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Having personally logged more than 100,000 miles, Wayne Levy has a genuine love for running and for how the Boston Marathon helps the city to stay strong. Wayne looks forward to the race every year because of its unique ability to bring the entire community together. Following the events of 2013, Wayne has struggled to accept a tragedy that happened on such a joyous and positive occasion, but has not let it stop him in his quest to bring more attention to the sport.



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RunBoston & Team Triumph

Abby and I ran a fun Hyannis Half Marathon this past weekend. Along the way, we made some nice friends. We bumped into Tiffany, Eric, and Tim of My Team Triumph. Please support all their efforts (they are pretty cool people)!


Thank You--From All of Us at RB

We've been so lucky to hear from various runners in the last week--many of you have emailed us to let us know that our beautiful city is in your thoughts and hearts, or to check in that all of our guides are unharmed (they are).

Here's an example, from Elise:
Just thought you'd like to know there was group of about 100 people running for Boston tonight. Most ran 3 miles for the 3 lives lost. Some ran 4.09 for the time the first bomb went off. This is me after 5 miles.  Hope you are all doing as well as you can.  Just know our hearts, thoughts & prayers are with you.
And a few other excerpts:
  • To show support for Boston, I am sporting my "run Boston" shirt at work today in Austin, TX & I wore it to our vigil run/ walk last night. Whatever your journey is this week, know the Austin running community is with you.   
  • Running is the best medicine! I hope everyone there can get back to running the streets and feeling safe about it. They picked the wrong group to mess with, runners will always press on. 
  • All the Australian running community is thinking of you.
  •  I am so thankful that everyone is safe and accounted for.  God was looking out for your runners yesterday. Please let everyone know that EVERYONE is praying for them, and I really feel like now, we are ALL Bostonian.
It has been our true pleasure to meet so many wonderful runners from around the world, and we can't begin to say how much your caring and support has meant to us this past week.

So to all you runners out there--THANK YOU. Thank you for caring about us, and even more, for caring about Boston.



Looking for a way to help?

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

"We are one Boston. We are one community. As always, we will come together to help those most in need. And in the end, we will all be better for it,” Mayor Menino said.

To contribute to The One Fund Boston, click on onefundboston.org.

Boston Marathon Update

OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OF THOSE INJURED BY THE EVENTS AT THE BOSTON MARATHON.

NEARLY ALL OF OUR STAFF HAS REPORTED IN THAT THEY ARE SAFE AND UNHARMED.

NOTES FROM MEMA:

  • Please avoid area of Copley Square to allow first responders to work.

  • If you are trying to reach friends or family and can't get through via phone, try texing instead (less bandwidth)

  • RedCross Safe and Well is active. Individuals can register themselvs as safe or search for loved ones at redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1800REDCROSS

  • Boston mayor's hotline (can help locate friends/family): 617-635-4500

  • Crime tips hotline: 800-494-TIPS

Wayne Seeks 100,000 Miles...

Wayne, RunBoston's new owner, is going to hit a major mile marker during this year's Boston Marathon. Check it out here from NECN...



Lululemon also wrote a nice blog article about it HERE.

Wayne Gets First Ink as RunBoston Skipper

Ms. Springer wrote up a great article about run tours in Boston in today's Globe weekend edition. Check out our ink below…

"Weaving past Boylston Street shoppers, my tour guide Wayne Levy dispenses historical trivia. “Did you know that the Boston Public Library opened in the mid-1800s as the first free, public city library in the US?” he says. “Did you know that Trinity Church is considered one of the 10 most significant buildings in the US by the American Institute of Architects?” No, I didn’t. We turn left toward the Public Garden and Levy mentions how Back Bay’s cross streets from Arlington to Hereford feature the names of British earldoms. I didn’t know that either..." READ ARTICLE

Changing of the Guard

It is with a happy heart and fond memories that Abby and I announce a major change in RunBoston. Wayne Levy, one of our long-time tour guides, is the new owner/operator of RunBoston. Wayne has been a part of our team since 2010.

Abby and I have decided that it was time to step aside and let Wayne take the reigns. We are expecting another little boy in April and the time seemed right to make this change.

