While this route is purely street running, which is not always a favorite, it does follow one of the most historic streets in Richmond. This route is also popular for hometown runners and is always included in local races such as the Richmond Marathon and the Ukrop's Monument 10K. The sidewalks are wide. If you prefer to run on softer surfaces there are wide grass-lined medians along the road as well (just watch for doggy "bombs" ). This beautiful tree-lined street showcases stately Southern homes and monuments representing prominent figures from Richmond's history. Among these statues are Civil War notables Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B Stuart, and one for tennis great Arthur Ashe, a Richmond native.
The street is approximately 6.5 miles long, so you can make a nice half marathon out of it if you wish.
Directions: From most of our recommended downtown hotels, if you hop onto Franklin Street and head NW, you'll find that it turns into Monument Ave after 1 mile. This is a pretty simple out-and-back run, so it's great for those who get lost easily.
Terrain: asphalt, concrete sidewalk. City running.