Running in Boston

About Running in Boston

Running in Boston is both scenic and challenging. Just ask one of the thousands of marathoners who run 26.2 miles in Boston In April every year. Head over to the Charles River for a beautiful run in the heart of the city. The total length for both the Boston and Cambridge sides is about 17 miles. However, there are many bridge intersections where you can cross over to pick and choose your own distance. It has a walk/bike/run path so keep your eyes out for foot traffic especially on weekends.

The Community Running Association of Boston ( offers group runs in a non-competitive atmosphere and is great for when you just don't want to put the miles in solo.

Summit Avenue in Brookline is a great place to do hill repeats. The Emerald Necklace Parks run along the riverway from Fenway through Jamaica Plain all the way to the Franklin Park Zoo. You will need to run on the sidewalk or streets for brief sections, but most of it is on dirt or paved paths, including a loop around Jamaica Pond. The BAA half-marathon course runs through here.

There are many trails behind Walden Pond, or you can head out to Bradley-Palmer State Park in Hamilton.
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