Where are the good places to run in Riyadh?

Most runners prefer to run in the Diplomatic Quarter (DQ),

which is in the west of the city and is guarded by a dedicated police force. There is an 11 mile (17km) trail which extends around the perimeter of the course, which is ideal for completing long runs on. You can also choose to run parts of the trail, as every 2km or so there is a small park with an exit back to the main roads. The advantage of running here is that women have freedom to wear whatever they want, the area is safe, the air is clean and there are no cars.

People also run around the King Fahd medical city, which is located on the Khurais Road. The hospital as a wide 3.5 km pavement, and is popular amongst locals out for a stroll too.

Prince Sultan university is located next to a park, and this is a good place to come and train, as the pavement is wide and the area has some light at night. However it is near to a main road so breathing may be an issue.

Other places people commonly run include the perimeter fence of Princess Nora University, the Third Airport, which is hilly and challenging, however there are many Bedouin around, and on treadmills in gyms!

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What can I wear to run in?

For women it is simple – in the city itself they must wear an abaya,

which makes running training practically impossible, especially in the summer months (May – September). Once inside the DQ, women may wear what they please.

For men, wearing shorts in public seems to have become more acceptable in recent years. However be aware that some locals may object to men in very short shorts, and may make a comment or a complaint. Vests should not be worn in the city, they are considered too revealing. A running t shirt made of high quality fabric is the best option, as the temperatures are often warm and you will sweat!

On the DQ men are at liberty to wear whatever they want to run in.

At our races, which are all on compounds, private farms and private golf courses, runners can wear whatever they please (within reason, of course!)

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Do you organize training runs?

Every season we compile a list of members looking for

running partners who would like to train together outside of club organized events. If you are interested in finding a running partner, you are welcome to email your name, telephone and email address to training@riyadhroadrunners.com along with your target pace and target weekly distance. We will provide you with a list of other interested members. This list is updated on a RRR seasonal basis and not carried over from one year to the next.

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I train in Riyadh?

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What can I wear to run in?

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Do you organise training runs?

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