Tempe Town Lake

Famous as the site of the Ironman Arizona swim portion, Tempe Town Lake is a fantastic fitness resource near downtown Tempe. The multi-use concrete path around the lake is a 5-mile loop with a wide path suitable for cyclists and pedestrians alike. While there is no shade along the route with the exception of bridges and overpasses, the lake offers …

Freedom Park

Freedom Park is truly an urban oasis with a multitude of fitness options for every type of exercise enthusiast! The 98-acre park, centered around a duck pond, offers wide concrete multi-use paths, tennis courts, basketball courts, and bikes for rent. It’s common to see people walking their dogs, running, and cycling throughout the park, and the atmosphere is peaceful enough …

144th Street Trail

The 144th Street Trail connects the many residential neighborhoods of western Omaha to popular running spots such as Zorinsky Lake and Wehrspann Lake (part of the Chalco Hills Recreation Area). At nearly 8 miles in length, the concrete multi-use path is an option as part of a long run if you don’t mind a bit of a challenge! Unlike many …

Big Papio Trail

Stretching nearly 10 miles through Omaha, the Big Papio Trail is a concrete multi-use path that runs through four parks. The parks offer available parking, restrooms, and water fountains, making the trail very convenient for long runs, as it also connects to the Keystone Trail. Some portions of the trail, particularly those running through the parks, are shaded, while others, …

Riverfront Trail

  In hilly Omaha, the Riverfront Trail is an oasis for those looking to get a longer run or ride in on a flat surface. The Riverfront Trail, a concrete multi-use path approximately 10 feet in width, extends 10.8 miles along the Missouri River. The trail has numerous shaded sections along with lengthy unshaded expanses and passes through wetlands, parks, …

Buffalo Bayou Park

The City of Houston places a great deal of importance on the construction and maintenance of bicycle and pedestrian facilities within the city limits, and nowhere is that commitment more evident than at Buffalo Bayou Park.  The City is currently engaged in a $53 million project to renovate and restore 160 acres along Buffalo Bayou, and much of the work …

Castle Island

During my trip to Boston, I stayed in South Boston in hopes of becoming a “Southie.” Although I’m not sure I fooled anyone, I did get to run out to Castle Island, a park on the coast just south of the city. Castle Island is the home of Fort Independence and has been the site of fortification since 1634. The …

Highline Canal Trail

  Winding through the Denver metro area’s southern suburbs, the Highline Canal Trail stretches an impressive 71 miles from southwest of Littleton to the city of Aurora, near the airport.  This multi-use path is frequented by cyclists and runners alike and can be used as a commuting route. While much of the trail is concrete, some sections are also asphalt …

City Park

City Park is one of Denver’s oldest parks, and it enjoys a hallowed reputation as a beautiful haven in the middle of the busy city. With two multi-use paths of varying distances, runners, walkers, and cyclists have the option of both dirt and concrete paths. The park offers both real bathrooms and porta potties along the routes, so you’ll never …

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