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Boston’s Run to Remember—Memorial in Motion
Tour Boston’s landmarks with your half marathon or five mile road race, and be part of a celebratory tribute in memory of fallen law enforcement officers—the fifth annual Run to Remember.

Boston’s Run to Remember—Memorial in Motion

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 16 March, 2009

Boston’s Run to Remember is becoming one of the northeast’s premier destination half marathons, and throw in a five miler so everyone can participate, and Boston’s Run to Remember will invite you, move you, motivate you, and make for a truly exciting Memorial Day Weekend. Set your sights on Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24th for a two-day celebration involving these two excellent races in Beantown, plus a terrific Expo and Kids’ Fun Run. Everything will be centered in South Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center, and they have planned really well for you. All the details are covered, so all you need to do is take public transportation to these facilities on the harbor and run a really memorable race!

Memorial Day weekend is the ideal time for a run through Boston— run from South Boston and through the Hub, past Government Center, across the Longfellow Bridge, along the Charles River with blossoms, sails, Boston’s unique skyline, a turnaround near Harvard University, and a tour around the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. The warm and hopefully sunny weather will enhance the beauty of these courses, allow for PR times (nearly all flat), and hit a lot of the Boston tour highlights while celebrating and remembering the sacrifice of our heroes in blue.

May is National Law Enforcement Month when all fallen law enforcement officers across the country are remembered for their sacrifice. The Memorial Day time frame is a huge advantage in race day weather and a blooming spring in Boston in addition to the Memorial Day weekend—truly a time to remember those who have served—and in some cases gave their lives for the public good.

Boston and Running are Synonymous
Welcome to the international Capital of Running, the Hub of running if you will. Boston is a gem of a city in many ways, including history, arts, education, culture, and especially sports and running traditions. The Run to Remember provides a unique tour of Boston, whether you run the half marathon or the five mile. The five mile does not include the beautiful eight-mile section along Memorial Drive and the Charles River that is available with the half marathon, but otherwise the short course tours a good portion of the storied city. Could this be your destination race for the spring? It will be a long three-day weekend and Beantown town beckons. Stand in front of Paul Revere’s home, or stand on the finish line of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon only five weeks after that most famous of road races finishes. There is always plenty to see and do in Boston and the region.

Boston is unique among American cities. Boston is an old city with lots of history, from Colonial days through the American Revolution; and it has a very rich history—sports included—ever since 1775. But Boston is not a staid and stale old museum of a town. It is a happening place with wonderful restaurants, museums, pubs and more, and is made even more vibrant with hundreds of thousands of college students. Spring brings a renewal, and the green spaces, especially the parkland along the Charles, the Public Garden, the Boston Common, and the new park space that is Rose Kennedy Greenway over the Big Dig make for a dynamic tour.

Half marathons are becoming increasingly popular; running your half marathon on this beautiful and inspiring course, at this time of year, with the endless possibilities for additional enjoyment in the region, make the decision to run Boston’s Run to Remember an easy choice.
As noted, the courses for Boston’s Run to Remember are beautiful and most find them fast. If you haven’t participated in the Run to Remember, get on board and join in the fun. You are in for a treat, and a running experience to remember and cherish. If you have run it, make sure you participate in the fifth annual. This race runs through the best parts of Boston and is like a living, running memorial and a perfect tour—the best of Boston.

It starts and ends at the Seaport World Trade Center. It runs through the city, including Boston Common, and along Memorial Drive on the north side of the Charles River. Both the half marathon and the five mile are true tours of Boston.

Two Day Affair—Don’t Miss It
The Race is a two-day event that starts on Saturday morning and runs through Sunday afternoon. Kids’ fun runs are Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Then the primary races start at 8:00 (Half Marathon) and 8:15 (Five-Mile) Sunday morning. All activities are centered at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston. The Seaport World Trade Center Boston is right on the harbor, and is an excellent starting point to explore the city. Everything is right there and within walking distance of downtown. There will be celebrity guest speakers, demonstrations, an engaging Sports and Fitness Expo, children’s activities, and live music. There will be fun for the entire family in and around the SWTCB—even a walk out on the pier to view the comings and goings in the harbor is a real treat. And you never know what kind of vessel might be docked and tied up right there.

You can hang out and enjoy the music and activities at the Expo or walk to the main part of town. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is only about a half mile from the Trade Center – with the New England Aquarium, harbor tours, the Old North Church and everything that makes Boston unique very close by, whether walking or riding public transportation.

You can jump on the T – the MBTA – and get to anywhere in Boston quickly and easily. Maybe take a ride out the Green Line to Prudential to see that other famous finish line, or cruise up to North Station for some pre-race pasta in the North End. Leave the car at home or park and ride Commuter Rail or the T into town because Boston is a city best experienced on foot. The Silver line will run between South Station and the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, and from South Station you can get anywhere in town via the Red Line or connecting lines.

There are many good hotels in the area and the race has some discounted rates for your weekend. Come and stay in Beantown, and enjoy all it has to offer. Have a great time, run a great time, and return home with great stories to tell, photos to show, and lots of wonderful memories. You can talk with runners from all over the USA, plus Mexico and Canada and beyond. Share stories, experiences, and maybe a drink or two.

The Memorial
The event is a running, breathing, dynamic memorial for officers who have fallen in the line of duty in Massachusetts. As you can imagine this garners plenty of support on the course from the City and the Law Enforcement agencies from the region. You can sense the pride and commitment as you make your way along the traffic-free course.

Net proceeds benefit Kids at Risk programs in the City of Boston. This is a preventative program that targets kids who are at risk before they get in trouble. It is very important to the police department, and a tremendously effective prevention program. It is a nurturing program providing a safe environment for kids; it helps kids make healthy choices. The program funds camps and other youth programs that focus on the positive alternatives to gang activity and threats. Memorial Day weekend is the official kick off to summer when funding for Kids at Risk Programs is most needed.

Finish Strong
Boston’s Run to Remember is held to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. You will enjoy being part of it. Join thousands of other runners in Boston, May 23rd-24th for a unique celebration and unique memorial. It’s a two-day celebration in honor of heroes, and a terrific celebration of the sport in the city famous for racing. It’s a great way to see Boston and a great time of year to visit and see this wonderful Olde Towne—Beantown is Sports Town USA. What better place to spend your Memorial Day weekend? Come and join the fun. Make this the year you run and remember!



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