Saturday, 18 October 2014

Best Melbourne Running Routes and Trails

Top 7 Melbourne Routes
Everyone who goes to Australia ends up sometime in Melbourne, and is normally glad he/she did. There is a vibrant downtown, pleasant suburbs, redeveloped docklands, nearby beaches and the Yarra River winding its way inland. 

The landscape is fairly flat, but with enough small hills to add a challenge. And the abundant parks and riverside provide a perfect spot to discover the town's quieter corners.
Café in the Yarra River

So, if you're looking for a great spot to run in Melbourne, here are the seven best routes in town.

The Best Melbourne Routes

Tan Track:
This is Melbourne's most popular running route, pretty full of runners most evenings and weekends. And once you see the beautiful setting, looping the botanical garden, you'll know why. Join the crowd for one great run!

Yarra River run, City Center: The riverside in downtown Melbourne is a lively promenade full of restaurants, bars, a casino and lots of people just enjoying the beautiful waterside scene. This route follows both sides of the river.

Fitzroy Gardens: Here's a short run at the east end of the city center, next to the state parliament. Pleasant parkland in every direction.

Albert Park / St. Kilda Beach: On the south side, Albert Park is full of recreational fields and lawns, surrounding a big lake. Combine that with a stretch of nearby St. Kilda Beach, and you've got a lot of open scenery, not so far from the downtown bustle.

Williamstown: This was the original harbor part of town, surrounded by water on three sides. There are pleasant, quiet neighborhoods, a big marina and lots of waterside parkland. If you like waterfront running, this is the place to be.

Yarra Bend trail: Here is a trail far from the city. It follows a wooded trail along the Yarra River, east of town. This is the place to get a feel for real Australian countryside. 

COMING SOON!! Carlton / Fitzroy run: This route takes you through Melbourne's coolest neighborhoods: through Carlton and the University, then back through Fitzroy and a bit of Brunswick Street, the city's hippest entertainment district. I'll write it up soon!!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Celebrating 500K Page Views!

Today, we're celebrating our 500,000th page view! In just a few years, Running Routes has established itself as a popular running resource. And we plan to remain an ad-free service to traveling runners, with lots more routes in the coming years.
Picture courtesy of www.iceflowstudios.com

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Best San Francisco Running Routes and Trails

Top 4 San Francisco Routes

San Francisco is one of the most interesting American cities: full of creativity, neighborhoods with their own quirky identities, and one of the most stunning locations in the world. The Beat Movement, the Hippie scene, Gay Pride, Silicon Valley: lots of influential ideas got their start in the San Francisco area. 

Add to that the typical tourist landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, Fishermans Wharf and Chinatown, and you've got a great destination. Most people look forward to any chance to visit this fascinating place. If you're lucky enough to be heading to San Francisco, here is a short list of some of the best running routes in the city.
View to Golden Gate Bridge, photo by Ernest Gaudreau of Flickr CreativeCommons
So here they are, the four best routes in this great town.

The Best San Francisco Routes

Marina Green to Fort Point:  Here's a scenic waterfront route along the north shore, with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Downtown route:  This one starts in the heart of town, at Union Square, and loops past the Embarcadero, then up through Chinatown and Nob Hill. There's a hill-climb on the last part here, but you can skip the hill if you want.

Golden Gate Park:  This route begins in Haight-Ashbury and then loops beautiful Golden Gate Park, including a stretch of Pacific beach at the halfway point.

North Shore / Telegraph Hill:  If you don't mind a flight of stairs taking you up Telegraph Hill, this interesting route starts at Fishermans Wharf, winds past some other piers until taking the stairs through the cliffside jungles of Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower, then heads back through North Beach, along the famous serpentines of Lombard Street.