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Fort Wayne, IN

The Great Runs guide to the best places to run in the Fort Wayne area.

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Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana. It’s one of those smaller cities that are a joy for running. The centerpiece is the 25+ miles of paths along the Rivergreenway, consisting of paths along the three rivers — Maumee, St. Marys, and St. Joseph — that have their confluence in Fort Wayne. There are also terrific parks and attractive historical residential areas, owing to the “park and boulevard plan” that was designed in the early-20th century by the landscape architect George Kessler.

The best places to run in Fort Wayne center on the Rivergreenway system — we’ve mapped the three major river trails. Right downtown is the Circle of Hope loop, which showcases Headwaters Park and other downtown sites. In north Fort Wayne, there’s nice running around the historic Northside neighborhood, and the Wayne campus of Purdue University.  In the southern part of the city, we love combining the South Wayne Historic District & Foster Park. Another treat is the 14 miles of trails around wetland, prairie, and forest at Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve.

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Fort Wayne has a humid, continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Summers are sunny and hot, with temperatures approaching the mid-80s (28C), though nights do cool off. Winters highs average near freezing, with lows in the high teens (-8C). Runners should be prepared for cold, snow, and ice in winter. Summer months receive twice the average precipitation as the winer months, often in the form of thunderstorms.


There’s a good cluster of hotels in the downtown area just south of W Main St., which are optimal for access to the Rivergreenway — the best running in Fort Wayne. There’s also a cluster of hotels north of the city off I-69, but the running up there is no great shakes.

There are two terrific running stores in Fort Wayne.

Three Rivers Running Company. North Clinton Ave. Venerable Fort Wayne running store.

Fleet Feet. Fort Wayne location of this running store chain.


Local road races in Fort Wayne & northeast Indiana. Calendar.

Three signature races are the Vineyard 5k, Ugly Sweater Run, and Birthday RunGo. Info.