a woman running surrounding with lake and mountains

Love running? Me neither. But trade in your gray residential run for a mountain backdrop surrounded by stunning lakes and greenery and you might just change your mind.

Exodus Travels, who are based in the UK, have partnered with non-profit organizaition, parkrun UK, to list its favorite running spots, so you can witness nature at its finest while keeping fit. And don't worry if you're not ready to run marathons just yet- these are only 5k. Read on and get your running shoes on.

Mont Blanc Running Trail, France
Enjoy dramatic mountain scenery across the Mont Blanc Circuit - one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. Although the full circuit takes around a fortnight to complete, the one-week Exodus tour takes in the most beautiful sections through flat woodland trails.

Cape Town Waterfront Run, South Africa
If prolific wildlife, incredible scenery, beautiful beaches and awe-inspiring mountains sound appealing to you, make sure you pack your runners on your next trip to Cape Town. Framed by Table Mountain and the ocean, it's one of the most picturesque running routes in South Africa.

Tokyo Imperial Palace, Japan
One of the city's most popular runs, this 5k run is the perfect way to start the day during your stay in Japan. Run around the outer Palace and enjoy incredible views like never before. There are even run stations for you to store your bags and take a shower en route.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka
Located near the towns of Dambulla and Habarane, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is on a plateau 370 meters above sea level. Expect to see Buddhist cities, fragrant spice gardens, ancient fortresses and a multitude of temples along the way. And if you're looking for an extra challenge, climb the stairs to the top.

Panama Canal, Panama
Among the world's most stunning artificial waterways is the Panama Canal. Jog around the 100-year-old canal and enjoy the beauty of Panama's rainforest - simply beautiful.