In an email, I got a question about running in Puebla. You can do just about any sport here, as there are myriad gyms and public parks all over the city, including two new public swimming facilities.

If your thing is doing organized sports like soccer or basketball, you can probably find a local team to join. Here at my job, for example, we have employees’ soccer and volleyball teams.

If you like running or cycling, then you’ll find many options:

Cycling

  • Parque Ecológico (3km paved loop)
  • El Bicentenario (5km dirt loop)
  • El Atoyac (5km paved path)

Running

  • Parque Ecológico (3km gravel loop, soccer fields, and a standard track)
  • El Bicentenario (5km dirt loop)
  • El Atoyac (5km paved path)
  • Parque del Arte (1.6k/1 Mile gravel loop, soccer field, and a standard track)
  • Laguna de San Baltazar (1.5k gravel loop)

Of course, you can always find your own routes within the city or outside of it. Many cyclists take roads that radiate out from Cholula towards the towns at the bottom of Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl. You can also find endless paths for both running and mountain biking at the Izta-Popo National Park and La Malinche. Because Popocatépetl is an active volcano, you can’t go up it, but you can use all the trails on neighboring Iztaccíhuatl. La Malinche is at a slightly lower altitude and also offers many trails.

Lastly, Mexico City probably has more race opportunities than any other city in Mexico, and it’s only an hour and a half from Puebla.

The Mexico City marathon is an enormous race, but there are tons of smaller races there throughout the year.

The Mexico City marathon is an enormous race, but there are tons of smaller races there throughout the year.

Some yearly races in Puebla: the Mistertennis Duathlon, the Mistertennis 13k race in Atlixco, the City of Puebla's Marathon, Half-marathon, 10k and 5k races, and the Mistertennis Father's Day Half-Marathon.

Some yearly races in Puebla: the Mistertennis Duathlon, the Mistertennis 13k race in Atlixco, the City of Puebla’s Marathon, Half-marathon, 10k and 5k races, and the Mistertennis Father’s Day Half-Marathon.

Cycling, running, and dog-walking are all permitted at El Atoyac.

Cycling, running, and dog-walking are all permitted at El Atoyac.

Popocatépetl as seen from the trails on Iztaccíhuatl.

Popocatépetl as seen from the trails on Iztaccíhuatl.

Running on a road on La Malinche.

Running on a road on La Malinche.

Biking in Valsequillo, just outside Puebla.

Biking in Valsequillo, just outside Puebla.

The UPAEP's 5 and 10k race also occurs yearly.

The UPAEP’s 5 and 10k race also occurs yearly.