Runner’s World Announces America’s 50 Best Running Cities 2016

EMMAUS, Penn., NEW YORK, NY – August 30, 2016 – Runner’s World, the world’s largest and most influential media brand in running, today announced its inaugural list of America’s 50 Best Running Cities as part of the magazine’s 50th anniversary celebration. Editors analyzed over 250 U.S. cities to compile a definitive list of the best cities for runners of all levels, featured in the October issue on newsstands beginning September 6.

Runner’s World is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and we wanted to find a way to honor the best running communities across America and the increased popularity in the sport,” says David Willey, editor in chief of Runner’s World. “Last year, there were 44.5 million participants – men and women, from beginners to marathoners – and we’re also seeing an upward trend of urban running, which shows with major cities like San Francisco, Boston, Washington, DC and New York topping our list.”

Debuting as No. 1 on the list, San Francisco outranked its rivals in nearly all the running-friendly categories measured, with over 16 running clubs and 246 races in 2016. With its signature fog, cool summers and rolling terrain, it makes for a great run for San Franciscans. Seattle ranked No. 2, boasting 100 miles of trails. Boston took the No. 3 spot, scoring high in the “Parks” category, due to sites such as the Charles River, an 18-mile trail with bridges to tailor the route to specific distances.

San Francisco, Boston and Minneapolis (No. 7) are each featured with local runners on one of three regional covers of the magazine’s October issue. The Top 10 cities all feature great advice from local runners on places to run, shop, eat and meet other runners. Also included are special interviews with local runners and legends, including three-time Olympian and two-time world bronze medalist, Shannon Rowbury, and 2004 Olympian, Carrie Tollefson.

A complete slideshow with each of the best running cities is available online at:


Runner’s World started with a list of 250 U.S. cities with populations of more than 160,000 that had the highest number of households per capita reporting participation in running within the last 12 months, according to the SimplyMap 2014 census study. Editors then gathered data from myriad sources to create fix indexes of special importance to runners, ranking the cities in each index from 1 to 150. Extra weight was given to certain indexes, and tallied scores created the final list. Indexes include: Run (40%), Parks (20%), Climate (20%), Food (10%), and Safety (10%). To learn more about the methodology, visit

America’s 50 Best Running Cities (Complete List):

1. San Francisco, CA

2. Seattle, WA

3. Boston, MA

4. San Diego, CA

5. Washington, DC

6. Poland, OR

7. Minneapolis, MN

8. New York, NY

9. Omaha, NE

10. Denver, CO

11. Chicago, IL

12. Madison, WI

13. Colorado Springs, CO

14. San Jose, CA

15. Los Angeles, CA

16. Rochester, NY

17. Pittsburgh, PA

18. Tucson, AZ

19. Raleigh, NC

20. Boise, ID

21. Oakland, CA

22. Philadelphia, PA

23. Sacramento, CA

24. St. Louis, MO

25. Buffalo, NY

26. Virginia Beach, VA

27. St. Paul, MN

28. Richmond, VA

29. Santa Rosa, CA

30. Charlotte, NC

31. Las Vegas, NV

32. Tampa, FL

33. Lincoln, NE

34. Albuquerque, NM

35. Cleveland, OH

36. Cincinnati, OH

37. Milwaukee, WI

38. Atlanta, GA

39. Des Moines, IA

40. Irvine, CA

41. Salt Lake City, UT

42. Baltimore, MD

43. Spokane, WA

44. Honolulu, HI

45. Indianapolis, IN

46. Phoenix, AZ

47. San Antonio, TX

48. Miami, FL

49. Oklahoma City, OK

50. Houston, TX


About Runner’s World. Rodale Inc.’s Runner’s World, the largest and most influential media brand in the running space, is the essential guide for everyone who runs. The brand provides all runners—men and women, from beginners to hardcore marathoners—with the advice and information they need to pursue their goals, the inspiration and entertainment they crave, and a sense of authentic community they won’t find anywhere else. Runner’s World is everywhere its readers and customers are—in print, online, on-screen and on the ground. Through authentic events such as the award-winning Runner’s World Half & Festival and Runner’s World Classic, as well as the Runner’s World VIP program, Runner’s World editors forge deep connections and have meaningful interactions with our readers as an organic part of the running community. Runner’s World publishes 20 international editions: Argentina, Australia/New Zealand, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. For digital updates, visit, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook,Instagram, and Pinterest.

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