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Runs, Races and Rides

Lace up your running or walking shoes! There are many local races to participate in throughout the year. Whether you’re new to the sport or a veteran with many miles under your belt, there’s an event for you in Rockford!

Perhaps racing isn’t your thing—not to worry, Rockford’s Park District has miles of paved recreational paths throughout the city’s many beautiful parks. If you’d rather be on the trails, there are also miles to explore in the Rockford area. The Rockford Road Runners and Runner’s Image can help you plan your next adventure.

Rockford is also home to great paddling venues starting with the Rock River Trail, but with many other possibilities in the area. Check out Rocktown Adventures for great information on planning your next paddling trip.

Bicycle Rides

Since the (long-gone) days when it had a board track velodrome to today, Rockford has always been a cycling town. For information about routes, trails, and paths, click on any one of the following links!

Faster local rides and routes (click on "About" for a spreadsheet and MapMyRide links)

Touring rides and routes

Mountain bike rides and trails