Most of us know that running is associated with health benefits. Running helps prevent heart disease and diabetes, improves mental health, can contribute to weight loss, helps you sleep better and probably reduces your risks of certain cancers. (Learn more: Run for your health.)

And Stanford is a great place to run! But not all of us know about the best running routes, where they are located, or what they are like.

To find out, we interviewed a group of Stanford employees and students who just happen to be avid campus runners.

Our runners

We talked with the following Stanford faculty, staff and students:

  • CC: Christi Cerna is an administrative assistant with the Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP).
  • NC: Nell Curran is the education coordinator at the Office of Community Engagement.
  • LS: Laura Simons is an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford Medicine.
  • BT: Bernardo Tapia is associate director of marketing and programs at Stanford Recreation & Wellness (Rec).
  • RA: Rachel Anders ’20 is a Stanford student majoring in Human Biology.
  • JD: Juliet Daniel ’19 is a Stanford student majoring in Management Science and Engineering.

Here’s what they have to say about running at Stanford!