Active Living

There are many great things about running that runners would attest to. It is one activity that is fairly easy to take up and stick to. And you will always be a runner regardless of how fast or slow you go as long as you keep going. One of the best things about running is the plethora of roads, tracks, and trails to use or explore. If you are lucky, you may get to do it in some of the most amazing places to go for a run. Here are some of the world’s best cities for runners.

Boston
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Why run here: Home to the world-renowned Boston Marathon, numerous running paths and scenic trails; running spots and routes that include Arnold Arboretum, Charles River, Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Clemente Field, Commonwealth Avenue, Fresh Pond, Public Garden, and more; several running and track clubs

Cape Town
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Why run here: Open roads and running paths and trails that offer spectacular views, Table Mountain and its numerous hiking and running trails; running routes like Boyes Drive, Chapman’s Peak, Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, Newlands Forest, Sea Point Promenade, and Two Oceans among many others

Chicago
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Why run here: Runner-friendly city, scenic trails; plenty of parks to go for a good run like Grant Park , Humboldt Park, and Lincoln Park to name a few; running spots like the 18.5-mile running path along Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan, the 606, Chicago Riverwalk, the Palos Trail System, and Milwaukee Avenue

Hong Kong
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Why run here: Urban paths and scenic off-the-beaten trails; home to the Hong Kong Marathon; running routes that include Bowen Road, Hong Kong Trail, Lugard Road to Severn Road, Ma On Shan-Sha Tin waterfront promenade, and Victoria Road

London
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Why run here: An abundance of green spaces with running paths, a wide range of city parks that have several running trails to choose from, home to the London Marathon; running spots that include the Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park, and St James’s Park route; Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace Park, Hampstead Heath, Regents Canal , Regents Park & Primrose Hill, along the Thames from Woolwich to Richmond Par, and Wimbledon Common among several other running trails

New York City
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Why run here: Home to the prestigious New York Marathon, running at Central Park (Central Park loop, Central Park reservoir), urban and nature runs; running routes with breathtaking views like Battery Park to the East River, Van Cortlandt Park, Hudson River Greenway and Hudson River Park, the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Paris
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Why run here: Scenic running routes, beautiful parks with running paths and trails, home to the Paris Marathon; running spots such as the Bois de Vincennes, Canal St. Martin, Canal De L’Ourq, Jardin des Plantes, Jardin des Tuileries, La Coulée Verte, Les Bois de Boulogne, and on the banks of the Seine

Portland
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Why run here: One of the running-friendliest cities in the US, numerous running paths that include the one along the Willamette River, a wide array of nature run trails near the heart of the city, the Wildwood Trail in Washington Park

Tokyo
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Why run here: Plenty of green spaces with the best running paths and trails to choose from, Yoyogi Park which is one of the top picks of many runners in the city; other running paths like along Akasaka Palace, the banks of the Arakawa River, the roughly 5-kilometer route around the Imperial Palace, Koganei Park, Komazawa Park, Meguro River, Oda Field, and Tama River

Washington D.C.
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Why run here: Hailed as the “fittest city” by the American College of Sports Medicine, numerous running paths and trails, a vibrant running scene, several running clubs and groups; running spots like Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, East Potomac Park, along Embassy Row, National Arboretum, National Mall, Mount Vernon Trail, Rock Creek Park, and Watergate Steps