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Best Running Tours in Oaxaca: Experience Local Culture with Oax Sport

Here at OaxSport in Oaxaca, Mexico, we organize a number of inspiring running tours hosted by local athletes. These tours are an opportunity to run with local national-level athletes and have an excellent workout tailored to your running level while supporting a worthy cause.

Oax Sport Inc., a 501(c)(3) is a Public Charity Corporation based in Austin, Texas. Our goal is to support athletes from small communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, with a specific focus on indigenous communities.

Participating in this experience will help fundraise for local Oaxacan athletes to take part in national and overseas competitions, making a significant contribution to a great cause. So, come out and show your support for these talented athletes and help them achieve their dreams.

Our guides are friendly and accommodating, please reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to make sure the tour suits your fitness level.

Here are the 8 best running tours in Oaxaca, Mexico:

Monte Albán Archaeological Site Running Tour

Challenge yourself and embark on an epic 11 km run to the Monte Albán archaeological site, situated at an altitude of 1,500-1,900m. This incredible journey will take you through beautiful neighborhood roads and stunning countryside trails, including a 3 km technical uphill/downhill section.

Once you arrive at the site, take a well-deserved 15-minute break to admire the breathtaking Pre-Hispanic ruins and views to the valley towns and city. Snap some photos.

This experience is perfect for experienced mountain runners who want to push themselves to their limits while connecting with local athletes and exploring the beauty of high altitude.

A Long Run to the Árbol del Tule with Local Athletes

Run with us on a paved pedestrian and bicycle road that starts southeast of the city and travels 9 km along with urban neighborhoods and towns to reach Santa María el Tule, a community visited for its great and ancient Sabino tree of more than 2000 years and an amazing trunk diameter.

Passing the town, we continue along dirt trails at the foot of the mountains and return by the same route to the city of Oaxaca, to complete a journey of 18 km.

This route is recommended for those who are interested in distance training on flat terrain.

Evening Track Run Session with a Local Runners Club

Join us for a rewarding track run session and make a difference in the lives of talented athletes. By participating, you’ll have the chance to join a local running club that includes national-level athletes supported by a nonprofit organization.

The session starts with a warm-up, followed by a technique drill, and then some laps around the track of the Polideportivo complex at the east side of Oaxaca City. Finish your session with cooling down and stretching. The strong insolation in the city makes this activity recommended for the early morning or evening schedule.

Our aim is to provide you with a fun evening workout alongside local athletes. You’ll be able to capture some amazing photos while at the track, relish in the beauty of the sunset while running, and connect with other runners in the local community.

See the Beauty of Oaxaca at Night – Downtown Running

Join us for a 10k night run through the historic downtown of Oaxaca at an altitude of 1,500m. We’ll gather in a central location and explore popular tourist zones, including the Barrio de Jalatlaco, Ciudad de las Canteras, El Llano Park, Jardín Conzatti, Santo Domingo, Andador Turístico, Escaleras del Fortín, El Mirador, and Barrio de Xochimilco.

This run offers a great workout while taking in the stunning sights of Oaxaca’s historic areas and old streets.

Don’t forget to bring a lamp!

Please note that this is a night run so the streets will be dark. This experience is ideal for experienced street runners who are physically, visually, and mentally in shape and want to join local athletes for a good workout at a short high altitude.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet pro-am athletes and explore the beauty of Oaxaca at night.

High Altitude Trail Run in Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte Mountains

Come join us for an invigorating trail run through the stunning Sierra Norte of Oaxaca, which boasts one of Mexico’s most beautiful mountain trails. We’ll be running for 14 kilometers at an altitude of 2,800 to 3,300 meters, led by national-level athletes.

I’ll pick you up from ‘Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos’ before we head to ‘Parque Ecoturístico Comunitaria de Santa Catarina Ixtepeji,’ where we’ll begin our mountain run.

The park provides access to secure and protected indigenous community forests, with several routes available, all of which run under tall trees. These safe and peaceful trails are shared by hikers, runners, and cyclists alike.

This experience is geared towards trail runners and includes a mix of dirt, trail, and mountain terrain, featuring technical uphill and downhill sections. It reaches a height of 3,300 meters and can be wet or rainy, with a starting temperature that can be as low as 6 degrees Celsius.

The entire tour lasts around 4 hours, with an hour-long drive at either end and a two-hour trail run in between. This experience is perfect for you if you want to: – Meet local athletes – Get an excellent high-altitude workout – Are an experienced mountain runner.

A Long Road Run in the Countryside of Zaachila-Zimatlan

Are you up for a 21k run from Zaachila to Zimatlan and back? This route is perfect for running at a high intensity without any major disruptions.

The road is flat, the wind is low, and the views of the countryside are stunning. Plus, you’ll be in good company as the road is busy with cyclists and runners, and there’s a police presence for added safety.

Our pace ranges from 3:30 min/km to 6:30 min/km, so it’s suitable for most runners. However, if you need to make any changes to the distance, time, route, or meeting points, just let us know. We’re happy to accommodate your requirements.

Park Run with a National Athlete

Run in a university park with national athletes. The park is located on the University of Benito Juarez grounds, only 2 km from the city center and open to the public.

This experience will provide you with the opportunity to meet high-level athletes supported by an international public charity.

Not only will you have the chance to run with these athletes, but you’ll also be supporting their national competitions through fundraising. The park features a 1 km dirt footpath loop with plenty of shady trees. During the hour-long experience, you can run anywhere between 5k and 15k, and our athletes can adjust to your pace and intensity.

Trail Run in the Countryside of Magdalena Apasco Etla Oaxaca

Come along with us for an unforgettable adventure! We’ll embark on a breathtaking 10 km run through the stunning trails of Magdalena Apasco Etla.

Along the way, we’ll get to marvel at the historical and natural structures, including the iconic monastery featured in the beloved film Nacho Libre, as well as the awe-inspiring ‘Sanctuary Las Peñitas.’

We’ll start promptly at 7:00 am at the Palacio Municipal de Magdalena Apasco, taking us through streets, dirt paths, and trails, ultimately culminating in our triumphant finish at 9:00 am. We’re so excited to share this incredible experience with you!

Which Running Tour will you choose?

Now you have explored our diverse range of tours and possibly discovered the perfect run for your interests and preferences.

Our previous guests have shared their genuine, heartfelt experiences with us, offering valuable insights into what makes each tour special. Here’s a glimpse into the memorable moments and unique connections they’ve forged on their journey with us:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Christina, September 2022

What a wonderful way to see the local area, meet Oaxacan athletes and get some hard training miles in. We couldn’t have asked for more from the experience with Fahad and OaxSports. We loved running with Felipe and Roque who are both charming and superb athletes with a bright future. So pleased we are able to support them on the journeys to National and international races. What a fantastic initiative OaxSports have created. Thank you! ?

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Leah, April 2023

This was my third experience with Oax runs and the best one so far. It was great to get a long run in, and most of the path is entirely protected from cars. It was beautiful to see the Tule town and surrounding countryside, and Luis was a great help in making sure I’d make it all 20km. Thanks to Fahad too for being so communicative and helpful! Can’t wait to come back to Oaxaca and do some more runs with Oax runs.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lottie, April 2023

A really great concept for tourists who would like to run Oaxaca with locals! Fahad and Felipe were both very friendly and accommodating of my pace. Highly recommend.


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Emma Francey, Content Writer, Brisbane, Australia.

So happy to be a contributor to this dedicated organisation that backs local committed, talented athletes.
I am a sports lover and believe it brings everyone together from all walks of life in a genuine way. We have so much to share and enjoy together.

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