A group of runners in & around Belleville, IL

Running In Belleville

If you’re new to the area or new to running in the area, here’s a little guide to some of the best places to run in and around Belleville.

Parks, schools, roads, etc

Here is the list of the more common places that we tend to run.

Parks (in Belleville)
Richland Creek Greenway/Metrolink Trail
Approximately 6.4 miles from Southside Park to SWIC
– Also known as MetroBikeLink
MEPRD maintains a trail map
– BRC responsible for cleaning between Southside Park and Hough Park per “adopt a trail”
– BRC 3 & 5 mile loop (see Group Runs)
Laderman Park
– 1 mile asphalt loop
Bellevue Park
– 1 mile loop (with steps!)
BLV West High School
– Crushed limestone path
BLV East High School
– Crushed limestone path
Parks (around Belleville)
LongAcre (Moody) Park
– 1-1/2 mile path
St Ellen Mine
– 1.2 mile path
Shiloh Three Springs
– 1/2 mile path
Forest Park (St Louis)
– Path length depends on which portions of the “heels” and “wheels” path you take
Law Day Run Course
3.1 miles in downtown Belleville

Local Races

Please check out our calendar for a listing of local races. Our calendar is focused on races in Illinois and those which our members are involved.

The most complete race calendar for the entire St Louis area is the St Louis Track Club’s calendar.


  • Posted March 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    We would like to extend a group discount to the Belleville Run Club if they would like to participate in the USO Country Music Run being held at Union Station on April 25th.

    Gary Wendt

  • Zack
    Posted October 3, 2017 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Are the paths at the local schools open for everyone? Or is it people who go to the school only? I am trying to find a nice place to run around here some places look nice but then it will turn into a sketchy looking area but then nice again. It’s weird to me.

  • Rebecca Bugger
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    We are holding an event with cross country champion Craig Virgin in our Fairview Heights Barnes & Noble store and thought you may be interested in sharing the info with your team. Craig Virgin is an American distance runner who is the only American male to be on three Olympic teams in the 10,000 meters (1976, 1980, 1984), and the only American male to win the IAAF World Cross Country Championships…and did it twice. His victories came in Paris, France (1980) and Madrid, Spain (1981).

    Born August 2, 1955 in Belleville, Illinois with a life threatening congenital urological disease and raised on a family farm near Lebanon, Illinois. Through many years of surgeries and doctors, Craig’s childhood was far from normal where he endured tremendous pain fighting the disease. In the 8th grade a doctor performed reconstructive surgery which gave him the ability to start normal physically functioning. He began his running career his freshman year of high school but soon realized that running was not as fun as playing basketball but quickly discovered sitting on the bench was not fun so returned to running. From there Craig realized that he was talented and wanted to be the best.

    In 1997, Virgin survived a near fatal head-on car collision with a wrong way driver, which prematurely ended his competitive masters career.

    The event is Saturday, December 2nd at 1pm. Craig will be answering questions and signing copies of his new book Virgin Territory.

    Facebook Event Link:

  • Posted May 14, 2019 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Hello BRC! We would like to extend an invite again this year to some of the best runners in the area. Can you send out a message to everyone about the upcoming Memorial Day Honoring the Legacy 5K Run in Belleville, IL.

    Memorial Day is our day of remembrance in which we honor those who served in our military and have passed on. On this Memorial Day, Trail Life and American Heritage Girls Troops IL-0078 will be sponsoring its annual “HONORING THE LEGACY” Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk on May 27, 2019 starting at 8:45am (earlier than last year!). This will be a great time to remember and honor those individuals who gave their lives for our freedom.

    The run starts in Laderman Park, runs through the Belleville downtown area on Belleville’s Memorial Day Parade Route and finishes up back at the park. After the award ceremony, walk up the street to watch the parade starting at 10:00am and attend the Memorial Day Ceremony at Walnut Hill Cemetery starting at 11:00am.

    Cost of the race is $25 before Monday, May 14th and $30 thereafter. Cost includes a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age category for males and females. In addition, there are Overall and Master category prizes for the top three male and female finishers.

    The funds raised from the race will be used to support activities for the young men and women to learn skills in citizenship, character, and leadership through civic-minded service and outdoor activities.

    Click the Sign Up link for more information about the run.

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