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10 Best Jobs for Trail Runners
Thinking of a career change? Here are 10 ways to support your trail lifestyle and (hopefully) still pay your bills

Scheduling an hour out of your day for a run can be difficult when your job isn’t flexible. Trying to squeeze in runs during your lunch hour can be hectic, not to mention sweaty—and leaving your training run until the end of a long day at the office may turn into skipping it altogether.

Not all jobs are at odds with the trail-running lifestyle, though. We recently spoke with 10 avid runners, beginning with the yoga instructor pictured at right, whose jobs help sustain their passion for being on the trails.

Read on ...



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Pacific/Desert    
05/17 Bishop High Sierra Ultra-Marathons 20M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Bishop, CA
05/17 Born To Run Ultra Marathons 10M, 50K, 100K, 100M; Los Olivos, CA
05/17 Coyote Lake Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Morgan Hill, CA
05/17 Grand Canyon 100 50K, 50M, 100M; Grand Canyon City, AZ
05/17 Mud Mountain Melee 8k 2.5M, 8K; Enumclaw, WA
05/17 Paiute Meadows 2M, 4.5M; Susanville, CA
05/17 Redmond Watership 12 Hour Race 12H; Redmond, WA
05/17 Renegade Three Mile Trail Run Challenge 3M; San Dimas, CA
05/17 Ride the Wind Trail Races 20M, 50M, 100M; Las Vegas, NV
05/17 Silver State 50K/50M Endurance Runs 13.2M, 50K, 50M; Reno, NV
05/17 Sun Mountain 25K, 50K, 50M; Winthrop, WA
05/17 Wild Boar Run Trail Races 10K, 13.1M; Mill Valley, CA
05/17 XTERRA Malibu Creek Challenge 6K, 22K; Malibu, CA
05/18 Horseshoe Lake 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Palo Alto, CA
05/18 Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run 50K; Fremont, CA; www.ohlone50k.com

05/22 Kalgin's Knoya Ridge Run 2.5K, 5.6K, 8.5K; Anchorage, AK
05/22 Pigtails Challenge 100M, 150M, 200M; Renton, WA
05/24 China Camp Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; San Rafael, CA
05/24 Mount Wilson Trail Race 8.6M; Sierra Madre, CA; www.mountwilsontrailrace.com

