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Downtown Run

Starting Wednesday, April 7th through May 26th, Run Club members will have the opportunity to choose from two routes to run, earn free prizes, and enjoy happy hour specials at various locations downtown!

Downtown Run

This is the 35th year of the Downtown Runaround! This event is now partnering with Columbus Days and will be held August 13th at 8am! This race is a great time held in downtown Columbus, NE and is for anyone to attend! There is a 2.1 mile course and a 5 mile course. Kids are welcome to run a free 1 mile race Friday evening. The course will start and end at Glurs Tavern downtown and following the race, there will be pizza and refreshments.

But for Alred, the pace of the change isn't without concerns. He's thinking about open space downtown. The ability to exercise, both on race week and beyond. And, not coincidentally, the elbow room needed to operate a race certified by USA Track & Field as the 15-kilometer national championship.

As city leaders chart a course for the future of downtown and the redevelopment plans for the Jaguars, Alred is hopeful that for the future mayor and City Council, recreational opportunities like the Gate River Run don't get lost in the shuffle.

Start near 3rd Ave. in downtown and make your way across the Stone Arch Bridge, down Main St., around Nicollet Island, up to Broadway and back across the river to your starting point. Enjoy views of the iconic Mississippi River in Minneapolis, pass by historical buildings and through quaint riverside neighborhoods. Just over 5 miles long, this running route is sure to be enjoyed by all!

Just minutes outside of downtown Minneapolis lies Theodore Wirth Regional Park, the largest regional park in the Minneapolis park system. With miles of various trails to pursue off the main path, runners can easily add more distance and scenery to their trek. Perfect for runners of all levels, trails can range from flat and paved to winding and steep. Keep an eye out for wildlife while in the zone! Deer, foxes and badgers inhabit the wooded areas and, as a designated bird sanctuary, the bird watching opportunities are endless.

Hop on the Blue Line Light Rail train in downtown Minneapolis and head to Fort Snelling for striking views and uninterrupted focus. Loop around Pike Island and Snelling Lake while breathing in the harmonic nature of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers and their surrounding landscapes. Once you've finished your run, jump back on the Blue Line train for an easy and relaxing ride back to the city.

In fact, the organizers would just as soon that everyone take their time, stop a few minutes for a Zumba, yoga or other class in the park, talk to other runners and walkers, listen to live music along the way and simply sample downtown.

The Downtown Greenway Run and Block Party is made possible by sponsors VF Corporation, Dawn S. Chaney Foundation, City of Greensboro, Joymongers Brewing, the Cemala Foundation, Deep Roots Market, Fleet Feet, Fox8 WGHP, Downtown Greensboro Inc., Greensboro Parks Foundation, Cone Health, Fox Rothschild LLP, and Greensboro Municipal Federal Credit Union. Learn more about the Downtown Greenway at

In all seriousness, though, there are oodles of running trails in and around Cleveland, everywhere from downtown to along Lake Erie. If you want to know where to run in Cleveland, look no further than these amazing spots.

This is a fantastic running route in Cleveland because it spans all the way from Euclid to Lakewood, passing through downtown Cleveland on the way. If you would like to run (or bike) the entire 17 miles, more power to you. However, you can hop on this bikeway at many spots either for a quick 5k or a long training run.

On this run, you can start downtown and cross the Hope Memorial Bridge into Tremont, or you can begin in Tremont and run along Lincoln Park, down Professor Avenue for some great sights and smells from tasty restaurants, and maybe pass by AffoGATO (the cat cafe) next to the beautifully domed St. Theodosius Orthodox Cathedral.

I love running in downtown Cleveland early in the morning, as the sun rises and the city is barely awake. First of all, it is great for avoiding crowds. Second, it is incredibly peaceful to watch the city in the early morning!

So far, most of these routes are accessible without a car if you are in the downtown area, and they all consist of running in the city. However, the Cleveland Metroparks are phenomenal, so if you want to get out of the downtown area and enjoy some running paths in nature, Rocky River Reservation is perfect and not too far away.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Towpath Trail. The Towpath is a massive trail system that winds through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is 87 miles long and starts up north in downtown Cleveland, goes through the CVNP, and ends way down in Tuscarawas County well south of Cleveland.

Lock 29: If you have plenty of time and want to visit the more scenic running paths in CVNP, then Lock 29 is perfect. Located south of Cleveland in Peninsula, this area is truly beautiful with the rushing river and heavily wooded trails. If you plan to run 9 miles or more, be sure to swing by Brandywine Falls for the one of the prettiest waterfalls in Ohio. Lock 29 is about a 30 minute drive from downtown Cleveland.

Dam to DSM is a 20K race that takes place in the heart of Iowa! The 20K event will start at the Saylorville Dam and athletes will make their way to downtown Des Moines through cornfields and farmland, the neighborhoods of North Des Moines and end in the heart of the city at Cowells Commons.

Our (Irish) Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney, steadfast in his conviction that the parade would go on, called the Downtown Community Partnership, a micro-team supported by business memberships that works to advocate for the downtown neighborhood and create events that draw people in to enjoy it. No problem, they said. Working together, we can make this happen, they said. 041b061a72


discussion about poetry by Kelly Alexandra Hoff.


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