Just this week, agoodrun.com named Boston College in a list of 50 college campuses for a good run. Schools that appeared on the list include Stanford University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dartmouth College, and Cornell University. The author could not have been more correct when choosing BC, as the campus and the surrounding area are ideal for runners of all levels. Sitting at mile 21 of the Boston Marathon even gives BC a historical tie to running. With the amount of runners both on and around campus, a variety of routes have become a necessity.
For runners who choose to stay close to campus, Comm Ave., Beacon Street, and the Chestnut Hill Reservoir are probably familiar sights. The loop around the reservoir is roughly 1.57 miles, and both students and residents of the surrounding community frequent it. The trees, flowers, and other sources of nature that line these areas are beautiful and can’t be missed during a run. Stretching further from campus can allow a runner to explore so much of the surrounding area, though. Beacon Street is a straight shot to the Commons and downtown Boston. From the path along the Charles River to the little known Brookline Reservoir, there are a variety of places for runners to explore.
In the winter, the cold and potentially icy conditions can make runs a little trickier, but the spring and fall in Boston are perfect for a run. With temperatures that are just cool enough to keep from overheating, while still warm enough for comfort, this city was made to run in.
For those looking for a starting point, the BC Rec website has links to a variety of jogging routes. These routes range from 1.95 to 11.37 miles, and the maps give a clear picture of which streets to run on.