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Boston’s Run to remember – the only race to tour the city – has arrived!
In its 4th year Boston’s run to remember has found a home and hit its stride becoming a major event that includes a ½ marathon, a 5 miler and much, much more on May 24-25, 2008 at Seaport World Trade Center Boston.

Boston’s Run to remember – the only race to tour the city – has arrived!

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By Christopher Russell
Posted Monday, 10 March, 2008

In 4 short years Boston’s Run to Remember has grown to become the 4th largest race in the area. It is a mature, well managed event that leverages all the best that Boston has to offer. It is still the only major event to run through the center of this great city on the Charles.

Boston has always fancied itself the hub of the sporting world with its pile of championship professional teams, gaggle of college superstars, the oldest marathon and a hotspot of running to boot. Now the Run to Remember piles on with a gravity of its own as THE major running event in May.

The Run to Remember has found the right mix. It resonates with runners. The Run to Remember is now part of a new tradition. Part of the Boston sports pantheon. It's a 5-mile road race. It's a half marathon through the city of Boston. It's a tribute. It's a celebration. It's a run to remember fallen heroes.

A spring time celebration of running This is the second year the race has been held in May – and the people LOVE the new date. It was a bit of a bold move to change from late March to May a couple years back.

The original March date made the Run to Remember one of the regional must-do warm-up races for the Boston Marathon. There was a chance of losing that traditional New England crowd of dedicated spring marathoners. And indeed some of them were wondering where their favorite tune-up had gone in the spring of 07.

The new date held on to the party loyalists who loved a race in town and was ravenously embraced by a whole new crowd of runners. Believe it or not there are people out there who don’t like the weather in Boston in March! But you can’t beat the weather in Boston in May! May is the perfect time to be in Boston. The flowers are up, the birds are singing and there is love in the air!

Citizens of Runner Nation (The Runnerati) flocked to the new date and made it an unbelievable success. It was as if they were saying “Someone finally figured it out, a nice flat 1/2 marathon right through the streets of Boston in perfect weather. That’s what we were waiting for!” Whether by strategy or happenstance the Run to Remember in May is extremely popular. (For those of you who like slush there are still plenty of races to run in March!)

Hitting a home run. Boston’s Run to Remember has become so popular because it hits the mark in so many ways. The course runs through the city and is beautiful. The event has grown to have a gravity of its own so that people feel they have been part of something big; something to remember.

It is a destination race drawing runnerati from all over the country and world. People come for the weekend-long celebration. They come to run the race, see the city and visit other local environs.

It is a well managed event. From the beginning it was designed to scale up and accommodate the great outpouring it has seen with no hassles. The Seaport World Trade Center provides a capacious center of gravity within walking distance from the city hub.

The course is a one of a kind. You will be treated to the cobbled streets of the city and a tour of the scenic Boston Harbor waterfront where 600+ years of adventurers have anchored. You will run out the bike path along the Charles towards Cambridge, home to the famous Harvard and MIT. On this path you will be following in the heady footsteps trod by many a famous statesman, citizen and academic over the years.

Boston is a unique American city. Boston is a pedestrian city. It is a big city, but not outlandishly so. It is an old city, but thoroughly modern – not a museum piece – a thriving, bustling place of people. It is a seaport with the wet tang of salt spray from the cold Atlantic in the air. It is a beautiful place in May.

Boston is old enough to have been lain out before city planning and never redesigned by catastrophe. It retains its non-linear meandering feel. Everything was put out in the expectation of pedestrians and horses not at the maniacal behest of car driven commuters. This makes Boston a walking and running city small enough to circumnavigate in a short footrace – and to be blanketed by a 13.1 mile trot.

When you think ‘city’ you may not conjure pictures of arboreal fantasies but Boston is very green. Boston is strung with growing and blooming parks and lanes of mature trees. This year, with the finale of the Big Dig project, there is a new park for Runners of the Run to Remember to experience. The Rose Kennedy Greenway has sprung up where the 8 lanes of Rte 93 used to roar through the city on a spider work of rusty green steel girders.

To summarize…It is a unique and beautiful course. In May it is outstanding. This is definitely the best way to see this beautiful city.

The maturity of the event has people coming back in droves. They have been very good at soliciting and acting on feedback. The runners love it. Each year they tweak some things - based on feedback- and now it is getting close to perfect!

13.1 is the right distance. The ½ marathon distance is becoming very popular. It is long enough to be a real challenge but not so long as to require outlandish amounts of perseverance and pain. The five mile course is good too, but the ½ marathon is the one you want to get the full city tour. ½ marathons are becoming very popular. It’s a logical step up for new runners who are jaded with the old 5K and looking for the next step.

Destination Race. What better place to spend a weekend in May than sampling all the atmosphere that Boston and the New England neighborhood have to offer? People come from all over the country and world to participate in Boston’s Run to Remember. They make a weekend excursion out of it and run the races to cap it off.

If you get sick of the Hub, you can swing down to Cape Cod or make a side drive up to Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine. This is New England; you can run the whole thing in a day so driving it isn’t even a challenge.

Team in training. Boston’s Run to Remember has become a focal point of participation for the team in training organizations. They use the ½ marathon to raise money for a great cause and have some fun too. The event also draws a crowd of volunteers who lend a shoulder to the wheel of race weekend.

Weekend Schedule.The celebration that is the Run to Remember runs all weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center. There is entertainment. There is a big expo. There are things for the kids to do. The races both start and finish right in front of the Trade Center.

In memory of the fallen and for a good cause. As in all its previous years, the Run to Remember is held to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. This honoring of those who serve gives the race a gravitas and respect. It also gleans great support and encouragement from the local authorities.

Net proceeds from Boston’s Run To Remember go to Kids At Risk Programs throughout the City of Boston. Kids At Risk Programs provide safe and nurturing environments encouraging inner city youths to make healthy choices and an alternative to gangs and acts leading to incarceration. Since its inception in 1994, over $600,000 has been raised funding two primary programs for inner city youths:

  • Annual memberships at Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and other after school programs.
  • Summer programs and camps for over 600 youths annually.

Join us in Boston, May 24-25th, for Boston’s Run to Remember. It’s a 2-day celebration of running and heroes. It’s a great way to see the city and a great time of year to do so. Come and join the fun. Make this the year you run to remember!



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