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Ahead of the London Marathon, We Look at 5 Destinations that are Great for Running

Running and outdoor exercise have become extremely popular over the last few years, and global
Google searches for ‘running’ increased 22% year on year. Active holidays are on the rise too, and
jogging through a city, beach or mountain can be the very best combination of sightseeing and

Ahead of the London Marathon taking place on 2nd October, we take a look at 14 places that
are great for running. Just remember to pack your best pair of trainers!

The Turia Gardens – Valencia, Spain
Thanks to its warm climate, beaches and numerous green spaces, Valencia is an ideal running city.
The Turia Gardens, the Juan Carlos I Royal Marina and Cabecera Park are some of the best places
to run. Those looking for a challenge should time their visit with one of Valencia’s famous races, such
as the Half Marathon and Trinidad.

Kamikochi – Three-star Road, Japan
Running through the Japan Alps, the Three-star Road is made up of five distinct regions: Kanazawa,
Nanto, Shirakawa, Takayama and Matsumoto. Within this region is Kamikochi, a valley surrounded by
some of Japan’s tallest mountains, which makes for the perfect place to run. The trail starts and ends
at the Kappabashi (Kappa Bridge). Run along the river valley through dense forests, and keep an eye
out for monkeys and shrines.

The GAP Trail – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A world-class path for fitness fanatics, the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) should be on every
runner’s bucket list. From a leisurely jog to marathon training, the 150-mile trail is great for both solo
and team training. Beginning or concluding at Pittsburgh’s scenic Point State Park, runners can spot the
confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers before trekking across one of the city’s
many bridges where they can take in the expansive views of the downtown city skyline. From its far
side, runners can explore Pittsburgh’s artsy and historic South Side neighbourhood.

Elliott Bay Trail – Seattle, Washington
The Elliott Bay Trail stretches along Seattle’s waterfront for around seven miles in total. A popular
section with runners is a 1.5-mile stretch from Olympic Sculpture Park to Myrtle Edwards Park, taking
in the spectacular sights of the Seattle Centre, including the Space Needle, along the way. Myrtle
Edwards Park is a Seattle hidden gem, offering a secluded sandy beach with views of Elliott Bay and

San Francisco, California
San Francisco has it all for runners including great views, ocean, hills, paths, good weather and
accessibility. The highlights of San Francisco running are trails around the Golden Gate Bridge,
starting at the Embarcadero, over Fort Mason, along Crissy Field and across the GG Bridge.
Additionally, the Presidio, a former military installation, is now a gorgeous park with miles of trails for
running. There are hills, wooded trails and scenic vistas out to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.

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