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Oklahoma City

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Oklahoma City

Colloquially referred to as “OKC,” Oklahoma City is the largest and capital city of Oklahoma. This Great Plains city hugging the banks of the North Canadian (Oklahoma) River grew up around the “Land Rush” of 1889, attracting some 10,000 homesteaders in just a year. Today, its economy is mostly centered around livestock, oil, and its Air Force Base and Aeronautical Center. The options for running in Oklahoma City are terrific, between the 80 miles of multi-use trails, splendid parks, lakes, and scenic residential neighborhoods.

The best places to run in Oklahoma City center on the Oklahoma River Trail and trails around Lake Hefner and Lake Overholser. Downtown, the Bricktown area has 2 miles of canal-side paths. Great neighborhoods for running include Nichols Hills, and Heritage Hills/Mesta Park. We’ve also included additional recommended recreation trails for running, numerous parks and gardens, and some favorite spots in the city of Edmond.

Oklahoma City is a great destination for running, with miles of recreation trails, spacious parks, and scenic residential neighborhoods to choose from. While the terrain is mostly flat, runners can make up for the lack of elevation with extra distance. The trail network of Oklahoma City is so well connected that almost every route in this guide can be combined — making for innumerable new and exciting runs! Check out the OKC Parks and Recreation Department’s map of Oklahoma City Trails for a good overview.

Oklahoma City is at the convergence of several major highways, so traveling around the city by car is popular and relatively quick. For short distance travel, tourists and residents alike can benefit from the new Oklahoma City Streetcar, which connects the popular downtown neighborhoods of Midtown, Downtown, Bricktown, and Automobile Alley. For longer distance destinations, taxis, EMBARK buses, and the Spokies bike share program are all good travel options to get to your ideal running route.

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Most hotels in Oklahoma City are clustered around the Downtown/Bricktown area, although there are other hotels near the airport and along the major highways. Find hotel listings at VisitOKC.com.


Oklahoma City has a number of great independent running stores, including Red Coyote Running and Fitness, OK Runner, and Best Feet Forward.

Group Runs

The Red Coyote Running and Fitness store has numerous group running events each week. Calendar.

OK Runner store has group runs Thursdays 6pm from their midtown store and Mondays 6:30pm in Norman from O’Connell’s Irish Pub and Grille in (769 Asp Ave). Info.

For group runs, check out the Oklahoma City Running Club Landrunners.

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 Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Sports and Fitness is a great resource to find upcoming races in Oklahoma City and other nearby locations.

The Oklahoma City Marathon is held typically the first Sunday of October. It’s run in honor of the people and children who died in the bombing of the Federal Bldg 25 years ago.  Great running crowd and run through Oklahoma City.