Happy National Running day, y'all! If you're looking for new ways to celebrate this active holiday or just eager to slip on your running shoes, the city of Baton Rouge is truly a runner's paradise. Ask any local! Whether you run downtown, the Garden District or around the University lakes, you are sure to see at least one, if not multiple, runners passing by. Here's a few ways to delve into the local running scene:

Join a running club:

What better way than to run with a support system of other runners? If you’re interested in joining one of the many clubs in the city, do your research so that you find the one that is just right for you. The great part about joining a running club is that it can be so much more than just running. Many of the local clubs encourage camaraderie with group runs throughout the week, social gatherings and more.

Photo Credit: Club South Runners

Find a buddy and map out different city routes each week:

One of the biggest complaints people tend to have about running is that, after a while, it can become boring. No need to fear, you can make it an adventure! Grab a running buddy and map out different areas to try each week. The change of scenery will keep your running routine fresh, and it’s a great way to go sight-seeing around the city for free.

Photo Credit: Visit Baton Rouge

Train for a race:

It seems that within the past few years, races have become the “thing” to do. I know a few people who ran the Louisiana Half-Marathon and Marathon this January, and they all agreed that the feeling of accomplishment you get after completing a race is unlike anything else. Whether you are starting out with a 5K, or training for a marathon, there are a variety of races you can sign up for.

Photo Credit: The Color Run
Still unsure about how to approach running in the Red Stick? Just leave your home and get going! It's as simple as that.

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Cathy Juarez, Visit Baton Rouge

Cathy is the Destination Content Manager for Visit Baton Rouge. Though born and raised in New Orleans, Cathy fell in love with Baton Rouge throughout her time as an LSU undergraduate. Cathy is passionate about promoting tourism in Louisiana, and you can find her exploring festivals, local dives and attractions in the ever-growing Capital City. Geaux Tigers and #GoBR!

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