5 incredible places to run
The world's best running routes
There are thousands of fantastic places you haven't yet explored yet in the world. Here we show you five detailed routes that you should run.
Running Niagara Falls, USA/Canada
Distance: varies depending on your route.
Imagine running past one of the greatest natural sights in the world! Niagara Falls has got to be one of the ultimate places to run – whether you’re just doing it for pleasure or pushing yourself in a challenge. Situated on the Canadian/US border, the Falls are a sight you’ll never forget – and if you’re a member of a club, why not rope in plenty of your running colleagues to join you?
There is a marathon course here, which is the only international marathon to start in one country and finish in another, starting in the USA (Buffalo) and finishing in Canada (Ontario). Once you cross the Peace Bridge you will be in Canada, where the course follows the beautiful Niagara River Parkway. Both the marathon and the half marathon races finish with a 2-mile downhill section ending right by the inspiring Niagara Falls themselves.
Running in Prague, Czech Republic
Distance: varies depending on your route.
Although known almost exclusively as a destination for the pre-wedding party crowd, Prague should be on your ‘to do’ list of running spots. It’s so cheap and easy to get to – and inexpensive while you are there, too. Prague is one of the most marvelous cities to run in and contains some stunning architecture, some hilly parts (should you be so inclined to tackle them), and also some fairly decent park sections!
So, why not head out from the Charles Bridge, and then run through some of the flat parks of the city, and along the shores of the River Vltav – all the while taking in views of the spectacular castle, palaces, museums, and the Old Town?
Running at Sydney Harbourside, Australia
Distance: 7.5 miles (12.1 km)
This is a very flat route, and one that takes in some of the best sights of Sydney – including the famous Opera House and Botanic Gardens. You can do a good circuit run by starting at the eastern end of Circular Quay and following the walkway around to the Opera House, where you can – if you’re feeling particularly energetic – run up and then down the steps of the Opera House.
You can then follow the route through the Botanic Gardens, past Farm Cove, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour and the Convention Centre, and across Pyrmont Bridge. Eventually, you’ll get to Pier One – which provides superb views across the harbor – after which you can go under the Harbour Bridge and then continue to Circular Quay. Of course, it’s also possible to work out your own shorter route if you don't want to or can't manage the full run.
Top tips: There are plenty of water stations along the way – plus there are facilities at Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, the Opera House, and the Domain, should you get caught short. Also, the gates to the Botanic Gardens are generally only open during daylight hours.
Top tips: Watch your step when you run, as some of the cobbled streets may pose a problem. Stromovka, in Bubenec, is a great place to run, as it’s the largest park in the city, most of it is flat, and the soft dirt trails it contains provide some relief from the cobblestones. Letna is not as large as Stromovka, but it is also a flat, pretty place to run in.
Running the Amalfi Drive, Italy
Distance: approx 1,500 miles (over 2,400km)!
Distance: 30 miles (48.2km).
Usually noted for being one of the world’s most remarkable drives, there’s no reason why you should not run the route – or at least a portion of it – instead, provided you’re fairly brave. The Amalfi Drive stretches from Sorrento to Amalfi, and whatever section you run, you’re guaranteed to pass through some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the world.
The route follows a narrow and twisting road with the cliffs several hundred feet below as you go. Thankfully, most of the traffic on the route will not be going at too dangerous a speed to pose a threat to your safety, as they’ll be concerned with safely negotiating the twisting turns of the road – so their speed won’t be much faster than your own!
Top tips: Most drivers prefer to tackle the route driving north on the Amalfi Drive because it is the furthest away from the precarious cliff edge. You will want to run on the same side of the road as the northbound traffic – i.e. by running towards the south – so that you can see what vehicles are coming towards you.
Running in Central Park, New York City, USA
Distance: 6 miles (9.65km).
Central Park is pretty much synonymous with runners and joggers, and contains over 800 acres of space in the heart of Manhattan – making it one of the world’s most popular places to run. It’s even worth running a section of it just to check out some of the Central Park regulars!
One of the best runs to go for is the Full Loop Course, which is just over 6 miles long. It starts at East Drive at East 90th Street and heads north around the north end of the park, before turning and heading south, passing the Tavern on the Green (the famous finishing point of the ING New York City Marathon), and continuing around the south end of the park.
Top tips: There a whole host of running spots in Central Park. Also, in order not to incur the wrath of other park users, it’s a good idea to stay in the innermost recreation lane when running!