Lyon

The thriving city of Lyon, known for its winding streets and three hills, offers a variety of runs. From the heights of the Croix-Rousse to the banks of the Rhône, there are plenty of ways to run in Lyon!

The former capital of the Gauls during the Roman Empire, Lyon became a very commercial city and a leading financial centre during the Renaissance. Its economic prosperity has been confirmed since then, successively by the silk industry, then by the appearance of industries such as textiles, chemicals and, more recently, by the image industry. Despite the numerous petrochemical activities that flourish along the Rhône, in what is known as the chemical corridor, the town has preserved an important architectural heritage dating from the Roman era to the 20th century via the Renaissance. Running or walking, you can discover on foot the districts of Vieux Lyon, the Fourvière hill, the Presqu'île and the slopes of the Croix-Rousse, all of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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This is the perfect run off the beaten track! We'll tell you a little about the troubled history of the Montluc Prison, and of course the Tobacco Factory.

The Garibaldi neighbourhood

This is the perfect run off the beaten track! We'll tell you a little about the troubled history of the Montluc Prison, and of course the Tobacco Factory.

Enjoy a little tour of Croix-Rousse, one of the most famous parts of Lyon. You will be enchanted by this curious hill, which has a few secrets to tell...

Croix-Rousse #1

Enjoy a little tour of Croix-Rousse, one of the most famous parts of Lyon. You will be enchanted by this curious hill, which has a few secrets to tell...

Time for a journey to the "hill that prays". From the iconic Basilica of Fourvière to the Gallo-Roman Theatre, this Smart Run will not disappoint. Time to work on the legs of your dreams, with countless stairs to take you to the top!

To the summit of the Fourvière

Time for a journey to the "hill that prays". From the iconic Basilica of Fourvière to the Gallo-Roman Theatre, this Smart Run will not disappoint. Time to work on the legs of your dreams, with countless stairs to take you to the top!

Let us guide you through the classy district of Brotteaux. Take a look at the former railway station and the historic lycée du Parc school, then cross the chic boulevard des Belges.

Brotteaux

Let us guide you through the classy district of Brotteaux. Take a look at the former railway station and the historic lycée du Parc school, then cross the chic boulevard des Belges.

Ready to run in Gerland? Let us guide you along the banks of the Rhône River. Enjoy your run!

Running in Gerland

Ready to run in Gerland? Let us guide you along the banks of the Rhône River. Enjoy your run!

This 15 kilometre route will lead you to the edge of the town of Genas, far away from the hustle and bustle of the airport. What better way to relax than wandering the area's footpaths?

From Saint-Exupéry to Genas

This 15 kilometre route will lead you to the edge of the town of Genas, far away from the hustle and bustle of the airport. What better way to relax than wandering the area's footpaths?

This urban trail route is made for runners who love running uphill! This Runnin'City Smart Run will guide you over the hills of Fourvière and Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, and take you along the banks of the Saône.

LUT By Night 2017: 26km route

This urban trail route is made for runners who love running uphill! This Runnin'City Smart Run will guide you over the hills of Fourvière and Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, and take you along the banks of the Saône.

Run through the ancient capital of the three Gauls to discover over 2000 years of history! Featuring historic sites and monuments, hotspots of Lyonnais cuisine and popular shopping areas, this Smart Run really does have it all!

Lyon, Historic Capital

Run through the ancient capital of the three Gauls to discover over 2000 years of history! Featuring historic sites and monuments, hotspots of Lyonnais cuisine and popular shopping areas, this Smart Run really does have it all!

Flâner à Villeurbanne

Flâner à Villeurbanne

Flâner à Villeurbanne

Because Lyon is more than just a collection of delicious bouchons and Roman ruins, we wanted to introduce you to one of its most famous specialities: silk. On the hill of the Croix-Rousse, we'll tell you one very special Lyonnais story...

In the footsteps of the Canuts

Because Lyon is more than just a collection of delicious bouchons and Roman ruins, we wanted to introduce you to one of its most famous specialities: silk. On the hill of the Croix-Rousse, we'll tell you one very special Lyonnais story...

Set out into the authentic, pure district of Croix-Rousse, from the famous Fresco of the Canuts to the Maison Brunet. But be warned, we're taking you on a hill climb!

Croix-Rousse #2

Set out into the authentic, pure district of Croix-Rousse, from the famous Fresco of the Canuts to the Maison Brunet. But be warned, we're taking you on a hill climb!

Let Humanity & Inclusion guide you around the city. This international non-governmental relief organisation helps those in need in more than 60 countries. You will learn about their efforts all while staying motivated. See you at the finish line in 3 kilometers!

