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Reno, NV

Best Places to Run in Reno, Nevada

Located in the western part of Nevada, Reno is known for its hotels and casinos, as well as being the gateway to the Lake Tahoe area. The terrain and setting is unique, as Reno sits at 4,500 feet in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada range. For a relatively small city, there is an excellent variety of running in Reno, from long paved bike paths to loops through wetlands and some great intro trail running.

For some long off-road running, the two best bets are the 12-mile paved Truckee River Path, and the gravel Steamboat Ditch Trail. For lake loops, try Virginia Lake and the Sparks Marina. We also love some of the gentler trail running options at Ranhco San Rafael ParkHuffaker Park, and Damonte Ranch Park. For some hill work on untrafficked roads, head north of Reno to the Golden Valley area. Those who enjoy trail running have countless options in Reno and vicinity.

A few notes about running in Reno. At 4,500 feet, the altitude is a factor — use the right cautionary measures. In summer, it can be hot and the high desert terrain means most of the routes are very exposed. In winter, there can be rain and snow, affecting the surface of the off-road trails.

See Also: Our Lake Tahoe Running Guide

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Reno’s climate is sunny and dry, averaging 300 days of sunshine a year. Summers can be hot – with average high temperatures near 90F (32C). Nights cool off to near 50F in July, so a layer is always needed when traveling to Reno! Spring and fall are fantastic for running, with less extreme heat. Winters are cool, with average daytime highs around 45F (6C), and nights that cool off into the low 20s (-6C). Keep in mind that Reno is at 4,500 feet and the terrain is exposed. Reno averages 13 days of rain annually — nearly all of it in winter — and 21 inches of snowfall. Note that trail conditions can be affected by rain/snow/cold temperatures in winter.

Source: NOAA/Wikipedia

Reno has a fantastic and involved running culture for a city of only 250,000. There are three independent running stores in the area:

Reno Running Company.  Locations in Reno and Sparks. Group runs Sundays 8am. Each store has other group events throughout the week. Info

Eclipse Running. Fantastic running store since 1994. Near Virginia Lake loop!. Group runs Saturdays 7am from store. Also great resource for running groups and race/event calendar. Group run and Reno event calendar.

Resources and Group Runs

Eclipse Running has links to all sorts of local resources for running in the Reno area.

Northern Sierra Endurance Training has more for runners of all types than its name indicates, including several group running — and walking —  options. A great bet is their Saturday 7am group run from the Eclipse Running store.

Looking for road or trail races in this area? Find them on RaceRaves, the best online race calendar and reviews community for runners!

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Good calendar of running events in Reno. Also here.