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Dallas, TX: Central

See also our separate guides to running in the Dallas Suburbs and Fort Worth

The Dallas-Fort Worth ‘metroplex’ is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Since it’s such a large and spread-out city, we’ve divided our running guide to Dallas into three sections: Central, incorporating downtown and the immediate suburbs; Suburbs, which includes Irving, Las Colinas, Richardson, Plano, Garland; and Fort Worth. As a large, spread-out, and auto-centric city, running in Dallas is a bit of a mixed bag. This guide will help you find the best spots! If you’d like to have an in-person guided running experience in Dallas, we highly recommend our friends at Go! Running Tours.

The best bet for running in downtown Dallas is the popular Katy Trail. Nearby, there’s the more park-like Turtle Creek Trail and Highland Park neighborhood. In the east end, the Santa Fe Trail is a good off-road option. In Northeast Dallas, some of our favorite running in the metroplex is around popular White Rock Lake and the linear park that heads north from there. In northwest Dallas near the Love Field Airport, take some laps around Bachman Lake. See also our Dallas: Suburbs guide for routes all over the Metroplex.

Runners should note that Dallas weather can be searingly hot from May through September, with many days exceeding 100F. As for getting around, there a car is generally needed, but there’s also a quite decent light rail system.

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Dallas Suburbs and Fort Worth

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Dallas weather is very hot in the summer. You’ll have to plan your runs accordingly from June through September. Spring and fall there is gorgeous and fantastic for running. During winter, temperatures rarely fall below season, so it’s good for outdoor sports. It can rain during any season and they do get lots of thunderstorms. They can also have long periods of dry weather.Houston Climate

Dallas is very spread out. It’s important to plan where you stay, in order to be neat a pleasant place to run in Dallas. The map here shows the cluster of hotels downtown that are accessible to four the Katy Trail, Turtle Creek, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Trinity greenbelt. stay-downtown-dallas-map

Richardson Area
There are hotels at the intersection of I-635 and I-75 that provide access to the North Dallas greenbelt that’s a continuation of the White Rock Lake trail system.

DFW/Grapevine Area
If you want to be near Grapevine Lake, go north on Rt. 121 from the DFW Airport and you can get within a mile or so of Grapevine Lake.

Fort Worth Area
There are lots of hotels in or near downtown Fort Worth that provide good access to the Trinity trails.

White Rock Lake Area
There are no hotels in exact proximity but there is a cluster of hotels along Rt. 30 about 2.5 miles south of the park entrance.


Interestingly, there are no real running stores in the heart of downtown Dallas. But here are some running stores in particular parts of the city.

Here’s a link to the Dallas Running Store map. Zoom in on your area to find a running store near you.

Look for the following independent, runner-focused stores.

RunOn Texas is a small chain of Dallas area running stores, with locations in northeast Dallas, Southlake, Preston, and other locations. Extensive training programs, great race calendar, regular group runs.

Luke’s Locker is another group of running stores with multiple locations in the Dallas area. Extensive training programs.

New Balance has stores in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Rockwall, and Southlake. LINK HERE.

Northeast Dallas

RunOn and Luke’s Locker locations.

White Rock Lake

Rockwall Running Center. On the White Rock Lake trail. Relatively new store.


Run On and Luke’s Locker Locations.


Luke’s Locker runs extensive sponsored training programs.

Group Runs. Since Dallas is so spread out, I suggest you go to the RunOn or Luke’s Locker locations in a particular area.

  • White Rock Lake. RunOn hosts free group runs Wednesday evening.

Run Clubs

Pano Placers. For North of Dallas. Tons of regular group runs and events.

Dallas Running Club. Dallas’ oldest and largest running club.

Looking for road or trail races in this area? Find them on RaceRaves, the best online race calendar and reviews community for runners!

Find races in Dallas, TX: Central

The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival is a signature event in the city. Held in December, there’s a half, full, and ultra!