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 March 21, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

Cotton, Move Over—Money is the Fabric of Our Lives
Editor’s Choice: March Blog Symposium on prize purses at trail races

Bob Anderson's Ujena Fit Club constructs a list of the "Best Road Races" ranked according to prize money. The top-three races total a staggering, $2,914,000 in prize money awarded. This doesn't include incentive bonus money for breaking records.

The biggest prize purses in U.S. trail running pale in comparison: The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-mile, $20,000; UROC 100k, $21,000; Run Rabbit Run, $21,050; Speedgoat 50k, $11,000. Interestingly, the shortest trail race distance with any significant prize money is five miles farther than any of the top-three road races; all of which are marathons, by the way. In fact, if you're first overall, and set a course and a world record at the Virgin London Marathon you could win $206,000. That's $7,862.60 per mile.

Trail races are new in the business world. It's more evident in the type of runner than in the prize purse.

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Pacific/Desert
04/06 Crown King Scramble 50K; Crown King, AZ
04/27 Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile 50M; Pine, AZ
04/06 Oriflamme 50K; Julian, CA
04/06 Golden Gate Headlands Marathon 7M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Sausalito, CA
04/06 American River 50 50M; Sacramento, CA
04/06 King of the Hill Trail Running Series - Rabbit Peak 6M, 15M, 22M; Borrego Springs, CA
04/06 Zoom Point Pinole 1 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Palo Alto, CA
04/06 Renegade Three Mile Trail Run Challenge 3M; San Dimas, CA
04/07 Trail Less Traveled Trail Runs 5K, 6.55M, 15M; Oroville, CA
04/07 Grizzly Peak 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 26.2M, 50K; Berkeley, CA
04/13 OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series #3 5M; Orange County, CA
04/13 Muir Woods Marathon 7M, 13.1K, 26.2M; Stinson Beach, CA
04/13 Lake Sonoma 50 50M; Healdsburg, CA
04/13 Woodside Ramble 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Redwood City, CA
04/13 Griffith Park Trail Marathon 26.2M; Los Angeles, CA
04/20 Diablo Trails Challenge 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 50K; Walnut Creek, CA
04/20 Ayala Cove 5M, 10M, 15M; Tiburon, CA
04/20 Mokelumne River Trail Runs 8M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Lake Camanche, CA
04/20 Tehama Wildflowers 10K, 50K, 50R; Red Bluff, CA
04/20 Ruth Anderson 50K/50M/100K 50K, 50M, 100K; San Francisco, CA
04/20 Mokelumne River 50M/50K/Marathon/8Mm 8M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Camanche Lake, CA
04/27 Apple Hill Blossom Trail Run 5K, 10K, 10M; Camino, CA
04/27 Leona Divide 30K, 50K, 50M; Lake Hughes, CA
04/27 Folsom Lake Trail Series 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Folsom, CA
04/27 San Clemente Trail Run 5K, 10K; San Clemente, CA
04/27 Folsom Lake Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Folsom, CA
04/28 Dirt Devils Foxy Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Escondido, CA
04/28 Practice Dipsea 6.8M; Mill Valley, CA
04/14 XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run 5K, 10K, 21K; Henderson, NV
04/20 Escape From Prison Hill Half Marathon (& 2-Person Relay) 13.1M; Carson City, NV
04/27 Dirty Vert 5K; Boulder City, NV
04/14 Peterson Ridge Rumble 20M, 40M; Sisters, OR
04/27 Seans Run From Austin 5K, 10K; Portland, OR
04/27 Smith Rock Ascent 15M; Terrebonne, OR
04/06 Mud & Chocolate Trail Runs #1 4.5M, 13.1M; Redmond, WA
04/13 Lumberjack Endurance Runs 50M, 100K, 100M; Port Gamble, WA
04/13 Alger Alp 5mi/25k/50k 5M, 25K, 50K; Bellingham, WA
04/13 Squak Mountain 12K, 13.1M, 26.2K, 50K; Issaquah, WA
04/13 Rock Creek Ramble Navigation Weekend 30K, 50K, 100K; Lamont, WA
04/13 OAT Run 12K, 13.1M; Port Angeles, WA
04/21 Spokane River Run 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K; Spokane, WA
04/21 Yakima Skyline Rim 25K, 50K; Ellensburg, WA
04/27 Capitol Peak Ultramarathons 55K, 50M; Olympia, WA
04/27 Xterra Soaring Eagle Park Trail Run 5M, 13.1M; Sammamish, WA
04/28 Mt Si Relay & Ultra Runs 50K, 50M, 59R; Snoqualmie, WA