05/24 Soaring Eagle Park 5M, 10M; Sammamish, WA
05/24 Trails of Fury 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 50K; Las Vegas, NV
05/24 Wildcat Half Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M; El Sobrante, CA
05/24 ZombieRunner San Francisco Run 10K, 13.1M; San Francisco, CA
05/26 Laguna Hills Memorial Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Run 5K, 13.1M; Laguna Hills, CA
05/30 DRTE 100 & 100k 100K, 100M; Santa Barbara, CA
05/31 Canyon Meadow #2 5M, 13.1M, 30K, 26.2M; Oakland, CA
05/31 Cuyamaca Laguna 50k 50K; Mt. Laguna, CA
05/31 Glow XC 4.25M; Dexter, OR
05/31 Government Peak 2.75M; Hatcher Pass, AK
05/31 Into The Wildlands Limestone Eco Challenge 12K, 20K; Orange, CA
05/31 Nitro Trail 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Pinole, CA
05/31 Point Defiance Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Tacoma, WA
06/01 Dirty Girls and Dudes Trail Run 1M, 10K, 13.1M; Lakewood, WA
06/01 Hook and Ladder Run 5K, 10K; Livermore, CA
06/01 North Olympic Discovery Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Port Angeles, WA
06/01 Run For The HIlls 8K, 30K; Corvallis, OR
06/07 Auburn Trail Runs 21M, 25K, 34M; Auburn, CA
06/07 Berry Creek Falls Trail Run 10K, 15K, 25K; Boulder Creek, CA
06/07 Calero Trail Run 2.8M, 9M, 16M, 32M, 50M; Santa Clara, CA
06/07 Evergreen Trail Runs Echo Valley 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Chelan, WA
06/07 Flight of Fire Half Marathon 13.1M; Las Vegas, NV
06/07 Foothills Trail Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Ultra 50M; South Prairie, WA
06/07 Lynch Canyon Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vallejo, CA
06/07 Run Like the Wind Running Festival 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Ellensburg, WA
06/07 San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run 100M; SAn Diego, CA
06/07 Shadow of the Giants 20K, 50K; Fish Camp, CA
06/07 Silver Falls Challenge 56M; Silverton, OR
06/07 Truckee Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Truckee, CA
06/07 Twilight Trail Adventure 5K, 10K; Cool, CA
06/07 Vashon Island Ultramarathon and Trail Run 10M, 50K; Vashon, WA
06/08 Beacon Rock 25K, 50K; North Bonneville, WA
06/08 Big Basin Redwoods 26.2M, 50K; Boulder Creek, CA
06/08 Holcomb Valley Trail Runs 7M, 15M, 33M; Big Bear Lake, CA
06/08 Valley Crest Half Marathon 13.1M; Tarzana, CA
06/13 Moonshine Trail Races 5K, 15K, 25K; Redding, CA
06/14 Adrenaline Night Trail Relays 45K; Fountain Hills, AZ
06/14 Rodeo Valley 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 50K; Rodeo Beach, CA
06/14 Scott Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series #2 5K, 8M, 14M; Bellevue, WA
06/14 She Rocks the Trail 25K, 50K; Auburn, CA
06/14 Smith Rock Ascent 4M, 15M, 50K; Terrebonne, OR
06/14 SoCal Wine Country Women's Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; Temecula, CA
06/14 Trail Quake 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Saratoga, CA
06/15 Lake Youngs Ultra 28.8M; Renton, WA
06/15 Lake Youngs Ultra 28.8M; Renton, WA
06/15 Robert Spurr Mountain Run 3M; Bird Ridge, AK

Rockies
05/17 Baldy Blitz 110M; Bozeman, MT
05/17 Big Mountain Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Colorado Springs, CO
05/17 La Sportiva Vail Boneyard Boogie 11K; Eagle, CO
05/17 Running with Ed 41M; Park City, UT
05/17 Sage Burner 50k/25k 25K, 50K; Gunnison, CO; www.sageburnertrailrun.com/

05/17 SPS #1 Farragut State Park 5M, 13.1M; Athol, ID
05/18 Crazy Legs 10K 10K; Loveland, CO; www.paulstofko.com

05/24 Garfield Grumble 5M; Palisade, CO
05/24 Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Los Alamos, NM; www.highaltitudeathletics.org

05/24 Timp Trail Marathon & Half 26.2M; Orem, UT
05/25 Medicine Bow Half Marathon 13.1M; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/25 Rocky 50k 50K; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/

05/25 Vail Valor Canine X-Country Run/Hike 3M; Vail, CO
05/25 Vedauwoo Trail Race 5K; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/25 Wyoming Marathon 26.2M; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/

05/31 Golden Gate Dirty 30 12M, 50K; Black Hawk, CO
05/31 Turquoise Lake Half Marathon 20K; Leadville, CO
06/01 Fish Hatchery 5K; Leadville, CO
06/01 Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run 5K, 10K, 50K; Westcliffe, CO
06/01 Mesa Run 1M, 5K, 10M; Golden, CO
06/06 Ragnar Trail Snowmass 120M; Snowmass, CO
06/07 Evergreen Mountain 15K; Evergreen, CO
06/07 Mountain to Valley Trail Runs 4M, 10M; Glenwood Springs, CO
06/07 Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run 50M; Provo, UT
06/07 Vigor Utah - Solitude Mountain Resort #1 3M, 5M, 8M; Solitude, UT
06/07 Xterra Moab 5K; Moab, Ut
06/07 XTERRA Turkey Track Trail 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/xterraturkeytrack

