When it comes to running spots in CU, there are several and they vary a great deal.
Here is an overview of seven top running and jogging places in the Champaign Urbana area:
-Lake of the Woods near Mahomet- good asphalt trail, 6 miles, shaded for most, nice scenery.
-Meadowbrook Park, Urbana- more of a walking spot and it is cement, but nice prairie area. Near the U of I.
–Colbert Park, Savoy– Great hill and gravel paths all around–and drinking water and bathrooms. A bit windswept and near the University of Illinois
-Centennial Track- open almost all the time just west of Centennial High Schoool
– Illinois Marathon Route and Stone Creek Drive Trail- decent street route through the Champaign Urbana area. Part of the route goes along Stone Creek Drive which has a great bike run trail.
-U of I Cross Country Trail- Near the Japanese Garden—nice grass trail with a hill
-Kickapoo State Parkand Middle Fork near Oakwood- Good trails both at the park and at the natural area to the north