Bangalore is known as the Garden City, and thus, it has a whole host of spots for runners to call home. With the TCS World 10K just a few weeks away on May 17, you are likely to spot many fellow runners around the city, prepping for the big day. Join them at these lovely running spots around the city.
Right in the heart of the city, Cubbon Park is a green zone that’s just perfect for your morning or evening runs, and on a pleasant weekend (there are many of these in Bangalore), even an afternoon run. It’s also the first place anyone would recommend on their list of running spots in Bangalore. Make sure you stay on the jogging track if you are running after the park opens for traffic.
As a bonus, you can stop to see the Bangalore High Court, State Archeological Museum, and the grand Seshadri Iyer memorial hall within the park, which greatly adds to the atmosphere of the run.
When it comes to Bangalore, it doesn’t get any more beautiful than the botanical gardens,. Site of the famous glass house which hosts an annual flower show, Lal Bagh is a runners’ delight as it boasts a great trail, some vivid imagery and adds an extra helping of peace to your running. This is yet another spot where you will see runners training for the upcoming marathon. And after the run, there’s always the added incentive of checking out the rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France.
Even though it’s a concrete track, Sankey Tank remains a favourite for the city’s runners. After all, who can resist running by a serene lake. Once again, you will meet a whole host of runners at this spot, and can join one of the many running groups that train here. One round of the lake is around 2.5KM, so it’s a great place to time your 10K runs.
Agara Lake was once known as the most pristine lake in Bangalore but thanks to neglect and lack of maintenance, it had become unsuitable for runners. However, the HSR 10K Freedom Run organized in 2013, created awareness and gathered participation for the revival of the lake, and today it is one of the many lake-side spots for running in the city. Thanks to separate walking and running tracks, one can do their daily runs here peacefully.
Often called the best jogging track in Bangalore, the area around Ulsoor Lake is a welcome change for those looking for some trail running in the city. The surface is a wee bit rough and up-and-down, so be careful about the shoes you wear. The total track is close to 5 KM, so you can prep for your 10K runs here with ease. The panorama of the lake is a stunning setting for a run, with the long curve half-way around the lake, being the highlight.
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