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RaceMenu’s Guide To Marathon Weekend – Part 2

Posted by on April 12, 2012

Yesterday, we published the RaceMenu Guide to Marathon Weekend, which is a list of events to check out in the Boston area, and we heard back from many of you about other cool things you thought people should know about. Never fear! Without further ado, we’ve got PART 2 of our guide right here!

ONGOING – All Weekend

Twitter/Instagram Map
John Hancock is offering an interactive Twitter/Instagram map and contest through their Facebook page. All Tweets/Instagrams with #bostonmarathon hashtag are added to the map.
Link: John Hancock’s Facebook Page

THURSDAY – April 12th

Grand Opening Event – Spaulding National Running Center
Learn about the latest research in gait training and running mechanics and tour the clinic and running lab. See live demos of biomechanical evaluations of running and enter a drawing for a free SNRC Running Injury Clinic Assessment! Featuring Dr. Irene Davis – the “Barefoot Running Professor,” Ernst van Dyk – 9 time Boston Marathon Champion, Chris McDougall – Best Selling Author of “Born to Run.” Light hors d’ourves and refreshments will be available.

When: Tours from 4-6PM; speaking program 6-7PM.
Where: Spaulding National Running Center, 1575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Cost: Free! Must RSVP via email –
Link: / Flyer (pdf)

MapMyFITNESS Group Run & Hospitality Event
Join the folks from MapMyFITNESS for a 2.82 mile run starting at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common and ending at Dillon’s for some food & drinks.

When: Group run meets at 5:50PM, 6:30-9:30 at Dillon’s
Where: Boston Common (Parkman Bandstand), Dillon’s, 955 Boylston Street
Cost: Free!
Link: Register Here

SATURDAY – April 14th

Barefoot Running Symposium at the BPL
Head over to the Boston Public Library in Copley Square near the finish line of the marathon for some info on barefoot running. This event showcases well known international speakers who have been studying running biomechanics for years!

When: 1-4PM
Where: Boston Public Library (Rabb Lecture Hall), 700 Boylston Street
Cost: Free!
Link: Symposium Bios


No additional events to offer; instead, some shameless self promotion and this video from our friends at Reach The Beach of the first 21 miles of the marathon course from a training run just a few weeks ago. It’ll be sure to get you amped!

2012 Boston Marathon Practice Run


Where to watch
Join us to motivate runners up Heartbreak Hill; RaceMenu will be setting up shop to ease broken hearts on the way up the most popular hill in running. Look for the orange RaceMenu tent, or just listen to the sound of hundreds of orange vuvuzelas blowing sweet nothings in your ear. Heads-up Wellesley, we want Heartbreak Hill to be the loudest cheering section out there on Monday!
Where: Heartbreak Hill, between mile 20 and 21
When: We’ll set up around 9AM
Cost: Free! In fact we’ll give YOU stuff for coming.

If you can’t join us, check out BAA’s Spectator Guide.


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Missed Part I of the RaceMenu Guide to the Marathon? Head back here.