Houston’s running scene has been getting steadily better. More than $100 million has been poured into parks related projects as part of a master plan to increase the Houston’s downtown population. The best places to run in Houston are the terrific trails in some of its signature parks, notably Memorial Park, Buffalo Bayou Park, and in the Rice University area. The defining geographic element for Houston running are the Bayous, originally meant as a natural drainage area, and now a growing network of trails and linear parks. The heart of Houston’s running community is Memorial Park, sort of a Houston version of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Great neighborhoods for running are River Oaks and the Heights area. Since Houston is a large and spread out city, still fairly car-centric, you will have to ‘find your spot’.