We spoke with Wayne a few weeks ago, and he let us know what a dream this was for him to pick up where we have left off. I'm sure there will be many many positive changes coming to our RunBoston customers in 2013, and we look forward to helping out with RunBoston as our schedule permits.

In closing, I'd like to reiterate just how important RunBoston has been to us for the last 4 years. This company is a product of our love of running, Boston, and sharing our knowledge with new people. Thank you to everyone who shared it with us during that time.

Our best to everyone in 2013 and beyond.
Jared & Abby

Run the 2013 Boston Marathon for Spaulding Rehab

Spaulding Rehab currently has 15 bib numbers open for the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The minimum amount to fundraise for the team is $5000, and Spaudling Rehab works with each individual runner to help reach their goal.

In addition to helping each runner fundraise, they provide a personal coach for the team, a personal physical therapist, and group runs throughout the winter.

Spaulding also holds a pasta lunch the day before the marathon, and on race day, a viewing party for friends and family at the Mandarin Oriental. After the race, there is a party for the runners (as well as massages and showers!), with friends and family welcome to join.

Applications are due this Friday, 11/9, but the application is short and straightforward. The application can be found here: http://www.spauldingrehab.org/giving/boston-marathon.aspx

Run the 5K2Play in Southie

Lace up those running shoes for a good cause on November 3rd by running the 5K2Play in always-friendly South Boston (past and current home to more than one RunBoston guide).

The event will raise money for the revitalization of the Michael Joyce Memorial Playground at Marine Park in South Boston. Proposed improvements include:

    •    Upgraded handicapped and special needs accessibility
    •    Colorful poured‐in‐play surface, benches, curbing, walk, and plantings
    •    New, fenced‐in play structure with equipment geared to 2-5 year olds
    •    Updated 5 to 12 year old play structure
    •    New benches and picnic tables added to existing picnic area
    •    Entrance area with Michael Joyce Memorial, benches, fencing, plantings

Details:
Date: November 3, 2012.
Location: DCR's Mother's Rest, South Boston
Cost: $35
Registration: 7:30 AM race day, or at the website below
5K Start: 9:00 AM

Register online at https://www.fundraise.com/michaeljoyce

CNN Mention

We were privileged enough to take the folks from CNN on a tour around the city when they were here in July doing a special on Boston. You can see the webisode here:

VIEW ONLINE

Huff & Cuff 5K: Oct. 6, 2012

Enjoy a cool fall 5k this October in Ayers, MA, by running the "Huff & Cuff 5K!"

Pertinent details:
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Tot Trot: 9:30 a.m.
5K Walkers start: 10:15 a.m.
5K Runner start: 10:30 a.m.

Where:
2012-42 Patton Road
Ayer, MA 01432

Register online at: http://huffncuff5k.com/

Proceeds go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Employees’ Club, whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Correctional Workers and their families by hosting socially enriched events that promote friendship, a spirit of goodwill and fellowship among Bureau of Prison Employees.  The Employees Club goal is to strengthen the alliance among Correctional Workers in an effort to help foster a sense of kinship and reinforce the primary relationship within the workplace with members of the local community.

Spartan Sprint is no Joke

Abby and I (and our buddy Steve) enjoyed our first ever Spartan Sprint this morning. Let me tell you… next year we will train!

"Get Your Rear in Gear" at Southie's Castle Island

Get your rear in gear by running the GYRIG 5k event on Saturday, October 13th (2012), at South Boston's beautiful Castle Island. Proceeds go to promote prevention and early detection of colon cancer and to provide support to those affected.

Pertinent details:
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Kids' Fun Run: 9:30 a.m.
5K Timed Run: 10:00 a.m.
5K Walk: 10:05 a.m.
William Scott Gambee 1 Mile Memorial Walk: 11:15 a.m.


Location

Fort Independence/Castle Island
2080 Day Blvd.
Boston, MA  02127

Register online at: http://gyrig.com/events/list/2012/boston-ma-2012/


RunSalem on AmazonLocal

Keep an eye out for our RunSalem group deal on Amazon Local this coming week!

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Another Great Group Tour

Sarah and Wayne led a packed tour this morning from the State House. Thanks for everyone who came out!

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Join the RB Founders in the "July Generational Gap" Fitness Challenge!

