Great Running Spots Across America


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Dear Readers:

I’ve spent part of this week planning my summer vacation. If you’re like me, vacation planning also means “where am I going to run?” planning.

In 2017, I finished my quest to see all 50 states, and I’ve gone on some big road trips since then (including driving cross country and back last June). I’ve tried to run as much as I can along the way, not only to maintain my fitness, but to see new things.

So here are cool places I’ve run, both while traveling and close to home. It’s not a “best places to run” list because I haven’t run everywhere, and if your favorite run is not on this list, most likely I haven’t run there yet!

Flat sand and gorgeous sunrises: What’s not to like about running on Daytona’s beach? For the full Daytona experience sign up for the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, where you start and finish on the Daytona International Speedway (and run to and from the beach in between). It’s already been run this year, so you’ll have to wait until Feb. 9, 2021, for your chance.

Philadelphia

For this Philadelphia park, I recommend the 8.4-mile ring around the Schuylkill. Almost every major race in Philadelphia uses at least one side of this loop — and the Philadelphia Marathon uses both. It also connects to trails that take you to Wissahickon Valley Park Trail System if you’re looking to run on unpaved roads.

Fraser and Winter Park, Colo.

If you’re like me and live at sea level, this trail is really high up: between about 8,500 and 9,000 feet. But it’s mostly flat, so it’s a good spot to run while you get used to the elevation. My dog also liked to run into the Fraser River itself, which you can enter at multiple points along the way.

Haddon Heights, N.J.

This New Jersey park may not be on everybody’s list, but I’m biased because I have been coming here my entire life. My parents first took me when I was a baby and then as a kid to play on the playground. Now, as an adult, it’s one of my regular running routes. It has a small creek, shade and a new water fountain near its outdoor amphitheater. To extend your run, hook into the paved path around Audubon Lake.

Idaho Falls, Idaho



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