Lyon, France

Rhône River Run

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Running along the Rhône River is a classic European river run and one of the better, seamless spots to run in Lyon. The best running is along the east side of the river, between Gerland Park in the south, to Parc de la Tête d’Or in the north, a distance of 8.6 km (5.3 miles) one  way. There are numerous bridges that cross over to Presqu’île, the peninsula that lies between the Rhône  and the Saône. From south to north, you’ll run through Gerland Park, Parc des Berges, Berges du Rhône, Berge Anna Lindh, Berge Karen Blixen, and the Prom. du Bas Rhône.

Best sections are between Gerland and Pont University (4 km), and then the 2.5 km section between Pont Morand and the Pont Raymond Poincaré at the northern end, using the Prom. du Bas Rhône.

Add-On: at the Pont Raymond Barre, run the 0.6 miles loop over to the Musée des Confluences, the modern anthropology museum, and the lovely grounds and gardens.

Some key distances, from the Sports Complex/Gerland Park, heading north (km/mi):

Table with Distances
Essentials
  • 8.6 km (5.3 miles) one-way
  • 107 feet
  • South End: Gerland Park; North End: Parc de la Tête d'Or, or any point along the way
  • Good metro or tram access, most of the way