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A Run and a Pint

Community Runs attract runners, Guinness lovers


Apparently running shoes and Guinness mix well.

As part of its Healthy, Fit & Fun, summer programming, the Esplanade Association hosts Community Runs every Monday at 6:30 p.m. And if you need an incentive to finish your chosen course, the program encourages runners to congregate afterwards at McGreevy’s, a traditional Irish pub across from the Hynes Convention Center. Anyone, from occasional joggers to long-distance runners, is welcome to meet at the Hatch Shell and select one of three routes—a three-, five-, or seven-mile run—along the Charles River.

The three-mile trek takes runners across the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge to Cambridge, east to the Longfellow Bridge, across the Charles River, and back past Beacon Hill and Back Bay. The five-mile run follows the same initial route, but continues east past the Longfellow Bridge to Monsignor O’Brien Highway, where runners loop across the river before heading west along the Esplanade. The seven-mile route’s first leg extends west along the river to the BU Bridge and crosses over into Cambridge before turning east to eventually overlap paths with the five-mile run.

Runners are invited to finish their route at McGreevy’s for appetizers and a pint.

Monday night Community Runs are led by Social Boston Sports and Equinox fitness clubs and are free and open to the public. McGreevy’s is at 911 Boylston St., Boston, across from the Hynes Convention Center.

Leslie Friday, BU Today, Boston University
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2 Comments on A Run and a Pint

  • Mick T. on 08.06.2012 at 10:39 am

    McGreevy’s isn’t in Copley Square, it’s opposite the Hynes Convention Center on Boylston, approx 4 blocks west of Copley.

    As an Irishman I’d hardly call McGreevy’s a “traditional” Irish pub.

    Anyhow, this is good to know about! Once I can job 3 miles I may join the group.

    • Beer belly on 08.06.2012 at 3:52 pm

      I hear you! I was all excited, then saw that the shortest loop was 3mi. Can you just run to McGreevy’s instead?

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