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Our Top 7 Spots in San Diego to Go for a Run

Running in the Sun Our Top 7 Spots in San Diego to Go for a Run

Written By: Nicole Fera Our Top 7 Spots in San Diego to Go for a Run

Whether you’ve recently decided to step up your running game, or you’re an old pro, chances are you enjoy a scenic run. Fortunately for those of us who live in San Diego this is not a hard task to accomplish. With 360 days of sunshine, breathtaking beaches, vast mountains and beauty around every corner, there are always plenty of places to enjoy the scenery during your workout. These seven spots are a mix of different scenic routes to check out the next time you decided to stretch those legs and run the town with a view. Check out our top 7 spots in San Diego to go for a run.

Our Top 7 Spots in San Diego to Go for a Run

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is not only one of the most amazing places in San Diego to check out museums, special events, and beautiful botanical gardens, but it’s also an amazing place to go for a run. The park is over 65 miles long with plenty of different trails to check out whether you prefer running near the woods or straight through some of the best buildings around. The nice part about running at the park is that you can constantly switch up the routes you take and the areas that you cover. This one park offers endless amounts of running potential.

1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101


Fiesta Island Park

Fiesta Island Park is a great place to get a run in for the day, especially if you plan on brining your furry friend along with you. The island has a five mile hike, which is your best bet if you’re trying to get a structured run in, but it’s also got lots of room for activities as well. People can be found on the water kayaking or water skiing, and some folks even bring their horses down for a run or dip in the water. Not only does this place provide amazing scenery with lots to check out on your run, but the trail is a big loop so you can begin and up exactly where you first started.

1590 E Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach is one of the best places in San Diego to set out on a run. The windy cliffs stretch for miles along the coast, making it an ideal morning or sunset run. The run is also great because when you get to the end of the road you can hike down the cliffs onto the beach and challenge yourself with a sandy finish. Otherwise, the top of the cliffs provides amazing views and a nice breeze while you burn those calories from the day.

Lake Murray

For a scenic, peaceful run there’s no better to go then Lake Murray. This lake, along with its almost 7 mile trail is located near La Mesa in San Diego. There’s something about running near water that gives the run a calming feel and provides motivation and clarity. If you feel this way about you running then this is the perfect spot for you. The trails along the lake are lined with beautiful flowers, which add to the beauty and serenity while you prepare for your 5k.

Our Top 7 Spots in San Diego to Go for a Run

Coronado Beach

For years Coronado has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the country so it’s the ideal place to spend as much time as you can. Although lounging on the white sandy beach is always an option, it’s also a great place to get a good run in for the day. If you start at the end of the road (just past the Hotel Del Coronado), you can run the path that eventually turns to sidewalk all the way down the beach. It’s about 4 miles round-trip, making it a light run with a beautiful view. You can even step up your workout by trying to run on the sand for as much of the journey as you can manage. Sunsets here are incredible so try and time out your run so that you can stay for the show.


Mission Bay Boardwalk

One of the best runs in San Diego to check out is, of course, at the beach. If you begin at Mission Bay Boardwalk (near Belmont Park), then you can run right down until Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach or further into La Jolla. No matter how far you want to take this run, it’s always a beautiful, spirited route. Lots of people are always out and about and there’s also lots of places to get food or coffee at once you’ve finished. Running with an ocean view, lots of company and the reward of a latte’ to keep you moving is more than you could ask for.

Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines State Reserve isn’t just a great place for an easy hike; it’s also a top spot for running. Most of the trails here are easy enough that a moderately experienced runner could jog through them. Running up some hills switches up a workout and uses different muscles to climb through the rocks and trails. You can also hike to the top and then run down one of the trails to the beach to complete the run on the sand.

Native Knowledge: Although the Reserve has a parking lot there is plenty of parking along the street before the entrance that’s’ free! Just try and head there way before sunset time because it can fill up quickly for the show.

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Nicole is a New Jersey native who studied English and Journalism at Monmouth University, Long Branch. She moved to sunny San Diego to enjoy all that it has to offer, including the beach, the music scene and the opportunity to share her love of Journalism with others. She hopes to continue writing by making a career of her first true love: words.




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