canada’s Melanie McQuaid – a three-time former XTERRA World Champion for off-road triathlon – placed third among the women at 1:38:11.

Team XTREMEAlso of note:

    * In addition to the overall champions, 25 age-group world champions were crowned. Repeat world champions from last year were: Jarrell Hibler (men 10-14), Max King (men 30-34), Edward Bugarin (men 60-64) and George Taylor (men 75-79).
    * Runners who won their respective age groups at the XTERRA National Championship in Bend, Oregon, in September and then won an XTERRA World Championship today were: Max King, Larry Dunlap (men 65-69), Kenneth Harrison (men 70-74), Joan Cottrill (women 45-49) and Lee Saltsonstall (women 60-64).
    * Team X-T.R.E.M.E. (pictured) also made an appearance at a Hawaii race for the first time. The four runners from the team ran the course together, and they all had gas masks secured to their faces. They enter races around the world to raise awareness and funds for military personnel wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Complete XTERRA Trail Run World Championship Results

2010 XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLD CHAMP MONEY WINNERS

MALE  

PL    NAME    AGE    HOMETOWN    TIME    PURSE
1st    Max King    30    Bend, Oregon    1:16:36    $2,000
2nd    Will Christian    27    California, Maryland    1:17:56    $1,000
3rd    Rivers Puzey    26    Hermiston, Oregon    1:20:54    $750
4th    Brandon Mader    26    Huntsville, Alabama    1:21:48    $500
5th    Tyler Davis    23    Talent, Oregon    1:23:07    $300
6th    Bruce Rahmig    39    Denver, Colorado    1:25:02    $250
7th    Anders Ludvigsen    20    Odense, Denmark    1:26:06    $200
FEMALE

PLACE    NAME    AGE    HOMETOWN    TIME    PURSE
1st    Sally Meyerhoff    27    Maricopa, Arizona    1:28:58    $2,000
2nd    Kim Kuehnert    22    Leverkusen, Germany    1:36:52    $1,000
3rd    Melanie McQuaid    37    Victoria, B.C., Canada    1:38:11    $750
4th    Ina Marie Hjorth    20    Aarhus, Denmark    1:38:33    $500
5th    Rachel Cieslewicz    31    Salt Lake City, Utah    1:40:26    $300
6th    Candes Meijide Gentry    33    Honolulu, Hawaii    1:41:20    $250
7th    Frida Aspnaes    23    Nolaskolam, Sweden    1:41:41    $200

THE 2010 XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLD CHAMPIONS

In addition to the elite runners, dozens of amateur trail runners earned the title of XTERRA World Champion in their age division.  Here's a look at this year's title winners...

MALE  

Division    Name    Hometown    Time
10-14    (2) Jarrell Hibler    Honolulu, Hawaii    1:49:47
15-19    John Fratinardo    Laupahoehoe, Hawaii    1:54:56
20-24    Tyler Davis    Talent, Oregon    1:23:07
25-29    Will Christian    California, Maryland    1:17:56
30-34    (3) Max King    Bend, Oregon    1:16:36
35-39    Bruce Rahmig    Denver, Colorado    1:25:02
40-44    (2) Mark Speck    Honolulu, Hawaii    1:31:07
45-49    (2) David Carlsson    Honolulu, Hawaii    1:36:46
50-54    Kevin Tuck    Salt Lake City, Utah    1:30:50
55-59    Nicholas Kaiser    Honolulu, Hawaii    1:45:31
60-64     (2) Edward Bugarin    Honolulu, Hawaii    1:56:39
65-69    Larry Dunlap    Eugene, Oregon    1:56:02
70-74    Kenneth Harrison    Hudson, Ohio    2:23:43
75-79    (3) George Taylor    Kelowna, Canada    3:42:24
PC    (3) Fouad Fattoumy    Honolulu, Hawaii    1:47:02

FEMALE  

Division    Name    Hometown    Time
15-19    Eryn Lovell    Whangarei, New Zealand    1:51:41
20-24    Kim Kuehnert    Leverkusen, Germany    1:36:52
25-29    Sally Meyerhoff    Maricopa, Arizona    1:28:58
30-34    Rachel Cieslewicz    Salt Lake City, Utah    1:40:26
35-39    Melanie McQuaid    Victoria, B.C., Canada    1:38:11
40-44    Jenny Tobin    Boise, Idaho    1:42:53
45-49    Joan Cottrill    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio    2:02:17
50-54    Jenny Green    Auckland, New Zealand    2:03:33
55-59    Patsy Vasquez    Honolulu, Hawaii    2:10:36
60-64    (2) Lee Saltonstall    Kailua, Hawaii    2:48:08

(#) Denotes number of XTERRA World Titles   
Overall Champs in Bold  
 
PC = Physically Challenged Division  

HAWAII LOCALS DOMINATE 5KM/10KM RACES: Zachary Tedoff and Laura Specker, both of Honolulu, won the XTERRA Kualoa Ranch 10-kilometer race in 42:23 and 49:46, respectively (Complete 10k results).  Justin Pines from Honolulu and Claire Guerra of Wahiawa, Hawaii won the 5km races in 20:05 and 26:04 (Complete 5k results).

The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship was the last race in a 60-stop World Tour -  a national and international series of trail races ranging from 5km to 42km held in eight countries and 15 U.S. states.

The race was filmed for a segment in the nationally syndicated XTERRA Adventures TV show that will start airing in May 2011, and featured a $10,000 prize purse paid down to the top seven men and women. Highlights will be up soon at www.XTERRA.tv.

The XTERRA Trail Running World Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell, Degree Men Adventure, Hawaiian Airlines, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, XTERRAVitality.com and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Sponsors include OC 16, Kualoa Ranch, GU Energy Gel, Gatorade, Zorrel, XTERRA.TV, and the XTERRA Alliance - Gear, Footwear, Fitness, Wetsuits, and Cycling.