When I got the last issue of Runner's World in the mail, I checked the cover and flipped right to the article that listed "America's 50 Best Running Cities." As you may have guessed from the title of this post, Nashville doesn't make the list, and that bums me out. There are five categories they looked at on a weighted basis:
1. Run (40%) - things like races, clubs, running stores, etc.
2. Parks (20%) - ideal places to run
3. Climate (20%) - how close the city gets to ideal running temps
4. Food (10%) - proximity to healthy food
5. Safety (10%) - how safe it is to run
here). So that leaves the biggest category, the Run category - all about the community and running events. Having lived here nearly 3 years, I'll tell you there isn't a ton. There are a few running clubs (East Nasty being one of the largest), a few running stores (love you Nashville Running Company), and a surprising small number of races in Nashville proper (that rarely sell out).
BibRave, a site where you can read and leave race reviews. Not only are there few Nashville races listed, but the reviews left for those races are not written by Nashville residents (with a few exceptions). I just don't get it. It's not an easy city to run - it's pretty hilly here (but come on, San Francisco is number 1 and those hills are way bigger). Nashville is an amazing city that's been getting a lot of publicity. I just don't understand why the running community is slower to follow.
Did your city make the list?
What makes your city a great place to be a runner?