Florida running

Northwest Florida / Panhandle
  • Pensacola: If you're going to be in Pensacola, there are dozens of places to run.
    • Check in at Running Wild for route information or to stop and use the restroom and grab some water before/during/after your run.
    • If you prefer your running with a side of beer, the East Hill Hares and Hounds and Survivor Hash will keep you well "hydrated." Or join the weekly Seville Quarter Milers (Mondays) and McGuire's (Tuesdays).
    • For beachside running there is a paved bike-and-pedestrian path that runs from Casino Beach west (2.5 mi.) to the entrance to Fort Pickens National Seashore. Park at Casino Beach and run the route as an out-and-back (restrooms and water available at the beginning and at the 2.5 mile turnaround) or drive into Fort Pickens and run the flat-but-scenic trails through coastal marsh, campgrounds, and around the fort.
    Sunset at Fort Pickens
  • Crestview and Milton: About 25 minutes west of Crestview are the Bear Lake and Krul Lake recreation areas. Start at Krul Lake, run to and around Bear Lake, and back for a 7-mile trail run.
  • Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Okaloosa Island: Take a spin around Okaloosa Island, or check in with the Northwest Florida Track Club for suggestions on local running events.
  • Destin Harbor
  • Panama City: Check in with the Panhandle Runners for weekly runs and other events.
  • Tallahassee: The Florida State University campus is a beautiful place for a run, or join the Gulf Winds Track Club.
Eastern Florida
  • Jacksonville: The Jacksonville Running Company posts a wealth of information about weekly group runs and other events on their website.
  • St. Augustine: A history-minded tourist's paradise, runners in St. Augustine have plenty of options to choose from. (Except hills. The closest thing to a hill in St. Augustine is the Bridge of Lions.)  The downtown tourist areas are good for early-morning running, and the beach neighborhoods are runner-friendly at any time of day.
  • Historic city gate in St. Augustine
  • Daytona Beach:  The Daytona Beachcombers Running Club is a helpful resource
  • GainesvilleThe Florida Track Club (based in Gainseville) hosts a number of events each week.
  • Orlando: The Orlando Runner's Club will keep you moving (much faster those long lines at Disney).
West Coast Florida
South Florida

Other Florida Running Resources:
Are you involved in a Florida running group, or do you have a favorite running route that is not listed here? Send me the info and I'll consider adding it to the list.

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