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Running in Denver, CO

July 3, 2012 | Steven McElwee

I was in Denver, CO for a business trip recently. Whenever I arrive in a new town, I like to find a good place to run. This is always hardest in cities, where busy intersections and traffic lead to frequent stops. I was pleasantly surprised in Denver.

Cherry Creek Trail is a short distance from many points in the city. It was about the length of one city block from my hotel on 14th and Arapahoe Streets. Cherry Creek Trail was not always the most picturesque, but running northwest will take you to Centenial Park, Confluence Park, and Commons Park, which are all nice parks. The trail boasts a number of features that are great for runners.

First, the whole path is paved and is about five feet wide – wide enough to fit three runners side-by-side. There are no obstacles or hazzards to dodge. It is clearly marked, so you don’t have to fear getting lost.

Second, there are no streets to cross. No busy intersections. Not a lot of people to weave around. It is a path reserved for runners and walkers, and it is not used by a lot of people just to get from here to there. It makes running very easy, since you can simply focus on running.

Third, there are no bicycles on the trail. The trail routes along Cherry Creek. On one side of the creek is the running and walking trail. On the other side is a trail for bicycles and skateboards. You don’t have to keep your ears tuned for fast-moving cyclists calling out, “On your left.”

Next time you are looking for a good place to run in Denver, give it a try and let me know what you think. Or let me know some of your favorite running routes in Denver.

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