April 29 2014
Shalane's gutsy race inspired Associate Editor Caitlyn Pilkington's half.
Boston is a bastion of American history. From iconic neighborhoods to cultural centers and gleaming monuments, the city’s urban landscape is replete with sights. But you don’t have to be a Revolutionary War buff to appreciate Beantown—the city is also an outdoor mecca when the weather’s warm! Colorful, well-tended parks and public spaces, bike lanes and the meandering Charles River are all fodder for active locals and tourists. Runners in particular feel at home.
“Boston brings the best of a larger city and a smaller running community together,” says Pam Linov, the co-president of Liberty Athletic Club, one of the first all-female running clubs in the country (founded in 1948). “The running community is certainly reflective of this—wonderful camaraderie and enthusiasm.” Of course, in the evenings, Boston’s eclectic eateries and character-filled pubs come alive. But don’t stay out too late—a scenic morning run and an afternoon of sightseeing are both a must!