Albuquerque’s altitude, year round moderate weather, and great trails make this area a popular place for elite runners to train. The dirt path that encompasses Albuquerque Academy is where some of the world’s best, among them Paula Radcliffe and Hicham El-Guerrouj, have zipped along this path. The trail is popular for runners of all levels and is a great place to run with a bit of incline running east towards the Sandias. Easy parking is at the Whole Foods on Wyoming Blvd. Nearby, the arroyo trails channel the water in the monsoon season, and there is also good access to the foothill trails of the Sandias if you’d like to add on to the run.
Add-On: Arroyo del Oso Park, just south of Academy HS, is scenic and has some nice paths.