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Aswan is a city in the south of Egypt, located on the east bank of the Nile River just north of the Aswan Dam. A strategic and commercial gateway since antiquity, Aswan is a major tourist center, owing to its significant archaeological sites. The options for running in Aswan center around the Corniche path along the Nile. Inland from the river, the city streets are not very runnable, and outside the city there’s not much of a road network.

The best place to run in Aswan is the 3.7 km Corniche path along the river, between Feryal Garden and the Engineers Club/Marina. There are great views of the water, surrounding mountains, and sites on Elephantine Island. On the west side of the river, the desert terrain quickly becomes rugged and forbidding.

Runners should note that Aswan is one of the sunniest, hottest places on earth — daytime high temps are 35-41C from April through October, though there are a couple of pleasantly mild winter months.

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