Lyon Running & Walking Routes

The local organising committee have recommended a number of walking routes to help you see more of beautiful city of Lyon before and after the main programme. There is a selection routes, of varying length, suitable for both walking and running. 

Parc de la tête d’or, The must run 

Distance: 3.9 km

An easy run or walk to start or finish the day in the Parc de la Tête d’or, just behind the convention center. Do not hesitate to go off route to travel through park and visit the rosary.

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Distance: 12.2 km

An easy run on the riverside starting 2 km from the convention center. You start along the Rhone with a nice view on Hotel dieu (km 1) then to Lyon university (km 2).

After 4.5 km you cross the Rhone on the Raymond Barre’s bridge to reach confluence and the museum. Then you can run on the Saone riversides with a great view of the new confluence neighborhood in this reborn industrial district (Km 6 to 8).

Between km 9 to 11 you will have a perfect view of the hill of the Fourvière basilica, Saint George's Church, Saint Jean's Church and the Croix Rousse Hill. To finish your run you have to cross Place des terreaux  passing the city hall, Fontaine Bartholdi’s fontaine and the opera house.

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Half Marathon

Distance: 21.4 km

The Riversides route may be too short for some some. This route can be extended into a half marathon by continuing along the Saone riverside up to the pedestrian croix rousse tunel (1.8km). 

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Urban trail

Distance: 9.8 km

Lyon is built on 2 rivers and 2 hills (Croix Rousse and Fourviere) on this route you will discover Lyon on different views starting from place des Terreaux.  You will cross the “gros caillou“, the Sara “ski” downhill, garden of Fourviere, a Large Roman Theatre, Saint Jean Church, the place Bellecour and a final run on peninsula.

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