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Boise named nation’s No. 20 city for runners

Boise is one of the nation’s 20 best cities for runners, according to Runner’s World magazine.
Boise is one of the nation’s 20 best cities for runners, according to Runner’s World magazine. ccripe@idahostatesman.com

Boise is the nation’s 20th-best city for runners, according to a research project conducted by Runner’s World for its October issue. The issue becomes available Tuesday.

The top cities are San Francisco, Seattle and Boston.

Cities were rated based on running culture (40 percent), parks (20 percent), climate (20 percent), food (10 percent) and safety (10 percent).

Boise ranked 62nd in running, 68th in parks, 22nd in climate, 18th in food and fourth in safety.

“The 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt is a scenic path shaded by trees and flanked by the water,” Runner’s World writes. “But there is more: In the Boise Foothills, there are more than 190 miles of trails in the Ridge to Rivers System. And with at least 26 running clubs in the area, you’re likely to find a new running buddy to help you explore all the terrain the capital city has to offer.”

More about Boise running: places to try trail running locally and the popularity of Around the Mountain.

Take a look at the popular Around the Mountain trail at Bogus Basin, which draws mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers up Bogus Basin Road.

Bird migration at Meridian Library

The Meridian Library will host a family program on bird migration at 6 p.m. Wednesday (1326 Cherry Lane). Boise State’s Intermountain Bird Observatory will participate in the program, highlighting its options for community involvement.

This begins a series of Wild Idaho programs at the Meridian Library. The Boise Astronomical Society will make a presentation Oct. 5.

Want to see a hummingbird up close? Every two weeks during the season (late April to late August), the Intermountain Bird Observatory invites the public to come watch as they net, band and gather data on the hummingbirds that frequent Jennifer Alb