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 May 2, 2013
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Running the Path Less Traveled
Trail runners are less likely to play it safe in life
By Jannine Myers

Out on a group trail run in Okinawa recently, a photographer who came along to take some action shots was a little startled as we began climbing a particularly narrow and rocky stretch of trail. As he kept his eyes to the ground and tried to steady himself with each footstep, he asked if any of our group members had hurt themselves on our trail runs.

"Of course," I said. "We've had broken toes, cuts and grazes, and even a couple of stress fractures." As quickly as the words spilled out of my mouth, they were just as quickly forgotten; my mind was too engrossed in the moment and the immediate joy of maneuvering my way across slippery rocks and dirt.

Later, as I reflected on the morning's run, my thoughts returned to his question. Read more ...


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Pacific/Desert
05/15 IRC Mother's Day 5k 5K; Auburn, WA
05/18 Bishop High Sierra Ultra-Marathons 20M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Bishop, CA
05/18 Born To Run Ultra Marathons 10M, 50K, 100K, 100M; Los Olivos, CA
05/18 Paiute Meadows 2M, 8K; Susanville, CA
05/18 Watershed Preserve 12 Hour Race 12H; Redmond, WA
05/18 Wildcat 5K, 10K, 13.1M; El Sobrante, CA
05/18 XTERRA Malibu Creek Xduro 6K, 22K; Calabasas, CA; www.genericevents.com

05/19 Horseshoe Lake 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Palo Alto, CA
05/19 Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run 50K; Fremont, CA; www.ohlone50k.com

05/19 Sun Mountain 25K, 50K, 50M; Winthrop, WA
05/23 Pigtails Challenge 100M, 150M, 200M; Renton, WA
05/25 China Camp Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; San Rafael, CA
05/25 Cottonwood Chaos Day/Night 10K, 13.1M; Las Vegas, NV
05/25 Mount Wilson Trail Race 8.6M; Sierra Madre, CA; www.mountwilsontrailrace.com

05/25 Nanny Goat 12/24/100 12H, 24H; Riverside, CA
05/25 Ride the Wind Trail Races 20M, 50M, 100M; Las Vegas, NV
05/25 Soaring Eagle 5M, 10M, 26.2M, 50K; Sammamish, WA
05/26 Dirt Devils Cougar Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; San Diego, CA
05/26 Happy Girls Run Bend 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Bend, OR
05/27 City of Laguna Hills Memoria Day Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Laguna Hills, CA
06/01 Foothills Trail Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Ultra 13.1M, 27.7M, 50K, 50M; South Prairie, WA; www.rainiertoruston.com

06/01 Government Peak 2.75M; Hatcher Pass, AK
06/01 Laguna-Cuyamaca 50k 50K; Mt. Laguna, CA
06/01 Lynch Canyon Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vallejo, CA
06/01 Moonlight Five 5M; Springfield, OR
06/01 Nitro Trail 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Pinole, CA
06/01 Red Devil Challenge 10K, 25K; Cashmere, WA
06/02 Canyon Meadow #2 5M, 13.1M, 30K, 26.2M, 50K; Oakland, CA
06/02 Dirt Devils Coyote Trail Run 5K; San Diego, CA
06/02 Dirty Girls Run Wild 6.5M, 13.1M; Lakewood, WA
06/02 Hook and Ladder Run 5K, 10K; Livermore, CA
06/02 Pine and Cedar Hill Climb 4.5M; Bellingham, WA
06/02 Run For The HIlls 14M, 8K, 30K; Corvallis, OR
06/08 Adrenaline Night Runs 13K, 26K, 65K; Fountain Hills, AZ
06/08 Berry Creek Falls Trail Run 10K, 15K, 25K; Boulder Creek, CA
06/08 Lake Youngs Ultra 28.8M; Renton, WA; www.LakeYoungsUltra.com

