Nathan's Running Routes

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Nathan's Running Routes

  1. 1. WHERE DO I RUN??? Quick Guide to Twin Cities Trails Fall Marathon Training Program 2008
  2. 2. Overview • Minneapolis Parks • St. Paul Parks • Three Rivers Parks • State Parks • Local Community Parks • Everything Else!
  3. 3. Minneapolis • All the old favorites, Lakes, M’haha, West River Road • Miles of trails, lots of lakes • Soft Trail options as well: – Theodore Wirth in North Minneapolis – Winchell Trail along West River Road – Cedar Lake (plus Naked Beach) • Biking Corridors work as running trails – Greenway, Cedar Lake Trail, Kenilworth
  4. 4. Minneapolis • Don’t forget North Minneapolis! – Theodore Wirth – Victory Memorial – Boom Island • Great Connections to Surrounding Areas – St. Paul Trails – Fort Snelling – West Suburbs
  5. 5. • www.ci.minne apolis.mn.us/ bicycles/wher e-to-ride.asp
  6. 6. St. Paul • Lakes – Como, Phalen • Mississippi River Road – Crosby Farms – Hidden Falls – Harriet Island/Lilydale Trail • Soft Trails – Battle Creek – Portions along East River Road • Good Connections to Minneapolis, Stillwater (Gateway Trail), Mendota/Eagan
  7. 7. • www.stpaul.gov
  8. 8. Three Rivers Parks • Hills, Hills, Hills! • Soft Trails Abound! • Hyland Hills (class will meet here) • Other great parks further out: Carver, Crow-Hassen, Elm Creek, Murphy, Baker, French
  9. 9. • www.threer iversparkdi strict.org/pa rks/
  10. 10. State Parks/Preserves • Fort Snelling – Connects to Minnehaha Falls, Mendota – Soft, Flat Trails • “Sibley House” – South Bank of Minnesota River • Minnesota River trails through Dakota County and Bloomington • Good maps on State’s website • Other parks further away, worth the drive
  11. 11. Other Metro Parks • Richfield: Wood Lake Nature Trail – hidden jewel along 35W • Edina: Bredesen Park • Bloomington: Lake Normandale • Lake Elmo Park Preserve – rolling prairies • Bunker Hills – Coon Rapids • Long Lake – New Brighton • Look at your community’s park website
  12. 12. Dakota County • Lebanon Hills in Eagan – Nathan’s favorite Metro Park – 3 parks in 1 • Terrace Oaks in Burnsville, good 5K loop, very difficult • Hills and Soft trails!
  13. 13. Regional Trails • SouthWest LRT Trails. Connect to Minneapolis commuter trails • Big River Trail in Eagan/Mendota • Gateway Trail – Stillwater to St. Paul
  14. 14. Enjoy! • Always be open to new routes! • Look at Local Resources: – Websites – Books such as Minnesota Running Trails – Reviews by other runners • Take a wrong turn and explore!

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