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The San Diego Runner’s Guide

A deep dive into San Diego's running culture, with tales from local Olympians and beginners finding their stride, conditioning and recovery tips, running clubs to join, and six trails you never knew existed



Surfing and cycling own a lot of the San Diego spotlight, but at our core, we’re a city that runs. Blame it on the nearly 300 days of sunshine a year or our diverse trail topography (with water to the west, mountains to the east, and all sorts of parks, rivers, and estuaries in between) or the fact that we’re the birthplace of the modern triathlon and we launched the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series. All that to say—we’ve got options.

Whether you’re a beginner looking for a laid-back track club or a seasoned pro gunning to set a new personal record, San Diego has a lace-up lifestyle for you. So we’re highlighting the bold-faced running names in our community, the must-have gear, where to start if you’re a newbie, and how to properly fuel before a race. (Hint: It doesn’t involve a giant plate of pasta.) Go ahead...

Get running!

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What Keeps Meb Keflezighi Running

The Olympian and Boston Marathon winner talks about what got him into the sport and why he continues to lace up

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Where to Find Running Shoes in San Diego

Four specialty stores with amenities like fit-finding technology and run clubs

The Right Way to Fuel Your Run

San Diego nutritionist Tara Coleman shares meal-prep tips, plus three snacks to keep you energized

Des Linden: How She Found Her Footing in San Diego

The Boston Marathon winner looks back at how her Chula Vista roots led those famous feet to the Olympics

The Diary of a Beginner Runner in San Diego

San Diego Magazine's director of marketing and brand development Jennifer Rea opens up about her first half marathon

Train Like a Professional Runner

Jesi Metz shares the must-do exercises to get the most out of your mileage

6 San Diego Running Trails You Never Knew Existed

These lesser-known trails offer relief from pavement pounding

How Scotty Mills Ran 200 Ultramarathons

The San Diegan shares his favorite race memories and how his wife got him into the sport

For Phillip Espinoza, Running is a Spiritual Exercise

How the San Diegan pivoted his running focus from weight loss to honoring his Kumeyaay heritage

7 San Diego Running Clubs

Running may be an individual sport, but who says you have to go at it alone?
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