United States

Lincoln, NE

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Lincoln is Nebraska’s second largest city and is the state capital. It’s a interesting mix of prairie city, university town, and growing high-tech sector. For a city of 300,000 people, there’s an excellent infrastructure for running in Lincoln, with some 134 miles of multi-use trails, numerous parks, and some attractive older neighborhoods. Lincoln Trail Map

A great way to get oriented in Lincoln is our ‘runseeing’ tour incorporating the University of Nebraska campus, Capitol, and some historic downtown neighborhoods. Some of the best places to run in Lincoln are on the extensive multi-use trails, notably the Rock Island Trail & Salt Creek Levee Trail. For parks, we love running in Pioneers Park and trail running in Wilderness Park. Favorite neighborhoods for running are the Near South neighborhood near the university/downtown, and the University Place, East Campus, and Woods Park neighborhoods in east Lincoln.

Lincoln has a four-season climate with hot summers and cold winters. There’s a decent bus transit system, StarTran.

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Rock Island Trail

Lincoln, NE

Among Lincoln's 134 miles of trails, the Rock Island Trail is one of the best for running. Centrally located, 7-mile multi-use path connecting several parks and trails. Runs from just east of the University, south to Densmore Park.
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Salt Creek Levee Trail

Lincoln, NE

A decent spot for an off-road run in Lincoln. The crushed limestone path runs just above Salt Creek between Oak Lake Park and Wilderness Park. The terrain is quite open, and a bit industrial in sections, with some views of the narrow creek.
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East Lincoln Neighborhoods

Lincoln, NE

Some nice neighborhood running in east Lincoln. Using the UNL East Campus as an anchor, create your own route enjoying the attractive streets and homes in the University Place, East Campus, and Woods Park neighborhoods.
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Pioneers Park & Bison Trail

Lincoln, NE

600-acre park in southwest Lincoln is a great spot for a run. From the Nature Center, there are 3-4 miles of attractive trails through farm fields, prairie, wetlands, and woods. The Bison Trail multi-use path heads east for 3.5 miles to Wilderness Park.
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Wilderness Park

Lincoln, NE

Popular spot in southwest Lincoln for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking/trail running. The 1,400-acre park features more than 17 miles of trails through dense forest, meadows and creek beds. Good connections to other nearby multi-use trails.
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Rock Island Trail

Lincoln, NE

Among Lincoln's 134 miles of trails, the Rock Island Trail is one of the best for running. Centrally located, 7-mile multi-use path connecting several parks and trails. Runs from just east of the University, south to Densmore Park.
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Good Life Halfsy is a popular half-marathon in Lincoln. October.