North America

Denver, Colorado

Denver is a wonderful city for running. At the foothills of the Rockies, the ‘Mile-High City’ is graced by 300 sunny days a year. Easily accessible from a continually improving downtown is an excellent variety of paths, waterways, and parks. Our guide to the best places to run in Denver, Colorado includes the Cherry Creek path and Platte River trails, City Park, Cheesman Park, and some lovely residential areas. Nearby, there are also some great opportunities for trail and hill running, before things get really serious in the mountains. With the combined elevation and sun, be extra cautions about hydrating.

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Cherry Creek

Denver, CO

This paved, 24-mile path is the centerpiece of running in downtown Denver. The best section starts at Confluence Park, heading 4 miles southeast toward the Cherry Creek Mall.
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Half Marathon Route

Denver, CO

Here is the course map for the Rock ‘N Roll Denver half-marathon, held in October. Start at the Denver Art Museum. Great tour of downtown, major parks and sites.
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City Park

Denver, CO

City Park is the largest and most notable park in Denver. At 330 acres, the park contains a zoo, Museum of Nature and Science, and two lakes.
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Washington Park

Denver, CO

Washington Park includes 150 acres of pleasant grounds including two lakes, two flower gardens, one of which is a replica of George Washington’s gardens at Mount Vernon.
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Three Park Run

Denver, CO

This is a great option for a long run or even a half marathon! We’ve put together a 13.5 mile run incorporating City Park, Cheesman Park, and Washington Park.
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Sloane Lake

Denver, CO

Located in the Highlands region of Denver 2.5 miles east of downtown, Sloan’s Lake is a great spot for a run, featuring a 2.5 mile loop around the perimeter.
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Green Mountain, Lakewood

Denver, CO

There are great running and hiking options in this 2,400 acre park. Best bets are the ~6.5 mile Green Mountain Trail loop that is an 800 foot climb to the summit with great views, or the 3.1-mile Hayden Trail Loop.
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Cherry Creek

Denver, CO

This paved, 24-mile path is the centerpiece of running in downtown Denver. The best section starts at Confluence Park, heading 4 miles southeast toward the Cherry Creek Mall.
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Three Park Run

Denver, CO

This is a great option for a long run or even a half marathon! We’ve put together a 13.5 mile run incorporating City Park, Cheesman Park, and Washington Park.
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Denver’s weather is generally dry, windy, and sunny. There are greater extremes between day and night than many other cities. Summers are hot but not oppressive, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. In winter, it’s very cold at night but warms up during the day. It can snow but it doesn’t usually stick around that long. It can be quite windy downtown. The city itself is fairly flat but gets hilly to the west.denver-climate

Denver is a sprawling city, particularly if one includes the vast suburbs and the ridiculous distance to the airport. But many of city’s running highlights are all within the downtown area, in the area south of I-70 and north of 1st Ave., east of I-25, and west of Colorado Blvd. There are a lot of hotel options downtown and near the convention center, with good access to the Cherry Creek and South Platte River Trails. City Park and Cheesman Park are about 2.5 miles from downtown. Sloan Lake is 3 miles west.denver-stay

Running Stores

Surprisingly, there’s not much in the way of running stores right downtown. There are outlets of some major chains — REI is probably your best bet. There are clusters of running stores in the Cherry Creek Mall area and south of Cherry Creek State Park. Also in other major suburban locations: Aurora, Lakewood, etc.

Downtown
REI Store. Not exactly a running store — but, it’s REI and the location, near Confluence Park, can’t be beat.

Tribella Women’s Multisport. A women-centric store geared toward triathletes…so they have running stuff. Beautiful store. Near Cherry Creek Trail in Capitol/Art Museum area.

Runners Roost. Not really downtown, but 2.5 miles from Washington Park. Group Runs Wednesday 6pm. Other locations in Lakewood, Aurora.

Cherry Creek Mall 
Boulder Running Company. Good location in mall area but near Cherry Creek Trail, south of downtown. Also stores in Littleton, Greenwood Village. Comprehensive selection.

South
Just south of Cherry Creek State Park in the Aurora area, there are Road Runner SportsRunners’ Roost, and Boulder Running Company stores. (I-25/I-470 locations)

Run Clubs/Group Runs

Rocky Mountain Road Runners. The major run club in the Denver area. Very comprehensive site with photos or running areas in Denver. Multiple events each week, track workouts, etc.

City Running Tours. Great themed group runs, meeting at locations downtown.

Comprehensive race calendar kept by Rocky Mountain Runners. CALENDAR

Another good calendar kept by the folks at Run Colorado. CALENDAR

Rock N Roll Half Marathon. October. Also 10k and 5k events.

Colfax Marathon. Two Days. Seven Races. Named as one of Runner’s World’s 10 Races to Run.

Runnin’ of the Green Lucky 7-K (March). St. Patrick’s Day blowout pulls in 3,000 runners for a 7-K through “LoDo,” Denver’s trendy lower downtown area.

Cherry Creek Sneak (April). Billed as “the country’s largest 5-mile race”: 13,000 runnsers. Also a “Sneak Shortcut 5-K.” Cool T-shirt features ambulatory cherry bombs, and the postrace party is nonpareil (cherrycreeksneak.com).

Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half-Marathon (Aug). One of Running World’s s 25 top half-marathons. 40 miles west of Denver. Good opportunity to experience hills.

Mile High City Marathon (Sept). Newer race starts at the state Capitol, winds through all three major city parks (Washington, City, and Cheesman), and finishes with a run up the 16th Street pedestrian mall; 5-K and half-marathon options.

Boulder BOULDER. December. One of the country’s largest 10k races. Famous. Boulder is an hour drive from Denver and this race (and the running in Boulder) is worth the trip.

Platte River Half Marathon. April. Also a great relay race