|If you are in Berlin, you can have a real airport run by heading over to the old, closed Tempelhof Airport (now Tempelhofer Park) and take to the runway|
Go for a run? Go sightseeing? Why not do both? UPDATED
Have a layover? Stuck somewhere new? Have your sneakers?
Why not take a run? A benefit of going for a run on a layover is that you'll come home with memories that will transport you back to your layover destination. Even different trees, or bird songs, or cityscapes can be refreshing - and make for pleasant reflections and memories.
Combining running and sightseeing may seem like a no-brainer, but there is actually lots to consider before you lace on your own.
Foreign lands can be, well, foreign, and venturing out on foot could bring you face-to-face with all manner of risks, from simply getting lost and runner-unfriendly-roads to suddenly dodgy parts of town and even real danger. So it pays to plan ahead.
|The "runner" sculpture at |
Vancouver International Airport
- Check for an airport trail
- Take an organized running tour
- Follow an airport layover running plan developed by another traveller
- Join up with a local running group
- Make your own plan
1. Check for an airport trail
|Victoria International Airport's new Flight Path trail|
Many other airports have mapped out routes off-airport for walking, jogging and running in the surrounding community, complete with information on distances. Typically, a printed map is available, but not always.
Either way, the airport will have information on their website, so be sure to scour the official site for your destination airport. If you find a map, be sure to print off a copy, just in case. If the airport has an app, download it to your smartphone. You can also check Google Maps for signs of jogging trails.
2. Take an organized running tour
Here are some well planned sightseeing runs (aka "sightjogging") in cities around the world:
Ancient Athens Running Tour 10k
Running in Athens
Austin, Texas, United States
Austin Running Tours
Running in Barcelona
Running in Bergen
90-Minute Jogging Tour of Berlin Highlights
1-Hour Jogging Tour of the Berlin Wall
Sightjogging Tour - Berlin Highlights 60 Minutes
1 Hour Sightjogging Tour - Politics and History Berlin
Running in Bratislava
Bilbao: 1-Hour Guided Sightrunning Tour
Running in Bilbao
Premium Running Tour at Bilbao
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Boston Running Tours
Boston's Freedom Trail 5k Run
Running in Brugge
SightJogging : Old Brussels, the heart of Belgium
Running in Brussels
How to go running through Brussels on a BRU layover
Running in Budapest
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Urban Running Tours: Buenos Aires
Cape Town, South Africa
Running in Cape Town
Historical City Running Tour of Cape Town - just added!
Chicago, Illinois, United States
City Running Tours: Chicago - temporarily unavailable
Chicago Running Tours
Running in Copenhagen
7K Running Tour from Sacsayhuaman to Cusco's Historical Center - just added!
Denver, Colorado, United States
Denver Running Tours
Running in Edinburgh
Florence Running Tour
The Florence Run
Geelong Sights Running Tour - just added!
Running in Guanajuato
Healdsburg, California, United States
3-Day Trail and Road Running Tour of Sonoma Wine Country
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Diamond Head Running Tour - just added!
Diamond Head Sunrise Run and Yoga Tour - just added!
Oahu Sunset Run and Yoga Tour - just added!
Honolulu Beer Run Tour - just added!
Historical Downtown Honolulu Running Tour - just added!
Juneau, Alaska, United States
Juneau Trail Running Excursion
Juneau Running Tours
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Private Full Day Tour: The Kandy Temple Run Tour - just added!
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Running in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Strip Run - just added!
Las Vegas Trail Run - just added!
Running in Lisbon
Modern Lisbon - City Run in Portugal - just added!
Green City Trail - City Run in Portugal - just added!
London Jogging Tour: Thames Riverside
London Jogging Tour: Iconic Landmarks
London Jogging Tour: Royal Parks
Maastricht Highlights 1.5-Hour Running Tour
Private Tour: Madrid Running Tour
Small-Group Madrid Running Tour
Running in Madrid
Guided Running Tours of Melbourne
Dandenongs Trail Running Tour - just added!
Mexico City, Mexico
Running Tours Mexico City
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Milwaukee Running Tours
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Minneapolis Running Tours
Moscow Running Tours
Maria Moscow Running Tours - just added!
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
New Orleans Jogging Tours
New York City, United States
New York City Running Tours
The Village Running Tour - just added!
Brooklyn Bridge Running Tour - just added!