06/08 Herron Half and 10K 6M, 13.1M; Kalispell, MT
06/11 Summit Trail Running Series - #1 5K, 8K; Breckenridge, CO
06/12 FIBArk Tenderfoot Mountain Hill Climb 1M; Salida, CO
06/14 Bryce 100 Mile 50K, 50M, 100M; Bryce Canyon, UT
06/14 Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half Marathon 15.5M, 26.2M; Leadville, CO
06/14 SPS #2 Heyburn State Park 5M, 13.1M; Plummer, ID
06/14 Wahsatch Steeplechase 17M; Salt Lake City, UT
06/15 FIBArk Trail Run 10K; Salida, CO
06/17 Ragnar Relay - Wasatch Back 197M; Logan, UT

Heartland
05/17 Growing Green Challenge 5K, 10M; Rush City, MN
05/17 Playin' Possum 50K Trail Run 50K; Delaware, OH
05/17 Superior "Spring" Trail Races 25K, 50K; Lutsen, MN
05/24 Dirty Bird Trail Run 15K; Wooster, OH
05/31 DINO Trail Run Series - Brown County 5K, 15K; Nashville, IN
05/31 SHAPE Diva Dash 5K; Stillwater, MN
05/31 Torrent Trail Run 5K; Huntington, IN
06/01 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Deadwood, SD; www.deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com

06/04 Sugarcreek Trail Run 5M, 25K, 50K; Dayton, OH
06/07 ALZ Stars - Hospital Hill Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Kansas City, MO
06/07 Another Dam Run 50K; Dayton, OH
06/07 Blue Mound Trail Run 9K, 25K; Blue Mounds, WI
06/07 Buckeye Buster Trail Challenge 10M, 50K; Cambridge, OH
06/07 Chester Woods Trail Run 5K, 10M, 50K; Rochester, MN
06/07 FANS 6H, 12H, 24H; Minneapolis, MN
06/07 Flirt with Dirt 10K; Novi, MI
06/07 Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance Runs 38M, 100K, 100M; Lagrange, WI; www.kettle100.com

06/07 Rock & Run 5K; Spencer, IN
06/07 Yankee Springs Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 52.4M; Middleville, MI
06/08 Hell Creek on Heels 5k/15k 5K, 15K; Wilson Lake State Park, KS
06/14 City of Trails 5K, 10K; St. Croix Falls, WI
06/14 Conserve School Trail Run 5K, 20K; Land O’Lakes, WI; www.greatlakesendurance.com

06/14 Deerfeild Lake Loop - BHRC Black Hills Trail Running Series 11M; Hill City, SD
06/14 Dirty Dash - Detroit 5K; Mt Morris, MI
06/14 Indian/Celina Challenge 8M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Leopold, IN; www.runperrycounty.com

06/14 Lake Mingo Trail Run 7.1M; Danville, IL
06/14 Summer Intro Trail Run 2.8M; Kansas City, KS
06/15 Father's Day Run 4 Trails 5K; Fort Wayne, IN 06/15 Towpath Ten Ten 10K, 10M; Valley View, OH

Northeast
05/17 Dandelion Run 10K, 13.1M; Derby, VT
05/17 Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run 15K; Charleston, WV; www.wvmtr.org

05/17 ECCO James River Scramble 10K; Richmond, VA
05/17 Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County Race to Build 5K; Harrington Park, NJ
05/17 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run 100M; Fort Valley, VA
05/17 Trail 2 Trail Series: Kettletown State Park 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K; Southbury, CT; www.facebook.com/trail2trailseries

05/18 5K for the 4th 5K; Walpole, MA
05/18 Dirty German Endurance Fest 25K, 50K, 50M; Philadelphia, PA
05/18 Fountainhead Off-Road Half Marathon and 10K 10K, 13.1M; Fairfax Station, VA
05/18 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races 6K, 24K; Stafford Springs, CT
05/22 McNaughton Park Trail Run 30M, 100M, 150M, 200M, 500M; Pittsfield, VT
05/22 South Shore Trail Series 5K; Hingham, MA
05/24 Memorial Day Trail Race 15K; Berkshires, MA; www.memorialdaymarathon.com
05/24 Pocono XTERRA Hickory Trail Run 11K, 17K; White Haven, PA; www.wilkesbarreracing.com
05/24 Sehgahunda Trail Marathon 26.3M; Rochester, NY; www.sehgahundatrailmarathon.com

