There are countless ways to get in your daily exercise, but for some, there’s nothing quite like going for a long run or jog to get the blood flowing. Perhaps the real beauty behind running is that you don’t need a field, court, or countless pieces of equipment to enjoy a nice pleasant jog around some of Minneapolis’ most desirable neighborhoods. But unlike so many other cities across the country where you might have just one or two really good places to go for a quick run, local runners in Minneapolis are provided with an abundance or running trails and pathways that weave their way all through town, which all seem to offer rather scenic and picturesque routes that take full advantage of the awesome natural landscape that surrounds Minnesota’s largest city. From the 50 miles of public park areas that make up the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway to the dozens of pathways and walkways that surround area lakes like Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, and Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis home owners truly have plenty of options and opportunities when it comes to getting outside and going for a run.
If you’re new to Minneapolis or perhaps thinking about moving to the Twin Cities, you don’t just have to take our word for it, however. Just recently, Runner’s World actually voted Minneapolis as the 7th best city in the U.S. for running, ranking only behind San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, San Diego, Washington D.C. and Portland. According to their findings, 94% of the the population in Minneapolis is within walking distance to a park, and if you’re someone who’s worried running outside during those harsh Minnesota winters, you won’t find a shortage of 24-hour indoor running facilities located in the area as well.
To narrow down their list of America’s 50 Best Running Cities, Runner’s World gathered all sorts of data relating to climate, public park space, safety, and countless other factors that are specifically important to runners, which all combined to give each individual city a final score. And once the final totals were all added up, it became clear Minneapolis should easily crack the top 10, ultimately placing 7th overall. For a look at the entire list of America's 50 Best Running Cities, check out Runner's World's rankings to see what other cities made the cut.