American Roots Running Tour - just added!
Central Park Running Tour - just added!
Crossroads of the World Running Tour - just added!
Running Tour in Nice
French Riviera Sightrunning - just added!
2-Hour Cimiez Hill Sightseeing Running Tour in Nice - just added!
Oslo Running Tours
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Running in Palma de Mallorca
Paris Running Tours
Secrets of Paris: Running in Paris
City Tour: Running the streets of Paris
Meetup: Free running tours in Paris
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Philadelphia Running Tours
Portland, Oregon, United States
Running in Portland
Porto Running Tours
Prague, Czech Republic
Guided Sightseeing Running Tour in Prague - just added!
Prague Running Tour: City Highlights and Hidden Places - just added!
Private Custom Running Tour Around Prague - just added!
Prague: Historic Center 1.5-Hour Private Running Tour
Prague: 3 Viewpoints 1.5-Hour Private Running Tour
Prague Sightrunning Tour: Into the Green
Prague 1.5-Hour Compact City Center Running Tour
Prague 1-Hour Sight Running Tour
Running in Prague
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Providence Running Tours - currently unavailable
Reims Running Tours
Rome Running Tour
Running in Rome
San Antonio, Texas, United States
River City Run: Running Tour of Downtown San Antonio
Downtown San Antonio 5k Running Tour - just added!
San Diego, California, United States
San Diego Running Tours
San Francisco, California, United States
San Francisco Running Tours
San Jose, Costa Rica
Running and Hiking Tour to Manuel Antonio - just added!
San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian 1.5-Hour Running Tour
San Sebastian Run For Fun Tour
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Running in Sarajevo
Seattle, Washington, United States
Seattle Running Tours
Sedona, Arizona, United States
Mogollon Rim Run - just added!
Running in Seville
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
2 Hours Personalized Run/Jogging Tour in Sharm el Sheikh
Running in Singapore
Split Small Group Running Tour - just added!
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
St Thomas Waterfront Running Tour 5k
A 5k Historic Running Tour of St Thomas, USVI - just added!
The Stockholm Running Tour
Stockholm Running Tours
Run With Me Stockholm
Private Sydney Running Tour
Running in Sydney
Story of Sydney Running Tour
Why Valencia is the City of Running
Valencia: City of Art and Sciences Sight Running Tour
Running in the Gardens of the Turia - just added!
Venice Running Tour
Running in Venice
Verona Running Tour
Running Tours Vilinius - just added!
Washington, DC, United States
Washington Running Tours
Zagreb Grand Running Tour - 12km - just added!
Running Tour Zagreb - Upper and Lower Town - just added!
1.5 Hour Jogging Cathedral Tour through Zurich
3. Follow an airport layover running plan developed by another traveller
|Wayan on how to run Venice Beach on your LAX layover|
Remember that Google is your friend, but here are few well planned airport layover runs in cities around the world:
- How to Run from Frankfurt Airport to Downtown Frankfurt and Back During a FRA Layover in 7 Easy Steps
- Best Auckland Airport Layover Jogging/Running Route
- Running During Layover At Long Beach, CA Airport
- Layover at LAX? Then run Venice Beach!
4. Join up with a local running group
Plan ahead - or even see if you can connect after you arrive - to connect with local runners - like the Trail Runners. See if there is a local run happening somewhere that is easy for you to reach. Have a chat with someone in the group about what you want to do (just have a run, see a bit of where you are, or be able to say you "saw" such-and-such major sight. Lift the lid off your bucket list - and you never know who will help you facilitate your plan.
To find the right friendly folk, do a Google search, drop by a running store (virtually or otherwise), or join an online running club with a local presence. If you find a runners forum in your destination, join, introduce yourself, and ask the locals for advice.
5. Make your own plan
|Public art to inspire tarmac |
runners at Berlin's
- How to Run in a Foreign Land
- 7 Ways to Find Running Routes When Traveling
- 6 Tips for Running While Traveling
- Running While Flying
- 6 Ways to Exercise at the Airport during a layover
- For Healthier Flying, Pack a Pair of Walking Shoes
- Layover Exercises-Interval Running
- Training While Travelling
Whichever approach you choose - and you may use a combination based on where your travels take you - enjoy where you are, and enjoy taking what fulfills you (running!) on the road.
All photos in this post are creativecommons on Flickr; click each photo for source information
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