Running Down Boylston — Boston Marathon Guide
The Boston Marathon is one of the biggest bucket list races for marathon runners. If you have qualified for your age group or signed up to run with a deserving challenge, nothing in the running world compares to turning right on Hereford, left on Boylston.
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Day 1: Head to Fenway
It's Marathon Weekend and you can feel the energy as you pull into town. Friday night under the lights at Fenway is the perfect way to start your weekend. Wear your favorite Red Sox apparel or running t-shirt and go cheer on the Boston Red Sox as Marathon Weekend begins.
Day 2: Boston Duck Tour
It's time to hit the expo and pickup your coveted race bib and Boston Marathon swag. Pickup is at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. Walk outside the convention center and hop on the Boston Duck Tour for an incredible tour of the city all while saving your legs for Monday. You'll learn all about Boston history on this amphibious tank. After your tour, head down to Quincy Market to taste some local fare like "New England Clam Chowda."
Day 3: Hang Out at Newbury Street
Marathon Monday is just one day away. Take the "T" down to Boylston and get a group shot at the finish line and visit the shops in the area. Newbury Street is a great local place to do some shopping and snacking. After lunch, head over to Boston's North End and sample some Italian cookies at Mike's Pastries. Explore all the rich history in this Italian district and then get ready for dinner at Riccardo's as you carb load for the big day.
Day 4: Marathon Day
It's Patriots Day! Better known as Marathon Monday. As you get on your running shoes and bib, make sure your family and friends have their spots staked out to cheer you on. You've trained 6 months for this and remember that today is the day to celebrate all that you worked hard for. Enjoy the race and enjoy the crowds as you turn right on Hereford, left on Boylston.
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