Professional Runner

Cross Country/Distance Track

DESCRIPTION OF THE CAREER:

A professional runner is somebody who travels around the globe to race against the top runners in the world.  

REQUIRED SKILLS:

To be a professional distance runner you have to run at least a 4:00 mile, a 9:00 two mile, and a 14:30 5k.  These skills are required because the entire career revolves around running.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

There are no necessary courses of study.  Some people don't even go to college, but its still smart to go to college and run for your school.  The major won't effect your running career.  The University of Oregon is the top running school in the nation.  It has a separate track team called The Oregon Project.  Mo Farah and Galen Rupp are the top two distance runners in the Oregon Project.

SALARY EXPECTATIONS:

A professional runner can make anywhere from $15,000-over $250,000 a year.  There is no starting salary because it all depends on how fast you can run.  It could be somebody's first year at running and they could be faster than the people who have been running for years.

FUTURE OUTLOOK:

Actually becoming a professional runner is easier then some people might think because, most college runners get a normal job after college.  1 out of every 250 college athletes "Go Pro" after they graduate, and considering that over half of these people play football or basketball, there is a large opening for runners.  A lot of runners only run for a few years but here are thous that keep running into there older years.  The oldest marathon runner in the world is Fauja Singh, known as the "Turbaned Tornado" he is one hundred and four years old and is still alive today.

BENEFITS:

If you are good at running, you can make a lot more money then you would make doing something else with much less effort.

SIMILAR CAREERS TO YOUR CHOSEN CAREER:

Most people who "Go Pro" become professional football players, basketball players, sprinters, etc.  There are a ton of other professional sports that are available other then distance running that can make you just as much or more money with the same academic standards.

WHY YOU PICKED HIS CAREER TO EXPLORE:

I picked this career because I run cross country and distance track plus I like running in general.  I think that if I could get a scholarship for running then I could maybe be a professional runner if that is what I wanted to be.

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