This community center is the perfect location for anyone doing business downtown.
By far the most convenient run route to travelers staying downtown, this is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle and explore a sliver of what the James River has to offer. It's an out and back loop, so you can add on more laps around the island for extra distance.
See site for details on various group runs.
Byrd Park is just one location for group runs that happen around Richmond. We picked out this one because this park has water fountains and restrooms, and it is only 3 miles from our recommended downtown hotels.
This is somewhat of a "suburban" oasis in the West End of Richmond. With a 5-mile gravel and asphalt trail, easy access to restrooms, water, and well-lit parking, this is a safe and convenient choice for travelers staying in the West End.
This West End gym is a little short on space, but packs a punch with 125 pieces of high-end cardio equipment and over 50 pieces of strength training equipment.
Okay, it's not really a park, but as the burial place for Confederate soldiers, Jefferson Davis, James Monroe and John Tylery, Hollywood Cemetery is a unique venue for a walk or jog. Meandering paved roads make the surface easy to navigate. See the website for more details and a map.
This studio (located about 10 miles west of downtown and a little south, yet considered south Richmond) was Richmond's first introduction to Bikram Yoga, and based on the large class sizes, has been a success.
This welcoming studio offers classes for all levels. From the vibrant and uniquely decorated lobby, we certainly understand where the name "Haven" comes in. You will want to settle in and stay a while here. The practice room, with its wood like flooring and higher ceiling, is equally appealing.
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.
Thursday run starts at 5:30pm and goes 6-7 miles. The pace has eased up a bit of late, and a 9:30 to 10:00 mile road pace will work. Usually have 5-10 runners. Good bunch. They meet on Stuart Street at the intersection of North Sheppard, behind the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
We think this community center has some of the best facilities in Richmond. The large aquatic center had us jumping for joy with its neat delineation of "play areas" and "work areas," designed to eliminate the traffic jams typically found at community-center pools.
This convenient downtown community center offers a state-of-the-art facility with a turn of the century façade. The exterior of this historic building has been preserved to reflect the original architecture, while the interior reveals a modern full-service gym.