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Sioux Falls, SD

Sioux Falls is a pleasant city of nearly 200,000 people. The Big Sioux River tumbles over a series of waterfalls to create an iconic sight right in the center of the city. Sioux Falls is one of those surprisingly good cities for running. The centerpiece of running in Sioux Falls is around the linear park that stretches for several miles along the Big Sioux River.

The best place to run in Sioux Falls is on the Sioux Falls Bike Trail, a 19-mile multi-use path through a series of parks along the Big Sioux River. Many of the parks themselves have additional trails. There’s also several miles of nice running along Skunk Creek, which branches of the Big Sioux. We’ve also put together a quite pleasant run near downtown, combining the Historic District in the North End West neighborhood with Terrrace Park and even a running track in the Stadium/Convention Center area. Trail runners will love the hills and trails at Great Bear Ski Valley just five miles northeast of downtown.

Runners should note that winter in Sioux Falls can be bitter. Come prepared. The Sioux Falls Bike Trail is generally maintained.

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Sioux Falls Bike Trail

Sioux Falls, SD

The anchor and signature running spot in Sioux Falls. Paved bike path runs along the Big Sioux River through numerous parks. Choose a section or do the full 19-mile loop! Parkland, woods, river views!
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The Outdoor Campus & Nearby Parks

Sioux Falls, SD

A 100-acre nature park in Sertoma Park that's focused on outdoor recreation and activities. There are two miles of walking trails that are wide and flat, great for running. Connect to other trails in Yankton Trail Park and the Sioux Falls Bike Trail for a longer run.
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Great Bear Ski Valley Trail Running

Sioux Falls, SD

Great trail running in summer only 5 miles from downtown Sioux Falls. 4 miles of trails winding through hills and valleys, offering spectacular views of Sioux Falls as well as secluded Burr Oak canopied creek bottoms. Trails range from easy to more challenging.
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Sioux Falls Bike Trail

Sioux Falls, SD

The anchor and signature running spot in Sioux Falls. Paved bike path runs along the Big Sioux River through numerous parks. Choose a section or do the full 19-mile loop! Parkland, woods, river views!
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Sioux Falls has a humid continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Summers are sunny and hot, with daytime temperatures in the mid-80s (28C). Nights do cool off. Winters are cold to frigid, with average January highs of 27F (-3C) and nights that dip to the single digits (8F, -13C). There are 45 inches of snowfall annually. Runners should be prepared for cold, snow, and ice in winter.

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For access to the best running in Sioux Falls right outside your door, we recommend staying at one of the downtown hotels. This enables good access to our Downtown route and the parks and trails along the Big Sioux River.

There’s also a cluster of hotels near the Convention Center/I-29 area. If you stay here, try to stay closer to the Convention Center at the east end — this provides access to a running track, Terrace Park, and some nice streets for running in North End West.

RUNNING STORES

605 Running Company. One of two signature running shops in Sioux Falls. They sponsor a summer running series, the Thanksgiving Day race, and several area running clubs. GROUP RUNS Wednesday 6:05pm and Saturday 7am.

Runner’s Block. Technical running & walking shop since 2008.

GROUP RUNS

605 Running Company hosts group runs Wednesday 6:05pm and Saturday 7am from their store. INFO

There are also three local running groups that you can connect with. LINKS

 

 

Signature running events in Sioux Falls include:

Gobble Wobble 10k. The Saturday before Thankgiving.

605 Summer Run Series. Sponsored by 606 Running Co.

Sioux Falls Skedaddle Half Marathon.