5 Best Places for Runners in San Diego

It’s warming up here in San Diego, which means it’s time to get fit and take your workout to the great outdoors. Whether you’re a beginner looking for a new trail to try, are new to San Diego or just want to start running outside more, these five locations are the ideal place to start.

Strap on those running shoes and hit the pavement, sand or trails at one of these top running destinations across the county.

Lake Murray

Lake Murray is just miles from the city of La Mesa and offers a close-to-seven-mile course around the perimeter of the lake, perfect for beginners and experts alike. The trail itself is extremely peaceful and usually offers low-traffic during the day.

5540 Kiowa Dr., La Mesa. mtrp.org

Mission Beach boardwalk

The concrete-paved course allows runners to jog right on the coast of Mission Beach as they pass by locals, tourists and of course, a gorgeous ocean view. The path stretches from North Pacific Beach to South Mission Beach a little over three miles. Starting at Belmont Park and continuing to Crystal Pier is a great first-run to try here.

3714 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach. sandiego.org

Balboa Park trails

Whether you’re looking for a light jog around the park or a more challenging course, Balboa Park has it all. With over 65 miles of different trails to choose from, it’s an ideal place to continuously push your own limits and try something new. For a full list of trails and courses, visit balboapark.org

Torrey Pines State Reserve

This scenic trail provides runners with tough uphill terrain, darting dirt trails and beach views galore. Run to the top and through the mountain down to Torrey Pines State Beach, where you can continue to run back to the start, if you’re looking for a greater challenge.

12600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla. torreypine.org

Sunset Cliffs

While most of the nation is freezing through winter, we’re lucky enough to have decent weather and beautiful beach trails, like Sunset Cliffs, to make staying in shape a bit easier. The cliffs wind around Ocean Beach on an easy-to-follow dirt path with epic sunset views at the finish.

1253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach. sandiego.gov

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