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. This is our guide to the best places to run in Boston, as well as some suburbs and 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.