The top spot for running in Durban is the waterfront promenade along Golden Mile and Durban Beach. This wide brick pathway stretches for 5 miles (8 km) from North Pier all the way to Blue Lagoon Park, featuring wide open views of the Indian Ocean. The path passes by the central business district, some of the finest Indian Ocean beaches, then eventually meets the Umgeni River at Blue Lagoon Park. Runners can pick up the path anywhere along Timeball Boulevard, Erskine Terrace, Tambo Parade, or Snell Parade. If accessing from downtown, the path heads for ~2 miles south of ~3 miles north. An out and back is up to 16 km, with plenty of opportunities to extend the route.
Alongside the path is Durban Beach, which extends for about 3.5 km. It’s a wide beach and quite runnable, with fairly firm sand near the water.
Add-Ons: From Blue Lagoon Park, you can connect to our Umgeni River route. It’s possible to use one of the bridges crossing over the river, but use caution as the sidewalk is very narrow.