King Marathon

Max King

Goal Race Distance

40-50 kilometers (26-31 miles)


Roads, flat/fast groomed trails


Max King's Marathon program will help train you in the same way Max King does, so that you can smash your PR on your next race. It features a combination of easy and high intensity running that will develop your aerobic capacity and economy and relies on the basic fundamentals of marathon training to optimize your results come race day. This program focuses on early threshold work before transitioning to longer intervals, and finally shifting to shorter intervals to peak for race day.  Max teaches you the value of each workout through detailed descriptions and simulation assignments.

This program is built for beginner to intermediate runners that have run a marathon before and want to improve their marathon time through more dedicated and structured training. 

When you enroll in the program you will be able to select your race date (preferably more than 8 weeks away from your enrollment date), how many days a week you prefer to run, any schedule conflicts such as your preferred day off or your preferred long run day, and what your current training volume is. 


Before subscribing to this program, you should be capable of doing a 12 mile long run at an easy pace, start the program healthy, and have a race day in mind at least 8 weeks away.


Max is a living legend in the world of running and brings a massive amount of experience and enthusiasm to TRACER. Put simply, Max lives and breathes running – whether that's racing, training or helping runners of all ages with his wealth of knowledge. Based in Bend, Oregon, Max has raced and won over a huge range of distances and terrain, including winning both the World Mountain Running Championship in 2011 and the 100km World Championship in 2014. A 4-time Olympic Trials Qualifier in the marathon and steeplechase, there is no race too short or too long for Max. He's as passionate on a 5km shakeout run as he is on the startline of a 100 mile. 

Max has prided himself on being able to run anything from 3k steeple to obstacle courses to 100-mile ultras, adventure races, orienteering, and everything that involves moving on two feet. Recently he has taken on several projects to give back to the running community. He is a co-director of the Max King Trail Running Camps for youth and adults, the co-director of the Bend Marathon, and an advocate for youth running and public lands. 

Max has been coaching runners of all ages for over 15 years and loves helping runners achieve goals, but more importantly encourages a healthy relationship with running so that it becomes a lifelong sport. 

Check out his TRACER programs in marathon and base training to help you reach your goals, maintain fitness on the trail, and excel in maximizing your training time.