Pay To “Stay At The Start” Of The Boston Marathon

Donate to a local food pantry and you may have a great place to stay at Boston.

Ask anyone who’s run Boston before: Finding the right accommodations can be a real challenge. According to a blog post on the Oregon Live.com Web site, runners can now pay to stay within jogging distance to the starting line in Hopkinton. Writer Jeff McKay was one such marathoner who took advantage of this program last year.

He writes that “Stay at the Start” was founded by a man named Evan Moltz. At first he and his neighbors offered rooms for Boston runners up to four nights in exchange for donations to the Hopkinton Food Pantry. The program has now grown to 40 participating families.

McKay recalls that his host family last year lived three miles away from the start in “a beautiful house” close to a wildlife refuge.

“It was very peaceful out there and quite relaxing,” he recalls. “I could not believe that I stumbled upon such a deal. I made good friends with my host family and am looking forward to a return trip to them this April.”

For More: Oregon Live.com

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