Research shows that running can help you beat jet lag, combat stress and boost brain power. When you lace up your trainers and join the locals pounding the pavements and parks at dawn, you experience a place in a way that just is not possible from a taxi or boardroom. Luckily, when running in a city you don’t know well, you can use one of plenty of apps that allow you to plot an interesting route. Those who train running regularly, but also occasional joggers, should join Strava, the global online running and cycling community, recently launched Strava Local, an insider’s guide to the best running and cycling routes in 12 cities. Every Strava Local guide includes routes of varying difficulty, as well as our favourite places to grab coffee, buy gear or snap a great photo. The article also features five most interesting urban running routes located in Sydney, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Vancouver and Chicago. Enjoy your reading!