Celebrate Global Running Day by Exploring America's Most Popular Running Routes

Kirstin Fawcett
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Need some mid-week motivation to squeeze a run into your busy schedule? In case you haven’t jotted it down in your planner, today is Global Running Day, an annual holiday that celebrates the benefits and beauty of the sport.

Over a million people around the world have pledged to pound the pavement today by jogging solo or with companions, or attending a sponsored activity or event. And according to fitness tracking app MapMyRun, many of them will likely be found running on one of the routes below.

MapMyRun examined user data from April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, to locate the 20 most popular running trails, loops, parks, and paths across the U.S., all of which are longer than two miles in length. To make life easier for crowd-averse athletes, they identified the most popular time to run these routes—and since plenty of runners have a competitive streak, they calculated the average time in which users completed the course.

We’ve listed the top 10 routes for you below. See if any of them are located in your city—and if you haven’t tried them out yet, happy exploring!