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Sightjogging: City Walking Tours on Speed

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by Eileen Smith Jan 7, 2010
Suit up for a new way of exploring your city of choice.

TRAVELERS who lament the often sedentary pace of visiting big cities find a solution in sightjogging, in which participants jog past famous sights with a trained guide who a) knows the route and b) knows his/her stuff.

Whether your goal is traveling green, dropping a pound or two, or just getting out there and seeing the world, a running tour is a good way to start (or end) your day on the road.

Let’s run down the benefits. City running tours:

  • are more ecological and energetic than a double-decker bus tour
  • are less ridiculous looking than a Segway tour
  • require less balance than a bike tour
  • and are quicker (and often more extensive) than a walking tour.

Traveling Greener reports that London-based City Jogging Tours hosts six different themed tours for locals and visitors. Participants can choose from iconic, riverside, royal, scenic, heathside, and maritime London. London Sightseeing Runs also operates in the city.

Beyond the UK, check out Global Running Tours for its affiliate list, which currently includes 17 countries where you can lace up your runners and hoof it double (or triple) time through the sights.

Companies are listed in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. Peru’s Inca Runners even offers runs at altitude in and around Cuzco.

In the U.S., City Running Tours works in Austin, Charleston, Chicago, NYC, and DC, and will tailor tours to fitness level, training regimen, and desired landmarks.

There’s just one caveat to sightjogging: it may not be particularly friendly to photography. You should certainly opt for your point-and-shoot, especially if you want your DSLR to live another day.

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