In addition to the hard-to-miss Cinta Costera, one of my favorite spots to walk, jog or run is Parque Omar. Further from most hotels and a bit off the tourist path, it is easy to miss. The Park’s 3.5km loop offers some gentle, mini-hills, a nice sampling of Panama’s plethora of tree species as well as some great green space for wind sprints and stretching.
Before becoming Parque Omar, the space was home to Panama’s first golf club. In the 1970’s, under the rule of General Omar Torrijos, the club was made into a public park. As you run/explore, you’ll see numerous sculptures, artistic endeavors, and historic buildings.
After your run, stop by one of the juice stands near the front of the park to try a new fruit (they have the widest range of juices I’ve seen in Panama City – have you ever heard of borojo?!) or go for the all-time, electrolyte-filled classic, the agua de pipa (coconut water).
The park is usually open from 4am to 10pm, but it is worthwhile to double-check the hours before heading out as the schedule occasionally changes for construction etc.
If you’re looking to run a race while in Panama, see: http://www.corredoresdelistmo.com/web/ Running is increasingly popular in Panama City, and it seems that there is a race almost every weekend!