The 30-year-old King is the two-time defending XTERRA Trail Running national champion. He dominated the field at last year’s race, finishing more than six minutes in front of the second-place finisher.
“For one thing, it’s right in my backyard,” King said. “The main thing that keeps me coming back, though, is that it is a mid-distance trail race that’s competitive. I would like to see these shorter distance races really take off, draw good competition, and have a win at one be as prestigious as winning a major road race.”
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