In the past, we've blogged about RB guide Ronak's company, Sweat for a Cause. The basic premise is that you sign up for a fitness challenge, and the money that you donate goes to whatever cause the challenge creator designated. You log into the site when you complete a portion of your task, enter what you did, and the site tracks your progress (and that of your competition). Whenever you make an update, you also get a chance to talk some smack to the other folks doing the challenge.

In this case, the RB founds have set up a four-week "July Generational Gap" challenge, with a $15 donation to Project Nanhi Kahli, which provides educational opportunities to underprivileged girls in India. The challenge involves running, pushups, and situps (you can do any or all three).

You can sign up here:
http://www.sweatforacause.com/challenge/35

We're suggesting that you do the challenge with your family members, and make it a friendly competition. (Abby and Jared are on a personal mission, since finding out that Abby's 56-year-old mother can do a 2-minute plank.) If your family isn't interested in doing the challenge with you, sign up anyway...and make it a mission to "beat Vicki," or whichever generation your vendetta is against.

Either way, the money goes to a great cause--and hey, it's a great way to get/stay in shape, and cheaper than a gym membership!

Hope to be whupping up on all of you in July:)

Wayne Has a Poster!

If you get down to the Newbury Street Lululemon you will see our fabulous tour guide, Wayne, up on the wall. Here is a reproduction of that photo that appeared in the Pheonix.

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Congrats to our Boston Marathon Runners

Congrats to our tour guides Julie and Wayne for finishing strong in the 2012 Boston Marathon!

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Sweat For a Cause

Ronak, one of our first tour guides, just started a great website called Sweat For A Cause (SFAC).

SFAC is a platform that empowers you to raise money for your favorite nonprofits by engaging friends in social online fitness challenges. Give it a look!


RunBoston & Lululemon Part 2

Wayne, one of our premier guides, is a local ambassador to the new Lululemon store that is going in on Newbury Street. They are having their grand opening next Friday. Check them out.

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RunBoston Founder to Race-Direct Run Like a Mother

That's right everyone, our very own Abby Perrine was chosen to be the Race Director for the inaugural Boston Run Like a Mother 5K race on Mother's Day. We will provide more information on our site as it becomes available, but ladies, don't make any plans on May 13th!

Busy & Beautiful Autumn

Today we had another lovely article written by a Mr. Forman from the Salem News. You can read that one here:
http://www.salemnews.com/business/x910009913/Picking-up-the-pace

This Saturday we will be doing our Signature Group Tour in Boston- come join us (RSVP here: http://group.runboston.org).

The RunBoston & RunSalem team hopes everyone is enjoying this amazing running weather while it lasts! RunBoston co-founder, Jared Perrine, and his daughter Eden are enjoying another beautiful run at Seacoast Half Marathon from a few weeks back…

"Your Town" Mention for Salem Expasion

Justin Rice wrote a nice piece in Boston.com's "Your Town." We threw in some Wicked Running Club love…

Read the article HERE.

First Salem News Mention

At the end of the article… under the "New Businesses" section. It reads:

"RunBoston, a running tour company, has added RunSalem, a sister branch in Salem. RunSalem will offer personalized/private running tours and monthly group runs for locals and tourists. Tours are 5 kilometers and are led by a running guide past some of Salem's historic landmarks...." READ ARTICLE

Triathlete Magazine Mention for RB

Ms. Bethany Leach Mavis from Triathlete Magazine wrote a nice piece on Guided Running Tours in the December 2011 issue. RunBoston is part of what she calls this "Running Trend" (pun intended).

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RunBoston Founders to Run Hyannis Marathon

In 2009 Abby and Jared ran their personal record at the Hyannis Half Marathon. It seems only fitting that Jared's first marathon be Hyannis in 2012. Wish the RunBoston husband/wife team some luck during their chilly training runs!

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Signature Group Tour is Awesome!

We had 15 come to our first ever Signature Group Tour, and we had a blast. Join us on Dec. 3 for our next group tour.

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Sneakers required for these Hub tours

On Monday Jill Radsken from the Boston Herald took a running tour with our guide, Wayne. HERE is the resulting article.


RunSalem Kicks Off Nov. 19

As with RunBoston, RunSalem will offer both personalized/private running tours and monthly group runs of historic Salem. RunSalem kicks off business with an inaugural “Locals Only” run on November 19. Let us know if you can come!

