Travel & Outdoors

Top Spots For A Fun Run

January 24, 2014 8:00 AM

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Running
Some pound-shedding trends fade quickly but others, like running, have the stamp of approval by the test of time. So whether you’re jogging a mile or two for a healthier heart or running your way to a 26.2 mile goal, South Florida’s topography encourages all to go beyond the running indoors on a treadmill and to explore the great tropical outdoors.

jogger 1 Top Spots For A Fun Run

Kennedy Park

South Bayshore Drive & 22nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33143
(305) 575-5256
Distract thoughts of exhaustion with spectacular ocean views at Coconut Grove’s Kennedy Park. Runners of all levels will find a sweat-inducing refuge at this Miami bayside greenery. Not only does the park feature an array of free gym equipment, but recently the park’s path was repaved with runner’s knees in mind. Want to run a longer distance? Consider Kennedy Park your starting point and continue all-the-way to Key Biscayne’s Rickenbacker Bridge and back…if you dare.

runner 1 Top Spots For A Fun Run

Morningside Park

NE 55th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 754-1242
Morningside Park
Just east of Biscayne Boulevard and past the arm gate of Morningside is a great park for runners. Nestled in one of Miami’s oldest home communities, Morningside Park is open to all that enjoy a cool ocean breeze to help ease the heat from the South Florida sun. Enjoy a run through the park’s paved paths that are shaded by trees, or take the run even further through the neighborhood’s historic homes. All though the neighborhood is guarded, the park is free and open to all.

palm trees Top Spots For A Fun Run

Miami Beach’s Boardwalk

Collins Avenue Between 21st and 46th
Miami Beach, FL
Runners who adore a sandy view but also ache for distractions have Miami Beach tourists and locals to thank with a run down the boardwalk. The wooden boardwalk runs along the shore of Miami Beach from 21st street up to 46th street. Those looking for a challenge can take the approximate 2 mile run further by stepping down and going the distance while treading through the sand.

runner 2 Top Spots For A Fun Run

Tradewinds Park

3600 W. Sample Rd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
(954) 357-8870
Tradewinds Park
Tradewinds Park, a former home to horse-breeding, is 627-acres of green space that joggers should put on their list to visit. The park has a paved path in the south side that runs about three quarters of a mile. For the runners looking to build speed, the park has two certified 5K courses sure to keep competitors on the right track. Also, the park is known to host several 5K runs and triathlons throughout the year.

sneakers Top Spots For A Fun Run

South Pointe Park

1 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33109
(305) 673-7730
South Pointe Park
This perfectly polished park, located on the southernmost tip of South Beach, is perfect for runners who seek to see and be seen. At South Pointe Park runners will whiz by picnickers, children, dogs, diners at the elegant Smith & Wollensky, and ships coming in and out of the Port of Miami. But runners beware; parking at South Pointe Park is pricey, seeking a meter is highly recommended.

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