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We combine the best Cincinnati tours with a running workout. What could be more fun?
We have created six fantastic tours in the Cincinnati area that will immerse you in the serene park setting of both the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky riverfront, energize you in the vibrant and historical downtown area, raise your cool factor in the hip Over-the-Rhine, and inspire you with the magnificence of Eden Park and eclectic Mt. Adams. While on tour you will explore Cincinnati's rich history and cultural traditions.
Below are the six Group Tours. The first three are 3+ miles and run weekly. The remaining three are 6+ miles and are run on alternate Sundays. All Group and Individual Tours will meet and begin at the Tyler Davidson Fountain on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati at the corner of Fifth and Vine Streets. Discounts may apply for groups of three or more. See the calendar or contact us for more information.
This 3.2 mile tour focuses on the Downtown business district and its historic past as well as the scenic Riverfront area where the city was founded. Runners will traverse five parks and Amen corner, all while learning what makes Cincinnati such a vibrant city.
Similar to the Downtown/Riverfront Tour, this 3.3 mile tour will begin in the Business District, but add two Ohio River bridge runs, enabling fabulous views of the Cincinnati skyline.
The 3.5 mile Downtown/OTR Tour is an urban tour focusing on the Business District and the historic and trendy Over-the-Rhine District. Over-the-Rhine was named for its original German immigrant residents who were the backbone of Cincinnati's skilled trades. Learn how this neighborhood was transformed from its German heritage to a 'forgotten' neighborhood to the hippest area of the city.
This is the 6.2 mile signature Tour. In Downtown, you will run through several scenic parks, 'Amen Corner', the Business District, and a taste of the Over-the-Rhine. In addition, you will visit the Riverfront and traverse two bridges across the Ohio River while briefly visiting nearby Newport KY.
Cincinnati/NKY Riverfront ($45/person)
This 6.3 mile Tour de-emphasizes the urban downtown area to concentrate on the beautiful and historic Riverfront area, including extensive running in Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove, as well as the Newport and Covington KY's riverfronts. You will also traverse three bridges on this run, including the historic Roebling Suspension Bridge.
Eden Park/Mt. Adams ($45/person)
You must be in shape for this 6.4 mile Tour. Seriously! The Tour Guides' favorite, you will leave the downtown area for beautiful Eden Park, Cincinnati's most attractive and historic park. After touring the awesome overlooks and monuments, you then attack a 35+ degree incline into Mt. Adams. The good news is that once in Mt. Adams, it is an all downhill and memorable run back to downtown.
Group Tours don't fit your schedule? Individual Tours which mirror our Group Tour routes, but are scheduled based on your time frame are also available, often at the same price as the Group Tours, subject to availability. In addition, we will build a Custom Tour for any person or group that wants to customize their experience. Custom Tours can be personalized as to time, distance, and location. Contact Us for more information.
What is a running tour?A running tour is a guided tour provide by an experienced guide as you jog through the streets and parks of Cincinnati. You may join us on one of our 3+ mile or 6+ mile Group Tours or contact us directly to schedule an Individual or Custom Tour.
Why in the world would I do a running tour?If you're visiting Cincinnati, it's a great way to get in a workout without getting lost, and learn the history and culture of the city at the same time! We know where to go, what to show, and have the best stories to share.
Do I need to be able to run the whole time?While these are running tours, we aren't rigid about requiring tour participants to run the entire time. We go at your pace whether that's a run, a run/walk or simply a walk. It's up to you, and your guide will keep your pace. Also, while we can design your running tour so that there are no stops, normally we stop at the landmarks for background information and snapshots.
How long do running tours take?Please allow 90 minutes to 2 hours for a 3+ mile running tour and 2-2.5 hours for a 6+ mile tour. Our 3+ mile running tours are appropriate for beginners!
Do I have to book in advance?Reservations are required.
Is there an age limit to running the tour?You must be at least 18 years old or run with a legal guardian.
Do you operate tours year-round?Yes, but winters can sometimes be challenging!
Do you run tours rain or shine?Yes. In the event of severe weather, determined by your guide, we will reschedule the run. Should the run be postponed you will be notified up to one hour before your run.
Are your really donating 10% of your profits to the Cincinnati Museum Center?Yes. The Cincinnati Museum Center, housed in the iconic Union Terminal building is one of the nation's best examples of re-purposing a grand historic structure. The museums are wonderful and the building is simply a masterpiece in the art deco design of the 1920s and 30s.
What if I get hungry or thirsty on the run?We recommend bringing water and a power bar if you think you'll need fuel and water.
Are bathrooms available along the route?We can typically find a bathroom along our routes, so if you ever need to stop, just let your guide know, and he'll find a place to stop.
Will I be required to sign a liability waiver?Yes. Before the start of your tour you will be required to sign a liability waiver as the tour takes place near traffic and involves physical activity. You must certify that you accept all possible risks involved and will not hold Cincinnati Running Tours or your guides liable for any eventuality.
Can I bring my dog on the run?We'll gladly run with your well-behaved dog as long as you have a leash. It's great exercise and your dog will love it! We ask that you bring a plastic bag in case of any accidents.
Can you accommodate a large tour group, corporate outing, birthday party, bachelorette party, or any other group I can think of?Of course! Contact us here for more details.
What if I want to cancel my booking?Tickets are non-refundable unless weather forces a cancellation.
The List - Jenell Walton - May 6, 2014
Fox 19 Morning News with Rob Williams - May 5, 2014
I just want to thank Scott for a wonderful cultural run around downtown Cincinnati. I recommend it 100% to all visitors and active people that enjoy the pleasure of history and landmarks. i just loved it!!! :DPretty M (Mexico City, Mexico) via TripAdvisor
What a fun time! As it turns out, a running tour is probably the best way to see the downtown area.... I had never been to Cincinnati before, or had taken a running tour like this, but it was the perfect way to see the city. If you ever go to Cincinnati, you MUST do this tour!Puhnkee (Battle Creek, Michigan) via TripAdvisor
Scott, the Chief Running Officer, spent 30 years in the financial field. Now a college instructor and community volunteer, he loves to devote time to two of his passions: running and tour guiding. Scott has been presenting Cincinnati history talks and tours for four years as a volunteer for the Cincinnati Heritage Program, an outreach association of the Cincinnati Museum Center. As for running, Scott completed his first marathon three years ago and enjoys running the Cincinnati Flying Pig, the Hudy 14K and Thanksgiving Day race. Combining these passions within Cincinnati Running Tours should provide an exceptional experience for both patron and guide.
As a career flight attendant for an international airline, Dee loved visiting “and running” through the major capitals of Europe, Asia and Africa. After retiring, she briefly relocated to Estero Florida, but missed her beloved Cincinnati and recently returned. She currently enjoys living in the downtown area and running through Mt. Adams, OTR, and northern Kentucky. People ask her, “of all the cities you have visited, what is your favorite”? The answer is always “Cincinnati”. 5K and 10K races are her sweet spot as she has often placed near the top of her age group. As a runner she is excited to show you her favorite city. Dee also is a docent with The Heritage Program at Cincinnati Museum Center.