A Runner’s Guide to High Point

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Traveling when you’re in the middle of a training cycle or have fitness goals to reach can be anxiety-inducing, but don’t worry! High Point’s got you! Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or just getting started on your fitness journey, High Point offers a vibrant running community, picturesque greenways, and exciting events to keep you motivated and moving. In this runner’s guide, we’ll explore some of the best routes, clubs, and activities that High Point has to offer.

Hit the Trail!

Explore High Point’s natural beauty and scenic landscapes by hitting our local greenways, High Point Greenway and the Bicentennial Greenway. With multiple access points scattered throughout the city, you can easily customize your route to suit your preferences and fitness level. Whether you prefer a leisurely jog along the water or a challenging trail run through the woods, High Point’s greenways offer something for all levels.

The High Point Greenway is a 4.9 mile paved trail that begins at Armstrong Park and ends at Piedmont Environmental Center. It can be accessed from Armstrong Park (305 East Parkway Avenue, High Point), Kirkman Park School (1101 North Centennial Street, High Point), University Park (1800 Deep River Road, High Point), High Point City Lake Park Trail (602 West Main Street, Jamestown), and the Piedmont Environmental Center (1220 Penny Road, High Point).

The Bicentennial Greenway Trail is a 14.5-mile trail connecting High Point to Greensboro. The path takes you through hardwood and pine forests, parks, and residential areas, and connects to shopping areas, making it perfect for a destination run. Walkers, runners, and bikers can hop on at the Piedmont Environmental Center (1220 Penny Road, High Point); 4125 Piedmont Parkway, High Point; Gallimore Dairy Road, Greensboro; Jamestown Park (7041 East Fork Road, Jamestown), or at Gibson Park (5207 West Wendover Avenue, Jamestown).

If you’re looking for a shorter run during your visit, try the High Point City Lake Park trail, 0.5 miles along Arnold J. Koonce, Jr. City Lake that connects to both the High Point and Bicentennial Greenways. 

Hit the Club!

Run club, that is!

A great way to tackle some miles in a safe and fun way is to jump in with a local running club! High Point has four active clubs that will welcome you with open arms during your visit. Experience some of our local attractions, including our beloved breweries, and make some new running buddies at these run clubs:

The High Point Athletic Club has free weekly runs for all experiences, speeds, and distances. Check out their Facebook and Instagram every Monday for updates on where they’re meeting each week. If you’re a long-term High Point runner, you can join their membership program to gain access to more group runs, coaching, and discounts around the Triad.  

Brown Truck may be known for their award-winning hand-crafted brews, but they also have their own running club, the Brown Truck Brewery Badass Run Club. Runners meet up at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and complete around a three-mile run at a variety of paces. For more information, check out their Facebook and Instagram. 

Another local brewery that has great beer and a great running community is the Goofy Foot Taproom Run Club. Starting their Monday runs at 6 p.m. outside of Fleet Feet, their next-door neighbor in the Heron Village Shopping Center, this community runs a variety of distances at any pace. Walkers are also welcome! Head over to their Facebook and Instagram for updates. 

If you aren’t sure which run club is for you, check out the High Point Pub Runners, a local group that runs with the Goofy Foot Taproom Run Club on Mondays, the Brown Truck Brewery Badass Run Club on Tuesdays, and hosts runs starting at Potent Potables in Jamestown on Thursdays.  

Hit the Finish Line!

Ready to put your training to the test? Plan a trip to High Point in May or August to take part in our local races. On Saturday, May 4th, runners and walkers of all ages and skills, even those in a stroller, are invited to the Piedmont Park business parkway to take part in the Triad GO FAR Community 5K. On Saturday, August 10th, athletes will compete in the High Point Sprint Triathlon, a 500-meter swim, a 13.5-mile bike ride, and finish with a 3.1-mile run at the Oak Hollow Mariana.   

With its thriving running community, diverse range of clubs and events, and picturesque greenways, High Point, NC, is a runner’s paradise waiting to be explored. Whether you’re pounding the pavement solo or joining a group run with friends, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to stay active, motivated, and inspired. So lace up your sneakers, hit the streets, and discover the endless possibilities that await you in High Point. See you on Strava! 

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