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Best Runs Near Airports (and where to stay!)

Your flight got canceled or delayed. Or you hope to get a run in before getting on the flight. For travelers who end up having to stay near an airport, the running options can be hit or miss. But Great Runs has your back!  We’ve researched the best places to run within proximity to the airport in major cities. In the table below, you’ll see the airport, best run nearby, and recommended areas to stay as close to the run as possible.

Best Major Cities/Airports For Running: (alphabetical, by region) Boston; Los Angeles (LAX); Minneapolis-St. Paul; Oakland; Philadelphia; San Diego; San Francisco (SFO); Washington, D.C. (Reagan); Amsterdam; Frankfurt; London (Heathrow); Milan; Osaka (Kansai); Singapore; Sydney.

Worst Major Cities/Airports For Running (alphabetical, by region): Atlanta (Hartsfield); Dallas (DFW); Houston (Bush); Las Vegas; New York (LaGuardia); Newark; Miami; Seattle; Athens; Beijing; Berlin (Brandenburg); Frankfurt; Moscow (Sheremetyevo- A.S. Pushkin); Paris (Charles de Gaulle); Istanbul; Tokyo (Narita). If stuck near the airport in these cities, the best option, unfortunately, is the hotel treadmill.

25 Best Runs Near an Airport (worldwide).
All routes worldwide tagged ‘Near Airport‘ by Great Runs.

Best running options for major city airports, worldwide, and where to stay nearby (table below).

Austin - Bergstrom McKinney Falls State ParkEast of I-35/South of SR 71
Baltimore - BWIBWI TrailBWI Business District
Boston - LoganAirport Waterfront Path & GreenwayAirport Hilton/Enbassy Suites; Hyatt Harborside
Chicago - O'HareDesPlaines River TrailHotels in Rosemont
Cleveland - HopkinsRocky River ReservationHotels in at the I-480/SR 252 interchange
Denver - DIARocky Mountain ArsenalHotels off Pena Blvd. north of I-70
Los Angeles - LAXNear LAX: Ballona Creek/Playa Del ReyBallona Creek or Manhattan BeachMarina del Rey or El Segundo
Mexico CityBosque de AragónCluster of hotels in Peñón de los Baños (a short cab ride away from the run)
Minneapolis−Saint PaulFort Snelling State ParkHotels near the Mall of America
Montreal - TrudeauCentennial Park & Bois-de-LiesseAirport hotels are a short cab ride away
New York City: JFK Baisley Pond Park - JFK Airport LoopNorth of JFK Expressway/East of I-678
Oakland Alameda: Bay Farm IslandOff Harbor Pkwy. or Doolittle Dr.
Orlando Lake Nona AreaTry to stay near Lake Nona Blvd.
Philadelphia John Heinz RefugeEast of SR 291
Phoenix - Sky HarborTempe Town LakeNearby in downtown Tempe
PittsburghMontour Trail Marriott/376 Airport Expwy
Portland, ORRunning Options Near Airport: Marine Dr., Blue LakeEast of Airport, off I-295 provides good access to Marine Dr.
Raleigh-DurhamUmstead ParkClose to SR70/I-540. Still a short cab ride away.
San AntonioMcAllister ParkOff Hwy 281, north of Wurzbach Pkwy.
San DiegoConvention Center/EmbarcaderoHotels Near Convention Center or on Harbor Island
San Francisco - SFOSan Francisco Bay TrailSouth of SFO, North of the 101 toward Coyote Point
TampaUpper Tampa Bay Trail/Courtney Campbell Causeway Pelican Island, west of the airport
CalgaryNose Creek ParkwayWorth a cab ride from the hotels off Highway 2/Airport Trail
Toronto - PearsonCentennial Park, Etobicoke Creek TrailHotels right near Centennial Park off Eglinton Ave W.
VancouverIona Regional ParkHotels in Richmond (a few km from Iona Park)
Washington, D.C. - Reagan Mount Vernon Trail & Other Trails in Arlington, VA. Arlington, VA area hotels near trail
Amsterdam - SchipholAmsterdam Woods (Amsterdamse Bos)East of airport off the N32
BarcelonaNear Barcelona Airport: Gavà Mar PromenadeLots of hotels of Gava Mar promenade
FrankfurtFrankfurt City Forest (Frankfurter Stadtwald)Take the (free) shuttle bus (1km) to the Hotel Steigenberg Airport, which is across the street from the Forest.
London - HeathrowWest of London & Near HeathrowNorth of LHR in Hammondsworth
Madrid AirportJuan Carlos I ParkSouthwest of airport near Juan Carlos Park
Milan - MalpensaIdroscaloHotels west of SP15b
Prague - Václav HavelNear Václav Havel Airport: Sarka – Lysolaje Natural ParkEast of Highway 7 near Lysolaje
Rome - Leonardo da Vinci Ostia: Good Running Option Near Rome AirportHotels in Ostia
Osaka - KansaiRinku ParkGood selection near Rinku Park!
Paris- CDGParc de SausettAlso near the major Villepinte convention center. Lots of hotels in the area
Singapore - Changi AirportNear Airport: Jurassic Mile, Changi Beach Park, Pasir Ris ParkThere are hotels near Changi Beach Park, Pasir Ris
Tokyo - HanedaNear Haneda Airport & Tokyo Disneyland: Oi Wharf Seaside ParkNo hotels right at Oi Wharf, but can stay in Shinagawa City
Sydney, AustraliaCooks River TrailWest of airport off Airport Dr.

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