Buenos Aires, by Noelia Diaco. Photo is not visible, used only for sharing on social networks.

Running in Buenos Aires

December 2, 2017
One of Buenos Aires' best features is its many beautiful parks ("over 250" according to the city tourism website). Some of them have a fascinating history: Tres de Febrero, for example, was built on the land of defeated strongman Juan Manuel de Rosas. Many of the parks have exercise stations, and when we lived there, we used to ride our bikes every few days to the Lago de Regatas and enjoy the free outdoor gym.

I've been enjoying running this year (137 miles over 42 runs so far in 2017), so I brought my running shoes on this trip. I ran on 3 mornings, totaling 13.2 miles (21 km), at an average pace of 8:06/mile (tracked with Strava). It's late spring there now, and the weather was wonderful (around 80°F / 27°C), perhaps a bit too hot one of the days. (The drinking water fountains along Avenida Sarmiento were very helpful.)

The parks were full every day (especially weekends, but also weekdays) with cyclists, runners, walkers, an outdoor dance/cardio class, and people just hanging out.

- Ben