After a long day at work (or interning), there’s nothing like taking a run through DC. But where do District residents tend to hoof it the most?
Nathan Yau at Flowing Data has compiled a map that illustrates just that. Inspired by the prevalence of running apps and wearable trackers that tell, individually, where runners have gone, he decided to aggregate a ton of people’s routes to see where you’re most likely to bump into another jogger. Ultimately, he writes on his site, “If there’s one quick (and expected) takeaway, it’s that people like to run by the water and in parks, probably to get away from cars and the scenery. In the smaller inland cities, there seem to be a few high-traffic roads with less running elsewhere.” That’s definitely true in DC, where the majority of runners tend to hover right around the waterfront.
He’s done a bunch of cities around the U.S. in addition to DC like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. It’s good to know where runners tend to hang the most if you like to avoid other runners while plotting your next move mid-jog, or to see the best spots people are running that you should be getting in on. Either way, speaking of routes, you’re going to want to avoid crossing with these guys on your runs, who have been known to jog DC at night.
Why? Oh, no reason.