Where To Run In Boulder When You Are Up Before The Sun

Four Mile Boulder Creek Path Loop

Whenever I visit Boulder, I look forward to running along the Boulder Creek Path. But on this visit, I was faced with the dilemma of where to run in Boulder when I was up long before the sun.


Starting at the Millennium Hotel, I ran west along Arapahoe Avenue, which is a main street that is pretty well lit. Near the hotel it is lined with shopping centers, but further west it turns into a neighborhood street. I ran along the back of Eben G. Fine park, and then cut over to Boulder Canyon Drive and headed back into the city. When I’ve done this run before I’ve been able to run through the park, but this time it was completely closed due to the recent flooding. 🙁

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By the time I was past the park, the sky was getting light enough to run along Boulder Creek Path. Most of the path was open, but there still were a few detours around underpasses that weren’t cleared yet.

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This sign was buried under rubble between the path and the creek!

By the time I was back at the hotel I had run 4.35 miles, but I kept going so I could get a better view of the Flatirons.

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So gorgeous!

It’s always fun to look at the Garmin elevation data after running in Boulder!


 On this route, a negative split is nearly guaranteed!

How do you figure out where to run when you are visiting a new city?

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13 Responses to Where To Run In Boulder When You Are Up Before The Sun

  1. I’ve started checking out mapmyrun for route ideas or I try to find parks and trails. It’s even better if you can get advice from others though!
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  2. Amy says:

    Glad you got to run while you were here! Yes, mostly under the under-passes are closed and still have a bunch of water and debris. Also, SO HAPPY you got to climb Sanitas. Climbing that on a weekend here is like a pilgrimage or a rite of passage for Boulder-ites 🙂
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  3. Pretty view! I’ve never been to Boulder, would love to run there.
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  4. I want to go to Boulder! I’ve only been once and would love to go back and explore it some more.
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  5. AmyC says:

    Love the views! I love running in new places!
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  6. Sami says:

    Gorgeous picture of the Flatirons! It is so sad that all of the Boulder County trails are closed…even the one’s on the outskirts.
    How often do you visit Boulder? Where else do you run when you’re in Colorado?

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  7. As soon as we’ve booked a hotel my I map out my running routes and I also ask the hotel for suggestions. Running new places while traveling is the best! Boulder is on my to-visit list just so I can run there 🙂
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  8. Chris says:

    What a great post! I wanted to go to Boulder because of its running heritage (apparently there are a lot more barefooters there too : ) ) and amazing scenery.
    One of my favorite ultrarunners Anton Krupicka has been known to run there.
    I am going to bookmark this post and use it whenever I do get out there!
    Thanks so much.
    Found you on Fitness Friday and glad I did!

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