It's time for the Weekend Run + Refuel. Each week we're providing you with a new local running route along with a suggestion on where to grab brunch or lunch after.
We kicked off the series last week with a four mile run around Plaza Midwood followed by brunch at Fern. Today we're traveling to the Dilworth neighborhood for a five mile route that winds through this historic neighborhood and its parks and ends with brunch at Toast.
The run begins at Freedom Park. Park in the lot next to the tennis courts.
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The first mile of this run takes place on the portion of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway that travels through Freedom Park. To enter the greenway, walk to the other side of the tennis courts and find the path (on your left).
It's a nice scenic start to the run and you'll likely pass many people, kids and dogs.
After leaving the greenway you'll wind through some neighborhoods near Freedom Park before turning onto East Boulevard.
Warning: the first half of this run has a LOT of uphill...but that means that the second half is mostly downhill. You'll get the tough stuff out of the way first and then cruise through the rest of the run.
After making a loop around Latta Park, you'll run down Worthington Avenue for a look at all of the charming bungalows that Dilworth is known for. You'll hop back on East for a little bit and then end back at Freedom Park.
Here's the map and the turn-by-turn directions.
1) Park at the tennis courts at Freedom Park, intersection of Maryland Avenue and East Blvd
2) Go around to the other side of the tennis courts to pick up the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and follow it through Freedom Park
3) Turn right on Princeton
4) Turn right on Forest Park
5) Turn Right on Lilac
6) Turn Left on Cumberland
7) Turn Left on East
8) Turn Right on Dilworth Road East
9) Turn Left on Romany
10) Turn Left on Euclid
11) Turn Left on Worthington
12) Turn Left on Charlotte
13) Turn Right on East
14) Arrive back at tennis courts
Now, you're going to be ready for some food after that hilly run. We're suggesting Toast Cafe as your dining destination. They offer brunch and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A warm basket of cornbread will hold you over until your food arrives.
The brunch menu is pretty expansive and includes everything from french toast to omelets to benedicts and more. There is definitely something for everyone at Toast Cafe.
Happy Running! Give us feedback if you try out this run route!