Group tours will be held the last Saturday of every month beginning January 28, 2012. Runners will meet a running guide at 10:00 a.m. outside the Salem Maritime National Historic Site Visitors Center on 2 New Liberty Street, before heading out on a 5k (3.26-mile) run past some of the city's most famous historic landmarks.

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Sweat for a Cause!

One of RunBoston's own, Ronak, is part of an exciting team who has founded a company called Sweat For A Cause. The company website invites users to participate in fitness challenges that financially benefit nonprofit organizations.

A few months ago, Sweat For A Cause did a sort of trial month--and I (Abby) took part. It was a great experience! Not only did I feel like I was getting in better shape, I knew that my donation was going to an excellent and worthy charity--Project Nanhi Kali, which works to provide for educational opportunities for young women/girls in India.

From what I know so far, it sounds as though users can not only take part in the monthly challenges, but they can also use the site to fundraise for their own near and dear causes.

Here's Ronak's summary of what the company/site is all about:
Sweat for a Cause believes that physical wellness and social well-being can work together to create personal and global change. To keep in touch with the progress of our project, follow us on Twitter and join our mailing list (by signing up on our coming soon website).

If you represent a nonprofit organization that wants to learn more about how Sweat For A Cause can help your organization raise funds to support your mission and operations, please be in touch.
Look for more exciting updates soon!

RunBoston Reaches the Beach in 2011!

Ronak, one of the first guides at RunBoston, ran the Reach-the-Beach (RTB) relay again this year. Here are some pictures! (Ronak is in the center of the group photo, in white shirt.)

Introducing Our Signature Group Tour

Starting Saturday, October 1, RunBoston will host monthly group tours to and from the State House on Beacon Hill. This new Signature Group Tour will provide a unique tour experience through beautiful Boston, running by a large number of the city's most famous landmarks and points of historic significance.

Runners meet at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of the State House on Beacon Street (the corner of the Boston Common), before heading out on a 4.4-mile (7.1 km) loop covering everything from the North End to Fenway—and all the sights in between!



We also introduced our 1 click checkout. Scheduling a run and paying for a run in one simple step. Check it out on your
Private Tour page or our Group Run page.

Salem Running Tours

RunBoston is expanding to Salem this Fall…



More to come on this soon at:
runsalem.org
salemrunningtours.com
salemrunningtours.org

Wicked Good Time

Abby and I had a nice meeting with the Wicked Running Club up in Salem this past Saturday. Tim was a great host and he sold us on many more group runs with their club. They have a huge amount of local runs planned also. Check them out at www.wickedrunningclub.com



Marcena's Miracles

Abby and I had a very nice chance meeting with Race Directors, Lori and Kevin Lozano in Rockport the other day. Read up on their race called The Elephant Run at marcenasmiracles.com and it's amazing cause. Abby and I play to take a car full of people out to Buffalo next Mother's Day for their race. Join us!

Cambridge Oktoberfest 5K

We saw Eddie-O of the Freedom Trail Run on our jaunt through the North End today and he told us about his October 2 5K through Kendall Square. We love local races, and this one sounds fun. Here is their info:


Join us Sunday, October 2, 2011 for a "wunderbar" German-themed road race through the heart of Kendall Square, Cambridge, followed by an amazing Oktoberfest celebration! Get in the spirit! Run the race in your Lederhosen or Dirndl and you could win a great prize in our post-race German costume contest! Unleash your inner-Bavarian! Registration includes a stylish race shirt, and post-race Oktoberfest party (21+) featuring an awesome mix of German hip hop & electronica! > SPACE IS LIMITED, this race will sell-out!

The Chronicle Running Episode

Special thanks to David Brown and the Chronicle for including us in their wonderful "Running" episode last night.



To view the whole episode, check out their website...
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/chronicle/28614287/detail.html

RB on Channel 5- The Chronicle

WCVB-TV, Channel 5 is airing a special on running this Thursday at 7:30. RunBoston will be interviewed.

THE CHRONICLE

Spanish Tours Now Available

Our lovely guide Sarah approached us and offered to give her tours in Spanish (if the customer so desires it). What a great idea Sarah!
Que Bueno!

