Southside Rd. offers a good opportunity for a long, steady run downtown, with few turns. The most spectacular sections are the 3.2 km north of the Railway Coastal Museum, toward Cahill Point and Fort Amherst. Southside Rd. is a favorite of locals in winter, because it is usually well maintained and protected from the wind. There’s a sidewalk/bike path most of the way. For the southern part of the route, the gravel Southside Rd. At Fort Amherst, enjoy some great walking/hiking/trail running on the Deadman’s Bay Path. Bonus: good option in winter, as Southwide Rd. is maintained.
Long Option: 12.8 km (8 miles) out and back. Start near Bowring Park southwest of downtown. Follow Southside Rd. around St. John’s Harbour and out to Cahill Point, where you can check out the Fort Amherst Lighthouse and what remains of the WWII military fortifications.
Short Option: Start closer to downtown near the Railway Coastal Museum. This cuts the route in half to 6.4 km (4 miles) round trip.