Hello! Just wanted to share with you guys yet another running location in San Diego. If you haven't been reading this blog for the past few months, I've been sharing some of my favorite running locations here. I've also come across quite a few others, so I am just sharing the wealth. San Diego is beautiful and I want everyone who comes to visit to experience what a great running city it is.
Fiesta Island is a peninsula located in Mission Bay that is very popular for charity events, races, camping, runners, cyclists, and triathlons. To get here you take the 5 freeway and exit on Sea World Drive, head southwest, then make a right onto East Mission Bay Drive, then left to Fiesta Island. There is parking throughout the island but also at the entrance. All parking is dirt parking but there is plenty for all.
Running on the island is super easy. The course is flat and you share it with cars, runners, and cyclists. The traffic is one way so you don't have to worry about too many cars sharing the road. You have views of the bay throughout the course which makes the run very beautiful.
If you choose to just run on the street, then the total distance is a little over 4 miles starting and ending from the dirt parking lot entrance. If you choose to run the entire perimeter of the island then the total distance is close to six miles. I am not a fan of running on dirt/sand so I stick to the paved road.
There are no trees for shade so make sure you bring a hat or sunglasses to beat the heat. Also don't forget to wear your sunscreen. You'll find some potter potties throughout the course but there are no drinking fountains. If you are really needing a drink of water then you can run towards Mission Bay where you will find public bathrooms as well. I tend to bring my own water bottle just to keep hydrated.
Oh and Fiesta Island happens to have a huge dog park! It is fenced off on the west side of the island. The space is massive which is wonderful for all you dog lovers out there. I can't wait to bring my two labs here. I am sure they will love it.
Fiesta Island is a great little peninsula that is one of my favorite places to get a quick run. It is not always packed (except for holidays) and you get beautiful views. I like coming here because you kind of forget you are on a little island. The running route is perfect and flat which makes the run really enjoyable.
If you ever come to visit, you should check it out! Even if you don't come for a run, you can have a little picnic and enjoy a nice bonfire watching the sunset or rent a kayak or paddle board. There are plenty of water activities to do while you are here. One of the many reasons I love this city!
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