Cleveland is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie. The city has been undergoing a rejuvenation of late, which has helped the running scene in a big way. Many of the best places to run in Cleveland are accessible from downtown, including the beautifully restored Lake Erie and Cuyahoga River waterfronts, incorporating a 15-mile bike path and a 60-mile string of parks and treed greenbelts known as “the Emerald Necklace”. Another great running area is Rockefeller Park from downtown out to University Circle, and enjoy a loop around Cleveland’s universities and art institutions. For residential running, the Shaker Heights neighborhood is a bucolic favorite. The Towpath Trail begins in Cleveland and runs for 84 miles into the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
If you’re hoping to access all the parks that Cleveland has to offer, it is best to have a car. However, Cleveland has a well developed bus and light rail transit system, so getting around the city on public transit within the main metro area is easy. The Airport is only about 12 miles away from downtown and is accessible through public transit.