Middle East & Africa

Amman, Jordan

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Amman

Amman is the capital and largest city in Jordan. It’s located in the northwest region of the country, not far from the Dead Sea. While human settlement of Amman dates back to the Neolithic age, the modern day city grew rapidly after it was designated as the capital of Transjordan. Today, this Beta-Global City is home to numerous multinational corporations, and the fifth most visited city in the Arab world. Running in Amman can be tricky, but there are a couple of signature parks downtown, and plenty of trails and country roads outside the city.

The best places to run in Amman are the course at Sport City, and  the paths of Al-Hussein Park. Amman tends to be crowded and hard to navigate, so many runners travel to the outskirts of the city for quiet road and trail running. Some popular routes in the countryside include the International Community School, the Scandinavian Forest, King of Bahrain Forest, Wasfi Al Tal Forest. For a trail running adventure, pick a section of the long-distance Jordan Trail near Amman.

There is no public transportation in Amman, so car rentals and taxis are the most popular way to get around. For some of the routes on the outskirts of Amman, runners will need to arrange taxi transportation to and from in advance. It’s a good idea to run with a partner or a group in these areas.

Notes: Jordan can be hot, sunny, and dry so be sure to hydrate and wear sun protection. Respect cultural norms and dress modestly, even while running. 

Special thanks to Crossfit Crescent and Amman Road Runners for their help with this guide — be sure to join them for a group run/workout if you’re in Amman!

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Al-Hussein Park and Dabouq

Amman, Jordan

Located in the east of Amman, Al-Hussein (King Hussein) Park is one of the largest public parks in the city. There is up to 8.5 km of running here, with more streets in the residential Dabouq neighborhood. Bonus: The park is well-lit for night running!
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King of Bahrain Forest

Amman, Jordan

There is a 4 km loop surrounding the King of Bahrain Forest in southern Amman. There are not many runnable trails through the forest, but the nearby streets of Ghamadan form a perfect route.
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Wasfi Al Tal Forest

Amman, Jordan

Wasfi Al Tal Forest is a bit off the beaten track, but the array of wide dirt roads sprawling through the national park are worth the trip. We share a 13 km course with lots of rolling hills.
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Jordan Trail

Amman, Jordan

The long distance Jordan Trail runs 650 km from Umm Qais to the Red Sea. Not all of the trail is runnable, but there are some good (and scenic) sections not far outside Amman. The level of difficulty varies. Website with good info.
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Al-Hussein Park and Dabouq

Amman, Jordan

Located in the east of Amman, Al-Hussein (King Hussein) Park is one of the largest public parks in the city. There is up to 8.5 km of running here, with more streets in the residential Dabouq neighborhood. Bonus: The park is well-lit for night running!
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Amman has a desert/Mediterranean climate, with abundant sunshine year-round. Summers are relentlessly sunny and hot, with daytime temperatures in the 33C (low 90sF) range, though nights do cool down. Amman’s altitude keeps things a bit cooler than in the valleys. Winters are pleasant for running, with mild days (13C average high) and nights that fall to the 5C (40sF) range. Nearly all the rain falls in the 3-4 winter months.

Most hotels in Amman are located in the north-central part of the city, near the top business and tourist sites.

Some chain running stores in Amman include Olimpiad Sports, Nike, Adidas, Go Sport, Sport Shop, and Sport Land.

There are some great sports groups in Amman! The Amman Road Runners, who gave us great advice for this guide, host group runs three days a week and organize some of the top local races.

Also check out their partners at Crossfit Crescent to round out your workout in Amman.

The Amman Marathon and the Dead 2 Red Running Race are some of the top (and toughest) running events in Amman.