As Tuscaloosa continues to grow, so do the road and running path improvements and so does the accompanying community of runners and walkers. 

As a runner myself, I've set my running shoes down on many different surfaces in our beautiful city over the past few years. Here are three of my favorite places to lace up and forget the troubles of everyday life!

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    Tuscaloosa RiverWalk

    The Tuscaloosa RiverWalk runs from Manderson Landing to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and offers a mostly flat, scenic course that is runner, walker and pet friendly. It's both a perfect place to watch the sunset each evening over the Black Warrior River and also to get well-lit night run in. From Maderson Landing, taking the loop around the Amphitheater and back if roughly 4 and a half miles.

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    UA Arboretum & VA Hospital track

    The UA Arboretum and VA Hospital offer many different courses for runners. Starting with the UA Arboretum cross country course and it's combination of grass and dirt paths offering many levels of difficulty. The neighboring VA Hospital also has a 2 mile paved path that is void of traffic and relatively easy to maneuver through even for the inexperienced runner.
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    Sokol Park Trails

    Operated by Tuscaloosa PARA and designed with runners in mind, Sokol Park has a few paved running paths with little vehicle traffic but also has many trails for a change of pace. The main trail is roughly 4 miles, with loops that can provide an extension to a run. Currently, Wagner's RunWalk in Tuscaloosa hosts a group trail run on the main path each Tuesday at 5:30 pm.