A glance into the mecca of city working: San Francisco, CA.

There are many stories surrounding the Bay Area: a diverse and inclusive culture, creative architecture, the Spanish mission, huge fishing quay, colorful houses on steep hills, cable cars that run through the city, the Chinatown district and of course the tech Boom and stratification of the city. I want to add one of my own to the list: the best urban run in the country other than none.

If these views don't inspire you to get up and move, we don't know what will happen.

The first day I moved here in January 2012, I started running across the bay. I ran through downtown Oakland, around Lake Merritt – a paved 3-mile walk – and through Temescal and Rockridge.

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Since this first hike, I've covered thousands of kilometers on the subway, from regional parks in the hills to midday runs along the Embarcadero to hot laps in Kezar Stadium, a beautiful route that is open to everyone. The possibilities are endless, from a casual 3-mile boat along the waterfront to more than 32 kilometers completely on dirt.

Here is a list of the best runs in the Bay Area.

All photos by Andy Cochrane.

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