1. San Francisco, USA
The city’s notorious hills can intimidate even the most accomplished runners but, with Golden Gate Park, the panhandle and parks littering the city, you’ll regret it if you don’t put on those running shoes. The terrain is varied and, with the city known for its active community, you’re bound to bump into fellow fitness fiends.
2. New York, USA
No running guide is complete without the addition of the Big Apple. With the massive Central Park dominating runs, the rest of NYC is a runner’s dream. Filled with iconic landmarks, bridges and towering skyscrapers, it’s the city that never sleeps, so you’ll be able to hit the road no matter what time you land.
3. Sydney, Australia
This city is the home of the runner and, whether you’re a jogger or running enthusiast, you’ll be in good company. Sydney is filled with big waterfront views, and locals will tell you that you simply must run across the Harbour Bridge at least once during your visit. Even more popular is the free 5km Parkrun that’s open to all members of the community.
4. Tokyo, Japan
Japan, one of the most marathon-crazed nations in the world, is undoubtedly filled with fast runners. Yoyogi Park is a hugely popular destination and one of Tokyo’s largest green spaces. Located in the heart of the city, it is open 24 hours a day. Paths are marked with distance markers so runners can monitor their progress. Prepare to be challenged.
5. Hong Kong
This dynamic city has countless options for those who want to pound the road. From getting lost in the urban jungle to exploring Discovery Bay’s mix of trails or pathways, you won’t regret lacing up. The only problem will be deciding whether you want the promenade or Clear Water Bay’s incredible views.