Best Running Surface for Runners

When it comes to injury prevention, surface matters!

Avoid rock-hard surfaces like concrete sidewalks and aim instead for grass or dirt trails. The idea, of course, is to run where the ground will absorb more shock, instead of passing it along to your legs.

Runners World have a ranking of surfaces on a scale of 1 (awful) to 10 (best):

  1. Grass 9.5
  2. Wood chips 9
  3. Dirt 8
  4. Cinder track 7.5
  5. Track 7
  6. Treadmill 6.5
  7. Asphalt 6
  8. Sand 4
  9. Snow 2.5
  10. Concrete

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