seattle's best running routes

seattle’s best running routes

running maps in seattle

You know what makes me giddy like a schoolgirl? The fact that I’ve started receiving emails from some of you reading my blog! While it may seem like it’s no big deal, it’s kind of like receiving a Barbie Dreamhouse for Christmas when you’re 4.  I mean, maybe not AS cool, but what it says is A) you’re reading this crazy blog and B) it’s incredibly beneficial for me to hear your opinions, understand what inspires you, and know what you could stand to never read again. A sincere THANK YOU coming your way — you all rock!

Recently, I’ve had emails from folks asking me to share my favorite running places in Seattle. After cutting and pasting the email a few times, the thought crossed my mind to go ahead and share them with the rest of you. Total duh moment!

Seattle is loaded with trails, parks, and walking paths offering endless options to get your run on. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or setting your sites on becoming a Seattleite, these maps offer perfect starting lines for you lace up, head out, and explore some of the picturesque views this city has to offer. Here are 11 of Seattle’s BEST running routes delivered straight to you!

DOWNTOWN: Seattle waterfront with 180° of Puget Sound

4.5 MILE ALASKAN WAY/ELLIOTT BAY TRAIL LOOP
 Alaskan Way Running Route Seattle

BALLARD: salty sea air and a hip ol‘ maritime town 

4 MILES BALLARD GOLDEN GARDENS
Ballard Running Route

FREMONT: home to Brooks Running and the troll

5 MILE BROOKS TRAILHEAD BURKE-GILMAN OUT AND BACK
Brooks Running Fremont running loop6.4 MILE LAKE UNION LOOP
Lake Union Running Loop

GREEN LAKE: a total running hot spot

2.8 MILE GREEN LAKE INNER LOOPGreen Lake Inner Loop Seattle Running

3.3 MILE OUTER-LOOP GREEN LAKE PARK
Green Lake Outer Running Loop

5 MILE LOOP AROUND GREEN LAKE PARK
Green Lake 5 miler Seattle Running

DISCOVERY PARK: groomed trails and scenic cliffs

2.7 MILE DISCOVERY PARK LOOP TRAIL
Discovery Park 2.7 miler running route

5.7 MILE DISCOVERY PARK LOOPDiscovery Park 5 miler

ALKI BEACH: beaches and Seattle panorama

5 MILE ALKI BEACH – WEST SEATTLE
 Ali Beach Running Route

SEWARD PARK: a running retreat

6.3 MILE SEWARD PARK LOOPSeward Park Running Route

QUESTION: Where is your favorite place to run in the Emerald City? 

feature photo cred: Zhifei Zhou

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