Consumer Watch: Getting exercise time while on vacation

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 5:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- Vacation time is precious, so sometimes it seems like you need to make a choice between exercising and sightseeing, but there is no need to choose, you can actually do both at the same time.

If you're looking for ways to stay fit on the road, it could be as easy as packing a pair of running shoes. At 7 a.m. every weekday, runners from Kimpton's Hotel Palomar hit the road rain or shine. The employee-led running tour through the streets of San Francisco is free for guests.

“We love the local running culture, and we really want to share that with everyone that comes through here. We actually cater to all paces and all lengths of runs that people want to do. We really love to make sure everybody who comes can participate. So whether you're walking, whether you're a first time runner, whether you've done, you know, ultra marathons, we make sure that everyone feels comfortable,” Tiffany Xaychaleune, Kimpton Hotels employee, said.

Other hotels have similar "running concierge" programs that combine sightseeing with a workout.

“A lot of our guests are business travelers, and they may not get to enjoy the city, and by running, they actually get to continue their exercise regimen while they're out on the road, and they actually get to go out and do that with us, with the locals who know where to go,” Xaychaleune said.

If a self-guided running tour is more your speed, you may find your hotel provides complimentary running route maps. Or, try mapmyrun.com or runningahead.com, which help you find a good route and track your distance.

You can also check out the city's local track club website for route recommendations and running groups. And, for those who don't mind paying a fee, running tours can be booked online. Companies like City Running Tours can book in advance for ten different cities. Fees for personalized running tours begin at $75.

“Our personalized runs are completely customizable to what our client wants. Business travelers are here for a short time. This gives them an opportunity to explore the city a little bit and learn from someone who lives, runs, plays, or works in that town. We're able to give that locals' perspective. We're able to let you know where the best burger in town is, or what museum you should go to or what's going on that you should check out,” Michael Gazaleh, founder of City Running Tours, said.

For frequent flyers who want to log some miles on the ground, a running tour may be the ultimate way to experience a city.

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