With an amazing variety of large, runner-friendly parks and proximity to the mountains, Salt Lake City is a great road running city. Sugarhouse Park is the crown jewel of Salt Lake City’s park system. This beautiful, 110-acre park surrounds a lovely pond that’s a favorite of ducks and geese from all over the country, with a nearly 1½-mile loop and that has a runner-specific lane and car traffic limited to 20 miles per house. Just blocks from downtown, Liberty Park is another favorite. The running loops circle the park, and you can run on pavement or on a dedicated chip path. The park is dead flat, so it’s a perfect place to get into a rhythm and crank out the miles robot-style.
Emigration Canyon is an extremely popular road for runners and cyclists year-round. It’s just a few miles from downtown and offers beautiful views at the top (if you make it). The road isn’t extremely steep, but it’s a pretty steady climb without many flat areas to rest. The road is beautiful, but you’ll be sharing it with lots of cyclists and quite a few cars. Stay awake, leave one earbud out, and find your rhythm.
Races: The Salt Lake City Marathon
Groups: Salt Lake Running Club
Retailers: Salt Lake Running Co.