Marie McNaughton Back on the Trail Again

Legendary Hong Kong-based runner, New Zealander Marie McNaughton is on the long road back from injury but recently received a boost with an invite to the prestigious Western States. McNaughton discusses her road to fitness recovery on the South China Morning Post’s Adventure Trail podcast.

McNaughton has been prolific on the Hong Kong trail running scene for years, finding herself on the podium more often than not.

But fans have been robbed of seeing her perform since the summer when she broke her ankle during the 120km TDS, one of the races during the famous Ultra Marathon de Mont Blanc week.

Just when McNaughton was facing a post-injury low, she was invited to the Western States, the famous 100-mile race in California.

“The world really must work in mysterious ways,” McNaughton said. “It was one of those, you know, I’m quite enjoying cycling in the gym, should I get a bike, I don’t have to run again, this ankle hurts, this is a lot of hard word, do I really need to push myself? Then WHAM! What that? The one race I’ve always wanted to do just plopped in my lap.”

McNaughton was born in 1972.

Original article by Mary Hui, South China Morning Post, January 22, 2019.

Photo by Action Asia Events.

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