From mountains to beach terrain – and practically perfect weather, to boot – San Diego has been named among the best running cities in America, according to one running magazine.
“Runner’s World” magazine has compiled its first-ever list of “America’s 50 Best Running Cities” and San Diego ranks No. 4 in the lineup.
The magazine touts the variety of terrains for runners in America’s Finest City – from the 6.5-mile trail up Fortuna Mountain and the La Jolla coastline, to Balboa Park’s 65 miles of trails.
Also, San Diego’s low precipitation and temperate climate makes it a runner’s dream city, as one rarely has to miss a day of pounding the pavement due to inclement weather.
“You can run just about anywhere coastal from Coronado to Oceanside,” Lee Ann Yarbor, owner of USA Endurance Events and Lead Coach of the San Diego Run Club, told “Runner’s World.”
The magazine says the “don’t miss” run among locals is Sunset Cliffs Park, and the place to train is the San Diego Track Club. Runners are also encouraged to try a run past the San Diego Zoo or on the historic bridges at Quince and Spruce streets.
“Runner’s World” says San Diego ranked 7th for how often residents ran in the last year, meaning the population is taking advantage of the top-notch terrain. The city also hosts 170 races annually, giving runners plenty of chances to get competitive.
The magazine says editors compiled rankings for the list by factoring in parks, climate and food in a city – all things that matter to runners.
Other cities that made the cut of America’s 50 Best Running Cities include, in order:
• San Francisco, California
• Seattle, Washington
• Boston, Massachusetts
• Washington, DC
• Portland, Oregon
• Minneapolis, Minnesota
• New York City, New York
• Omaha, Nebraska
• Denver, Colorado
For the full list, click here. The rankings will also be published in the October issue of “Runner’s World,” which hits newsstands on Sept. 6.