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The World's Best Running Routes

Air Canada's seasoned travellers share their finds from around the globe.

Lykavittos Hill

Photo: iStock / Szaffy

Lykavittos Hill

“A favourite three kilometres for archeologists and classicists working at the British and American schools. You can run around the hill, or jog the various paths going up the hill, the latter being a fantastic leg workout! Tall people beware: trees on the roads around here hang low.”
­—C. Chykerda, Altitude Elite 50K member

Aristippou and Ploutarchou, Athens

The Downtown Loop

Photo: San Francisco Travel Association / Scott Chernis

The Downtown Loop

“From the Ferry Building Marketplace, run down Market Street and then up Van Ness past Fisherman’s Wharf to get a 10-kilometre loop taking in the main sites of San Francisco.”
­—Lawrence Loh, Altitude Super Elite 100K member

Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco

Parc Monceau 8E Arrondissement

Photo: Paris Tourist Office / Amélie Dupont

Parc Monceau 8E Arrondissement

“This park just off the Boulevard de Courcelles features a cinder-chip perimeter trail that clocks in at one kilometre, perfect for any kind of tempo or interval training. Watch for the oval pond surrounded by a Corinthian colonnade; the place is so picturesque that Claude Monet painted it six times.”
­—Andrew Braithwaite, Altitude Elite 50K member

35, boulevard de Courcelles, Paris

The Assiniboine Riverwalk

Photo: The Assiniboine Riverwalk

The Assiniboine Riverwalk

“If you’re staying downtown, a great run is along the Riverwalk either beginning at the Legislative Building or the Forks. From the Forks you can also extend your run by heading past the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and over to Stephen Juba Park. Lots of foliage, good paths and no traffic for 2.3 kilometres.”
­—D. Zanke, Altitude Elite 50K member

The Assiniboine Riverwalk, Winnipeg



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