Indianapolis is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Indiana. Located in the East North Central region of the Midwest, it is the 12th largest city in America and the unofficial “Amateur Sports Capital.” The city is likely best known for annually hosting the world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500. This is a guide to the best places to run in Indianapolis. The city is home to the nation’s largest half marathon, the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, indicating that cars aren’t the only fast thing on the track! This is also one of the reasons Indy made Runners World magazine’s list of “America’s 50 Best Running Cities.”
Indianapolis was founded on the White River, which runs along the western edge of downtown and the giant Indianapolis University–Purdue University at Indianapolis campus sits just above the river’s bend. Indy is laid out with four main roadways that extend out diagonally from Monument Circle, city center, and connect cross streets in a grid.
There are some great running options in the downtown area, notably along the White River, the canals, and the unique 8-mile ‘Cultural Trail’. Further afield, there are some wonderful rail trails and parks for running.
The downtown area is very walkable, but because Indy is spread out over so many square miles alternate transportation is necessary. IndyGo, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, provides great commuting options, including 30 fixed bus routes throughout the county.Great Resource on Running in Indy