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’. These bridges are destinations of themselves. They must meet a few criteria to be on our list: they must be unique or spectacular in some way, at least 1/2 mile in length, and shave proper accommodation for pedestrians. We do note that many of the world’s iconic bridges are car only. Boo-hoo! For a list of all our routes featuring bridges or unique bridges in some way, see our Bridges category.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Cologne ‘Runseeing’ Tour

Cologne, Germany

An 8 km 'Runseeing' tour of Cologne. Highlights include the Historic city, a jaunt along the refurbished Old Harbor along the Rhine, the old city walls in Friedenspark, the paths of Volksgarten, and a final jaunt through Old Town along Quatermarkt.