Boston Running Guide

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Boston is home to one of the most iconic marathons in the world and fosters a thriving running community. Boston’s runners are some of the toughest out there, braving harsh, icy winters and hot humid summers. The running community truly lives and breathes its motto: #BostonStrong.

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Top Running Routes in Boston

  1. The Charles

    • Distance 4.6 mi
    • Elevation 99 ft

    For a classic Boston running experience, the Charles River is a must. The tree-lined, paved paths on both the Cambridge and Boston sides see heavy running traffic at all times ...

  2. Middlesex Fells

    • Distance 7.4 mi
    • Elevation 1,064 ft

    Middlesex Fells Reservation, or "the Fells", offers a true trail running experience just minutes north of downtown. We suggest taking the hilly, technical, single-track Skyline...

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  4. Fresh Pond

    • Distance 2.4 mi
    • Elevation 32 ft

    Fresh Pond Reservation offers a natural oasis away from the bustle of the city. The 2.5-mile shaded path hugs the pond and varies between paved and dirt surfaces. This flat lo...

  5. Jamaica Pond

    • Distance 3.3 mi
    • Elevation 128 ft

    A popular place for an outdoor workout, Jamaica Pond is the jewel of Olmsted's Emerald Necklace. Locals enjoy running the shaded paved path around the pond. The 1.5-mile loop ...

  6. Emerald Necklace

    • Distance 11.0 mi
    • Elevation 321 ft

    The Emerald Necklace is a chain of nine parks that offers runners a chance to run completely through green spaces in the middle of the city. Famed landscape architect Frederick...

  7. Chestnut Hill Reservoir & Heartbreak Hill

    • Distance 6.5 mi
    • Elevation 276 ft

    This route gives you two Boston favorites in one: a lap of the flat, 1.5-mile, dirt path around pretty Chestnut Hill Reservoir and a hilly out and back on Commonwealth Avenue al...

  8. The Common

    • Distance 3.0 mi
    • Elevation 77 ft

    For the most historic landmarks in a short run, look no further than the Boston Common. You'll loop around the Common and the Public Garden and then down along the tree-lined C...

  9. Blue Hills Reservation

    • Distance 5.8 mi
    • Elevation 490 ft

    Just ten miles outside of Boston, tranquility can be found at the beautiful Blue Hills Reservation. Get your shoes dirty on the trails that traverse both marshlands and 600-foo...

  10. Battle Road Trail

    • Distance 9.4 mi
    • Elevation 413 ft

    Travel back in time to the Revolutionary War as you run the Battle Road Trail from Lexington to Concord. This packed gravel trail is part of the Minute Man National Historic Pa...

  11. Castle Island

    • Distance 5.2 mi
    • Elevation 60 ft

    Enjoy ocean views and sea breezes as you cruise on this car-free, paved route along the South Boston shoreline. Take a lap around Pleasure Bay and Castle Island, where you'll h...