Tours are an ideal way to learn more about a new city without resorting to drastic measures such as running for mayor. Get acquainted with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $45 for a 4-mile sight-jogging tour for two (up to a $110 value)
- $55 for a 6-mile sight-jogging tour for two (up to a $130 value)
Both the 4- and 6-mile historic sight-jogging tours begin in front of the Sixth Floor Museum in downtown Dallas before winding past sights that include the Dallas World Aquarium and the Big Red Museum. A guide trots with groups of up to eight through historic and arts districts to see the city at street level, with the 6-mile version adding a lap through the quirky Deep Ellum neighborhood. These tours are not races, but rather leisurely jogs at a comfortable pace designed to invigorate both the mind and the body.
At the end of the tour, each member receives a Dallas Running Tours T-shirt, a bottle of water, and, later digital photos from the tour sent via email. Tours are typically held Saturday and Sunday from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., although other times can be arranged. Kids in strollers can roll along for free.
Dallas Running Tours
Before John Lintner began leading jogging tours past the sculpture garden at the Dallas Museum of Art and the gothic splendor of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, he was bustling with tour groups along the Mississippi River bluffs in Memphis. Aside from being an invigorating workout, running is his favorite way to charge into a new city’s atmosphere and history. So when he moved to Dallas, it was only natural that he’d keep his stride and offer tours of his new home.
As John sees it, his style of “sight-jogging” offers several advantages over bus, walking, or swimming tours. The expeditions get people off "the boring treadmill" and help them keep up their exercise routine on vacation so that later they can "enjoy [a] steak or tex-mex without the guilt." During the tour, John's interesting facts and offbeat anecdotes about the Deep Ellum neighborhood and Dealey Plaza keep the mind energized during 4- or 6-mile runs. The storytelling is crucial: "Without his narration, I couldn't make it past mile three," a Washington Post reporter confessed after attending a pair of John’s Memphis runs.
John describes the pace of his sight-jogs as "laid-back, not push, push, push”; they accommodate most skill and fitness levels. That’s partly because he himself hasn't always been a runner. Though he's now a seven-time marathon finisher, it was only a few years ago that he began running as part of a battle against a substance addiction he picked up in a stressful nursing job. It allowed me to channel my anger into something awesome,” he told Runner's World, who profiled his turnaround. If anything, he says, running has become even more essential to his life today: it’s "a way of life, a philosophy . . . It's very real. I sweat, and I feel it, and I love it."
“This is a wonderful tour and my husband and I had a blast! We also learned a lot on Dallas history, and saw places we wouldn't have noticed otherwise.”
“This was a great tour. John makes it fun. It is a must for everyone who like to run/job/walk and likes to see and learn new things. I have never heard of run tours...”
“This was a great tour. John makes it fun. It is a must for everyone who like to run/job/walk and likes to see and learn new things. I have never heard of run tours before this.”