Run the World: The Top 20 Running Routes in America

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Run the World: The Top 20 Running Routes in America

Where is your favorite place to run? We’ve identified the 20 most popular routes in the United States, according to MapMyRun data*, to see where runners like you are hitting the pavement. We even calculated some key stats on each: average finish time, gender breakdown and most crowded time to run. See if your route made the list — and find yourself a new running challenge. 

#20: Lake Hollingsworth Trail
Lakeland, Florida
Be entertained on your run by catching a water ski show on this central Florida lake — just keep an eye out for alligators. Check out the full route.

#19: Lake Quannapowitt Loop
Wakefield, Massachusetts
Enjoy the picturesque view of this suburban Boston lake and blossoming wildflowers during the warmer months. Check out the full route.

#18: West Side Highway Path
New York City
You can run all 12.5 miles of this iconic path along the Hudson River, but this stretch — starting at Chelsea Piers and heading south — is the most popular among MapMyRun users. You’ll end your run at the well-known Tribeca Skatepark. Check out the full route.

#17: Lakefront Trail
Run a portion (or the entirety) of this 18-mile trail in the Windy City. You’ll pass parks and lakefront homes, as well as numerous piers that stretch onto beautiful Lake Michigan. Check out the full route.

#16 Lake Miramar
San Diego
Take your dog along for a run on this spacious route. Once you cross the dam on the western side of the lake, you’ll get a gorgeous view of La Jolla, “the jewel” of San Diego. Check out the full route.

#15: Waterfront Loop
Portland, Oregon
Follow along the Willamette River crossing at the Hawthorne Bridge and the North Steel Bridge, which is over the Eastbank Esplanade — 1,200 feet of it floats on the water. Check out the full route.

#14: Sloan’s Lake Loop
Ease into high-altitude training on this flat loop during sunset for breathtaking views of the lake and the Rocky Mountains. Check out the full route.

#13: Silver Lake Reservoir
Los Angeles
Get away from the L.A. hustle with the pleasant mix of urban and nature running. This loop is the perfect escape from the traffic of the Glendale Freeway or Interstate 5. Check out the full route.

#12: Kelly Drive
Treat yourself to the unobstructed views of the Schuylkill River. Add in a stop at the Philadelphia Art Museum to have your “Rocky” moment. Check out the full route.

#11: Lake of the Isles
Don’t let winter slow you down. This quiet spot opens its bike path for pedestrians when the trail is covered in snow. Check out the full route.

#10: Rice University Loop
Treat yourself to some shade during the hot summer months. Lined with oak trees, this packed-gravel trail circles the beautiful university grounds. Check out the full route.

#9: Lake Merritt Trail
Oakland, California
Discover an urban oasis steps from downtown Oakland. This heart-shaped shoreline is also home to one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the country. Check out the full route.

#8: Rose Bowl Loop
Pasadena, California
Change up the scenery with this route, which includes views of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Brookside Golf Course and, of course, the famous stadium. Check out the full route.

#7: Lake Calhoun Trail
Maintain a peaceful vibe for your run while surrounded by lush trees and enjoy views of sailboats in the largest lake in the Twin Cities. Check out the full route.

#6: Green Lake Loop
Catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife such as ducks, geese and hawks as you jog around the updated path. Check out the full route.

#5: Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail
Austin, Texas
Add some excitement to your run in the evening: Time it right and you might witness the nightly bat migration from the Congress Avenue Bridge. Check out the full route.

#4: Washington Park Loop
Cover both sides of Grasmere Lake and Smith Lake with this run around the flower garden-filled route. Check out the full route.

#3: Central Park
New York City
MapMyRun users log thousands of routes through the park, but this one — starting at the south end and finishing past the famed reservoir — is the most popular. Check out the full route.

#2: Prospect Park Loop
Brooklyn, New York
Explore this scenic trail, which passes New York City’s last remaining forest, and the Prospect Park Bandshell, which hosts summer concerts. Check out the full route.

#1: Memorial Park Loop
Run the most popular route in America, according to MapMyRun users. This path takes you through one of the U.S.’ largest urban parks and has an awesome view of the iconic Williams Tower. Check out the full route.

*Data calculated for all MapMyRun users from April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. Routes had to be longer than 2 miles in length.


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