Riga, Latvia

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Riga

The largest city in all the Baltic States, Riga, Rigalies on a sandy plain along the Daugava River. After a tumultuous history of Nazi invasion and Soviet occupation, Riga has emerged as a cultural center of the Baltics, especially theater. Also renowned for its Art Nouveau and wooden architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town Riga attracts well over a million visitors annually. Running in Riga is a delight for its parks, interesting architecture, and views along the Daugava River. Note: If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Riga, we highly recommend our affiliate partner Go! Running Tours

One of the best places to run in Riga is a three park loop around the Pilsētas kanāls. We also enjoy the Daugava river path, on the east and west sides. We’ve also put together or take a “runseeing” tour of Old Town. Just north of city center, the Mezaparks neighborhood features wonderful paths and pretty homes. For a fun destination run, head west along the 13 km multi-use path leads to the beach town of Jurmala. Jurmala itself is great for a run, with pretty streets and a runnable beach. For an adventure, head to the huge Ķemeri National Park, which has a great variety of running options.

Getting around Riga is a cinch, since the city is compact and walkable. The extensive public transport network includes tram lines, trolleybus routes, and additional buses. Most of our routes begin close to city center, so you can run to the starting points or combine paths for maximum mileage. Note: Titls=Bridge, iela=street.

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Riga has mild summers and cool to cold winters. The weather is influenced by the location on the Gulf of Riga and Baltic Sea. In summer, average high temperatures are in the pleasant 21-22C (low 70s) range, with cool nights (12C, 54F). Fall is very pretty. Winters are cold but not frigid, with highs near freezing (-2C) and lows in the -8C (high teens) range. Runners should be prepared in winter, given the temperatures and frequent snow/ice. The sea influence also means it can be damp. It’s also windy in Riga.

Hotels in Riga are primarily centered around Old Town, with more economy options spilling over to the west bank of the river. See Latvia.Travel for accommodation listings.

Running stores and group runs are somewhat sparse in Riga, but WeRunRiga, a Nike group, occasionally hosts events.

Riga holds an annual marathon/half-marathon, as well as a variety of other races. See for more events.

The Riga Marathon is a massive event. This IAAF Gold Label race is held annually in May and offers 6k, 10k, half- and full marathon options. Runners follow the route along the Daugava River and through the narrow streets of Riga.