Well, the big game is Sunday in Houston, and an estimated 140,000 folks will be arriving there in a steady stream all week. No doubt there will be lots of eating, drinking, and partying. So, what better way to work all that off than with a good run? Here’s our Houston Running Guide. Check out the best places to run in Super Bowl LI City!
Super Running at the Super Bowl
Houston’s running scene has been getting steadily better. More than $100 million has been poured into parks related projects as part of a master plan to increase the Houston’s downtown population. The defining geographic element for Houston running are the Bayous, originally meant as a natural drainage area, and now a growing network of trails and linear parks.
Areas to Run in Houston
Houston also has some terrific trails in some of its signature parks, notably Memorial Park, Buffalo Bayou Park, and in the Rice University area. The heart of Houston’s running community is Memorial Park, sort of a Houston version of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Great neighborhoods for running are River Oaks and the Heights area.
Discovery Green, a 12 acre urban park in downtown Houston, is the site of concerts and other Super Bowl related festivities. A mile west of there is the signature Buffalo Bayou Park, with wonderful running trails along the water. It’s 5 miles from there to Memorial Park. Best bets near NRG Stadium are a section of the 13.5 mile Brays Bayou trail, and Hermann Park.
The weather’s going to be warm all week. A nice respite for folks traveling from colder climes!
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