One of the more richly historic cities in the country, St. Louis lives up to its name as Gateway to the West. Due to its geographically central location and its relation to the Mississippi River, it became one of the major port cities and stops during westward expansion: Lewis & Clark’s expedition to explore the western territories started in St. Louis. The Museum of Westward Expansion is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, where the iconic Gateway Arch sits. St. Louis was also the site of the 1904 Summer Olympics, the first non-European City to host the events. This is our guide to running in St. Louis, Missouri.
St. Louis is a great running destination due to its large parks system and its convenience to the Mississippi River waterfront area. The running highlights include the waterfront paths and Forest Park — both accessible from downtown. Note: Currently the waterfront area and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park area are under construction, which is affecting the paths, is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2016.
Topographically, St. Louis is relatively flat. The surrounding environment are marked by slow rolling prairies, with moderate inclines.
The Metrolink provides reliable public transportation from the east to the west parts of the cities and to the suburbs in each direction. Comprising of a blue (MLB) and red (MLR) line. Running mostly parallel to each other, these lines can bring you to Forest Park and beyond. Upon arriving in the western suburbs, the blue line curves south and west, whereas the red line continues northwest to the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.