City Running Tours: Boston Review
We say it all the time: Running is great because it’s a hobby that you can take with you. No matter what’s going on in your life, or where you are, you can always work out a run. There’s no gear to carry other than your shoes and your attitude. But sometimes running in a new place can be intimidating, especially in a large city that you don’t know well. So, over the Thanksgiving holiday, we were excited to check out the Boston branch of City Running Tours.
They offered several running tours of Boston, varying in scenery and distance. We chose the Beacon Hill/Back Bay 5K Run because of the shorter route, our running partners and our availability. The run started and ended at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a very cool site for those interested in the sport and the legacy of that race. Our guide, Brian, had just finished a personal run of a few miles and was warmed up and waiting for us on a fairly mild Thanksgiving Day for Boston. He tailored his pace to our run group’s abilities and did a great job describing the sites as we passed. He obviously cares a lot about his city and is quick to share a fun anecdote or answer questions without breaking stride.
If you’re interested in the history part of the tour, make sure to stay near the front with your guide. There are no microphones, so you’ll need to be in listening distance to get the best tidbits. There were several stops/walks during the trip which made it easier for everyone to soak in some knowledge before pounding more pavement. On our day we had several beer related stops, including the original location of Cheers and Sam Adams’ grave. If that’s not enough for you, they have dedicated beer runs focusing on local craft beer. Next time, we’re definitely checking out one of those.
Running through Boston Common makes you very jealous of those that get to live and exercise in that great city. Special stops at the Massachusetts State House and Acorn Street made for great photo ops of our group. If you don’t have several other runners to take with you, don’t worry. City Running Tours will fill the tour with other singles and groups. Or, you can arrange a private tour if you want a more specialized encounter.
I honestly can’t say enough good things about our guide and the tour. We had a great time and are looking forward to doing this again, both in Boston and in other cities with similar running tour options.