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XTERRA 2012 Trails Day at Snowbasin

24 September 2012
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Max King from Oregon continued his amazing streak of XTERRA Trail Run Championships with another amazing weekend.

Max KingKing, 32, won the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday, September 23, at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship 21K has been staged five times, and King has won each one in convincing fashion.

"It means a lot," he said. "I love coming back. This is actually one of the best courses for a trail run I've ever seen. It's a beautiful course and XTERRA keeps putting on a great race. It's a phenomenal event."

Anderson takes women's title in first try

Lindsey Anderson was the hometown hero in the women's division. She placed 14th overall and was the top female with a time of 1:33:23.

Lindsey AndersonAnderson was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympics team for the steeplechase, and this was her first trail run.

"I've practiced on trails before, but this is my first race," she said. "My coach told me to try this race and it was great."

Anderson, 27, resides in Ogden and is regarded as one of the top distance runners in the history of the track program at Weber State University, which is located in Ogden. She is currently an assistant coach at Weber State.

A lead pack women ran together for the first half of the race, then Anderson and Kerri Lyons took the lead up the climb to Sardine Peak. Anderson eventually broke away for the win and finished more than a minute ahead of Lyons (1:34:27).

"It was just a lot of fun," said Anderson, who took most of the last year off from training due to the birth of her daughter. "I would encourage anybody to do this."