05/25 Charlie Horse Half Marathon 13.1M; Plowville, PA
05/31 Coyote Scramble 6H, 9H, 12H; East Burke, VT
05/31 Dark & Dirty NightTime Trail Run 6.66M; Reading, PA
05/31 Mayapple Trail Runs 10M, 20M, 50K, 100K; Millburn, NJ
05/31 XTERRA Brandywine Creek 5K, 12K; Wilmington, DE
06/01 Cayuga Trails 50 50M; Ithaca, NY; www.CayugaTrails50.com

06/01 Conquer the Cove 25K, 26.2M; Roanoke, VA
06/01 Dirty Girl Trail Race 4M; Albany, NH
06/01 Run Like a Girl - Richmond 5K, 8K; Richmond, VA
06/01 Treaster Kettle Test-Your-Mettle 10.6M; Boalsburg, PA
06/06 TARC 100 50M, 100M; Weston, MA
06/07 11 Miles of Trouble - West River Trail Run 11M; South London, VT
06/07 Ashland State Park Trail Race 5K, 10K; Ashland, MA
06/07 DomnarskiFarm.com Trail Run 5K; Palmer, MA
06/07 Granouge 7.5M; Wilmington, DE
06/07 Old Dominion 100 Mile Cross Country Run 100M; Fort Valley, VA
06/07 Rothrock Trail Challenge 30K; State College, PA; www.rothrockchallenge.com

06/07 RSD River Ramble 5K; Rochester, NY
06/07 Six In The Stix - WNHTRS 6M; Newport, NH
06/07 The North Face Endurance Challenge - Washington DC 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Washington, DC
06/07 Tortoise & Hare Trail Run 10K; Ithaca, NY
06/07 XTERRA Richmond Xduro 10K, 21K; Richmond, VA
06/08 Race To The Top of Bradford 3.5M; Bradford, VT
06/08 Trail 2 Trail Series: Huntington State Park 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Redding, CT; www.trail2trailseries.com

06/13 Ragnar Trail Relay Appalachians 120M; Bruceton Mills, WV
06/14 Highlands Sky Trail Run 40M; Davis, WV; www.wvmtr.org

06/14 Jewell Trail Run/Walk 5K; Colebrook, CT
06/14 Laurel Highlands Ultra 50K, 70.5M; Ohiopyle, PA
06/14 Mikey's Way Miles for Smiles 5K; Redding, CT
06/14 OSS/CIA 50M Night Run 50M; Triangle, VA
06/14 Tanglewood Tanglefoot Trail Runs 10K, 20K; Elmira, NY; www.tanglewoodnaturecenter.com

06/15 Hebron Trail Challenge 10K; Ellicott City, MD
06/15 New Paltz Challenge Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; New Paltz, NY

South
05/17 Black Mountain Monster 5K, 6H, 12H, 24H; Black Mountain, NC
05/17 El Chupacabra De Houston 5K, 10K; Houston, TX
05/17 Panther Creek Challenge 5K, 10M; Morristown, TN
05/17 Twisted Ankle 13.1M, 26.2M; Summerville, GA
05/17 Whispering Pines Trail Run 10M, 25K, 50K; Tyler, TX
05/18 XTERRA Oak Mountain Mud Runs 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K; Pelham, AL
05/24 Dirty Spokes - Runnin The Rocks 5K, 10K; Conyers, GA
05/24 Memorial Day Trail Race 6M, 12M; Birmingham, AL; www.southeasterntrailruns.com

