Oregon’s Max King Wins Second Consecutive XTERRA Trail Running World Championship

December 6, 2009

From XTERRA Press Release – Max King, 29, from Bend, Oregon and Fiona Docherty, 34, from New Zealand won the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship at Kualoa Ranch this morning and each won $2,000, airfare from Hawaiian Airlines, and a host of other prizes for their efforts.

More than 1,000 runners from 35 states and nine countries participated in the day’s 3.1-mile, 6.2-mile, and 12-mile races, which were a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Hawaii.

King won the men’s 12-mile championship race in 1:14:26, nearly three-minutes ahead of runner-up Joe Gray, the reigning USA Track and Field Mountain Runner of the Year. It’s the second straight year King has won the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship and just a month ago he won the USA Track and Field National Trail Marathon (six days after finishing 18th at the New York City Marathon).

“This course was a lot harder than last year, it felt like 20 miles, not 12” smiled King.

Epic conditions greeted runners for the 9am start – sunny and clear with cool island breezes coming in off the ocean. The undulating course featured 3,000 feet of elevation gain while weaving up-and-down the verdant cliff faces in Ka’a’awa Valley and into the dense rainforest of Hakipu`u Valley at Kualoa Ranch.

King (#1) went out hard from the start followed in step by Gray (#6) and Ben Bruce (#2) though the early stages, but before the midway point it turned into a two-man race.

“Joe (Gray) was with me for quite a while and I was afraid of him on the hills because he’s so good in the mountains. Both he and Ben are great runners and I knew I had my work cut out for me,” said King.

It wasn’t until about the 7-mile mark when King pulled away, and solidified his position as the “King of XTERRA Trail Running”.

“This valley is really a grand stage for an event like this, the scenery is just amazing with the cliffs and the ocean and the ridgeline single track trails. Plus, I’m really happy to be in Hawaii right now, its 15-degrees in Bend.”

In the women’s race Docherty (a Kiwi living in Boulder, Colorado) sprinted to the lead in the first mile and never looked back, crossing the finish line in 1:30:05, more than two-minutes ahead of last year’s winner Cindy Anderson from Kailua, Hawaii.

“This was an amazing, tough and awesome course,” said Docherty (pictured), the 2003 Duathlon World Champion and sister of two-time Olympic triathlon medalist Bevan Docherty. “This was my first XTERRA, but I’ve always loved trail running. Thankfully I am strong on the hills, so I was able to push it and hold on.”

In the race for second Heather Fuhr, a 15-time Ironman Champ and the 1997 Ironman World Champ, was in front of Anderson until about the halfway point.

“I started out hard, but Fiona passed me within about a mile, and I wasn’t able to catch up to Heather until about mile six,” said Anderson. “”I’m not usually good on the downhills so that was tough for me along with the heat, but this year’s race was fun and I ran six minutes faster than last year, so really psyched to take 2nd.”

Complete Results



1st Max King 29 Bend, OR 1:14:26 $2,000
2nd Joseph Gray 25 Lakewood, WA 1:17:21 $1,000
3rd Ben Bruce 27 Eugene, OR 1:20:43 $750
4th John Tribbia 27 Boulder, CO 1:25:47 $500
5th Fujio Miyachi 31 Tokyo, Japan 1:26:12 $300
6th Jeff Campbell 38 Atlanta, GA 1:26:45 $250
7th Andy Ames 46 Boulder, CO 1:28:53 $200

1st Fiona Docherty 34 Boulder, CO/NZ 1:30:05 $2,000
2nd Cynthia Anderson 26 Kailua, HI 1:33:01 $1,000
3rd Heather Fuhr 41 Encinitas, CA 1:38:01 $750
4th Ady Ngawati 32 Whangarei, NZ 1:38:53 $500
5th Jenny Tobin 41 Boise, ID 1:40:29 $300
6th Jessica Tranchina 32 Honolulu, HI 1:41:36 $250
7th Rachel Cieslewicz 29 Salt Lake City, UT 1:42:13 $200


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…

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Division First Name Last Name Hometown Time
10-14 Jarrell Hibler Honolulu, HI 1:59:35
15-19 Jesse Story Pearl Harbor, HI 1:51:18
20-24 Vaughn Harber Honolulu, HI 1:35:29
25-29 Max King Bend, OR 1:14:26
30-34 Fujio Miyachi Tokyo, Japan 1:26:12
35-39 Jeff Campbell Atlanta, GA 1:26:45
40-44 Scott Dunlap Woodside, CA 1:35:23
45-49 Andy Ames Boulder, CO 1:28:53
50-54 Ash Dustow Honolulu, HI 1:36:10
55-59 Edward Bugarin Honolulu, HI 1:49:09
60-64 Justin Costa Makawao, HI 2:09:02
65-69 Steven Humphrey Reno, NV 2:26:28
PC Fouad Fattoumy Honolulu, HI 1:45:29

Division First Name Last Name Hometown Time
15-19 Samantha Blanch Pukekohe, New Zealand 1:58:47
20-24 Antonietta Iosue Kailua, HI 2:08:36
25-29 Cynthia Anderson Kailua, HI 1:33:01
30-34 Fiona Docherty Boulder, CO/New Zealand 1:30:05
35-39 Cristina Begy Honolulu, HI 1:44:54
40-44 Heather Fuhr Encinitas, CA 1:38:01
45-49 Maureen Lyell Auckland, New Zealand 1:51:48
50-54 Christine Crooks Auckland, New Zealand 2:23:10
55-59 Lorenn Walker Waialua, HI 2:24:03

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

The XTERRA Trail Running World Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell, Hawaiian Airlines, XTERRA.TV, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, and GU Energy Gel. Sponsors include Kualoa Ranch, Gatorade, Runner’s World Magazine, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Zorrel, and the XTERRA Alliance – Gear, Footwear, Fitness, Wetsuits, and Cycling.