Running in Minneapolis is an exercise in the art of multitasking, offering a way to explore the city and enjoy the outdoors while working out. Minneapolis is a running-friendly city with trails along the Mississippi riverfront, through city parks, and around the Chain of Lakes. Autumn is a popular season for running in Minnesota with vibrant fall colors and cooler, comfortable temperatures. Regardless of the route you choose, you’ll be rewarded with the convenience of running in the city complemented by great natural scenery.

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Hennepin Avenue Bridge – 0.8 miles from Loews Minneapolis Hotel

With the Twin Cities Marathon, the “most beautiful urban marathon in America,” quickly approaching and with the fall running season underway, I wanted to share one of my favorite (though much shorter) runs.

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View of Downtown from Plymouth Avenue Bridge – 0.8 miles from Hennepin Avenue Bridge

Loews Minneapolis is located eight blocks away from the Mississippi River, making our hotel a great starting off point for your run. I’m partial to runs along and across the river, with routes that can be abbreviated or extended based on which bridge you decide to cross. Within several miles of the hotel, you can cross the river on the Broadway Avenue, Plymouth Avenue, Hennepin Avenue, and Stone Arch Bridges.

View of Downtown from Broadway Avenue Bridge – 0.46 miles from Plymouth Avenue Bridge

This route, starting and ending at the hotel, is just under six miles. You’ll run to the Mississippi, head northwest (keeping the river on your right) and cross at the Broadway Avenue Bridge. Once across you’ll turn right and head southeast (keeping the river on your right) and cross back into downtown via the Stone Arch Bridge. With some of the best views of the river and downtown skyline, your workout will fly by — as long as you don’t stop to take too many photos.

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Heading Back into Downtown across the Stone Arch Bridge – 1.87 miles from Plymouth Avenue Bridge

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View from the Stone Arch Bridge of St. Anthony Falls – 1.52 miles from Loews Minneapolis Hotel

To see some of the best parts of our city you’ll only need a pair of running shoes. This is just one of many routes to run while in Minneapolis. You’ll have a decision to make when you leave the front doors of Loews Minneapolis –  where will your feet take you?

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