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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
Paul Schefz

By Jade de la Rosa with Sarah Pfledderer and Archana Ram | Photography by Paul Schefz and Rob Hammer

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!

The San Diego Runner’s Guide

Paul Schefz

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