On any given day, in any season, Boston’s streets can flow with as many runners as cars. Whether you’re a tourist, transplant or native Bostonian – if you’re running in this city, you’re not a stranger. The simple uniform of running shorts, shoes, and a hard-workout’s sweat will get you a friendly smile or respectful nod. What’s more, as great as Boston’s running culture is, its running routes are equally outstanding. Here are some highlights:
The Esplanade: If you “love that dirty water,” the three-mile promenade called the Esplanade along the Charles River can make for a relaxing and scenic run. With trails dedicated solely to runners and cyclists, it also offers a great flat stretch where you can work on speed. You’ve got the city on one side, the river on the other, and plenty of landmarks along the way, making the Esplanade a must-run route if you spend any time in Beantown.
Boston Marathon: If you’re a diehard runner, even a mile or two along the famed Boston Marathon course can yield a good workout and a great story. Whether you do a tough training session up Heartbreak Hill, circle the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, sprint across the finish line or tackle the whole route, this run offers everything you could want.
The Boston Harborwalk: Stretching from the Dorchester and South Boston neighborhoods all the way into Boston and the North End (Boston’s version of Little Italy), the Boston Harborwalk offers dedicated paths along the waterfront where you can experience some of the best parts of the city. If the crisp smell of ocean air adds an extra kick to your run, racing through the ins and outs of seaside Boston makes for an ideal course.
The Freedom Trail: If your love of history matches your passion for running, you can’t pass up the famed Freedom Trail, even it you have to navigate around walking tours and foot traffic. Cutting through some of the best-known sites in American history, a Freedom Trail run can be as fulfilling for the mind as the body.
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