Are you at Aruga by Rockwell in Makati City and felt the sudden desire to put on your training shoes to jog for an hour or two? Lucky for you that Metro Manila has some areas that are very ideal for avid runners.
Many joggers head to downtown Manila to experience running within Intramuros – a walled city, which used to be a fortress built by the Spaniards during the 16th century.
2. Roxas Boulevard
From your hotel in Quezon City, you have to traverse the miles-long Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) to reach Roxas Boulevard. But the travel will be totally worth it, because you’ll love breaking a sweat along this bayside thoroughfare.
3. SM Mall of Asia Complex
Right at the south end of Roxas Boulevard is a big development on a reclaimed piece of land – the SM Mall of Asia Complex. You may choose to do some laps on the clear sidewalks or at the spacious Esplanade situated behind the malls.
4. Bonifacio Global City
In Taguig, you’ll find a fast-rising business zone, Bonifacio Global City. And people frequent the place not only to go to work, do some shopping, and grab a bite to eat, but also to run at the Bonifacio High Street.
5. Legaspi Active Park
This pocket of greenery is a privately owned public space that brings much-needed oxygen and open spaces into Makati City’s choked, overcrowded metropolis. Drinking fountain in the park makes it even more convenient for runners, as well as the installation of benches and renovated washrooms. It is located in San Lorenzo Village adjacent to Washington SyCip Park and near Greenbelt Mall.
6. Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
Want to have a chance to run at a very green location, at the same time be in the presence of some endangered animals? Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is among the few spots in Metro Manila, where you’ll see monkey-eating eagles, binturongs, crab-eating macaques, and Philippine bearded pigs.
7. Quezon Memorial Circle
This national park that houses the remains of a former president, whom the city was named after, is also among the easiest destinations for runners in Metro Manila.
8. UP Diliman
The open campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman is a haven for health buffs. This is very true, especially on Sundays, when vehicles are not allowed to be on the school’s main road to give space for joggers and bikers.
9. La Mesa Eco Park
For a more challenging terrain, you should head to the 5-hectare La Mesa Eco Park. You may spend a few hours sweating as you run in the Petron Fitness Trail and through its mini-jungle. Afterwards, you may take a dip in the public pool, enjoy a picnic with your buddies, or row a boat in the park’s man-made river.
10. Ayala Triangle
Amid the busy environment of Makati Central Business District is a verdant patch of land that is very ideal for picnics, walking dogs, hanging out, and of course, jogging. Fact is, its location is actually next to the road, which used to be the runway of Neilson Tower, the first airport built in this part of the Philippines. If you’re staying at Aruga by Rockwell’s Makati serviced apartments, you only have to go to Paseo de Roxas to reach the place.
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