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BEST PLACE TO RUN

Cedar Lake, Minneapolis

The Twin Cities is blessed with a multitude of places to run, and they are often well populated, especially in the warmer months. One off-the-beaten-path treasure is Cedar Lake. Just north of Calhoun and west of Isles, this hidden gem is typically free of the flocks that descend on the city's better-known running paths come summer. The best part of Cedar is the odd stretch of trail on the east side that winds between trees overhead and dirt underfoot—like being in a little forest, right in the middle of the city. Best of all, the lake is quiet. The houses beside it aren't as impressive as the homes at Isles, nor the crowd as buzzing as the people at Calhoun, but that's what makes Cedar Lake so great—it's actually peaceful. And isn't a little peace-seeking why we all run in the first place?

Best Lake (2012) Cedar Lake

BEST BEACH Hidden Beach

BEST BIKE TRAIL Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Park Tavern

BEST COACH Kurt Rambis

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Eric Decker, Gopher wide receiver

BEST GOLF DAY The Jewel Golf Club

BEST LYNX PLAYER Seimone Augustus

BEST PICNIC SPOT Meeker Island historic site

BEST PLACE TO DRINK BEFORE A TWINS GAME Cuzzy's

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE Lake of the Isles

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Shooters

BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE Hidden Greens Golf Course

BEST PUBLIC NINE-HOLE GOLF COURSE Fort Snelling Golf Course

BEST SLEDDING Town and Country Club

BEST SWARM PLAYER Callum Crawford

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Kevin Love

BEST TWINS PLAYER Joe Mauer

BEST URBAN HIKE Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER Brett Favre

BEST WILD PLAYER Mikko Koivu

BEST WINTER RESORT Lutsen

BEST YOGA CorePower Yoga