Rockies
04/06 XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race 5K, 12K, 20K; Colorado Springs, CO
04/06 XTERRA CMSP 5K, 12K, 24K; Colorado Springs, CO
04/06 Heritage Adventure Trail Race 5K, 10K; Highlands Ranch, CO
04/19 Desert RATS Trailrunning Festival 5M, 13.1M, 25M, 50M; Fruita, CO
04/20 Chatfield Ultra Racing Events (C.U.R.E) 20K, 50K, 50M, 100K; Littleton, CO
04/21 Rockin' on the River 5K Run/Walk 5K; Littleton, CO
04/21 Big Mountain Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Colorado Springs, CO
04/27 Weiser River Trail 50K Relay & Solo Run 50K; Council, ID
04/13 Cedro Peak Ultra 45K, 45M; Albuquerque, NM
04/20 Sierra Vista Trail Runs 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Las Cruces, NM
04/13 Amasa 6.5M, 9.5M, 14.5M; Moab, UT
04/19 Zion Ultras 50M, 100M; Springdale, UT
04/20 Pittsburg Wild Half 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Pittsburgh, UT
04/26 Salt Flats 100 100M; Wendover, UT
04/26 Ragnar Relay Utah 120M; Zion national Park, UT

Heartland
04/21 Earth Day 50K & Relay 50K; Crystal Lake, IL
04/06 Winona Lake Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Winona Lake, IN
04/20 Indiana Trail 100 50M, 100M; Albion, IN
04/06 Rockin K Trail Runs 26.3M, 50.6M; Kanopolis State Park, KS
04/06 Brew To Brew 43 Mile Solo & Relay 44.4M; Kansas City , KS
04/19 Midnight Run 5K; Leawood, KS
04/20 Free State Trail Runs 13.1M, 26.2M, 40M, 100K; Lawrence, KS
04/27 FlatRock 101K 101K; Independence, KS
04/21 Dirty Herd Spring Classic Fun Run 2.5M, 5M; Grand Rapids, MI
04/27 Trail Marathon Weekend Day 1 13.1M; Pinckney, MI
04/27 Hurt the Dirt 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Rockford, MI
04/28 Trail Marathon Weekend Day 2 5M, 26.2M, 50K; Pinckney, MI
04/12 Zumbro Endurance Run 17M, 50M, 100M; Theilman, MN
04/06 Ni-Bthaska-Ke 12K 4M, 12K; Louisville, NE
04/07 Towpath Half Marathon 5M, 13.1M; Cuyahoga Hts, OH
04/27 O24-Outrun 24 Hour Trail Run 24H; Kirtland, OH
04/28 Forget The PR, Mohican 25K and 50K 25K, 50K; Loudonville, OH
04/14 Iola Trail Run 5K, 15K; Iola, WI
04/20 Lung Bustin' Justin 5k Trail Run 5K; Sparta, WI
04/21 Adrenaline Marathon on the Eisenbahn Trail 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; West Bend, WI

