Two words describe the running scene in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area: weather and water. The running culture is upbeat and varied, and there nice options for urban routes taking advantage of Tampa Bay and local beaches. This is our guide to running in Tampa-St. Petersburg and Clearwater. If you’d like to have an in-person guided running experience in Tampa, we highly recommend our friends at Go! Running Tours.
Among the best places to run in Tampa-St. Petersburg are in downtown Tampa along the Bayshore Linear Park Trail — a scenic 4.5 mile long sidewalk along the waterfront. A little further from downtown, accessible by car, there are some pleasant parks for running, enjoying Florida’s flora and fauna. In St. Petersburg, the three best options are wonderful routes near downtown, such as the North Bay trail out to Snell Isle, runs along the beach, and south to Desoto Island. It’s about 10 miles from downtown St. Pete to the beach. We also include several routes in Clearwater, just to the north of St. Pete. We love running on Clearwater Beach, on the lovely waterfront trail along N. Bayshore Dr. to Safety Harbor, and on the Ream Wilson Trail linear park.
The weather in this area is great — sunny nearly every day. June through September can be uncomfortable hot. Be aware of summer heat and near daily thunderstorms.