Hitting the Road (or Trail) on a Guided Hotel Run

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Rock climbing in Miami. Yogalates in Cancun. Khmer boxing in Cambodia. At a time when niche workouts have become a trendy hotel amenity, some properties are embracing something a bit more minimalist: the pound of the pavement under your own two feet.

“Guided runs are just one of the many ways hotels and resorts are offering their wellness-minded guests the opportunity to maintain their daily routines while traveling,” said Anne Dimon, president and chief executive of the Wellness Tourism Association. “A guided running tour is also an ideal way to explore a new destination in a way that is not harmful to the environment. Good for the person; good for the planet.”

Good for the wallet, too: Guided sightseeing runs are free at the seven hotels below.

Thompson Seattle

At this 150-room hotel in downtown Seattle, the general manager, Amanda Parsons, leads twice-weekly runs at 6 a.m. The 45-minute route weaves through Pike Place Market and down to the Olympic Sculpture Park waterfront path.

“The ah-ha moment of the sunrise, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Peninsula is breathtaking. Even though I’ve lived here for 20 years, it still reminds me how beautiful this city is,” said Ms. Parsons, who has been running alongside guests since the Thompson opened in 2016.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

Situated in the Unesco-listed Canal Ring, Andaz Amsterdam offers weekly Wednesday morning runs as part of its “Arrive a Visitor, Depart a Local” program. Guided by several staff members, the 5K runs explore the surrounding neighborhood, including the city’s picturesque “Nine Streets.”

Equinox Hotel, New York City

Ever since Hudson Yards opened in March the Instagram hashtag #thevesselnyc has been used more than 37,000 (and counting) times. Guests at the new Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards can try snapping the perfect shot while scaling the Thomas Heatherwick — designed stairway to nowhere on a 45-minute Vessel Run (April to October).

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Several Four Seasons locations offer guided runs, including in Montreal and Philadelphia. At the Paris hotel, rotating staff members, including the spa director, lead a 5.5-mile sightseeing route that breezes past key landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde.

The Hoxton, Portland

At The Hoxton in Portland, Ore., guests can tap the expertise of the operations director — an ultramarathoner and Portland native — David Vialli.

The hotel offers weekly organized runs, often with Mr. Vialli at the helm, in collaboration with the local fitness collective Wy’east Wolfpack. The four- to six-mile route, which often weaves along the Willamette River, is open to hotel guests, hotel employees and locals.

“Portland’s not that big — the entire city can be almost covered within a 10-mile run. People are blown away at how beautiful the city is and how easy it is to get around,” said Mr. Vialli.

The Point

At The Point, on Upper Saranac Lake in upstate New York, guests can flex their muscles with the assistant general manager and triathlete, Tony Loscavio. Because the intimate hotel has only 11 rooms, runs take place on demand and can range from four to nine miles.

The Westin New York at Times Square

Every Thursday at 6:30 a.m., just as “the city that never sleeps” awakens, Eric Amador, the Westin Times Square’s operational excellence manager, leads a handful of guests on a 3.2-mile jog along the Hudson River Greenway.

“New York is a great city to see on foot for two reasons: density and diversity. Walk or run 10 blocks in any direction and you’re likely to find yourself in a new neighborhood, each with its own unique story,” Mr. Amador said.

The 873-room Times Square hotel is one of 250 Westin properties worldwide, from Nashville to Maui, with run concierges under the brand’s runWESTIN umbrella program. Like Mr. Amador, most have another official role — say, as a manager or front desk agent.

“There’s no better way to kick jet lag and feel situated in a new city than by getting outdoors for an easy two- or three-mile run or walk,” said the Westin global run concierge, Chris Heuisler, who leads runWESTIN globally. “Aside from the physical benefits of running, it provides our guests the opportunity to really immerse themselves in the sights, smells and sounds of their destination.”

Sarah Firshein formerly held staff positions at Travel + Leisure and Vox Media, and has also contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Bloomberg, Eater and other publications. If you need advice about a best-laid travel plan that went awry, send an email to travel@nytimes.comSarah is also our Tripped Up columnist.

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