The last job you'd expect a Cornell University grad with a Chemical Engineering degree to be doing is buying footwear. For Max King, working at the FootZone, a specialty running shop in downtown Bend is a perfect fit. The runner, best known for crushing ultramarathons as well as dominating short distance trail races, is in his happy place when he's working, coaching, raising his two kids and running in Bend.
King runs ultramarathons in less time than it takes you to binge-watch half a season of your favorite show on Netflix. In November he set a new American record at the IAU [International Association of Ultrarunners] World Championships in Qatar. He crossed the finish lined for the 100K in 6 hours and 27 minutes... I'm exhausted just typing that.
King trains in Central Oregon throughout the year. Because he runs short distances and long distances on pavement and dirt, I knew he'd have some great insight to share with others looking to get out and run on the High Desert.
Max king's top tips for running in central oregon
what terrain does central oregon offer runners?
what's your go-to trail for a short run?
what about for those long, training runs?
Favorite part about running on the high desert?
Pavement or dirt?
How does the c.o. scenery enhance your running experience?
any hidden gems for running in c.o.?
advice on what to wear?
favorite place to get a beer in bend after a long run?
What's your favorite place to run or drink beer in Bend?