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Nancy, France

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Nancy, France

Nancy is located in the Lorraine region of northeast France. It’s a city famous for its medieval old town and Art Nouveau architecture which meet at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Place Stanislas. Nancy is also a major university city, known for its museums, macarons, and bergamot candy. The running in Nancy centers on extensive paths along the Meurthe River and canals, and numerous small but pretty parks.

The best places to run in Nancy are the paths along the River Meurthe and the surrounding Marne–Rhine CanalParc de la Pépinière, conveniently located in the city center, also offers some good running and sightseeing opportunities, as do the allées of Parc de Brabois in southwest Nancy. We also like running in Parc Richard Pouille and Parc Sainte-Marie de Nancy. There are also numerous long cycling paths along some of the main roads that can be used for longer off-road runs or to connect our other routes.

Nancy is a simple city to navigate, with public bus and tram services covering most of the city. City wide taxis are widely available, as well as VéloStanLib’ cycle hires.

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La Meurthe River Paths

Nancy, France

There are paved paths along a good deal of the Meurthe River where it flows through Nancy. We’ve mapped a centralized 3.6 km tour, with an extension to Champigneulles. Nice water views a good part of the way.
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Marne–Rhine Canal Paths

Nancy, France

More waterfront running can be found along the canal that runs through Nancy parallel to the Meurthe River. The marina/Jardin d'Eau is the best section. Extend for 4 km north of Nancy, or for as much as 15 km southwest to Messein on paved paths.
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La Meurthe River Paths

Nancy, France

There are paved paths along a good deal of the Meurthe River where it flows through Nancy. We’ve mapped a centralized 3.6 km tour, with an extension to Champigneulles. Nice water views a good part of the way.
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Marne–Rhine Canal Paths

Nancy, France

More waterfront running can be found along the canal that runs through Nancy parallel to the Meurthe River. The marina/Jardin d'Eau is the best section. Extend for 4 km north of Nancy, or for as much as 15 km southwest to Messein on paved paths.
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Nancy has an oceanic/continental climate with mild summers and cool winters. In summer, average temperatures are in the 24C (75F) range, with cool-ish nights. Winters range from around freezing to just above it. Extreme cold and snowfall are fairly rare. The average precipitation and sunshine hours are similar to Paris.

Almost all hotels in Nancy are centrally located in the historic/tourist district. Find where to stay at nancy-tourisme.fr.

Nancy has a few running stores, including an Endurance Shop and several Courir, Foot Locker, and Intersport chains.

Some of Nancy’s most popular running events include the Semi-Marathon du Grand Nancy, the Ultra Trail Tour Nancy, and the Trail des Lumieres.