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Manila, Philippines

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Manila

Capital of the Philippines, this bustling city located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay is a major business center and a top destination for museums, galleries, and eateries. The Pasig River flows through the middle of Manila, dividing it into the north and south sections. As one of the most densely populated and traffic-choked cities in the world, running in Manila can be a challenge. But there are good spots and a growing running culture.

The best places to run in Manila are areas R that are closed to traffic, including the scenic Manila Baywalk, Seaside Boulevard by the Mall of Asia, Emerald Ave, and the Academic Oval of the University of the Philippines. Parks, although small, are also popular for running, whether its Bonifacio Global City, Luneta Park, Quezon Circle, or Heritage Park. Runners can put in off-road laps on one of Manila’s many public tracks. It is a bit of a challenge to find a long route that’s really scenic, but a few of these can be combined.

There are many options for getting around Manila, including a Light Rail, a Metro Rail, and a public bus. For a bit more money, you can also hire a taxi or “jeepney” to take you around town. Also, be aware of Manila’s heat and humidity, with distinct wet and dry seasons.

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Manila Baywalk

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Manila Baywalk

Manila, Philippines

The Manila Baywalk along Roxas Boulevard is the most popular running spot in Manila, with a 1.6 km brick and cement path along the coastline. Good water views along this coconut-lined path.
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Seaside Boulevard

Manila, Philippines

This great boardwalk by the Mall of Asia follows the waterline past a variety of shops, restaurants, hotels, and a carnivalesque amusement park. 1.2 km one-way, with an ability to continue along Coral Way for another 1 km.
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Bonifacio Global City

Manila, Philippines

One of the best neighborhoods for running in Manila, affluent Bonifacio Global City is a safe and scenic neighborhood with good green spaces. Run around Fort Bonifacio, Bonifacio High Street and the 1.2 km Bonifacio Global City Greenway.
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Quezon Circle

Manila, Philippines

The loop around Quezon Memorial Circle is somewhat separated from traffic, but it still has a busy urban feel. Once around is about 2 km. Some other areas nearby for longer runs.
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Manila Baywalk

Manila, Philippines

The Manila Baywalk along Roxas Boulevard is the most popular running spot in Manila, with a 1.6 km brick and cement path along the coastline. Good water views along this coconut-lined path.
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Seaside Boulevard

Manila, Philippines

This great boardwalk by the Mall of Asia follows the waterline past a variety of shops, restaurants, hotels, and a carnivalesque amusement park. 1.2 km one-way, with an ability to continue along Coral Way for another 1 km.
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Manila weather is typical of southeast Asia: hot and humid nearly year-round. Daily high temperatures are nearly uniform throughout the year, in the 30-34C (86-94F) range, with nights rarely dipping below 22C (72F). There are distinct wet and dry seasons. The heat, humidity, and monsoonal rains of June-September will be factors in planning your running!

You can find lodging and more tourist info at visitphilippines.org.

In addition to Nike and Adidas stores, Manila hosts running shops such as Toby’s Shops, ResToeRun, and RUNNR.

The go-to for running (and other sports) info in Manila is Pinoy Fitness.

Other running groups include the Makati Runners, adidasRunners, Nike Run Club, Run365ph, the Ayala Triads, the Urban Runners, and the Snail Runners.

Run Society and Pinoy Fitness both have great lists of upcoming running events.