Freedom Trail Run 5K
Multiple dates, Boston
This unique 5K takes exactly two hours, visiting at several historic sites in the area for photo ops, including the 1770 Boston Massacre site in Boston Common. This run also tours some other prominent spots in the historic city—from the Paul Revere House to the Bunker Hill Monument, the run takes you through more than eight tourist stops and ends at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Runners will spend four to five minutes at each stop to admire and document their adventure. It’s a reminder that the best way to see a city—especially this city—is on foot.
Feb. 23, Hyannis, Mass.
This classic mid-winter marathon has a very scenic and historic course. It passes Craigville Beach, Kalus Beach, historic Hyannis Harbor, Lewis Bay, the John F. Kennedy Memorial and the charming Cape Cod villages of Hyannisport and Centerville. Marathon legend Bill Rodgers will join runners at the race exposition on Saturday, offering autographs and smiles to registered participants. The half marathon and marathon kick off at 10 a.m. on Sunday—but if an early marathon start is more your style, take advantage of the 9:30 a.m. start time that’s also offered to runners. Hit up the pre-race pasta dinner, where runners can carbo-load to their satisfaction for only $17.
Cupid’s Undie Run
Feb. 15, multiple locations
Clothing is not encouraged at this Valentine’s Day undie party. Freeze your buns off with hundreds of other revealing runners, and race to beat frostbite in uncomfortable places during this mile-long jaunt through the streets of several cities—including New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Boston. If the chance to show off those abs in a socially acceptable fashion—not punishable by law—isn’t enough, then revel in the fact that this race benefits The Children’s Tumor Foundation. Strip down for a cause—just remember to put on underwear at the start line. (Full nudity is discouraged, but that’s probably a good thing.) Just remember to bring the layers for after the race.
Boston Buildup XXXVI Winter Series
Jan. 5, 19; Feb. 9; Mar. 2, multiple locations in Connecticut
Even if you’re not building up to the Boston Marathon this year, this is a great series to kick off your 2014 running goals. With each race date hosting a different distance in various Connecticut towns, this event offers something for every runner. Leave the headphones at home and experience a 10K, 15K, 20K or 25K (or all four!) with other competitors—just arrive early and prepare for limited race-exclusive facilities. (Businesses welcome runners with public restrooms.) For those rocking the 10K on Jan. 5, arrive at least an hour early; other races welcome runners at least 30 minutes early. ASICS long-sleeved tech tees will be awarded to the top overall winners in various categories who have not already won in a previous event—giving everyone a fair shot at taking the podium.