RunBoston Represents at Warrior Dash

From the looks of things, RunBoston tour guides Sarah and Adrienne enjoyed themselves at this year's Warrior Dash.

Lucky Runners

A few of our lucky runners got a chance to meet Cedric Maxwell, former Cetlics great, while jogging through the Boston Common...

Runner's Illustrated Ink for RunBoston!

A big thank you to Alix Shutello, editor of the Runner's Illustrated e-zine, for her profile of RunBoston! You can find the article here.

On a side note, look for Alix's print magazine on Ultrarunning in the next year or two!


*Correction to posted article: We currently offer a weekly free group run, which is hosted by Tommy Doyle's Irish Pub in Harvard Square (Cambridge). Any restaurant or shopping recommendations made by RB guides are the personal opinion of the guide, and are not based on sponsorship of any kind. So take that suggestion for a cannoli in the manner it's intended--a way for us to share our love of the city and its cuisine with fellow runners!

Runner's Illustrated Tour

Alix from Runner's Illustrated got a VIP tour from Abby last weekend. Here is a photo of them crossing the Marathon Finish Line!

Another RunBoston Baby

A very special congratulations to Julie-Anne for the birth of her baby boy- Benjamin. Julie-Anne has been a guide for RunBoston for over a year. We wish her and her family the very best!

New Running Tour Route!

Copley's Choice
Copley's Choice
3 miles- DOG LOVERS RUN
This is a very special 3-mile run through one of our favorite places. With this running tour, you will begin and end in the famous Boston square that inspired the founders of RunBoston to name their Great Dane "Copley." She will join you on this run and show you around Copley Square, The Public Garden, and the Boston Common.

RB Gets CBS Ink

CBS Sports recently listed some local running clubs. They graciously included our Sunday group run with Tommy Doyles in their list. Check it out:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/top-lists/guide-to-boston-running-clubs/

RunBoston to Run ALS 5K

Abby and I will be joining other members and employees of the Cambridge Athletic Club in the May 7 ALS Awareness 5K walk and road race. Join us!

Go to www.cureiscoming.org
Our team name is "CAC Cares- Cambridge Athletic Club"

Local Runner Loves our Group Run

Check out what Erica had to say about our weekly group run!

http://bostonrookie.com/

Welcome to Eden

Jared and Abby, Co-founders of RunBoston.org, welcome their first daughter, Eden Abigail into the world on March 16. Welcome to the RunBoston family Eden!

QRST Printing = Amazing

I can't recommend QRST printing in Somerville enough for shirt designs. We have been working with Peter since we opened our doors in 2009 and he not only turns out a good product, but he does it on our timeline (that's good since it seems we are always in a rush). Take a look at the tour guide pants he printed up for Eden. Thanks Peter!

New Website for New Season

Hi folks. I wanted to keep everyone up to date about all things RunBoston. We are expecting a booming spring and summer season this year, and to kick things off, I present the new brochure and the new website design (which hopefully you like):








RunBoston Welcomes a New Addition

Well, Abby and I are about to welcome a new addition to the RunBoston family. We will introduce you to baby Eden when she arrives in March. Until then, please enjoy a picture we had taken at Momphoto.com. Gregory was very professional and very friendly- we highly recommend him (and you can't go wrong with someone who took the maternity photos for Papelbon and Buckholtz).

RunBoston Visits TMIRCE

This Saturday Abby and I had the pleasure of meeting Andy and the runners from The Most Informal Running Club Ever (TMIRCE). I highly recommend attending their 50 person plus weekly run. Viva la runners!

Visit their website here:
http://www.informalrunning.com/

New Meetup Group For Weekly Tommy Doyles Group Run

Come join us everyone. Click on the MeetUp icon below to join our new group...

WalkJogRun.net

We at RunBoston want to put all of our resources out there. We want to share our city and our love of running with everyone we encounter. With this in mind, we have put all of our running routes up on WalkJogRun.net.

Go see for yourself:

http://www.walkjogrun.net/groups/runboston

Featured on GreatRuns.net

Mark, over at Great Runs has featured us on his website. If you are interested in some great local running resources, please check out his site:

http://www.greatruns.net/

Group Runs with Tommy Doyles Underway

This past weekend we kicked off our group run + brunch with Tommy Doyles. Our fabulous guide, Jenny, took us on a brisk run around the Charles to and from Harvard Square. Special thanks to Allison, Erin, and Chris for joining us.

