Whether you’re training for the next Boston Marathon or just enjoy stretching your legs outdoors, Boston provides a beautiful backdrop to log some miles this spring. We spoke with 7 fitness pros about their favorite running routes.
“I always love running around both the BC reservoir and Brookline reservoir. I love running on the soft surface and having fellow runners around me when I train in these locations, any time of day. I feel like the best place to see the change of season in Boston is when running around the reservoir. It’s a meeting place for runners of every kind.”
"Like most Boston runners, I love running along the Charles River. You just can't beat this spot. I start in the North End and run as far as the river will take me; passing by Boston University, Harvard, Allston, and finally turning around to head back toward the city. My two favorite things about this running path are the lack of cars and stop lights that disrupt your tempo and the energy I get from seeing all the other runners. You're never alone when you run the Charles River, so it keeps you motivated. Another favorite running path is Castle Island in South Boston. This route is especially nice in warmer weather since you spend a lot of time near the water. The views are beautiful. Depending on where you start from, ether in the city or in South Boston, this can be a shorter or longer run, which makes it nice for versatility."
“One of my favorite places to run around Boston is Jamaica Pond. It's a great go-to for a long run because the path around is a little over a mile, so I can loop around several times for extra mileage. The dirt path is a nice change from the pavement, and the tranquility of the Pond makes you forgot you're even in the city. From the Pond, it's also easy to get to the Arnold Arboretum and some great hilly routes in Chestnut Hill (perfect for preparing for Heartbreak)!”
“As a resident of Dorchester, I was quickly introduced to the Harborwalk in Dorchester/South Boston and love to run along that path. This is an amazing run that gives me a 12-plus mile run with almost zero intersections and interruptions from any vehicular traffic. The pathway is almost exclusively along the harbor, giving me great scenery, and it is a nice wide path offering a pleasant run, even on the busiest days. My run starts in Savin Hill at Malibu Beach and can stretch all the way to the end of the South Boston Beaches. For every loop around the lagoon (Sugar Bowl), I can add an additional two miles to the run, making for an easy way to extend a great run passing by Fort Independence.”
“I haven't always been a runner. But over the past few years it has become something I've come to enjoy and look forward to. It's therapeutic, and I mentally unwind during longer runs. I'm not sure there is a better way to get to know Boston. Whether it's 70 degrees and sunny, or its the morning after a snow storm, there is so much history and beauty about the city it's hard not to fall in love with if you take a look around. I love my run through South Boston because for part of it, you have to dodge traffic and people on Dot Ave, then everything kind of opens as you hit the beaches and Castle Island. Always so much going on and people to see.”
"My favorite place to run in the city is to start at the Science Museum Bridge. The views of the city are incredible and makes each run such a delight. I then head down to the Harvard Bridge along the Charles River; there's something so peaceful about running along the water. When finished, I cross the bridge to come back on the other side, which in total is about eight miles. If you're not up for a long run, make the trip shorter by crossing over at the Longfellow Bridge instead, cutting the route down by about half."
“So as cliche as it may be, I always ran the Charles. I like the Charles for a few different reasons, I could run a longer or shorter routes depending on how much time I had or how I felt once I got out on my run. There are different loops whether it's from the Longfellow to the Harvard/MIT bridge or even out to the BU bridge and back. There are no lights on one side of the bridge and only a couple on the other, so the run ends up being fairly uninterrupted. There's a nice little spot over by BU to stop in and do some body weight exercises too, so it was perfect for me. If runners are looking looking for a fun route that isn't even a route, there's a fun little game city runners can play on a long run. We'll call it ‘Follow the Man.’ What a runner does here is every time they get to an intersection, instead of waiting at the light, the runner goes in the direction of the walk signal. Great for areas of town like South Boston that has more of a grid like structure to it.”