Between penning the Declaration of Independence and curriculum at The University of Virginia, Jefferson also wrote, "Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise...health is the first requisite to morality." Over 200 years later, Charlottesville still follows his advice.
Charlottesville has a strong community of fitness and health-minded individuals. In fact, Men's Journal named Charlottesville the "Healthiest Place to Live in America." We'll show you how to make it the "healthiest place you'll visit" as well.
Scope out our health and nutrition stores, yoga studios, gyms, fields, public facilities and other healthy hot-spots in Charlottesville below.
Picturesque and well-maintained running trails weave in and out of the town. Outside Magazine named Charlottesville the "Best Trail Running" place in the country.
Road races are also popular here. Our oldest, the Charlottesville Ten Miler has been around since 1975. Streets are closed for the thousands of people running throughout the City and County.
The Charlottesville Marathon, held each April, was called "One of the Top Destination Marathons in the country," by the New York Times. The Daily Burn recognized the Charlottesville Marathon as one of the 15 Best Spring Marathons in the U.S. Countless other races wind through the beautiful trails and roads of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
Local Running Maps
Sugar Hollow Reservoir Run - up to 4.5 miles in one direction
Dick Woods Road - up to 7.5 miles in one direction
Downtown Loop - 3 miles
Downtown River Run - 8 miles
UVA Grounds Area:
Short Loop UVA Grounds Tour - 3 miles
Round the UVA Grounds Tour - 4 miles
UVA Grounds Tour Loop - 4.75 miles
Long Loop UVA Grounds Tour - 6 miles
UVA/Downtown Tour - 6.5 miles
Long UVA Grounds Loop Tour - 7 miles
Accessible Trails Run: Rivanna Trails Foundation - 20 mile soft surface path