Please join us every Sunday at Tommy Doyles @10:00.

RunBoston Partners with Tommy Doyles in 2011

Beginning on January 9, 2011 RunBoston will be partnering with Tommy Doyles to offer a weekly 5K Group Run + Brunch for $9.99.

Join Jenny, our Group Run Leader, for a run around the Cambridge area every Sunday in 2011. We will be leaving from the Harvard Square Tommy Doyles at 10:00 am. After the run, stay with us and enjoy a delicious brunch.

Please RSVP HERE.
You can pay the day of the run.
Valuables can be stored at Tommy Doyles during the run.

Things to do over Thanksgiving break: Boston

Thank you to Ms. Saha and UConn for including us in their most recent article, "Things to do over Thanksgiving break: Boston."

Meeting with Mark Lowenstein

Tonight Abby and I had a nice chat with Mark Lowenstein. He is the author of 3 books on local running routes. Check them out here.

RunBoston at Seacoast 2010

This is one of our favorites. It's in year five... and either Abby or I have run it every year. This year, we convinced one of our friends to run it with us. We hammed it up for a few of our photos...

Ronak Around The World: Part 2

Check out Ronak's running tour in Berlin!

RunBoston Acquires Bostonrunningtours.com

Much thanks to Paul (of Irish Running Tours) and Michael (from eirhost.com) for their help with this transaction.

RunBoston LLC now own:

runboston.org
bostonrunningtours.org
bostonrunningtours.com

Whatever makes it easier for people to find and access our services...

RunBoston in London

On his holiday through Europe, our guide Ronak took a tour with City Jogging Tours. Much thanks for the pictures Ronak and Hope (their owner).

#3 on TripAdvisor

RunBoston is now listed as #3 on the "Things to do in Boston."




It's Good To Be The Ambassador

Check it out... we are on the Lululemon website as the Harvard Square showroom local running ambassadors...

Just a Hint of Heaven

Molly from Hint Water stopped by the Harvard Square Lululemon Showroom on Sunday to introduce us to her many fine flavors. My personal favorite was the watermelon. Their name doesn't lie... If you are looking for a drink of pure clean spring water with a hint of your favorite fruit- Hint Water is for you. No artificial flavors, additives, or sugar. And no calories. Molly you are welcome to come to our group runs anytime!

RunBoston Incorporates

That's right, you can call us RunBoston LLC now... Overall the process was fairly painless.

5th on Tripadvisor Equals Busy Month

Well, we have now made it to 5th on the "Things to do" in Boston on our beloved Tripadvisor... This has yielded us a plethora of tours over the next two weeks. It's going to be a busy August! Thank you Tripadvisor!

We Love TripAdvisor

Today RunBoston made it to #9 of almost 300 things to do in Boston. CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Lucky Number 13

Runboston made it to #13 on TripAdvisor's "things to do" in Boston. Come on, give us a good review, you know you want to!

No More Yelping For RunBoston

For over 6 months we have been using Yelp to manage our reviews, but because of the algorithm they use to manage their reviews, they have filtered out all of our reviews. The reason for this is very simple: They assume that if you have only reviewed only one business- you are a spammer. Being that a good majority of our running buddies are from out of the country, they have no idea what yelp is... Upon asking them to write reviews of us, they're immediately identified as spam, and discarded.

Therefore, we have switched our reviews to Tripadvisor. They encourage you to ask your customers for reviews... If you have been on a tour with us, or are just feeling generous, GIVE US A REVIEW.

Four Seasons Run of Hope (race review)


Today was the Run of Hope, a 5K put on by the Four Seasons, with proceeds going to pediatric cancer care and research at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

We were lucky enough to find out about this race a week or two ago, and though Jared was committed to volunteer, I was more than happy to head down to Boston's Hatch Shell on the Esplanade for a few quick miles with friends.

