All major cities have their iconic runs—Central Park in New York, the Lakefront Path in Chicago, the Charles River in Boston—but many of these come up lacking if you’re looking for elevation gain. Competitive runners are often in search of something a little more challenging. After all, hills are the cornerstone of a successful training program, and that training program can’t be interrupted by a business trip.
In a piece for Outside, we compiled a list of some of the best hill runs in or around North American’s major metro areas. We even uncovered some ‘hills’ in notoriously flat cities. More extensive descriptions of all of these routes can be found at Great Runs. You can search the route or the city, or simply click the keyword ‘hilly’ on the Great Runs’ home page to see all the hilly/challenging runs in thousands of destinations worldwide.
CLICK HERE FOR HILL SUGGESTIONS IN THE MAJOR U.S. CITIES