#1: Bonifacio Global City
Arguably the country’s favorite running location, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) lives up to its name by having a globally-competitive urban planning that includes wide sidewalks virtually everywhere (with the exception of construction sites) that is conducive to running. Most races in the Metro either start here or pass through here not only because of excellent roads and picturesque skylines but also the wide variety of routes you can have here. You can pick the relatively even route of Bonifacio High Street (BHS), the long distances of Lawton Avenue and Bayani Road, or you can challenge yourself with McKinley Hill (just outside BGC). And since you’re within the confines of a “global city” you’ll be sure to get the supplies you need just about everywhere and anytime.
- The globally-competitive urban planning ensures ample sidewalks for runners.
- Plenty of distances, routes, and terrain choices that are ideal for beginners and athletes alike.
- Very accessible from practically all parts of the Metro, all the time.
- Supplies are ample just about everywhere and anytime within BGC.
- A lot of parking spaces.
- Most areas have limited shades limiting day runs to early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
- Could be very difficult to enter BGC during rush hours particularly on weekends.
- Runners should be wary of pedestrian traffic and parking vehicles around BHS.
- Some areas outside Bonifacio High Street are unlit at night.
Did your running spot made the cut? These five locations surely aren’t perfect but they sure provide standards for local governments on how to make a runner-friendly urban landscape. I could say that Bonifacio Global City is leading the way with world-class urban planning with Marikina City following in the right direction. I hope that the cities of Metro Manila keep in mind a people-friendly design when planning their cities and hopefully these five locations becomes their template in urban design.
I’m looking forward to expanding this list in the future and I dare urban developers to come up with challengers to these five. If you think your running location has got what it takes to be listed, I’d be more than glad to have your feedback. Until then, run safe!
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