6. Cape Town, South Africa
Hitting the road in the Mother City will get your heart pounding faster, but there’s no doubt the views here will be some of the best you’ve ever seen. Not only will you have the ocean on one side, you’ll also have Table Mountain lurking around you. If you’re looking for a flat run, we suggest heading to the promenade. But if you’re after a high-intensity workout, then Cape Town is the paradise of trail runs. Try Lion’s Head – the views will blow you away.
7. Prague, Czech Republic
This surprising city has been labelled a hidden gem in the running community. The Vltava River accompanies you on most of the running routes here. Cobbled streets, ancient bridges and Gothic architecture are also your partners as you wind your way through one of the oldest cities in Europe. While there are some climbs, the trails are mostly flat and fast.
8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The famous Copacabana is a 4km stretch of beach and promenade leading to Ipanema. The route is so popular that on Sundays, the road is closed to traffic to accommodate all the active people. From almost anywhere on the course, you’ll get views of Corcovado mountain – home of the famous Christ the Redeemer.
9. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Among the five highest cities in the world, the Ethiopian capital will test your lungs in a way very few places can. It’s home to elite athletes and world-record holders such as Haile Gebrselassie, and locals will cheer you on as you run past. Because running is so popular here, you may find yourself on the road next to a world champ and sharing a beer afterwards. The city is also home to some of the finest java in the world, so your route is sure to have a good coffee stop.
TIP: When visiting one of these fabulous cities, remember that you can create your running route by using www.mapmyrun.com. If you’re not in the mood to do so, why not trust the recommendations of others? Go to www.strava.com/activities and you’ll find other joggers who have bookmarked their routes. That way, you’ll know the exact distance and intensity level of the run.
– TEXT BY JESSICA LEVITT
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.