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Shreveport, LA

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Shreveport and Some Trail Running Options Outside of Town

Shreveport is the third largest city in Louisiana, located on the banks of the Red River in the northwest corner of the state. The city, which sits on the homeland of the Caddo Nation, came up as a center for the oil industry. It has remained an important industrial hub for its strategic access to Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. After significant investment in infrastructure, there is great running in Shreveport, including riverfront paths, parks, and pleasant streets.

The best places to run in Shreveport are the Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway and Arthur Ray Teague Parkway paths along the Red River. We’ve also mapped a tour of Downtown and the Red River District. Some of the best trail running can be found at Red River National Wildlife Refuge or any of these options outside of Shreveport. There is great neighborhood running around Betty Virginia Park and at Ellerbe Woods

Driving is the preferred method for getting around Shreveport, but the SporTran bus network operates in the city. Also keep in mind, the bikeways along the river make cycling/walking a convenient way to get around.

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Runners should be aware that Shreveport is hot and humid from May through September, with high temperatures consistently in the mid-80s to low-90s, with sultry nights. The rest of the year is more pleasant. Winters are mild, with daytime temperatures in the 55-60F range, though nights do cool off into the 30s. It’s a fairly rainy climate, averaging 51 inches per year.

The majority of hotels are located in downtown Shreveport and Bossier City. Find a list of lodgings from the tourism bureau here.

The most popular independent running store in Shreveport is Run Wild. You’ll also find SportSpectrum, GearHead Outfitters, Footaction, Nike, Under Armour, and Hibbett locations in Shreveport and Bossier City.

The Red River Road Runners is the area’s primary running group. They also hold several running events throughout the year.

SportSpectrum keeps an up to date list of Shreveport running events on their site.