Northeast
04/07 Bimbler's Bash 10K; Guilford, CT
04/06 XTERRA Seneca Creek 5K, 10K; Gaithersburg, DE
04/27 Triple Crown Trail Races 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Newark, DE
04/13 TARC Don't Run Boston 50 Miler 50K, 50M; Milton, MA
04/27 TARC Spring Classic 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Weston50, MA
04/28 Blue Hills Trail Races 3M, 10M; Milton, MA
04/06 Lost Brook Trail Race 5M, 10M; Tenafly, NJ
04/06 Habitat Bergen 5k Race to Build 5K; Harrington Park, NJ
04/17 Fleet Feet Sports Dirt Cheap Trail Race Series #1 6M; Rochester, NY
04/20 Muddy Sneaker 20K Trail Run 20K; Italy, NY
04/21 Leatherman's Loop 10K; Cross River, NY
04/06 Tyler Arboretum 10K Trail Run 10K; Media, PA
04/07 Tussey To Whipple 11M; Boalsburg, PA
04/07 The Buck Ridge Burn 13.1M; Gardners, PA
04/14 BVA 5k Trail Run 5K; West Chester, PA
04/20 Hyner View Trail Challenge 25K, 50K; Hyner, PA
04/28 Ironmaster's Challenge 15K, 20M, 50K; Carlisle, PA
04/06 XTERRA Hungry Mother Trail Run 6M, 7.5M; Marion, VA
04/07 Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Race #3 5M, 10M; Triangle, VA
04/13 Mill Mountain Mayhem Trail Race 10K; Roanoke, VA
04/13 Bull Run Run 50M; Clifton, VA
04/21 Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Race #4 5M, 10M; Lorton, VA
04/27 Xterra Fairy Stone Trail Race 4.7M, 8M; Stuart, VA
04/13 Babcock Gristmill Grinder 13.1M; Clifftop, WV

South
04/20 Ouachita Trail 50 50K, 50M; Little Rock, AR
04/27 Hillbilly Porkchop Roundup 5K, 10K; Van Buren, AR
04/06 Croom Fools Run 16M, 50K, 50M; Brooksville, FL
04/13 Turtle Trot 5K; Largo, FL
04/13 Wild Sebastian 100 25M, 50M, 75M, 100M; Fellsmere, FL
04/13 Out-Fit Challenge 7K; Miami, FL
04/20 Blackwater Trail Series - Half Marathon & 5K 13.1M; Milton, FL
04/28 The Claw 5M, 15K; Lithia, FL
04/06 Dirty Spokes - Olde Rope Mill 3.1M, 6.5M; Woodstock, GA
04/13 Battle of Allatoona Creek 5K, 9M; Acworth, GA
04/20 Dirty Spokes - Runnin The Rocks 5K, 10K; Conyers, GA
04/21 Treehugger 5k 5K; Owings Mills, MD
04/05 Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run 50M, 100M; Raleigh, NC
04/07 Mountains-to-Sea Trail Challenge 12M, 50K; Raleigh, NC
04/20 Leatherwood Mountains 10 Miler and Ultra 10M, 50K, 50M; Fergusun, NC
04/20 Medoc Spring Races 7M; Hollister, NC
04/20 Morris Broadband Half Marathon at DuPont Forest 13.1M; Brevard, NC
04/27 Mud, Sweat and Tears 5 Mile Run 5M; Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, NC
04/06 XTERRA Power to the Tower Trail Run 21K, 50K; Kingsport, TN
04/20 Laurel Run Ascent 11M; Church Hill, TN
04/06 Hells Hills 10K, 25K, 50K, 50M; Smithville, TX
04/06 Muddy Trails Bash 5K, 10K; The Woodlands, TX
04/20 Xterra Blue Bonnet Trail Run 5K, 15K; Burnett, TX
04/20 Bluebonnet Trail Run 5K, 15K; Burnet, TX
04/27 Sand Crab Nighttime Beach Run #1 5K, 10K; South Padre Island, TX
04/27 Skinnydipper Sun Run 5K; Decatur, TX
04/27 Durty Spur 10K, 30K; Hamilton, TX
04/27 Possum Kingdom Trail Run 20K, 55K, 52M; Graford, TX

International
04/06 Cotswolds Way Challenge 58M; Gloucester, United Kingdom
04/12 100 Miles Od Istria 100K, 100M; Umag, Croatia
04/12 Galapagos Running and Sierra Negra Volcano Marathon 26.2M; Guayaquil, Ecuador
04/20 Iznik Ultramarathon 75K, 130K; Iznik, Turkey
04/20 Votwo Oner 78.6M; Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
04/20 Monteregio Trail 15K, 20K, 45K; Ghemme, Italy
04/21 Elba Trail 54K; Marciana Marina, Elba, Italy
04/27 Preseli Beast 10.5M, 23.5M; Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
04/27 Montagu Mountain Mania 4K, 10K, 17K, 20K; Montagu, South Africa
04/13 Survival of the Fittest 13K; Squamish, BC
04/20 Burnaby Mountain Run 11K, 22K; Burnaby, BC
04/28 Marathon Shuffle 13K, 30K; Powell River, BC

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