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Some popular places to run in the Tampa Bay area

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Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa: One of the most popular spots for runners in the Tampa Bay area, this is the same route used for part of the Gasparilla Distance Classic. Distance: Approximately 4 miles.

Bay Pines Memorial Park, St. Petersburg: This short route through the county park is one of the most shaded routes in the Tampa Bay area. Distance (one-way): 1.2 miles.

St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront: A popular course with lunchtime runners, this route takes you along one of America's most scenic waterfronts. Public parking at the Pier makes this a good choice for traveling runners. Distance (Snell Isle Bridge to Albert Whitted Airport): 2.3 miles, longer if you add in a loop around the Pier.

Pinellas Trail: With dozens of access points and ample parking, this former rail line has many shady spots and hills (overpasses) for runners looking to increase their heart rates. Distance: 34 miles.

Memorial Causeway to Clearwater Beach: This well-maintained, paved path runs from the mainland to Clearwater Beach and includes a steep climb up the bridge — Heartbreak Hill — which has broken its share of world-class athletes competing in the annual Ironman World Championship 70.3. Distance: 1.6 miles (along the water).

Dunedin Causeway to Honeymoon Island: Flanked by the Intracoastal Waterway on both sides, this offers views galore. Distance: 1.6 miles (along the water).

Compiled by Terry Tomalin and Carolyn Edds, Times staff writers

Some popular places to run in the Tampa Bay area 08/28/09 [Last modified: Friday, August 28, 2009 5:30am]

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