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Run this town: Jobs that require running

Jobs that require running

If you want to trade in your regular 9 to 5 for a job that’s more fun, you’re in luck. There are ways to make a living by running – and you don’t have to be a professional runner to do so.

If you want to run at work, check out the following fields:

  • Soccer referee. World Cup soccer refs log between 6- 8 miles per game. Some referees train for game day just like regular runners do for races. They do tempo, sprint, and fartlek workouts so they have enough speed to keep up with the ball, and they do weekly long runs so they have enough endurance to make it through entire games.
  • Running tour guide. Running tours are becoming one of the most popular activities for runners who travel. They allow runners to check out a new city and get in a great workout without having to worry about getting lost on the way. If you live in a big city, look into companies that offer running tours, such as City Running Tours, or ask if any hotels employ running concierges. As a guide, you’ll be able to take tourists on your favorite running routes and brag about your hometown along the way.
  • Race director.Boston Marathon race director, Dave McGillivray, famously runs the Boston Marathon course every year after the race is over. But nearly every race director runs the course well before race day – in fact, a run through is critical to their race’s success. After all, if the race director doesn’t like course, chances are participants won’t either.
  • Cross country or track coach. Share your love of running with the next generation through coaching. Middle and high school cross country and track coaches don’t always run with their students, but during “easy” practices, running with the kids is one of the best ways to bond. If you really want to earn their respect, pick up the pace and leave a few of them in the dust.
  • Dog agility handler or instructor. If you love spending time with your furry friend, dog agility instruction could be for you. In dog agility, the handler directs the dog through an obstacle course. The dog is scored on both time and accuracy, so speed – of the dog and the handler – is key. Experts say there is a shortage of experienced dog agility instructors out there, so now is the perfect time to enter the field. A related field would be a dog runner. A dog runner is similar to a dog walker – yes, people will pay to get their pups in shape.

Of course, there are plenty of other jobs where you may need to run from time to time – after a thief if you’re a police officer, to and from the parking lot if you’re a valet, or to a conference room if you’re simply late for a meeting.

Tell us, does your job ever require you to run?

Written by Jen Matz.