Montrail signed four new elite trail runners to Team Montrail including Max King, the winner of the 2008 and 2009 XTERRA Trail Run Championships and the 2009 USATF Trail Marathon Championship.
Max King (Bend, OR) – “As a relatively new ultra athlete, it will be great to be part of a stellar team of athletes that I can learn from and compete with at a variety of ultra distances. My hope is that we will become great friends that will continue to push each other to faster times and bigger goals.” – Max King
Recent Highlights: 2008 Olympic Trials Steeplechase qualifier; Winner of two straight XTERRA Trail Run World Championships, numerous USATF and USA Cross Country trail championships and the 2009 USATF Trail Marathon Championship; Max began running ultras in 2008 winning both the Siskiyou Outback 50k and the TransRockies Stage Race and the 2009 American River 50-mile.
Goals for 2010: Focus on ultras while still competing at the top level in shorter distance events; Work with the Montrail Product Development team to create progressive trail shoes for upcoming seasons; Continue his career as a Biochemical Engineer at Bend Research and coach a performance running group.
Dakota Jones (Durango, CO)
Recent Highlights: 19 years-old with top finishes in 2009 including: Jemez Mountain 50-mile, The North Face Endurance Championship, Moab Red Hot 50k and The Other Half half marathon.
Goals for 2010: Run trail events, both ultras and sub-ultras, hoping to one day win the Hardrock 100.
Jill Perry (Manlius, NY)
Recent Highlights: 2009 wins at Umstead 100 and the 24 Hour Run National Championship; 2nd place at Vermont 100 and Caumsett 50k; Represented the USA at World Championship 50k in Gibraltar.
Goals for 2010: Continue her winning streak as a mother of five; Run the Badwater Ultra; Further the success of her business, Whole Running.
Mandy Hosford (Salt Lake City, UT)
Recent Highlights: All in 2009: 3rd at the Pocatello 50-mile, 1st at the Wasatch Steeplechase, 1st at Speedgoat 50k and 2nd at the Wasatch 100-mile.
Goals for 2010: Working toward strong finishes in more 100 and 50-mile races across the country.
Bev Anderson-Abbs, Annette Bednosky, Syl Corbett (Canada), Luis Escobar, Ellie Greenwood (Canada), Eric Grossman, Matt Hart, David Horton, Mandy Hosford, Hiroki Ishikawa (Japan), Dakota Jones, Max King, Sean Meissner, Ryne Melcher (Canada), Luanne Park, Jill Perry, Gary Robbins (Canada), Geoff Roes, Terri Schneider, Erik Skaden, Joelle Vaught