Minneapolis/St.Paul has been consistently rated one the healthiest and most active places to live in the United States. We know what you’re thinking – isn’t it cold? You betcha! But no amount of cold or snow or ice can keep hardy Minnesotans indoors for long.
One of our very favorite parts about being based in the Twin Cities is the sheer volume of off-road, paved (and often plowed) running and biking trails. This vast network allows runners, bikers, and walkers the ability to travel more than 50 miles without the worry of cars; for runners, especially distance runners, this is a dream come true!
There are dozens of amazing running routes in the land of 10,000 lakes, below are just a few of our favorites. Hope to see you out on the trails soon!
4 Favorite Twin Cities Running Routes
Mississippi River Pkwy/Road Loop – 7 miles
The Mississippi River Pkwy/Road pedestrian and bike paths stretch for miles along either side of the mighty Mississippi and make for an excellent run be it long or short. This route is mostly scenic with views of the river and surrounding neighborhoods and is relatively flat with a couple of hills. Water fountains and bathrooms occasionally line the path, which is perfect for summer runs, but beware in winter! Frigid temperatures force the city to turn off water sources, so be sure to bring your own once October hits.
The Classic Chain of Lakes – 10.5 miles
The Chain of Lakes is a classic Minneapolis destination for runners and bikers of all kinds. This route provides views of Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, and Lake of the Isles along a well-maintained, paved path. Water fountains line the path but don’t rely on them once the weather turns cold. If you visit during the summer months, be sure to stop at Bread and Pickle or The Tin Fish for a post-run treat!
Historic Downtown & Stone Arch Bridge – 5 miles
Experience the Minneapolis days of yore along a beautiful route through historic downtown. You’ll also catch views of sites such as the Mississippi River, the Hennepin Avenue Bridge (look for the Grain Belt Beer sign!), Nicollet Island, and the Stone Arch Bridge.
Theodore Wirth Park Loop – 10 miles
Theodore Wirth Park is one of 53 parks and green spaces in the Twin Cities (what can we say? We really love the outdoors!) It covers an impressive 740 acres and has trails extending for 20. This scenic route takes runners through a loop in the park and another loop around nearby Cedar Lake.
Where is Your Favorite Running Route?
There’s always somewhere new to explore – no matter where you’re running! #GETOUTANDROUTE!