Middle East & Africa

Bahrain

Includes Manama, Karabad, Seef, Busaiteen, Muharraq

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This island nation in the Persian Gulf comprisies a small archipelago centered around Bahrain Island, situated between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. The area is 92% desert, although there’s also 160 miles of coastline around numerous small islands. Our guide to running in Bahrain is focused on the main visitor areas of Manama, Seef, and Arad, with some nice waterfront path and beach options.

The best places to run in Bahrain center around the waterfront in Arad and Manama. We love the loop around the Arad Lagoon to the Fort. In Manama, a series of waterfront options can be run separately or strung together, starting at Marina Beach and including Bahrain Bay, Seef, Reef Island, and Bahrain Fort. Other good runs include Nurana Island and Al Jazair Beach.

For getting around Bahrain, vehicles are the norm, but there is a decent and expanding bus system. Note the weather in Bahrain can be very hot and the routes exposed. Run early or late, and take the right precautions.

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Manama Waterfront Explorer

Bahrain

Numerous waterfront running options in the Manama area, incorporating Bahrain Bay/The Avenues, Reef Island, and the Al Seef District. Can be done in sections, combined, or a longer run with our Marina Beach Garden route.
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Nurana Islands

Bahrain

Run along a dirt road that's sort of a traffic free causeway to the Nurana Islands. No traffic and water views to each side, but exposed. Longer run includes another pier and even option to head east to Bahrain Fort.
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Al Jazair Public Beach

Bahrain

Al Jazair Public Beach is one of the better beaches for running in Bahrain. The 2.5 km long beach is not very developed in terms of hotels and buildings. Big views of the Gulf, and hard sand. Quiet roads in area for additional km.
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Manama Waterfront Explorer

Bahrain

Numerous waterfront running options in the Manama area, incorporating Bahrain Bay/The Avenues, Reef Island, and the Al Seef District. Can be done in sections, combined, or a longer run with our Marina Beach Garden route.
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This is a hot, desert climate. Summers are brutal: hot, windy, and more humid than one would think for a desert climate. Please use caution when running in summer, as average high temperatures average over 95F (3FC) from May-October and 40C (104F) in July and August. Summer nights do not cool off, with averages low 30s (86F). Winters are much more pleasant for running, with high temps in the mid 20sC (70-80F) and nights that dip into the teens (50s). Precipitation is relatively rare. Do be aware that sand and dust storms can occur.

Bahrain is a major visitor destination, attracting business and leisure travelers. For access to decent running right out your door, we recommend staying near the Arad Lagoon, or near the water the in Manama or Seef areas.

RUNNING STORES

There are no independent running stores in Bahrain, but there are outlets of Nike, Reebok, and Adidas.

GROUP RUNS

Bahrain has a Hash group that has group runs Mondays at 6pm and other events throughout the year.

The Bahrain Road Runners is an active running club in Bahrain, and is involved in numerous running events there.

Running event Calendar, from Bahrain Road Runners.

Seef Half Marathon, January. One of the more popular events.