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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 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.



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.


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.


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.