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Boston - North Shore

A comprehensive guide to running on Cape Ann and Boston's North Shore

Boston’s North Shore features numerous attractive, coastal towns. Each has its own history, industry, and unique feel. In addition to being popular visitor/tourist destinations, they’re also bedroom communities with train access to Boston. We’ve put together a list of fantastic running routes, highlighting the waterfront, beaches, and historic town centers, working our way north from Revere and including Swampscott, Nahant, Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the Sea, Gloucester, Rockport, and Newburyport.

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Nahant Tour

Boston, MA - North Shore

A fun running tour of the island of Nahant. Quiet roads for running with water views, some pretty homes, parks, and hills. Our full loop is 7 miles, but can be shortened, or lengthened with water views for 3 more miles to Swampscott!
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Beverly Tour

Boston, MA - North Shore

Beverly is another pleasant town on Boston's north shore, just north of Salem. We've put together a 4-mile loop, combining some lovely waterfront running, several parks, and Beverly's historic downtown.
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Manchester-by-the-Sea

Boston, MA - North Shore

This affluent coastal town is known for the white-sanded Singing Beach. The best running is to create your own route along Beach St. and the roads off of it, leading past gorgeous homes and out to scenic vista points. Also nice running in Coolidge Reservation.
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Rockport Waterfront

Boston, MA - North Shore

The town is known for its fishing harbor, granite quarries, boulder-strewn beaches, and the famous "Motif #1". We've mapped a 3.3 mile one-way run near the center, with waterfront homes, great views, beach, and Bearskin Neck.
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Newburyport & Plum Island

Boston, MA - North Shore

Great coastal town with terrific running options: 4.5 miles along the water and marshes out to Plum Island; Clipper City Rail Trail; and Maudslay State Park, with miles of trails featuring 19th century gardens, rolling meadows, & towering pines.
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