With room-temperature weather twelve months a year and mile upon mile of coastal bike paths and scenic, lesser-travelled roads, the Santa Barbara region is practically begging to be explored via a run. Take a jog to the Mission or bang out a few paved miles along the Cabrillo Beach Bike Path, along the water’s edge between East Beach and West Beach, or pick a zig-zagging mountain road like Gibraltar Road; either way, your views will be endlessly captivating as the miles click by. Even a simple jaunt around the downtown area of this celebrated red-tile roof city will satisfy even the most seasoned runner.
The area is also home to numerous race series, a la the always enjoyable summertime Night Moves (complete with beer and BBQ at the finish line) and frequent annual one-off events like the Santa Barbara Marathon, the State Street Mile, and Pier to Peak Run.
Races/Events: www.SBmarathon.comRun Santa Barbara
Retailers: Santa Barbara RunningSports Authority