Local Sarasota Run / Walk Routes

Races are great, and we all love a group run, but sometimes, you just need a route to run on your own. The apps below are MTC-approved resources that’ll help you do that (and more!), whether you’re lacing up your sneakers here or on the road. You’ll also find a number of beloved local routes listed, so keep an eye out for your fellow MTC members next time you hit one of these popular spots!

Strava

Strava is the social network for athletes. It’s more than just the world’s largest route and trail resource — Strava allows you to track, analyze, and share your workouts; see what your friends and local athletes are up to; join groups (like the MTC), challenges, events, and races (both virtual and in-person); and even share your location during your workout.

Run Go

Find, follow, and create great running routes with customizable turn-by-turn voice navigation, all while tracking your running stats. You’ll also find races, guided routes from hotels, and cool tips on their blog (like how to make GPS art on your next long run or tips for finding routes with fantastic Christmas lights). 

Map My Run

Map My Run makes it easy to log any type of workout using just your phone or smart device, connect with other athletes, and create routes so you can get the exact mileage you’re looking for. Searching for routes in your area is simple, and there are adaptive training plans available to help you crush your goals.

Sarasota is a world-class fitness, running, biking, walking, swimming, and wellness community. Awarded a top runner friendly-community by Road Runners Club of America in 2014, Sarasota County is one of the is wonderful to see by foot. Whether training or sightseeing, Sarasota County offers hundreds of miles of trails and sidewalks that wrap around beaches, luxury homes and nature areas. Wherever you stay in Sarasota County, a scenic running, walking, or bike route is nearby.

The Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail &
Oscar Scherer State Park

South Start
Venice Train Depot, 303 E Venice Avenue- Venice

North Start
Culverhouse Nature Park- 7905 Macintosh Road, Sarasota

Green = 5K route
Blue= 10K Route
Red = 10 mile Route

The Legacy Trail is a 12.5+ mile multi-use recreational  trail in Sarasota County, Florida located between Sarasota near Palmer Ranch and Venice.  It is a smooth paved path for walkers, runners and cyclists. The trail at the nothern trail begins/ends at 7905 Macintosh Road, which also offers parking access. The distance from Macintosh Road (Culverhouse Nature Park) to Shamrock Park (past the Venice Train Station) is around 30 miles round-trip.

Friends of the Legacy Trail

In at the Beach (Venice)(Long) – Local Run Route

Inn at the Beach (Venice)

725 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285

Long Route: 5.7 miles

• Head west out to The Esplanade South
• Head north, until road forks. Turn right, on to La Guna Drive
• Follow road, which will turn into Bayshore Drive
• Follow road around the bend, heading south. Road will turn into Harbor Drive
• Continue south, about two miles
• Turn left on Beach Road, and then left again, heading north, up Nokomis Avenue
• Turn Left on Venice Avenue, heading through town, back to your hotel

 

Hisbiscus Suites (long) – Local Run Route

Hisbiscus Suites (Long)

1735 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231

Short Route: 7.4 miles

• Head southwest, down Stickney Point Road, out toward Siesta Key
• Cross over the bridge and take a left, heading north on Midnight Pass Road
• Continue about 1.5 miles on Midnight Pass
• Take a left onto Beach Road, heading west, then northwest
• Continue on Beach Road, heading into Siesta Key Village
• Turn Right on Canal Road
• Follow road southeast, then east, until road forks
• Turn right on Cape Leyte Drive, follow bend. Road will turn into Shadow Lawn Drive
• Keep right, and turn on to Midnight Pass Road
• Head south on Midnight Pass Road, and continue on Midnight Pass Road, as road forks, continuing south
• After about 1.5 miles, turn left, back onto Stickney Point Road, returning to the Hotel

The Inn On Siesta Key (Long)- Local Run Route

The Inn on Siesta Key

515 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242


Long Route: 4.9 miles

• Head northwest on Beach Road, continuing until the street ends
• Turn right on Avenida Messina
• Street ends at Columbus Boulevard, turn left
• Turn left again at Ocean Boulevard, heading north
• Follow Ocean Boulevard for about a mile, until it runs into Higel Avenue
• Turn left on Higel Avenue
• Hook a right onto Midnight Pass Road, heading southeast
• Follow Midnight Pass Road, about two miles, until Midnight Pass Road forks with Beach Road
• Turn right onto Beach Road, heading west, then northwest, until you return to your hotel

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

948 Beach Road

Voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Siesta Key Beach offers 7 miles of round-trip beach running . Accessible Sidewalks and designated cycling/running lanes on roads provide additional options.

Green = 5K route 
Blue= 10K Route 
Red = 10 mile Route

 

Hibiscus Suites (Short) – Local Run Route

Hisbiscus Suites (Short)

1735 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231

Short Route: 2.7 miles

• Head southwest, down Stickney Point Road, out toward Siesta Key
• Cross over the bridge and take a left, heading south on Midnight Pass Road
• Continue down midnight pass, and take a right onto Crescent Street
• Take a right onto Point of Rocks Road, then follow the road, turning right, and back onto Midnight Pass
• Return back up Midnight Pass Road, continuing back to the hotel

Casey Key

Casey Key

100 Casey Key Road

Green = 5K route
Blue= 10K Route
Red = 10 mile Route

Start at the public beach pavillion just over Nokomis Bridge for one of Saraota’s most hidden gems. Run along winding, low traffic roads and take in views of the Gulf of Mexico and some of Sarasota County’s most exclusive residences.

Downtown Sarasota & Ringling Bridge

Downtown Sarasota &
Ringling Bridge

 2 Marine Plaza

Green = 5K route
Blue= 10K Route
Red = 10 mile Route

A central spot for many local runners and walkers. The city of Sarasota has many running options, the best of which being a trip over the Ringling Bridge offering an iconic view of Sarasota Bay.

The Inn at Siesta Key (Short) – Local Run Route

The Inn on Siesta Key (Short)

515 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242

Short Route: 3.5 miles
• Head northwest on Beach Road
• Turn right on Ocean Boulevard, heading into Siesta Key Village
• Turn Right on Canal Road
• Follow road southeast, then east, until road forks
• Turn right on Cape Leyte Drive, follow bend. Road will turn into Shadow Lawn Drive.
• Keep right, and turn on to Midnight Pass Road
• Head south on Midnight Pass Road
• Turn right on to Beach Road, following the road back to your hotel

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