Canyon Woodward // Rural Runner

I am a political campaign manager and trail runner, focused on rural races in both pursuits.


Born & raised in the beautiful backwoods of Southern Appalachia, mountain trails underfoot have been a constant for me ever since I took my first steps. I have been running as a means of play & exploration for most my life, frequently startling deer and foxes in the open meadows and farmlands near our home and ducking through forests of rhododendron to link up forgotten logging roads hidden deep in the mountains. There's a strong sense of connection - to self, others, and the land - that flows unrestrained on the trail. In the increasingly digital world we find ourselves in, the grounding richness of this embodied earthly experience feels all the more important


In 2018, I ran Chloe Maxmin's successful campaign for the District 88 State Representative seat – the first ever Democratic win in a district that had voted Republican by a 16-point margin over the past three elections. During the campaign, I also trained for and ran a half dozen trail races. I fuel my fire for campaigning by living fun and by running hard and healthy.


In 2020 I ran Chloe's campaign for State Senate in the most rural county of the most rural state in the nation, challenging the highest ranking Republican in Maine. On November 3rd Chloe was elected the youngest woman Senator in Maine's history. 

Chloe and I are writing a book about our experiences in rural politics for Beacon Press.

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Race Results

1/18/20 - Tsali Frosty Foot 50k // 3:57, 1st Overall // Almond, NC

10/5/19 - The Naturalist 50k // 5:02, 1st Overall // Franklin, NC

4/20/19 - Hellbender 100 Miler (24,000+ ft of elevation gain) // 23:22, 3rd Overall // Asheville, NC

1/20/19 - Tsali Frosty Foot 50k // 4:10, 2nd Overall // Almond, NC

6/16/18 - Braveheart 5k // 17:20, 1st Overall (Course Record) // Franklin, NC

4/28/18 - C&O Canal 100 Miler // 20:24:30, 6th Overall // Knoxville, MD

3/17/18 - Assault on Blackrock // 1:10:39, 1st Overall // Sylva, NC

2/10/18 - Mill Stone 50K // 4:48, 4th Overall // Fort Mill, SC

11/04/17 - Conquer the Mountain Half Marathon // 1:20, 1st Overall // Franklin, NC

10/21/17 - Paris Mountain 50k // 4:22 (Course Record), 1st Overall // Greenville, SC

10/7/17 - The Naturalist 50k // 5:10, 2nd Overall // Franklin, NC

3/4/17 - The Fontandango 50k // 4:45, 2nd Overall // Fontana Village, NC

1/21/17 - Tsali Frosty Foot 50k // 5:15, 8th Overall // Bryson City, NC

10/8/16 - The Naturalist 50k // 5:45, 2nd Overall // Franklin, NC

Upcoming Races