Columbus might be best known for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but its running community is on the rise. Trails such as the Scioto mile and the Olentangy Greenway Trail follow Columbus’s two major rivers, and the city is surrounded by a Metro Parks system with miles of trails. Many neighborhoods built in the last 10 years were planned from the start to include trails. And for the mud heads out there, a brand new permanent obstacle course recently opened at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
Elite runners flock to Boulder because of the training benefits—the mountainous landscape and altitude are the perfect combination for runners to prepare for a race. One of the most popular running trails is Magnolia Road, a 10-mile stretch of hilly road where you’ll find world-class athletes training. But Boulder isn’t just for hardcore runners—anyone can enjoy the hundreds of miles of trails set on the edge of the Rockies.