Fast-growing San Antonio is now the 7th-largest city in the United States. The city has a rich and varied history, with the iconic Alamo, located downtown, as are other historic landmarks including the 17th century missions and the San Fernando Cathedral. The city is large and sprawling. There are good running options for running in San Antonio’s downtown, as well as numerous parks and greenways outside the city core.
The centerpiece of running in downtown San Antonio is the famed River Walk, though it can get crowded. We’ve also put together a San Antonio Highlights tour, including some historic residential neighborhoods. For quieter, less city-congested runs, we recommend Brackenridge Park and Olmos Basin Park are close to downtown. The Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills residential neighborhoods are great for running. Further out, just past the airport, are McAllister Park and Eisenhower Park, and opportunities to get a taste of Texas Hill Country running. Eisenhower Park is also the northern terminus of the Salado Creek Greenway, which connects several parks east of I-10. West of I-10, the Leon Creek Greenway runs for 20+ miles. A favorite section is between Bandera Rd. and Highway 53 (just east of UT San Antonio).
Notes: San Antonio is spread out and car-centric. Also, runners should note that the weather is generally sunny year-round, but is brutally hot from June through September.