Routes by Theme

Spectacular Bridge Crossings for Runners

There are a handful of bridges in the world that should be on any runner’s ‘bucket list’. The bridges in these 35 routes are destinations themselves. In order to be included on this list, the bridges must be unique or spectacular in some way, and have proper accommodation for pedestrians. This list is a combination of iconic bridges used by cars that have pedestrian accommodations, routes that incorporate historic bridges, and some particularly special pedestrian-only bridges. The list is organized by city & region in alphabetical order. For a list of all our routes featuring scenic or unique bridges in some way, see our Bridges category.

Bridge Loops

Cincinnati, OH

The bridges connecting Cincinnati to Newport are a quintessential part of the city and offer great views of the skyline. We’ve put together a Two Bridge and a Four Bridge loop.
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Arthur Ravenel Bridge to Patriots Point

Charleston, SC

A must-do running experience on Charleston is the run from downtown over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. It looks daunting, but there's a wide, well-protected multi-use path that's popular with pedestrians and cyclists. Additional options to explore Patriots Point.
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Chattanooga Bridges Run

Chattanooga, TN

A fun and popular run incorporating the Walnut St. pedestrian bridge, Market St. Bridge, and Veteran's bridge, with a loop around Coolidge & Renaissance parks. Add-on with Tennessee River path for a longer run.
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Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Coeur d'Alene, ID

Another paved multi-use path just south of Coeur d’Alene, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes follows 73 miles of the former Union Pacific Railroad corridor from Plummer to Mulan. The stretches along the lake are particularly nice. The Chatcolet Bridge is a highlight!
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Bridge Loop

Hilton Head Island, SC

A good long run option in Hilton Head, this 12 mile loop incorporates the Cross Island Bridge, with great harbor and marsh views. There are bike lanes along nearly the entire run. Marshland Rd. offers a good canopy for those hot days.
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Key Biscayne & Virginia Key

Miami, FL

Key Biscayne is an island connected to the southern part of Miami, connected by the Rickenbacker Causeway. Two best runs are over the Causeway via a path, trails and beach in Crandon Park, and Virginia Key, with 4+ miles of trails.
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Two Bridges

New York City – Manhattan

Incorporating one New York’s iconic bridges is an integral part of the running experience in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge is a ‘must do’. This nearly 4-mile run features the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
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Willamete River/Esplanade Loop

Portland, OR

The signature run along the Williamette River in Portland. Landmarks include Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Oregon Maritime Museum, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Eastern Esplanade, and the Tilikum Crossing Bridge.
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The Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, CA

Running across the Bridge is not only encouraged…it’s a tourist attraction. There is a dedicated path for runners/walkers. It's 1.7 miles across the bridge. Spectacular views. Lots of add-on potential. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS!
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Ringling Bridge and Area

Sarasota, FL

Possibly the most dramatic run in the Sarasota area, with great water views and even a bit of elevation! It's ~4 miles over the bridge to St. Armands Circle and back, with numerous add-on options.
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Two Bridges Loop

St. Augustine, FL

Two notable bridges in St. Augustine cross over the Matanzas River: the historic Bridge of Lions, which accesses Anastasia Island, and the longer Vilano Causeway/Usina Bridge. They're 1.2 miles apart. It's a minimum 7.5 mile run, particularly nice at sunrise.
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Budapest ‘Runseeing Tour’

Budapest, Hungary

A 'runseeing' tour of Budapest, following the route of the Telekom Vivicitta Half Marathon. Incorporates City Park, Andrássy, Pest Inner City, Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, Danube paths, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky. Options to cut out some sections. Video excerpts!
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Rhine River Run: North

Cologne, Germany

A classic European river run. Wonderful paths right along the Rhine, with numerous attractive pedestrian bridges allowing for loops. This route heads north from historic Cologne, for a loop of up to 10k. Western side has more sites, eastern side is more park-like.
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Arno River Run

Florence, Italy

A spectacular running experience, especially if you go early. Central section has wonderful tree-lined walkways with great views from the bridges. Further west and east sections have gravel paths. We've mapped 15 km along the river.
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Bridges Route – River Clyde

Glasgow, UK

We love this route that criss-crosses the River Clyde on some of Glasgow’s most interesting architectural feats. We've mapped a 7.4 km loop, but there are many options for vary the length given there's never more than 1 km between the bridges.
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Bosphorus River Run

Istanbul, Turkey

One of the most popular places to run in Istanbul is along the Bosporus River, from Kuruçeşme to Bebek. It's not a seamless waterfront path, but there are some great sections. A long-ish option is from the first to second bridges, nearly 6km.
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Putrajaya Area

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This city built on a grand scale has become KL's administrative center, with wide avenues, waterways, impressive architecture, and spectacular bridge. Wonderful running opportunities in this area include large parks, waterside paths.
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Gardens by the Bay and Fort Canning Park

Singapore

Gardens by the Bay is one of Singapore’s major sites and also great for running. Combine with Fort Canning Park for a hill and a great 5.8 mile tour, and even more with Marina Bay. The Helix Bridge is a highlight, as are numerous other pedestrian bridges.
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