Photo courtesy of Lucie McCarthy

Photo courtesy of Lucie McCarthy


       If one is trying to keep the “freshman 15” away, there are many trails in USD’s surrounding community for students to walk, run or hike away those annoying new pounds. 

       The best trails are well-known by the cross country team who run sixty to ninety miles per week. There is no trail in San Diego on which the cross country team has yet to step foot.

       The easiest trail for students to access is Tecolote Canyon. With an entrance across from Fowler park - the baseball field behind the Jenny Craig Pavilion - there is hardly any extra miles added onto an already medium range run. 

       Reasons cross country runners enjoy the trails throughout the canyon are because of their terrain variety. 

      They’re good to visit if a student is looking for an intense workout with hills, a simple jog to clear the mind or a two-mile run that can be finished with a nice swim at Mission Beach.

       Running through this canyon serves as a nice break from city life and stressful schoolwork for many Toreros.

       Renowned professional athletes enjoy these trails in addition to Toreros.

       One such athlete is Meb Keflezighi. He finished in fourth place in the marathon at the London Olympics. He has been seen running in the trails along Mission Bay.

       The Toreros favorites are the Fiesta Island trail which is a loop of four miles, and the Bay trail, which is a loop of eight miles. 

       “The Bay is the trail I run most often and it is my favorite,” senior and men’s team captain Jacob Bruce said. “It is one of the best places to run in California. It always has great weather and there is always so much activity there.”

       Known for the best sunsets within the San Diego area, Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach is another trail that Toreros enjoy running. The trail leads to a view of the waves crashing against the cliffs and ends at the old Pigeon Point Lighthouse located at the end of Point Loma. 

      “Sunset Cliff is my favorite trail because it is scenic and and peaceful,” junior Jessica McCarthy said. “I like watching the waves and the surfers while I am running.” 

       Another well-liked trail the Toreros practice on is Morley Field, adjacent to Balboa Park, which is home of Foot Locker’s National Cross Country Championships. Not only does Morley Field offer great trails to run on, but it also provides locations to golf, play tennis, bowl and go to the gym.

Depending on the type of workout and the preferred scenery, there are trails for everyone in the surrounding community.