If you prefer to tour a new city at a pace that surpasses a stroll, you're not alone—in fact, you're on trend. Bike tours have been big for years, allowing you to cover more ground, get a little sweaty, and—most importantly—see more sights. Now running tours are gaining popularity—even for novice runners. Yes, there are tours for serious marathoners, but also tours for families with little ones and folks who want to sip some beer along the way.
"No runner is ever left behind," assures Michael Gazaleh President & CEO of City Running Tours, a company that runs tours in 12 cities in the U.S., plus one in Toronto. "Our main focus has always been showcasing the city. Our clients are getting the opportunity to run with a local who lives, works, and plays in that city and through our tours we are able to go beyond the general history and culture and share our own personal city experience," says Gazaleh.
From nation and worldwide tour groups like City Running Tours to smaller companies in cities across the globe, finding the right running tour can be daunting. To make it easier, we hand-picked 10 cities with eye-opening, heart-pounding running tours.