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Old 04-17-17, 04:32 PM   #1
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My annual Marathon Monday in the city.

Every year for the last 15 years I take Patriots Day off, also known as Marathon Monday. Some years I've ridden the marathon course with several different groups from the finish to the start and back again (52 miles) before the marathon starts. Some years I've caught the early Red Sox game (11:05am start) and then caught the race. The last several years I've gone and rolled around the city and dropped in at different areas to watch the race. The weather was great again this year and I also switched it up a little and took the TT bike so I could match with my kit. Just another fun Marathon Monday.
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Every year for the last 15 years I take Patriots Day off, also known as Marathon Monday. Some years I've ridden the marathon course with several different groups from the finish to the start and back again (52 miles) before the marathon starts. Some years I've caught the early Red Sox game (11:05am start) and then caught the race.

The last several years I've gone and rolled around the city and dropped in at different areas to watch the race. The weather was great again this year and I also switched it up a little and took the TT bike so I could match with my kit. Just another fun Marathon Monday.
I live on the Marathon route in Kenmore Square. I work on Marathon Mondays, but on occasional have ridden part of the Route early on the day of the Marathon, from Kenmore to Washington Street at Beacon as an extension of my commute. I have ridden every segment though, including from Hopkinton along the entire route (after riding out to Hopkinton via a different route). I browsed your video, and did note that it included some parts of Boston not on the Marathon route.

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Question for anyone with getting around Boston knowledge...

I will be in the area for the Boston Marathon in three weeks

Any other tips on getting around while I'm there are much appreciated. Thanks!
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Early Monday morning I need to get back to Boston Commons for the shuttle buses to Hopkinton. After the race I'll probably be hanging out while waiting for friends to come in and such.

I'm then leaving early Tuesday morning (most likely just riding back [to North Carolina] with a friend who is driving there).
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Thanks for the reply, and best wishes for the Marathon. We live in Kenmore Square, on the Route, about a mile from the Finish Line. The Marathon is held on Patriot’s Day, a local holiday to celebrate the Battles of Lexington and Concord. I used to have the day off from work, and we would hold a spectator’s party.

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Square is incredibly active on that day.Traditionally, an early baseball game is held at nearby Fenway Park, scheduled to end about the time the first runners come through.I usually visit the Marathon expo on Sunday around noon or so…

Finally, the Marathon Route is basically a straight shot of 26 miles from Hopkinton to Boston, with two sharp turns very near the finished line with the time-honored directions “Right on Hereford, left on Boylston." (as seen from Hynes Auditorium; Boylston is in the foreground, Hereford is perpendicular. The Route is on Commonwealth Ave, "Comm Ave,"coming from the left two blocks in the distance.).
Tens of thousands of runners pass down that narrow corridor from about 2 to 6 PM, and later.
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Today I was having more fun in other parts of the city we stops in to view the race. Was on the route before the race started from time to time. I used to do Hal's ride out of the Boston YMCA on Huntington Street quite a few years back.
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I ran on Monday. It was my first time to Boston. It's an incredible event with so many volunteers, police, runners and spectators. Random citizens would tell me, "Good luck," and "Congratulations."

I had a tough day running wise with leg cramps hitting me as early as mile 5. But I kept going just taking it all in and drinking at every gatorade/water stop. The crowd support was great. I've only done smallish races so this was a huge difference. Pretty cool experience.
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I ran on Monday. It was my first time to Boston. It's an incredible event with so many volunteers, police, runners and spectators. Random citizens would tell me, "Good luck," and "Congratulations."

I had a tough day running wise with leg cramps hitting me as early as mile 5. But I kept going just taking it all in and drinking at every gatorade/water stop. The crowd support was great. I've only done smallish races so this was a huge difference. Pretty cool experience.
Congratulations and I hope you enjoyed your stay. Do you recall passing through Kenmore Square, and where'd you eat in the North End, if I may ask?
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I ran on Monday. It was my first time to Boston. It's an incredible event with so many volunteers, police, runners and spectators. Random citizens would tell me, "Good luck," and "Congratulations."

I had a tough day running wise with leg cramps hitting me as early as mile 5. But I kept going just taking it all in and drinking at every gatorade/water stop. The crowd support was great. I've only done smallish races so this was a huge difference. Pretty cool experience.
Hope you enjoyed your stay, and congrats !
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Hope you enjoyed your stay, and congrats !
Thanks! It was a quick visit, but enjoyed it.

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I had a bit of a rough race and was so focused on moving forward that I didn't really know where I was most of the time. Well, other than knowing how many miles I had remaining that is. I knew Wellesley by the screaming, and Newton by the hills. But otherwise, it was mostly a blur of runners and spectators.

I didn't really stay long enough to feel like I visited Boston per say. I never made it to the North End. I ate at b.good right by the finish line on Sunday for lunch. Monday after the race I went to California Pizza at Copley Place and a bit later I went to Five Horses Tavern on Columbus.
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Nice video. I rode the Midnight Marathon Ride for the 4th time this year. It's the first time it wasn't really cold. It's one of my favorite events. I did a video HERE
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Nice video. I rode the Midnight Marathon Ride for the 4th time this year. It's the first time it wasn't really cold. It's one of my favorite events. I did a video HERE
I did the Hal's ride that ran out of the Boston YMCA for many years. Stopped doing it maybe 5 or 6 years ago. We would ride from the finish to the start and back again before the race started. Now I like touring the city and checking in on the race throughout the day. I've thought about the midnight ride, is it a big turnout ? Do you just ride the start to finish ?
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I did the Hal's ride that ran out of the Boston YMCA for many years. Stopped doing it maybe 5 or 6 years ago. We would ride from the finish to the start and back again before the race started. Now I like touring the city and checking in on the race throughout the day. I've thought about the midnight ride, is it a big turnout ? Do you just ride the start to finish ?
2800 plus did the ride this year. 300 of us put our bikes on trucks near South Station, took the commuter rail to Southboro and rode the four miles to the start in Hopkinton. Some rode both ways, some did the route in reverse and others found their way to Hopkinton for the midnight start.
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