06/08 San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run 100M; Mt. Laguna, CA
06/08 Scott Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series #2 8M, 13M; Newcastle, WA
06/08 Truckee Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Truckee, CA
06/08 Vashon Island Ultramarathon and Trail Run 10M, 50K; Vashon, WA
06/09 Big Basin Redwoods 26.2M, 50K; Boulder Creek, CA
06/09 Dipsea Race 7.4M; Mill Valley, CA
06/09 Holcomb Valley 7M, 15M, 33M; Big Bear Lake, CA
06/09 Valley Crest Half Marathon 13.1M; Tarzana, CA
06/09 XTERRA Browns Camp 7.5M; Portland, OR
06/15 Butte Burner 5K, 10K, 26.2M; Bend, OR
06/15 Evergreen Trail Runs Echo Valley 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Chelan, WA
06/15 Irvine Trail Half Marathon & 5k 5K, 13.1M; Orange, CA
06/15 She Rocks the Trail 25K, 50K; Auburn, CA
06/15 SoCal Wine Country Women's Half Marathon 13.1M; Temecula, CA
06/15 Trail Quake 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Saratoga, CA

Rockies
05/18 La Sportiva Vail Boneyard Boogie 10K; Eagle, CO
05/25 Garfield Grumble 5M; Palisade, CO
05/25 Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Los Alamos, NM; www.highaltitudeathletics.org
05/26 Medicine Bow Half Marathon 13.1M; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/26 Rocky Mountain 50K 50K; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/26 Vedauwoo Trail Race 5K; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/26 Wyoming Marathon 26.2M; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/

05/31 Bryce 100 Mile 100K, 100M; Bryce Canyon, UT
06/01 Golden Gate Dirty Thirty 12M, 50K; Black Hawk, CO
06/01 Mountain to Valley Trail Runs 4M, 10M; Glenwood Springs, CO
06/01 Pilot Hill 25K Classic 25K; Laramie, WY
06/01 Pocatello 50 50K, 50M; Pocatello, ID
06/01 Run For Aurora 50k and 50 Mile 50K, 50M; Roxborough, CO
06/01 Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run 50M; Provo, UT
06/01 Turquoise Lake Half Marathon 20K; Leadville, CO
06/01 Xterra Jordanelle Trail Run 5K, 10K, 21K; Park City, UT
06/02 Fish Hatchery 5K; Leadville, CO
06/02 Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run 5K, 10K; Westcliffe, CO
06/08 Adams Gulch 4.2M; Ketchum, ID
06/08 Evergreen Mountain 15K; Evergreen, CO
06/08 Pengelly Double & Single Dip 10K, 13.1M; Missoula, MT
06/08 Turkey Track Trail 13.1M, 26.2M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/events

06/08 Xterra Moab 5K; Moab, Ut
06/09 Herron Half and 10K 6M, 13.1M; Kalispell, MT
06/09 Run the Rockies 5K, 10K; Frisco, CO
06/09 Teva 10K and Mud Run At Teva Mountain Games 10K, 5K; Vail, CO
06/12 Summit Trail Running Series - #1 5K, 10K; Breckenridge, CO
06/13 FIBArk Tenderfoot Mountain Hill Climb 1M; Salida, CO
06/14 Bighorn Trail 100 100M; Dayton, WY; www.bighorntrailrun.com
06/15 Bighorn Mountain Wild And Scenic Trail Run 30K, 50K, 50M; Dayton, WY; www.bighorntrailrun.com

06/15 Park City Trail Series 5K 5K; Park City, UT
06/15 Wahsatch Steeplechase 17M; Salt Lake City, UT

Heartland
05/18 Camper Scamper 5k 5K; London, OH
05/18 Playin' Possum 50K Trail Run 50K; Delaware, OH
05/18 Superior "Spring" Trail Races 25K, 50K; Lutsen, MN
05/25 Fat Tire Trail Challenge 10K; Rapid City, SD
06/01 5k Foam Fest Chicago 5K; Ottawa, IL
06/01 Blue Mound Trail Run 9K, 25K; Blue Mounds, WI
06/01 Chester Woods Trail Run 5K, 10M, 50K; Rochester, MN
06/01 Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance Runs 38M, 100K, 100M; Lagrange, WI; www.kettle100.com

06/01 Rock & Run 5K; Spencer, IN
06/01 Yankee Springs Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 52.4M; Middleville, MI
06/02 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Deadwood, SD; www.deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com

