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The 12 Best U.S. Cities For Runners

#10 Seattle

Population: 668K

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A little rain doesn’t stop us from running, but there’s a hidden secret about Seattle—it’s often gorgeous with sunshine. Shhh. The precipitation makes it verdant though. Toss in awesome water views and lots of runner-friendly trails, and you’ll know why this city ranks among the best. Plus it’s the home of the Brooks and Oiselle running brands.

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Must Run
The flat 27-mile Burke-Gilman Trail offers some great waterside and city views from north Seattle—and the new Brooks HQ in Fremont has a retail store right alongside. You can also easily connect to a path around Green Lake as well as the Washington Park Arboretum.

Get Away From It All
Discovery Park, the city’s largest at 534 acres, overlooks Puget Sound with views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains—run the trails and then hit the beach for some rest and recovery. Head east to the Redmond Watershed Preserve to sweat among the Douglas firs and moss carpets that define this region.

Destination Racing
The Lake Union 10K showcases another great place for pedestrians and benefits Girls on the Run of Puget Sound. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Half and 8K celebrate Seattle’s musical culture as runners take over city streets. Trail runners have their share of racing too, with the Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series offering distances from 5K to 50K. —NM

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“Since the city is built around several inlets, you get a nice overhead view of the city from crossing one of the many bridges. Plus, it’s green! So much nature throughout an urban landscape can make you feel like you’re on a trail run in a park as opposed to a gritty city run.” —Emily Polachek, WR contributor and Competitor editor

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