MARAC/NEA Spring 2015: Running in Boston


Many thank to Caitlin Birch (caitlin.birch@dartmouth.edu, @preserCAITion) for this post.

If you’re a runner planning to attend the joint meeting of MARAC and NEA this spring, you’re in luck — you’d be hard-pressed to find a more runner-friendly city than Boston, or a more exciting time to visit than March, when marathon preparations are in full swing. But if you’re lacing up your running shoes for the first time in Boston, you may be wondering where to go, when to run, what to take, and the all-important how to dress. Read on for tips and routes, and get ready to hit the road!
(Photo by Dan4th Nicholas, Flickr Creative Commons https://flic.kr/p/dPPfN)
Pro Tips:
          Avoid the dark. At conference time, you’ll have about 12 hours of daylight — schedule your run between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to take advantage of it.
          Mind the rush hours. If you’re running just before or after the day’s events, brace for busy sidewalks.
          Plan for cold. Boston is still quite wintery in March, so bring layers, and don’t forget gloves and a hat or headband to warm your ears.
          Tote your T pass. If you get lost or overambitious on your run, you’ll be glad for the help of a quick ride.
          Snap some pics. The best way to see Boston is on foot, so take your smartphone along and Instagram those views (with conference hashtag, of course: #maracnea15).
          Run with friends. See the end of this post for a group fun run!*
          Diversify your exercise. Check out http://www.thehubway.com/home for cycling opportunities, and if you’re a member of the YMCA where you live, visit http://www.ymcaboston.org/membership/faqto see how you can use the YMCA of Greater Boston while you’re in town. Want to pair running with history? I can’t recommend the guided Freedom Trail Run highly enough: http://www.freedomtrailrun.com/.
Running Routes:
Map of 5k route
Highlights: Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, Boston Public Library, Boston Marathon Finish Line, Copley Square
Highlights: Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, Esplanade, Charles River, Museum of Science, Harvard Bridge, Boston Public Library, Boston Marathon Finish Line, Copley Square
Highlights: Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, Boston Harbor, Faneuil Hall, Boston City Hall, Museum of Science, Charles River, Harvard Bridge, Fenway Park, Emerald Necklace, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Public Library, Boston Marathon Finish Line, Copley Square
Highlights: Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, Boston Harbor, Castle Island, Faneuil Hall, Boston City Hall, Museum of Science, Charles River, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Bridge, Fenway Park, Emerald Necklace, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Public Library, Boston Marathon Finish Line, Copley Square
*Group Fun Run:
This year, I’m instituting what I hope will become tradition at the NEA Spring Meeting: #NEA5K. The idea is that each year, we’ll map 3.1 miles out in the host city and share the route in advance. Anyone who wants to run will meet Saturday morning to log the miles together in a fun, inclusive environment — all paces welcome! If I’ve piqued your interest, keep an eye on listservs and social media for more details soon, or shoot me a message: email caitlin.birch@dartmouth.edu or tweet @preserCAITion. And don’t let the name fool you — MARAC folks are always welcome at #NEA5K.
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