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Five 5K Trails that Run through Minneapolis Parks

As we head into fall, thousands of Twin City residents also head into marathon season. With the Medtronic Twin Cities Virtual Marathon this month of October, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite 5K running trails in and around Minneapolis parks. If you’re training for the big day, or just looking for a relaxing walk or jog, these trails are a perfect escape from your home, workplace, or other daily routine.

#1. Bde Maka Ska Lake (Loop)
This classic lake trail offers a scenic run through natural green spaces as well as beautiful, unique Minneapolis homes. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the largest lake within the Chain of Lakes, with the downtown skyline serving as the backdrop.

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#2. Franklin Avenue to Washington Street Bridge (Loop)
If you’re looking for a loop closer to downtown Minneapolis, this 3.3 mile loop runs along the central riverfront from the Franklin Avenue Bridge up to the Washington Street Bridge, with trails running along either side of the stunning Mississippi River. With Autumn approaching, this loop will also offer beautiful views of the changing fall foliage along the riverfront.

#3. St. Anthony Pkwy (One Way)
In Northeast Minneapolis, the St. Anthony Parkway offers a wonderfully winding path across the city (also a part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway). This 5K trail is not a loop, but it will take you from the eastern edge of the Camden Bridge at North 42nd Ave. and end at Stinson Pkwy NE. You’ll travel by the Columbia Park and Golf Course, as well as the St. Anthony Parkway Off-leash Dog Park for those of you who might want to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

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#4. Minnehaha Creek from Lake Nokomis to Lynnhurst Park (One Way)
In South Minneapolis, Minnehaha Creek, one of three creeks in Minneapolis, offers a serene escape from city life. The path alongside spans a large section of the creek, starting near Lake Harriet and following its twists and turns to Minnehaha Regional Park. If you’re looking for a classic 5k route, you can start at the Softball Fields at Lake Nokomis and end at Lynnhurst Park (one way). If you want to tack on a bit at the end, you’ll reach Lake Harriet around .2 miles after Lynnhurst Park. Look out for “The Bunny” (a larger-than life-rabbit statue located at Portland Ave & Minnehaha Parkway) on this route.

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#5. Victory Memorial Parkway (Out and Back)
Victory Memorial Parkway, or Victory Memorial Drive, is a section of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway in North Minneapolis. A wide central boulevard creates a beautiful and open space for pedestrians. Starting from the Victory Memorial Flagpole (just north of Lake Dr./45th Ave. North) to Victory Memorial Park (just south of Lowry Ave. North) and back up again makes for a great 5K loop.

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