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VIDEO: Jogging tours offer locals and tourists a new way to explore San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Do you love sole searching? Then lace up your running shoes and join San Diego Jogging Tours (SDJT) for a unique exploration of America’s Finest City.

Beginning Thursday, April 1, fitness enthusiasts and active travelers can choose from four jogging tour options that range between three and a half to 10 miles. Participants will jog through some of the best historical and cultural sites located throughout downtown, Old Town, Uptown and Coronado.

Oddly enough, the idea for SDJT came about not while jogging but while watching TV.

William Lopez and David Knepp, both local business gay professionals and avid joggers, co-own and operate SDJT.

“I was watching the 'Today Show,'” Lopez said, “and someone was hosting jogging tours in five different cities … five cold cities.”

Having enjoyed San Diego’s weather for 14 years, Lopez wondered why our city had no such tour. He discussed the idea with Knepp and the two began the journey of a creating a new business.

They utilized the input of experts from the fields of marketing, jogging and tourism in the creation process of their business model and ultimately SDJT’s running paths.

Armed with 12 guides, SDJT’s morning tours will depart from various starting lines at 7 or 8 a.m., seven days a week. This healthy alternative to the typical guided excursion is also for locals.

Despite living in San Diego all these years, Lopez said there was a lot that he did not know about the city when he helped put together the points of interest and historical facts for the tours.

“Take the Uptown Tour, for example” Lopez said. “I didn’t realize there were that many bridges within the area; it was interesting to learn about the cost and time it took to build them. With these tours there’s the added benefit of learning something new.”

The Tours

All tours start and end at the same location. Although participants will set the pace of the tour, each runner receives a pedometer and a card with the route and instructions.

Coronado:Just over six miles, mostly easy with a bit of difficulty. Includes sites such as the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace, Coronado Bridge, U.S. Naval Air Station, Spreckles Park , the Wizard of Oz House and multimillion-dollar homes, estates and mansions.

Downtown : Close to eight and a half miles, but easy. Key sites include NBC 7/39 Studios, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shelter Island, USS Midway, Lindburgh Field, Horton Plaza and Petco Park.

Old Town : Three and a half miles – moderate difficulty. Runners will see landmarks such as Presidio Park, Padre Cross, Old Town State Historic Park, Whaley House, Spanish and Mediterranean renaissance architecture, 15 historical homes and Mission Hills estates.

Uptown Footbridges : Ten moderate miles. Includes seven footbridges and takes runners through Hillcrest, every nook and cranny in Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.

The tours have tested to rave reviews and groups of five or more may arrange for a different start time. More information is available here


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Esther Rubio-Sheffrey is a Staff Writer for SDGLN. She can be reached at (877) 727-5446, x711 or at esther@sdgln.com.