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Boston’s parks and riverside pathways almost never lack for joggers, even in the worst weather. Paths on both sides of the Charles River are the most crowded and best maintained, particularly along the Esplanade. Watch out for in-line skaters and bikers. At Castle Island in South Boston, skaters and joggers zip past strolling lovebirds and parents pushing jogging strollers. The tranquil, wooded 1½-mile-long loop around idyllic Jamaica Pond is a slightly less crowded option.
Boston Marathon. Every Patriots' Day (the third Monday in April), fans gather along the Hopkinton–to–Boston route of the Boston Marathon to cheer on more than 25,000 runners from all over the world. The race ends near Copley Square in the Back Bay. Copley Square, Back Bay, MA. www.baa.org. Copley, Arlington. Boston Athletic Association. For information, call the Boston Athletic Association. 617/236–1652. www.bostonmarathon.org.
Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women. In October, women runners take the spotlight on Columbus Day for the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, which attracts about 7,000 participants and 20,000 spectators. Four American records have been set at this race since it began in 1977. There's also a Kids 1K fun run at Boston Common and other family-friendly activities. Boston Common, MA. 888/767–7223 Registration. www.tufts-healthplan.com/tufts10k. Park, Boylston.