A few years ago I was on vacation in Puerto Vallarta and was super excited to be able to log some runs on the beach. Trouble is, I had no idea what to expect since I’d never been there before.
Once I got there, I found out my expectations did not meet reality. Period. Full stop.
The neighborhood outside the hotel was slightly sketchy and I felt nervous running beyond its walls. The beach was only about 1/2 mile long and then turned into coastline that couldn’t easily be navigated. Needless to say, it was frustrating and that was the last time I tried to run on vacation.
I recently visited my parent’s in San Antonio and signed up for a running tour with the running company, River City Run.
And I must say it was the best vacation running experience I’ve ever had!
And here today to discuss with us further is the co-founder/co-opwner, Tina Stolhandske, of River City Run.
Before we get into the Best Way to Run on Vacation, would you mind sharing with us a few personal details as well as some company background?
Tina: Katie, thank you for taking the time to reach out to me. I’m so thrilled that you had a wonderful time on your recent tour and enjoyed it enough to want to learn more!
River City Run was started by my husband, Tommy, and I in June of 2012. We love to travel and have always found running to be a great way to enjoy a city. On a trip to Boston for my brother in law’s graduation we (insert, I) decided it would be fun to do a run where we could get a shirt which is how we found the Freedom Trail Running Tour.
We had never heard of a running tour before, but thought it would be a fun way to see the city while getting in a workout. About half way through the tour, we looked at each other with the same thought: we could do this!
Our home city, San Antonio, is full of beautiful, historical buildings and Texas charm. it would be the perfect site for a run of it’s own.
The rest is history!
Nearly 4 years later, River City Run offers a scheduled 5k running tour most Saturday and Sunday mornings throughout the year and private tours 7 days a week. There are 7 amazing guides in our company who all have professional full time jobs and families.
We all have a passion for running, people, and San Antonio which makes this an awesome part time gig.
I’m often asked how we get such great reviews and why we get up early on the weekend after working all week. The answer is pretty simple; runners are the easiest crowd to please.
They are friendly, happy, and are looking to have a good time doing what they love with new people.
Katie: Wow, some fun details! I’m excited to keep tabs on you and your running team. Let’s get into some meat and potatoes of running on vacation…
What do you believe is the biggest challenge to running on vacation?
Katie: What do you believe to be the root of that challenge?
- Time. Whether fighting busy schedule or wanting to enjoy some extra sleep time, I’ve never regretted getting up and going for a run on vacation. There’s something wonderful about connecting with a city before it wakes and taking in the sights and sounds on foot. For me, its a privilege to run on vacation when there are typically fewer time restraints and distractions and I truly get to enjoy running! I also don’t feel quite as guilty about my enjoying the local cuisines and drinks when exercising on vacation!
- Gear: We all like to pack light on vacation, thank goodness running makes that easy! There are very few extra items running requires. Weather appropriate clothing and running shoes don’t take up too much space.
- Not knowing where to run: There are many ways around this obstacle. Check with you hotel concierge for a recommended route, look up a local running group and nearby park, or see if the city you are visiting has a running tour of its own! Many major cities have at least one company offering a running tour for you to enjoy during your stay. Tommy and I have enjoyed running tours in Boston, Chicago, Buenos Aires, New Orleans, Denver, San Diego, and Minneapolis. I use the RunKeeper App to track my runs, its really run to look back over th year and different cities that I have had the chance to run and explore in.
Katie: And in summary, what is the best way to run on vacation?
- A running tour like, River City Run. 🙂
- Find a race happening in the city you are visiting at runningintheusa.com or active.com
- Check with local running groups and stores to see if there are any social runs going on during your visit.
- Check with the concierge of your hotel to recommended running routes.
- Apps…so many apps share running routes.
Katie: Thank you, Tina, for your generosity in sharing with us today. If readers want to follow up with you and your projects, where should they look you up?
And thank you again, Katie! It was a pleasure and we hope to run with you again soon! Those who run together, have fun together! 🙂
And now, back to you, dear readers – I invite you to share this post with those people you enjoy running and having fun with! And please share your thoughts and comments below.
River City Run is a 5k Running Tour through the heart of downtown San Antonio. There are 15 stops along the way where guides share interesting and historical faction about the downtown area with other runners. The run is group oriented and runners of all abilities are encouraged to participate. The cost of the tour is $30 per person which includes a T-shirt, water, and access to photos taken throughout the tour by your guide.
So, whether you’re a long time San Antonio local, in town on business, or enjoying a vacation; bring your running shows and enjoy a fun and active way to see the city.
Have you enjoyed a running tour while traveling? Please share the name and link below.