North America

Boston, MA

Boston is one of the world’s great running cities, featuring a great deal of variety within a small geographic footprint. Some of the most famous city runs in the world are located in Boston, from the Charles River Paths to the greenery and majesty of the Olmsted-Designed Emerald Necklace. There are also some spectacular runs along the waterfront, which has become much more accessible to the public over the years. We’ve also put together some runs in some of Boston’s more historic sections.

Boston is quite compact. Staying downtown in Back Bay or the financial district, or on the other side of the river in Cambridge will provide good access to running on the Charles River paths and some of the historic sections of Boston. The burgeoning Seaport area, which is the convention center is located, has some great running along the water.

Boston’s transportation system, called “The T” is good but a little old and creaky. The downtown area is well served by subway lines, while commuter rail heads out to suburbs north, south, and west.

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  • Iconic Routes
  • Weather & Climate
  • Where To Stay
  • Stores & Group Runs
  • Events

South End Tour

Boston, MA

A tour of Boston's lovely South End, which is easily accessible from Back Bay or downtown hotels. Brownstone lined streets, pleasant, historic squares and parks, and main streets lined with restaurants and boutiques.
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Charlestown Special

Boston, MA

Another classic run that includes Boston's history and the water. Run up to the Bunker Hill Monument, and then enjoy the Harborwalk past the USS Constitution and along the water. Near downtown and river paths.
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Boston’s climate is influenced by the ocean. Summers are warm to hot, and it can be humid. Autumn is gorgeous. Winter can be harsh, with 45 inches average snowfall — but many storms in the winter change from snow to rain due to the ocean effect. You have to be careful in spring, as northeast winds can keep the weather cool and damp.

Where to Stay

If you want to be within a mile of the Charles River paths, the best place to stay is in Back Bay or on the Cambridge side of the path. If you want to be near the waterfront paths, you can stay in the Financial District, near North Station and Charlestown (which also place you near the river paths) or some of the newer hotels in the Seaport area.

  

Running Stores

Here is a guide to independent running stores in the Boston area, within proximity to the iconic routes. The ‘gran daddy’ of Boston running stores is Marathon Sports, which has a location right near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, plus seven other stores in the area.

Group Runs:

If you’d like to connect with some group runs in Boston, here are some good options.

  • Marathon Sports has a free group run Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. that leaves from their Boylston St. store

  • Nike Boston has various group runs throughout the week. Details here.

  • South End Athletic Company has group runs at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and longer ones Saturday at 10:00 am.

  • City Running Tours Boston has a huge number of group runs, with various touristy and fun themes, for a fee. They can also be booked for customized individual and small group runs.

CommunityIf you’d like to connect with some group runs in Boston, here are some good options.

  • Marathon Sports has a free group run Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. that leaves from their Boylston St. store
  • Nike Boston has various group runs throughout the week. Details here.
  • South End Athletic Company has group runs at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and longer ones Saturday at 10:00 am.
  • City Running Tours Boston has a huge number of group runs, with various touristy and fun themes, for a fee. They can also be booked for customized individual and small group runs.

Community

If you’d like to connect with some group runs in Boston, here are some good options.

  • Marathon Sports has a free group run Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. that leaves from their Boylston St. store
  • Nike Boston has various group runs throughout the week. Details here.
  • South End Athletic Company has group runs at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and longer ones Saturday at 10:00 am.
  • City Running Tours Boston has a huge number of group runs, with various touristy and fun themes, for a fee. They can also be booked for customized individual and small group runs.