In the past few years, I've had the distinct pleasure of running a multitude of races. Some were good, and...well, some were not so good, both in terms of my own performance (my fault if its good or bad) and the level of organization and quality of the race. While I won't do any of the poorer events the discourtesy of calling them out, I am happy to wax poetic on the good ones--and the Run of Hope was definitely one of the good ones.

From start to finish, the event was well put together and organized. Despite a casual and friendly atmosphere, the announcer had folks lining up in a timely manner according to their pace groups--without provoking the rush and semi-melee that a bunch of eager runners sometimes can't help but fall into. The start went off without a hitch, and we were off, cruising through the sunshine past a shimmery Charles and along a well-marked course (mile markers at each half-mile point was an unlooked for, and pleasant surprise). There were multiple water stops, all manned by helpful and friendly volunteers, and more of the same stood at every even potentially confusing juncture of the course, directing the more hapless of we runners (a category I often fall in).

And though, I couldn't stay for brunch, it smelled divine...complete with gorgeously displayers rashers of what could only be pancakes from heaven, if the smell was any indication.

All in all, a great race--and one I'd recommend. Well-organized, helpful and plentiful volunteers, a scenic course, delicious post-race food, and a fantastic cause.

-Abby

Run For Hope and Jog The Freedom Trail

We met some lovely ladies from the Four Seasons hotel this morning down at the Prudential Lulu and it looks like we will be helping them mark the course for next weekend's Run For Hope. This 5K will contribute all proceeds directly to pediatric cancer care and research at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. We hope to see you out there on race day. See the website for more information.

Today we also found that a local gentleman is now offering jogging tours of the Freedom Trail. His website can be found at mybostontour.com. This site is new as of May 2010. It seems that people must sign up for Saturday or Sunday tours at designated times.

"RunBoston and Lululemon Launch Monthly Running Group"

Friend of RunBoston, Ben Haber, just wrote a great article about our FREE upcoming group run from lululemon.... Check it out here.

Free Group Run- Saturday @11

Don't miss our 1st monthly FREE group run from Lululemon this coming Saturday @11. Meet us outside the Prudential store and run the 5 miles to the Harvard Square Lulu showroom... We are calling it Lulu to Lulu. And if you wish, after you can join us for brunch at Tommy Doyles!

Invite others! Come run with RunBoston!

We hope to see you there!

A Weekend to Remember

Thanks for the great tour this morning, Shelley! Good company, great weather, and a great warm-up for tomorrow's Run to Remember. If anyone is out for tomorrow's half marathon through Boston, look for the RB shamrock and say hello!

Also in recent news, the Harvard Square showroom at Lululemon has officially named us as their local ambassadors. You can see that info HERE. I'll have to admit to only wearing my lulu gear on all of our runs... it's comfortable, it's flattering, and it breathes!

Lastly, another running tour company, City Running Tours, is now advertising that they offer tours in Boston. I figured one day they would try to come to Boston. What you'll find after going to their website is that they primarily offer periodic group runs through the city for a flat rate, though they are also starting to offer (in our minds, somewhat overpriced) personalized tours, too. Despite their relatively new presence in Boston, their website appears above ours now in a Google search for "Boston Running Tour."

More to come in this busy busy springtime, as we continue to work with the awesome folks at Lululemon, and work on setting up a local running club and hopefully a few more free fun runs!

JP & AP


A RunBoston Wedding

I'd like to take a few shameless moments to congratulate both the two co-founders of RunBoston, Abby and Jared, on their wedding this past weekend. It was Amazing. Here is to many more memories, both running and otherwise...

Marathon Weekend

Hi there folks. More tours for RunBoston this weekend... the Lululemon 5K from Harvard Square... the Marathon Expo... and volunteering for the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge group. It's been pretty busy.

We found out on Saturday that we are going to be the local ambassadors for the Harvard Square Lululemon store. How cool is that?

Have a great Marathon Monday Boston!

Lemonhead 5K Around The Charles- Come Join!

Come join us this weekend when we take the customers of Lululemon on a 5K run around the Charles River. Psst... It's free!

A Whole New RunBoston

Today we spent a good majority of our time redesigning our website... what do you think?



We also ordered some new brochures... The combination of these two things can mean only one thing- a guerilla marketing campaign is about to begin for Runboston

Outfitted By Lululemon

On April 17, we will be putting on a 5K with lululemon in Harvard Square. I will be putting up more information on that race when I have it. But tonight we visited their store, and picked up some running gear. Let me tell you... this stuff is nice! Check them out...

