Police Caution Runners On Boston’s Esplanade

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 26, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 26, 2011 at 9:17 AM UTC
The Esplanade is a beautiful space to jog but one has to be careful. Photo:

A string of assaults has prompted them to take action.

The Esplanade is a beautiful space to jog but one has to be careful. Photo:

Boston’s scenic Esplanade along the Charles River can be a fantastic place to run. However, police are cautioning runners wishing to exercise there to be vigilant. At a press conference outside the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade on Saturday, Boston, state, transit, and Boston University police issued a warning to pedestrians.

“We don’t want you to panic, and we don’t want you to live in fear,’’ said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. “We want you to enjoy this beautiful city, but we want you to do it safely and keep an eye out for your friends and fellow citizens.’’

Authorities are looking for a suspect believed to be responsible for a string of assaults on the Esplanade in June 2007, July 2007, and July 2009.

Kara Field, a junior at Bay State College admits she only runs there during the day. “I sometimes see some creepy people around here,’’ she said. “I would never jog around here at night.’’

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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