Friday, September 17, 2010

City Running Tours

Happy Friday!!! I LOVE Fridays, especially now that I am doing a full time internship. In keeping with Article Friday, this article on caught my eye: Running Tours For Travelers.

The article discusses how Michael Gazaleh, a chiropractor in New York City, started a small business that provides tourist personal running tours of large cities. His business, City Running Tours, is located in 7 major cities (BOS, CHA, CHI, NYC, PHI, SF, DC). The article notes how Gazaleh does not choose just any city, but ones that have an interesting combination of visitors, places to run and sites to see. In addition Cazaleh donates 10 percent of the total fee to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Runs are for all levels and varying distances.

What do you guys think about a tour like this? Has anyone ever gone on a running tour?

I think a running tour is a GREAT idea! There are so many times I go to a new city and see walking tours, but never any running ones. Also, when I travel I always want to go for a run, but am sometimes afraid (because I am unfamiliar with the area) or do not know where to run and would love company. In addition to seeing the sites, this seems like a great way to meet new people, get a workout in and share a love for running in a unique way. I also like how most of the tours offer both individual and group tours, so there is something for everyone. I feel that when I am running, even around Boston, I get to know a city in a new way. For example when I was in Charleston, SC last June, I had a whole new appreciation for the city when I was able to go out and run around. The only problem with the tours, for me, is that the individual tours seem a little pricey for my budget, but the group ones do not seem to bad. I wish the group tour option was offered in every city. I am going to DC next month, but unfortunately that city only offers personal tours.

Today is an "off" day as far as my work out in preparation for a 5K race tomorrow morning. I am off to babysit for the evening and will be back with a race recap sometime tomorrow. Have a great Friday night!


  1. Matt is obsessed with the running tours and has considered starting his own business...

  2. I think this is a great idea although I've seen their prices and it's a bit steep. But concept is awesome. Hope the 5k went well!