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THE BEST RUN ROUTES IN MIAMI

13 PLACES

UPDATED OCT 1, 2019

Whether you’re interested in a scenic three-mile trek along the waterfront in downtown’s urban core or looking to challenge yourself with a 22-mile journey through the Everglades, we’ve got a trail for you. Spice up your daily cardio and explore one of these 13 routes.

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CLARISSA BUCH

FITT MIAMI CONTRIBUTOR

Of all the running routes in Miami, Rickenbacker Causeway is definitely the most popular. You’ll score unbelievable views of Downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, and Virginia Key, while cruising along a semi-challenging path for around two and a half miles. Fitt Tip: most of this run isn’t shaded, so make sure to wear a hat and lather on some sunscreen before you head out.

Journey up and down Miami Beach’s coastline with a run on the Miami Beach Boardwalk. Start at Indian Beach Park and hit the route through Ocean Dr. to reach South Pointe Park. Whether you go north or south, the path stretches about four miles, so lace ’em up, and when you get tired, hop on Miami Beach’s free trolley (which runs adjacent to the boardwalk) for a ride back to the car.

As one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, there’s a lot to see in Coconut Grove. (Parks! Historic homes! Biscayne Bay!) That’s why we think the best way to conquer this tree-canopied area is by hitting the pavement. Luckily, the Grove features a number of different running routes, including the five-mile Commodore Trail and the 11-mile Old Cutler Rd. Fitt Tip: if you travel out and back on the Commodore Trail or Old Cutler Road, you’ll double your mileage count. Plan accordingly!

If you’re looking for a quick, beautiful run through Miami, visit South Pointe Park. Here, you can jog north and south on the boardwalk and on the pier. Not only will you get one of the best views of Miami, it’s also a prime place for people-watching.

Not in the mood to brave Miami Beach traffic? We totally get it. Try Downtown Miami’s Museum Park (aka Maurice A. Ferré Park) instead. Bordering the Biscayne Bay, this 20-plus acre outdoor green space connects into Brickell and Brickell Key, giving you a complete tour of Miami’s concrete jungle. Depending on how long you run for, you’ll easily rack up anywhere from three to six miles.

One of the most scenic running routes in town, the Venetian Causeway will have you trekking through some of Miami’s most expensive and exclusive waterfront homes. Start at either Margaret Pace Park or Biscayne Bay — whichever direction you go, you'll clock in at about five miles.

Instead of running through South Beach, stay up north and run toward Bal Harbour. Start at 65th St. and Collins Ave. and make your way to the Bal Harbour Pier on 96th St., which is about three miles north. It’s the perfect route if you’re looking to take in the sights and sounds of Miami’s beachfront without bumping into one too many tourists.

We could spend an entire day running through Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park — it’s one of the only places in Miami where you’ll truly feel miles away from the city. And the best part is, you can run for as little or as long as you want here. The park’s winding trails extend anywhere from one to 10 miles, so you can work up a quick sweat or get lost in your thoughts and run for hours, it just depends on which route you take.

The Don Soffer Exercise Trail is the ideal place to go if you’re pressed for time but still want to get a run in. Set up in the center of Aventura (and conveniently across the street from the legendary Aventura Mall), this three-mile loop borders a busy golf course and towering condominium buildings. If you get tired of pounding the pavement, rent a bike from one of the trail’s two public bike stations and cycle the rest of the way.

For nature-lovers and experienced runners, take a trip to the Everglades and hop on one of the Long Pine Key Trails. Stretching over 22 miles, these trails are no joke. Make sure to watch where you’re going, because the routes aren’t well maintained and may be covered with tree branches and other debris. Fitt Tip: consider running Long Pine Key in the wintertime instead of during Miami’s humid and rainy summers. You can thank us later.

Even though The Underline hasn’t quite transformed the land underneath Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park and urban trail (yet), that doesn’t mean we can’t check it out a little early. From Brickell to South Miami, use the Metrorail as your guide and conquer your first long run. And if you need a break, they’re planning on putting in plenty of art installations and other pit stops along the way.

Calling all adventure-seeking runners. This three-mile paved trail inside Oleta State River Park will keep you on your toes with twists and turns through hardwood hammocks and mangroves. As Miami’s largest urban park, Oleta also offers 14 miles of off-road cycling trails, picnic and fishing areas, and kayaking routes that you can enjoy after your scenic jaunt. Yep, we’re packing a bathing suit and a basket of food and spending the entire day here.

Instead of running on the Rickenbacker Causeway, drive straight to Virginia Key and run through one of the island’s many trails. While most of them are reserved for mountain bikers, runners are welcome to jog along the sides of the paths during the daytime.

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