We Start Running the Boston Marathon in 2017-04-17 11:15:00 GMT-04:00!


Last Updated 3/01/17
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SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd, 8:30-9:45am, John Harvard Statue (Harvard Yard) — VISITAS PRE-FROSH (CLASS OF 2021) CAMPUS JOGGING TOUR
Show off your school and help prospective students decide if Harvard is a good fit for them by welcoming those potential Class of 2021(!) students and their parents who are intrepid enough to lace up their sneakers and explore the larger Harvard campus on this quiet Sunday morning! We'll go on a leisurely campus jogging tour, passing by all the Harvard Houses (including the Quad), the athletic facilities across the river, and the graduate schools of law, business, and education. We'll do about 5 miles at a conversational pace of about 10-11 minutes/mile. All are welcome to join us, regardless of whether you've ever been involved with HCMC. This is also a great opportunity for marathoners to stretch their legs on the day before the Boston Marathon.

The Somerville Road Runners group maintains a great calendar showing area races and runs.


"HARVARD ON THE MOVE" JOGS/RUNS (Wed. 5:15pm & Sun. 10am)
These jogs/runs are open to all members of the Harvard and Cambridge communities. You can pick whatever pace and distance you want. It's a great way to meet and run with other people! All runs start/end on the MAC steps. Bring your friends! For more info, click here.

Inviting others via the listserv to do a track workout with you is a great way to meet other runners, even if you run at different paces for your workouts. Harvard's outdoor track and Gordon Indoor Track are generally open to the public for use whenever Harvard's varsity teams aren't using them. If you have no idea how to do a track workout, it's simple! Just pick a workout from the Furman University track workouts page. Each lap around the outdoor track is 400m, and each lap around Gordon Indoor Track is about 200m (1/8 mile). Please understand that the Harvard Athletic Department may, at times, schedule special events that preclude your using the track.

This fun, organized, non-Harvard run starts at 10am every Saturday, rain or shine. It's FREE, FLAT, NEARBY, and requires NO pre-registration — just show up and run at your own pace, for either 2.5 miles (one loop around the reservoir) or 5 miles (two loops)! The start/finish line is in back of the giant water treatment plant (brick building/slate roof) on Fresh Pond Parkway, adjacent to the reservoir, at the far end of the parking lot. That's a mere 1.8 miles from Harvard Yard, 1.6 miles from Weld Boathouse, and embarrassingly close to the Quad. Lots of people bike there and back, or you can take the #72, 74, 75, or 78 bus. To see a map that'll take you from Harvard Yard past the Quad to the starting line via Concord Avenue, click here. To get to the starting line from Weld Boathouse — the shortest route from the river houses — click here. And remember, the top 5 female and male finishers each week get their names published in the Boston Sunday Globe!

For longer runs, there are several really nice distance routes that are easily accessible from Harvard. These runs, which do not require public transportation, will take you out to very cool places such as (a) the Middlesex Fells Reservation, a.k.a. "The Fells" (which is all marked dirt trails/woods, including a hill with a great view of Boston); (b) the Boston Harborwalk (waterfront boardwalks/sidewalks); and (c) the Minuteman Trail (an old rail bed, newly paved with asphalt). If you want to do one of these runs but don't know the route, just ask on the listserv. Someone who's done it before might be really happy to accompany you (or get lost with you)!