Melbourne has the Tan, Sydney has Centennial Park and here in Canberra, we have Lake Burley Griffin.
But the popular Bridge to Bridge track is just one of dozens of options when it comes to heading out for a run, as I learnt when I joined a running group that meets in a different part of town every week.
We’ve traversed the base of Mount Ainslie, circled Lake Tuggeranong and Lake Ginninderra, zig-zagged down the hill at the Arboretum and up again, toured the tracks at Stromlo Forest Park, jogged through Westbourne Woods and explored Fadden Pines to name a few.
The great thing about running is that you can put on your shoes and run just about anywhere you like, anytime you like, but I reckon the best routes are those that offer people-watching as well as scenery, and that make it most convenient to run with a friend or colleague.
The best time to start running is now, with autumn arriving this time next week, and the Australian Running Festival 45 days away.
Whether your aim is to make it around the Lake without stopping, to run the half marathon at the Australian Running Festival in April or to run 200km during the March Charge, we’re keen to know where you’ve been running and why.
So, do you have a favourite running route? Let us know in the comments below and I’ll get out and test them this weekend before selecting the Best of Canberra.