New Logo

What do you guys think of our new logo... a new website will follow.

Big Day For RunBoston

Today we received confirmation that we will be a beta tester for SquareUp... This is a great thing for us, as we will be able to take credit card payments with our iphones- at the time of the runs. It's a another great idea by the creator of twitter.



We also began a logo design contest on 99designs.com for a new logo. Next week I will post the winner's design! Here is one of the ones we like so far...

The City Wakes Up

In the last two weeks we have scheduled three runs, a possible running club for local gym, and a 5K length fun run. People are coming out of their winter exercise slumber and getting in some miles. We look forward to what the future holds for RunBoston. Be on the lookout for our new logo, as that is in the works!

New Partners

RunBoston is very happy to be partnering with QRST for our tshirts and RunKeeper for our run tracking!

Check out their sites for more info!



Please Review Us On Yelp

If you get a chance, please give us a favorable review on Yelp!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/runboston-cambridge

First HTML Email

I got tired of sending nasty plain text emails to our hotel partners, so the other day I sought out MailChimp... and produced THIS! Granted, some of the links don't work, but hey, not bad for the first email...

RunBoston Gets Ink!

Ben Habr of Examiner.com wrote a very nice article about us. Check it out HERE.

A big thanks to Ben, and kudos to him for recognizing a "good thing."

New Prices For a New Year

Check out our new pricing information HERE.

A Full Day

Today Abby and I picked our brochures up from FedEx up in Wilmington. We then spent the rest of the day delivering them to our 13 hotel partners. We had some great conversations with the folks at the hotels.

We think things are going to get busy... Our plan is to staff our runs together until the spring. Once the warmer weather sets in, we think we will be busy enough to begin hiring running guides.

This is pretty exciting for us.

A Good Idea

Runboston is the first company to start a running tour company in Boston. Upon doing the market research to start our company up, we came across some other folks who have had similar ideas. Take a look:

www.bostonruns.com
Owned by a local young man. Purchased in 2006. The domain is listed as "Under Construction", however, he cwreated a facebook group in 2009. The domain name expires in May of 2011.

www.bostonrunningtours.com
An Irish man who owns an Irish running tour company bought this domain. The site is currently "Under Construction." The domain name expires in January of 2010.

www.runboston.com
A local man has owned this domain name since 1998 and wants to do something with it one day. This site is currently "Under Construction." This domain name expires in January of 2010.

www.bostonrunningtour.com
A downtown-dwelling young couple own this domain and want to create a running tour company, like us... Their site is currently "Under Construction." This domain expires in September of 2010.

www.bostonruns.org and www.bostonrunningtour.org
Both domains are still available. We may or may not purchase them.

And the numerous blogs that have, at one time or another, discussed this concept...
http://blog.mpdaugherty.com/2009/08/02/exciting-new-running-site/
http://absolutlyfit.blogspot.com/2008/02/random-thoughts-on-friday.html
http://cambridgex.blogspot.com/2009/04/just-runnnnning-in-rain.html
http://sugarbugblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/running-toursyeah-right.html

13 Hotels On Board

So far, the following hotels are interested in partnering with us:

Le Meridien
Liberty Hotel
Hotel Marlowe
XV Beacon Hotel
Nine Zero
The Onyx Hotel
Fairmont Battery Wharf Boston
Copley Square Hotel
Taj Boston
Mandarin Oriental Boston
The Langham Boston
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
The Westin Boston Waterfront

Brochures Ordered

Abby and I just ordered our first brochures. 300 in total... These will go out to area hotels and running stores. If you see them out and about, feel free to drop us a line...

Ads Purchased

I did it... I bought some Yahoo and Google advertising space online. Here is what it should look like... Did you notice that my ad isn't the one listed :)

Boston Running Tours

Today we purchased bostonrunningtours.org. Now we just need to advertise ;)
Wish us luck... here this will help!

RunBoston at Seacoast

Here it is folks- the first race where Abby and I ran in our RunBoston shirts. Hopefully many more to come!

Merchandising!

Take a look at our new tshirt designs available under our Merchandising link.