A couple of years ago, Major Hubs and I had the opportunity to spend the July 4th holiday in Boston. If you are a patriot of this great nation, I highly recommend this city, especially for the Fourth of July, as a bucket list destination. It was a fabulous trip, filled with history, art, theater, fireworks, the Pops and baseball, of course!
One of the things the hubs and I always make a point to do whenever we travel is to go for at least one run through the city, town or countryside while we are visiting. We both feel there is no better way to see a town through the eyes of its locals and to get a feel for its energy than while out on a leisurely run. In the process of planning our trip, I stumbled upon this little company that provided a guided running tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail, was intrigued and therefore, signed us up. It turned out to truly be one of the highlights of our vacation!
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the city, history and running, of course. As a matter of fact, it was because of his love of running, that the owner of this little business had the brilliant idea that others might actually enjoy seeing the most important historical sites of Boston while out on a run. He was absolutely right and his business took off …literally at a fast pace! They have scheduled runs every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from March through mid December. I recommend it to all who visit and especially to the locals, because as in most cases ..locals usually have never participated in the “touristy” attractions of their own city, often times missing out on a real treat.
1. It’s an easy way to run a 5k
That’s right, the tour will take you along the Freedom Trail’s route stopping at each of the 16 sites along the way. When you are finished, you will have completed a 5k at an easy to moderate pace depending on the running abilities of the group. We had all levels in our group, a couple of children and even a couple with a jogging stroller. While running from point to point, the group did spread out a bit, with the slower runners bringing up the rear, however; no one was left behind or felt like they were having trouble keeping up. For you faster runners who may be thinking you would be bored …I assure you that you won’t. There are a few steep hills to climb and even a little “challenge” thrown in there by the guide for those competitive runners.
2. You will get a great history lesson
As mentioned above, you will stop at all 16 sites, beginning in Boston Commons and ending at Bunker Hill, which are historically significant to our country. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, sharing many well-known facts as well as more obscure and interesting “tales” handed down throughout the generations.
3. You get to ride the ferry across Boston Harbor
The tour ends at Bunker Hill in Charlestown and you board the ferry for a beautiful relaxing cruise across the Harbor back to downtown Boston. The cost of the ferry is included in the price of the tour. This is a great opportunity to meet other runners from all over the world and share race stories!
4. You get a really cool t-shirt
What organized run does not offer a t-shirt, right? I told you this business was founded by runners …only a runner would understand the importance of commemorating a run with a shirt! Before boarding the ferry back to downtown Boston, everyone goes through a little convenience store for a drink. Any beverage of your choice, from bottled water to Muscle Milk, it’s all included in the tour fee. As you exit the store, you are handed your commemorative shirt. The shirt on the left is the one we received. They have since designed a new one, on the right. If we’re ever back in Boston, I’ll be running this again because I really like the new version!
5. You get to enjoy a confetti party!
If you visit Boston during the Independence Day celebration and you’re lucky, you just may stumble upon this massive confetti party! Seriously though, we did get lucky in that once we disembarked the ferry, we decided to walk back to our hotel rather than taking public transportation. In doing so, we happened to catch the celebration at the Old State House, site of the Boston massacre, where the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on July 18, 1776.
If you enjoy running and history, this is really a fun thing to do while in Boston. If you’re interested in more information, you can visit their website at Freedom Trail Run, Facebook page or Instagram account. If for no other reason, the pictures are worth a few minutes of browsing.
**All photos in slideshow are courtesy of Freedom Trail Run (which is another reason to run this tour …the guides are great photographers and will capture wonderful memories for you!)
Have you ever run the Freedom Trail Run? Have you ever done any guided tour with a running group? If you live in or near Boston, have you ever done this tour?
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