Why is Boston so great for runners? Let’s name the reasons.
1. Great spaces.
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a big, beautiful stretch of running and biking trails that run through the city of Boston. Also be sure to check out the Commonwealth Avenue Mall for a short afternoon jog. When you finish, head over a block to Newbury street for some post-workout shopping and dining.
2. Another great place to run is the Emerald Necklace.
The Emerald Crescent is a collection of parks linked by roads which stretches from Boston to Brookline. The necklace consists of a diverse array of parkland “jewels” that fill boston with beauty and greenery. The necklace consists of the Boston Common and Public Garden, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, The Fens, The Riverway, Olmstead Park, Jamaica Pond, Jamaciaway, Arborway, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park.
3. Also be sure to check out the trails and woodlands that dot the suburbs.
There are countless trails that will take you through a variety of different beautiful landscapes. For an interesting outing, check out the Decordova Sculpture Garden in Lincoln. Combine a day at the museum with a workout as you run by the countless sculptures dotting the park. For history lovers, head down Battle Road Trail in Lexington. The trail was used by soldiers heading into the first battle of the American Revolution. The path winds from Lexington to Concord, and is dotted with historic treasures and verdant woodlands.
4. One of the biggest reasons Boston is such a great running city is because of the Boston Marathon.
The Marathon is the oldest of its kind in the World. Put your stamina to the test on this famous route through downtown Boston.
Runners World awarded Boston with the title of third best running city in the country, behind San Francisco and Seattle. The ranking is thanks to the strong presence of running organizations and clubs along with the fact that New Balance shoes call Boston home. The ranking also accounts for the fact that 97 percent of Boston residents are walking distance from a park.
Regardless of the unpredictable Spring weather, Boston truly shines as a runners’ haven, that is, when it isn’t snowing.