Iran’s capital city of Tehran is the most populous metropolitan area in the country, and the third largest city in the Middle East. The city is famous for its historical archives, bazaars, and rich, varied architecture. Tehran also features a dramatic setting, with major mountains to the north. The city is divided into 22 districts, with the wealthier, commercial sections toward the northern end. One interesting geographic note is the dramatic difference in altitude from the southern (1100m) to the northern (1700m) end of the city. Given the city’s famous traffic, the best bets for running in Tehran are in its numerous parks, many of which feature running tracks.
Some of the best parks for running in Tehran are Pardisan Park, Chitgar Forest Park, Laleh Park, Velayat Great Park, Ab-o Atash Park, and Javanmardan Park. Those who want to run closer to the heart of the city may enjoy the 17.5 km Valiasr Street. Runners can also opt for a membership at the Enghelab Sports Complex or explore the trails and historic sights in the northern neighborhood of Darband.
Some Notes About Running in Tehran: It is best to wear pants rather than shorts. Also, there are regulations about women running in Tehran. It can be very hot and exposed in the summer, so best to go early or find a shaded park. Also, Tehran is famous for its traffic congestion and air pollution. Runners should also note the altitude, which can be a factor at the northern end of the city. As for transportation, there are four metro lines, and and several bus routes (including rapid transit buses).