Anyone who has spent time in or around Brighton has no doubt seen those hardy souls out running on the roads and trails of our town at all times of the day, and in all types of weather. It seems like no matter how early in the morning, or how hot in the summer, or how cold in the winter, there will be someone, somewhere, getting their miles in.
Brighton is a great place to run. We have a great variety of routes and terrain to train on, and beautiful scenery to take in along the way.
For road running, there are a couple of great options. The Main St/ Prince Edward St/ Harbour St/ Ontario St Loop is a flat 7.5 km route. If you want to get out onto country roads and hills, you can just head north of town to White's Road, Telephone Road, or Little Lake Road- the options for routes on and around those roads are endless.
One of the most popular options for road routes is to head to Presqu'ile Provincial Park. If you start in town and do the whole loop (past the Lighthouse) it's about 23km, but there are lots of options to vary that distance- you can drive into the park and start at one of the beach parking lots, or the campground office parking lot- if you want to run in Presqu'ile, just pick your distance, and you can find a way to make it work.
The Wildlife Area has many km of trails to explore- you can easily run for 10-15 km on trails there. The access points for those trails are either off of Long Reach Road, or from the parking lot on Coltman Road. Goodrich Loomis is about 5 minutes north of the 401, off Hwy 30. There are 12km of trails there, and it's very beautiful. The trails are generally less rough than Proctor Park, but there are a couple of big hills to tackle.
As great as the options for where to run are, one of the other really great things about running in Brighton is the running community that has formed here. While running isn't a team sport- all you need is yourself- it's a lot more fun to do with others, and fortunately, finding running buddies in Brighton is usually pretty easy. The “Brighton Running and Fitness” group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/brightonrunning/) is a great way to connect with other local runners. It's not so much of an organized group, but a place to say “Hey- I'm heading out tomorrow morning- anyone want to join me?” and there's almost always someone who wants to join in. There are usually road runs at least one evening per week starting out from the library, and group trail runs are starting to happen more frequently- usually on a Saturday morning, or sometimes on weekday nights with headlamps.