06/06 Dino Trail Run 4M; Rapid City, SD
06/08 Flirt with Dirt 5K, 10K; Novi, MI
06/08 Indian/Celina Challenge 8M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Leopold, IN; www.runperrycounty.com

06/08 Lake Mingo Trail Run 7.1M; Danville, IL
06/08 North Country Trail Relay 63M; Brethren, MI
06/08 Pair Up For Health 5K; Peoria, IL
06/15 Mohican Trail 100 Mile 26.2M, 50M, 100M; Loudonville, OH
06/15 Summer Intro Trail Run 2.8M; Kansas City, KS
06/15 Swan Creek Run 10M, 50K; Allegan, MI

Northeast
05/15 Fleet Feet Sports Dirt Cheap Trail Race Series #2 6M; Rochester, NY
05/17 Dominion Riverrock Filthy 5k Mud Run 5K; Richmond, VA
05/17 Miller Lite Filthy 5K 10K; Richmond, VA
05/18 Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run 15K; Charleston, WV; www.wvmtr.org

05/18 Dominion Riverrock James River Scramble 10K; Richmond, VA
05/18 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run 100M; Fort Valley, VA
05/18 XTERRA Seven Tubs Trail Run 5K; Wilkes-Barre, PA; www.wilkesbarreracing.com

05/19 Dirty German Endurance Fest 25K, 50K, 50M; Philadelphia, PA
05/19 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races 6K, 24K; Stafford Springs, CT
05/19 Trav's Trail Run 3M; Newburyport, MA
05/25 Memorial Day Marathon Trail Race 15K; Lenox, MA
05/25 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K; New Gloucester, ME
05/25 Sehgahunda Trail Marathon 26.3M; Rochester, NY; www.sehgahundatrailmarathon.com

05/25 Trail 2 Trail Series 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Redding, CT
05/25 Xterra Lams Pond 5K, 10K; Bear, DE
05/26 Charlie Horse Half Marathon 13.1M; Plowville, PA
05/29 EX2 Weeknight Trail Running Series (Race #1) 5M; Annandale, VA
06/01 Buffalo Stampede Trail Run 5M, 14M, 19M; Freeport, PA
06/01 Mayapple 50K and 100K 10M, 20M, 50K, 100K; Millburn, NJ
06/01 Mendon Mauler 4M, 8M, 12M; Mendon, NY
06/01 Old Dominion 100 Mile Cross Country Run 100M; Fort Valley, VA
06/01 Pocono XTERRA Hickory Trail Run 11K; White Haven, PA; www.wilkesbarreracing.com

06/01 Race To The Top of Bradford 3.5M; Bradford, VT
06/01 Rothrock Trail Challenge 30K; State College, PA; www.rothrockchallenge.com

06/01 The North Face® Endurance Challenge - Mid-Atlantic Regional 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Sterling, VA
06/01 Tortoise & Hare Trail Run 10K; Ithaca, NY
06/02 Conquer the Cove 25K, 26.2M; Roanoke, VA
06/02 Treaster Kettle Test-Your-Mettle 10.6M; Boalsburg, PA
06/05 EX2 Weeknight Trail Running Series (Race #2) 5M; Annandale, VA
06/07 Ragnar Trail Appalachians 120R; Big Bear Lake Camplands, WV
06/08 AMEA Trail Run 12K; Wilmington, DE
06/08 Cayuga Trails 50 50M; Ithaca, NY; www.CayugaTrails50.com

06/08 IRON RUN Half Marathon Trail Run 13.1M; GARDNERS, PA
06/08 Laurel Highlands Ultra 50K, 70.5M; Ohiopyle, PA
06/08 Prompton Punisher 10M, 20M, 30M; Prompton, PA
06/08 Run for Their Lives - PA 5K; Lebanon, PA
06/08 XTERRA Richmond Xduro 10K, 21K; Richmond, VA
06/09 Fountainhead Off-Road Half Marathon and 10K 10K, 13.1M; Fairfax Station, VA
06/11 Summer Sunset 5k at Pine Hill Park 5K; Rutland, VT
06/12 EX2 Weeknight Trail Running Series (Race #3) 5M; Annandale, VA
06/12 Fleet Feet Sports Dirt Cheap Trail Race Series #3 4M; Rochester, NY
06/14 TARC 100 50M, 100M; Weston, MA
06/15 Highlands Sky Trail Run 40M; Davis, WV; www.wvmtr.org

