Top South Bend Running Trails
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If you’re a runner, you’ll find The Bend a great spot for your favorite form of exercise.

There are several trails and running routes to accommodate different distances, many of which run along the St. Joseph River for a scenic distraction.

Mishawaka River Walk Loop

Let’s talk a little bit more about that 5-mile Riverwalk loop in downtown Mishawaka. It follows the St. Joseph River, which slips past Battell, Beutter and Central parks.

MORE INFO: Mishawaka Riverwalk 5K Path 

At the western end of the loop, Kate’s Garden blooms with thousands of perennials and annuals. At the east end, the river makes a statement as it rushes over a dam. In between, bridges cross to shady Kamm Island.

Notre Dame’s Campus

Routes on this iconic campus range from a half-mile lap around the stadium to 3.8 miles skirting the edge of campus, passing a nine-hole golf course.

For classic views, try the 1.3-mile loop from the Main Building past the quad and up Notre Dame Avenue or the 2 miles of trails around St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s lakes, where the Golden Dome and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart’s Gothic Revival-style spire tower above the trees. You can cap your run with a visit to the Grotto.

East Bank Trail

Linking the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend, the 3.5-mile East Bank Trail crosses bridges above the river and East Race Waterway, goes through Howard and Kernan parks then passes the bungalow and Craftsman-style homes of Harter Heights.

Running Events Around The Bend

Dedicated runners in The Bend know to expect certain events every year. Sunburst Races are a particular highlight. Stay tuned for more events to join this list.