Great Places to Run – Part 1

We are so fortunate to live in an area packed with so many incredible places to run. I compare this to where I grew up – I ran on the side of a country road, often with no shoulder to jump into when a car approached, and often with dogs chasing me. I had no idea greenways existed!

I feel fortunate to live in an area that has invested so heavily in greenways! Apex is still in its greenway infancy, but we can certainly take advantage of what Cary has created! Bond Park is now a greenway hub and the town’s vision is to connect all greenways to it so that you can literally get through Cary entirely on a greenway. Read up on it here. One addition to this is the wonderful White Oak Greenway, which was recently extended from Kelly road to the ATT. It’s a key thoroughfare on Cary’s master plan, and it’s now possible to get from the American Tobacco Trail to Umstead State Park entirely on greenways! It was even identified as part of the East Coast Trail, which will run from Florida to Maine!

You can get this trail from ATT just north of Wimberly Road. Take it to Bond Park, then pick up Blacks Creek Greenway and you could go the whole way into Umstead. It appears that you could could at least make it to North Hills in Raleigh on greenways too. Run Reedy Creek at Umstead to the Reedy Creek Road near Trinity Road, stay on the trail and run through the art museum grounds and connect to the greenway system from there. I doubt I’d run that far, but I could be down with a bike ride to North Hills one day for brunch!

Let’s get back to the new White Oak Greenway. My running friends have all logged some mileage on this greenway in the past 6 months or so, except for me – until recently. It was a real treat to have joined them a few weeks ago for a 5 miles out and 5 miles back run and I’ve done it several times since then. This time of year, I appreciate the shade! Like most greenways, its flat and really pretty. Check it out if you haven’t already!



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