06/15 OSS/CIA 50M Night Run 50M; Triangle, VA
06/15 XTERRA Earth Conservancy Trail Run 21K; Mocanaqua, PA

South
05/18 Forge Trail Series - Hell's Hills 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Ruston, LA
05/18 KEYS100 50M, 100M, R; Key Largo, FL
05/18 Scenic City Trail Marathon and Half Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Chattanooga, TN; www.rockcreek.com

05/18 XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run 5K, 10K; Spicewood, TX
05/19 XTERRA Oak Mountain Mud Runs 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K; Pelham, AL
05/25 Sutallee Trail Run 4.5M, 10M; Canton, GA
05/26 Wickham Park Marathon And 50, 100 And 200 Mile Fun Runs 26.2M, 50M, 100M, 200M; Melbourne, FL
06/01 Bernheim Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Louisville, KY; www.trailraceseries.com

06/01 Hit the Ground Running 2K, 6K, 11K; Matthews, NC
06/01 Whispering Pines Trail Run 10M, 25K, 50K; Tyler, TX
06/01 XTERRA Georgia Deep South 5K, 15K; Jackson, GA
06/14 Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race 60M; Chattanooga, TN
06/15 House Five Miler 3K, 5M; LaGrange, KY
06/15 Rope Mill Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; Woodstock , GA
06/15 Sutalle Trace Trail Challenge 4.5M, 10M; Canton, GA

International
05/18 5 Peaks Trail Run - Canada Olympic Park 5K, 15K; Calgary, AB
05/18 Buckin' Hell 7.5K, 15K; Parkgate Village, BC
05/18 Lost Worlds Series: Causeway Crossing 50K, R, 100K, R; Ireland, Ireland
05/25 Blackfoot Ultra 25K, 50K, 50M, 100K; Edmonton, AB
05/25 Madeira Island Ultra Trail 20K, 42K, 85K, 115K; Funchal, Portugal
05/25 Q50 Costa Rica 15K, 40K, 80K; Sarapiqu, Costa Rica
05/25 Sulphur Springs Trail Races 10K, 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M; Hamilton, ON; www.burlingtonrunners.com

05/26 Iron Knee/Tender Knee 10K, 25K; Deep Cove, BC
05/29 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 26.2M; Kathmandu, Nepal
06/01 Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu #1 30K; Cusco, Peru
06/01 Inca Trail Marathon To Machu Picchu #1 26.2M; Cusco, Peru
06/01 Isle of Wight Challenge 69M; Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
06/01 Vancouver 100 12.5K, 25K, 50K, 75K, 100K; North Vancouver, BC
06/01 XTRAIL Asics Sutton 1K, 5K, 10K, 21K; Sutton, QC
06/02 Gobi March 250K; Xinjiang Province, China
06/02 Mt. Macedon Trail Runs 50K, 30K, 10K; Macedon VIC, Australia
06/02 Mud Run Canada 1.5K, 5K, 10K; Toronto, ON
06/02 MudRun Canada's Dirtiest Trail Run 1.5K, 5K, 10K; Toronto, ON
06/02 Northants Ultra 35 35M; Northampton, United Kingdom
06/02 Psiloritis Race 35K; Rethymnon, Greece
06/02 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Series #2 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Kelowna, BC
06/03 Mount Annapurna Marathon 26.2M; Pokhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
06/08 Dolomit Extreme Trail 53K; Forno di Zoldo BL, Italy
06/08 Gutbuster Ducan 7K, 13K; Duncan, BC
06/08 Sardine Super Classic Trail Run 10K, 25K, 42K; Port Edward, Natal, South Africa
06/08 Vancouver Skyline XTC 25K, 50K; North Vancouver, BC
06/09 Slack Ass 15M, 50M; Edmonton, AB
06/15 5 Peaks Trail Run - Sunridge 5K, 15K; Strathcona, AB

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