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Sandusky & Lake Erie Shores, OH

A Guide to the Best Places to run in Sandusky, Cedar Point, and the Lake Erie Shores Area

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Sandusky, located halfway between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie, is a popular destination in the Lake Erie Shores area. It’s particularly known as the home of Cedar Point Amusement Park, which has the largest collection of roller coasters in the world. For those looking for a diversion from the park’s thrills and chills, there’s some nice running in the Sandusky and Lake Erie Shores area. There are several attractive routes highlighting Lake Erie, some nice parks and preserves, and some rail trails good for a longer off-road run.

Running right in downtown Sandusky is no great shakes — there’s a decent waterside road, a couple of small parks, and some pleasant residential streets. But the best place to run in Sandusky is across the bridge in Cedar Point, with views of the lake on one side and iconic roller coasters on the other side. There’s also nice lakeshore running in Lakeside Marblehead and Port Clinton. A popular destination is Kelleys Island, which has a pleasant waterside road and a state park with 5 miles of trails. Scenic and easy trail running can be enjoyed in East Harbor State Park, Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve, and Castalia Quarry MetroPark. The 20-mile North Coast Inland Trail is the best bet for a longer off-road run in the area.

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Kelleys Island

Reachable via a 20-minute ferry ride, the island has some attractive running options. For road running, we... more...

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Kelleys Island

Sandusky & Lake Erie Shores, OH

Reachable via a 20-minute ferry ride, the island has some attractive running options. For road running, we love the loop incorporating W Lakeshore Dr. for its views of Lake Erie. At Kelleys Island State Park, the signature run is the 5-mile Quarry Trail.
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Kelleys Island

Sandusky & Lake Erie Shores, OH

Reachable via a 20-minute ferry ride, the island has some attractive running options. For road running, we love the loop incorporating W Lakeshore Dr. for its views of Lake Erie. At Kelleys Island State Park, the signature run is the 5-mile Quarry Trail.
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Sandusky has a humid continental climate similar to that of cities like Cleveland nearby. Summers are warm with average high temperatures in the 82F (28C) range, with warm, humid nights. Winters are cold, with highs around freezing and lows of 18F (-7C). There are 35 inches of annual rainfall and 23 inches of snowfall. Lake Erie can influence the weather, with wind, overcast, and lake-effect precipitation.

The go-to running store in the Lake Erie Shores area is the North Shore Running Store, located in downtown Sandusky.