Schlepping to a city for a convention is a rite of business travel. But from a running perspective, this can be an unpredictable proposition. In some cities, the major convention center is centrally located, near lots of hotels, restaurants, and good running routes. In other cities, the location can be a business center/highway/chain hotel wasteland. But don’t fear, Great Runs is here to help!
For the top 50 most visited convention cities in the world, we’ve looked at the location of their major convention center from the standpoint of proximity to running routes and other infrastructure. We assume that travelers stay in a hotel near the convention center. Here are our tips and resources:
Convention Cities Running Guide
This table indicates the major CC in each city, best runs nearby, and our rating (A is best, C is worst). Click on city column to sort alphabetically.
City Rating Convention Ctr. (CC) Best Runs Nearby Comments
Orlando C Orange County Convention Center Conv. Ctr./Universal Studios Route Can run there, not attractive
Washington, DC A The Walter E. Washington Convention Center National Mall & Memorials Conv Ctr. near iconic D.C. routes
Las Vegas C Las Vegas Convention Ctr. The Strip One of the worst for running among convention cities
Miami A- Miami Beach Convention Ctr. Miami Beach Boardwalk; Venetian Causeway CC is near the best run in Miami
Chicago A- McCormick Place Lakefront Path Area around McCormick not so great but near great run!
San Diego A San Diego Convention Ctr. Convention Center/Embarcadero Near airport, Gaslight District, & scenic running!
Phoenix C+ Phoenix Convention Ctr. Downtown Phoenix Loop Downtown Phoenix isn't great and neither is the running
Atlanta C+ Georgia World Congress Center Downtown Atlanta Tour Same comments as Phoenix
Dallas C+ Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Katy Trail; Trinity Levee Trail CC is fairly far from decent running options
New Orleans B Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Central City & Garden District Loop Reasonable proximity to action & running
New York City A- Javits Center Hudson River Greenway Javits Ctr. is no great shakes but it's on a great run route!
San Antonio B Henry B. González Convention Ctr. San Antonio Riverwalk Centrally located CC, and San Antonio's best run
Houston B George R. Brown Convention Center Buffalo Bayou Park Buffalo Bayou Park is much improved!
Philadelphia A- Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia Highlights Tour Right downtown, accessible to eats, arts, running
San Francisco B Moscone Center Embarcadero Try to stay further down Market St. to access waterfront run
Denver B Colorado Convention Center Cherry Creek Trail Colorado CC is downtown & near Cherry Creek Trail
Anaheim C Anaheim Convention Center Santa Ana River Trail (not that near) CC is in a crummy area and far from a decent run
Los Angeles C Los Angeles Convention Center Downtown L.A. Route Downtown is our least favorite area for running in L.A.
Boston B+ Larger Boston CC; smaller
Boston & South Boston Waterfront; Charles River Paths Boston CC is in Seaport, Hynes is Back Bay
Nashville B Music City Center Nashville 'Runseeing' Tour; Cumberland Greenway Central location in the heart of Nashville action
Toronto B+ Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto Downtowner; Martin Goodman Trail Toronto CC is in the heart of Toronto's vibrant downtown
Vancouver, BC A Vancouver Convention Centre The Seawall Scenic harbourfront location, & on Seawall route!
London B ExCeL London Docklands & Canary Wharf Route In business-centric Docklands, but some decent waterfront running there
Berlin B Berlin Messe/CityCube Grunewald Forst, Charlottenburg Palace In western part of Berlin
Barcelona A/C Convention Ctr.;
CC is on waterfront, Fira is more on outskirts
Paris - Central A/C Paris Convention Ctr.; Palais de Congres; Villepinte Palais is near Bois de Boulongne; Palais des Congrès good; Paris CC bad
Paris - Suburbs B Parc des Expositions de Ville (near CDG) Parc de Sausset Villepinte is the largest CC in France
Madrid B IFEMA Madrid Parque Juan Carlos 1 A bit out of the way, but near a decent run
Lisbon A- Lisboa Congress Centre Tejo River Run Not as many amenities, but near Lisbon's best running!
Amsterdam B RAI Amsterdam Olympic Stadium/ Beatrixpark A bit out of the way, but near a nice park for running
Rome B- Centro Congresso La Nuvola Three Park Tour In facist-era EUR business district & far from the center
Brussels B+ Square Brussels Convention Ctr. Brussels 'Runseeing' Tour; Parc de Bruxelles Centrally located in one of Europe's major convention cities
Milan B MiCo Milano Convention Centre Monte Stella; Parco Sempione Outside the center, but some decent runs nearny
Frankfurt B+ Congress Center Messe Frankfurt Grüneburgpark and Palmengarten In western part of the city, & near a good run
Hannover B- Hannover Messe Paths in the pastoral Parc Agricole Messe is south of the city in a mainly pastoral area.
Vienna A The Austria Center Vienna Danube River/Donaupark & Danube Island; Good access to some of Vienna's best running routes
Singapore B Singapore Expo Jurassic Mile to East Coast Park Convenient for business but not Singapore's most scenic area
Beijing B Beijing International Convention Center Olympic Forest Park Beijing CC is near southern section of the Forest Park
Tokyo A- Tokyo Big Sight Odaiba Seaside Park; Koto City Seaside Modern location and near nice waterfront running
Bangkok B+ Queen Sirikit National Convention Center Benjakitti Park CC is in a great location and near two of Bangkok's best runs
Hong Kong A Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Central Waterfront Promenade Hong Kong CC overlooks Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong B Asia World-Expo (Launtau) Waterfront Running & also trail running nearby Asia World-Expo is on Lantau and near airport
Shanghai B- National Convention & Exhibition Center Shanghai Zoo Shanghai CC is outside the center
Kuala Lumpur B Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre KLCC Park KL CC is outside the center but near KLCC park
Seoul C+ Coex Convention & Exhibition Center Yangjaecheon Stream Trail (not that close) Coex is far from the action and not that close to a decent run
Melbourne A Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Yarra Area Run & More MCEC is centrally located and near great waterfront running!
Sydney A ICC Sydney Darling Harbor Route In the heart of town, & great running options nearby