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Green Bay, WI

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Green Bay is in eastern Wisconsin, 90 miles south of Milwaukee. It has unique geographic setting, at the mouth of the Fox River and at the head of Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan. There are excellent options for running in Green Bay, considering its population of barely 100,000.

The best places to run in Green Bay are the paths along the Fox River and East River. Another terrific run is to combine the University of Wisconsin campus & adjacent Arboretum and cross country course. Near downtown, the historic Astor Park & Allouez neighborhoods are lovely, and a good option in winter when trails might not be cleared. There are also several longer multi-use paths in the area: Mountain Bay State Trail, Duck Creek Trail, & Ahnapee Trail. For trail running, head to Barkhausen Preserve or Reforestation Camp.

Runners should note that Green Bay winters are cold and snowy. Some trails might not be maintained in winter or are used for XC skiing.

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Green Bay has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Lake Michigan moderates the climate somewhat. Winters are cold, summers are quite warm. In summer, average highs are in the 80F (26C) range, but nights can cool off. Winter is the real deal — highs top out around 23F, and lows can be in the single digits. Runners should come prepared. The city averages nearly 60 inches of snow.


For out the door access to the best running in Green Bay, try to stay downtown in the area between the Fox and East Rivers, north of E Mason St.


Run Away Shoes is the signature running store in Green Bay.


Run Away Shoes organizes Pub Runs throughout the year. INFO

This is a good list of area run clubs, some of which also do regular group runs. See especially Mom’s Run This Town.

This running calendar, courtesy of Run Away Shoes, lists events in the Green Bay/Fox Valley area.