Run with Humanity & Inclusion

Let Humanity & Inclusion guide you around the city. This international non-governmental relief organisation helps those in need in more than 60 countries. You will learn about their efforts all while staying motivated. See you at the finish line in 3 kilometers!

Having looked up to the magnificent Incity Tower and the Part-Dieu Tower, explore Lyon's business district. The railway station and immense shopping centre are not to be missed!

The towers of the Part-Dieu

Having looked up to the magnificent Incity Tower and the Part-Dieu Tower, explore Lyon's business district. The railway station and immense shopping centre are not to be missed!

This 10-kilometre route will lead you through the area around the airport. You're just inches away from the fresh air of the countryside.

A Tour of the Neighbourhood

This 10-kilometre route will lead you through the area around the airport. You're just inches away from the fresh air of the countryside.

Explore the bustling heart of Lyon from one river to another. Passing through Lyon's Old Town, the peninsula, and the vibrant Guillotière district, this is the perfect route to show two different sides of Lyon, a historic city which is so full of life!

From the Rhône to the Saône

Explore the bustling heart of Lyon from one river to another. Passing through Lyon's Old Town, the peninsula, and the vibrant Guillotière district, this is the perfect route to show two different sides of Lyon, a historic city which is so full of life!

Time for a Smart Run of just over 5 km, to help you relax and get some fresh air! Stroll through the Gerland district and up to the Confluence, as you learn a little more about the city and its sights.

A Stroll in Gerland

Time for a Smart Run of just over 5 km, to help you relax and get some fresh air! Stroll through the Gerland district and up to the Confluence, as you learn a little more about the city and its sights.

What if you took advantage of your training to run for the planet? Let yourself be carried away by the anecdotes and ecological challenges defended by the Run for Planet. Every step counts. On your marks. Get set. Take action!

Run for Planet - 5 km

What if you took advantage of your training to run for the planet? Let yourself be carried away by the anecdotes and ecological challenges defended by the Run for Planet. Every step counts. On your marks. Get set. Take action!

Discover every corner of Lyon's peninsular with this magnificent run along the banks of the Rhône and the Saône.

A tour of the Presqu'île

Discover every corner of Lyon's peninsular with this magnificent run along the banks of the Rhône and the Saône.

Let's go on a run between the hill and the banks of the Rhône River, up the slopes to the plateau of Croix-Rousse.

Croix-Rousse #3

Let's go on a run between the hill and the banks of the Rhône River, up the slopes to the plateau of Croix-Rousse.

Why feel the need to choose between a city and nature, when you could have both? Explore the district of Brotteaux, then make a loop of the Parc de la Tête d'Or, before crossing the Cité Internationale.

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Why feel the need to choose between a city and nature, when you could have both? Explore the district of Brotteaux, then make a loop of the Parc de la Tête d'Or, before crossing the Cité Internationale.

Gerland has certainly made the most of its industrial past. The dynamism, the tranquility, and the proximity to the Rhône make this one of the most beautiful places to be today. So, it's time to discover the area, and to grab a piece of the atmosphere!

Gerland to the Rhône banks

Gerland has certainly made the most of its industrial past. The dynamism, the tranquility, and the proximity to the Rhône make this one of the most beautiful places to be today. So, it's time to discover the area, and to grab a piece of the atmosphere!

A few kilometres to allow you to stretch your legs and get a breath of fresh air. The perfect opportunity to learn a bit more about the train station and airport, and to stroll along some proper dirt tracks.

A Stroll to Unwind

A few kilometres to allow you to stretch your legs and get a breath of fresh air. The perfect opportunity to learn a bit more about the train station and airport, and to stroll along some proper dirt tracks.

An initiatory route that features 500 metres of ascents within only 12 kilometres! This run will guide you in your exploration of the Fourvière Hill, from the top of which you can get a stunning view over the city.

LUT By Night 2017: 12km route

An initiatory route that features 500 metres of ascents within only 12 kilometres! This run will guide you in your exploration of the Fourvière Hill, from the top of which you can get a stunning view over the city.

Perrache Station, Gerland Park, the Confluence Mall... take some time to discover the southern part of Lyon's peninsula. The beauty and tranquility of the banks of Lyon's two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, provide the perfect setting for you to unwind.

Around the Confluence

Perrache Station, Gerland Park, the Confluence Mall... take some time to discover the southern part of Lyon's peninsula. The beauty and tranquility of the banks of Lyon's two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, provide the perfect setting for you to unwind.

What if you took advantage of your training to run for the planet? Let yourself be carried away by the anecdotes and ecological challenges defended by the Run for Planet. Every step counts. On your marks. Get set. Take action!

Run for Planet - 10 km

What if you took advantage of your training to run for the planet? Let yourself be carried away by the anecdotes and ecological challenges defended by the Run for Planet. Every step counts. On your marks. Get set. Take action!