Feature run from Molly Stout of Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Each year that I have had the incredible opportunity to participate in the Boston Marathon, I always head out to the Charles River Esplanade for my pre-race shake-out runs. I love this trail because it is a special little spot where one can find some peace and solitude during a weekend full of excitement and buzz, just a few blocks away from the Boston Marathon finish line. There is something just so relaxing about running on this trail during a beautiful spring day, where the Magnolia trees are in full bloom, and sailboats are gliding across the water that runs parallel.
Another special thing about the trail is if you run far enough, you can catch a glimpse of the iconic Citgo sign. During the Boston Marathon, when you pass the Citgo sign, it signifies you have 1 mile to go before you make it to the finish! I like seeing it on my shakeout run to help me get my mind focused and prepared for the journey from
Hopkinton to Boston.
If you are lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of an elite or two out on their own shakeout runs during marathon weekend, which is always a special treat! Meb, Desi & Kipchoge to name a few!”
GO! The Run Details
Run location: Boston, Massachusetts
Run distance: More than 10
Address: Charles River Esplanade, Storrow Drive, Boston, Massachusetts
Arrival instructions: Depending on where you are traveling from will determine how you access the trail. If you are staying in the Beacon Hill or Back Bay neighborhoods, it is a short walk or run to access the trail. If you are driving, there are multiple public parking garages located nearby, or you can use the public transportation system by taking the MBTA Red Line to the Charles/MGH stop.
Type of terrain: Paved trail