05/24 Sutallee Trace Trail Run 4.5M, 10M; Canton, GA
05/25 Wickham Park Marathon And 50, 100 And 200 Mile Fun Runs 26.2M, 50M, 100M, 200M; Melbourne, FL
05/31 Forge Trail Series - Hell's Hills 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Ruston, LA; www.forgeracing.net

05/31 Krause Springs Trifecta 10K; Spicewood, TX
05/31 XTERRA Georgia Deep South 5K, 15K; Jackson, GA
06/01 Xterra Salinas Trail Run 10K, 20K; Salinas, PR
06/07 Bernheim Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Louisville, KY
06/07 Cumberland Gap Ridge Trail Marathon 26.2M; Cumberland, TN
06/07 Ultimate Hike Foothills June 28.3M; Oconee County, SC
06/07 War Eagle Trail Runs 10K, 25K, 50K; Rogers, AR
06/08 Rock Dallas Trail Run 5K, 15K; North Shore, Lake Grapevine, TX
06/13 Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race 60M; Chattanooga, TN
06/14 Hell Hole Hundred 100M; Goose Creek, SC; www.hellholehundred.eventbrite.com

06/14 Lakeshore Trail Trek 8M, 16M; Knoxville, TN
06/14 Rope Mill Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; Woodstock , GA
06/14 XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run 6K, 16K; Spicewood, TX

International
05/24 5 Peaks Trail Run - Canada Olympic Park 5.2K, 10K; Calgary, AB
05/24 Azores Trail Run 48K; Horta, Portugal
05/24 Makarska-VoÜac Mountain Race 8.6K; Makarska, Croatia
05/24 Preseli Beast 23.5M, 37M; West Wales, United Kingdom
05/24 RUNNING DAVENTURA 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K; Praia do Forte - Mata de Sπo Joπo - Bahia, Brazil
05/24 Sulphur Springs Trail Races 10K, 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M; Ancaster, ON
05/24 Two Castles and An Abbey Trail Run 80K; Kyrenia, Cyprus
05/25 Iron Knee/Tender Knee 10K, 24K; North Vancouver, BC
05/25 XTERRA Puerto Rico Series @ Albergue Olimpico 8K, 16K; Salinas, Puerto Rico
05/29 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 26.2M; Kathmandu, Nepal
05/31 5 Peaks Trail Run - Terra Cotta Conservation Area 7K, 15K; Terra Cotta, ON
05/31 Survival of the Fittest 13K, 18K; Squamish, BC
06/01 Ecomaratona Delle Madonie 43K; Polizza Generosa, Italy
06/01 Maple Sugar Rush 6.2K, 12.4K; Earltown, NS
06/01 Mud Run Canada 1.5K, 5K, 10K; Toronto, ON
06/01 Northants Ultra 35 35M; Northampton, United Kingdom
06/01 Psiloritis Race 21M; Rethymnon, Greece
06/01 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Run #2 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Kelowna, BC
06/02 Northwest Passage Marathon at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Somerset Island, NU
06/07 5 Peaks Trail Run - Squamish 6.9K, 11K; Squamish, BC
06/07 5 Peaks Trail Run - Sunridge 7.5K, 15K; Strathcona, AB
06/07 Dolomiti Extreme Trail 53K; Forno di Zoldo, Italy
06/07 Nanaimo Ultramarathon 3H, 6H, 12H; Nanaimo, BC
06/07 Red Bull Divide & Conquer 12K; North Vancouver, BC
06/07 The Original Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu #1 30K, 26.2M; Cusco, Peru
06/07 Trail la Clinique du Coureur 1K, 5K, 10K; Lac Beauport, QC
06/07 Vigolana Trail Run 35K, 65K; Vigolo Vattaro, Italy
06/07 Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon 13.2M; Threshfield, United Kingdom
06/09 Hvitasunnuhlaup - Whitesun run 14K, 17.5K; Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
06/14 5 Peaks Trail Run - Canmore Nordic Center 5K, 15K; Canmore, AB
06/14 TrailCross Edmonton 2K Edmonton, AB

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