Although the nicer weather is here, it doesn’t appear that New Englanders need warm temperatures to be enjoying the outdoors. Lawn Love just published their report on best cities for running, and Boston landed in the top 10.
In order to determine this list, Lawn Love closely examined 200 of the biggest cities in the country. They then compared data, such as access to high-quality trails, pedestrian fatality rates, and overall climate. Lawn Love explains that they, “assigned a weight to each factor based on its importance and grouped those factors into seven categories: Running Access, Running Quality, Foot Care, Affordability, Community, Safety, and Climate.”
Boston Is #8
Boston was ranked as the 8th best city for running in the country. Community and running quality were the areas that obtained the best marks. Furthermore, Boston was at the top of the list among areas that had the highest share of residents within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Seattle, WA finished at #7 and Salt Lake City, UT was just below Boston at #9. In fact, the only other city on the east coast to have top 10 ranking was New York City. It was the second-best city for runners. All of the other areas were on the west coast. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that major sneaker brands are based in the area. New Balance, Converse, and Reebok all have their headquarters in or around Boston.
Where To Run In Boston?
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Boston being one of the best running cities is the Boston Marathon. It is one of the most prestigious marathons in the country. Moreover, “Boston is a beacon for running enthusiasts,” Lawn Love states. There’s the Freedom Trail, The Charles River Paths, and numerous lanes along the harbor to head out on. In addition, along the Esplanade, there are two bridges that can form a scenic 2.5 mile loop.