Boston Marathon 2015 Happenings


Well, it certainly has been a while since I’ve dusted off the old blog, but nothing inspires me to write like the Boston Marathon!  There are sure to be lots of great events surrounding marathon weekend, and I aim to make this your one-stop source for all of them.  I’ll update the post as new events are posted, please let me know in the comments if I’m missing anything!

Tuesday, April 14

6:00-9:00 p.m. – Adidas Event: City Sports Back Bay.  Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Director, will speak followed by a 2-3 mile shake out run. After the run, join us for a FREE pasta party courtesy of Adidas.

Thursday, April 16

7:00 a.m. – At Tracksmith (285 Newbury St.): Join us at every morning at 7 sharp from April 15 through April 22 for some brisk runs along the beautiful banks of the Charles River. Runs will be led by the Tracksmith Team, including 2016 Olympic Trials marathon qualifier (and Tracksmith product-fulfillment stud), Eric Ashe, with post-run hydration provided by Nuun.

5:30 p.m. – Tracksmith Amateur Press Conference:

While sports media tend to focus on the marathon frontrunners, the real story of Boston has always been about the accomplishments of the amateur athletes. Those runners who rise to the exceptional qualifying standards of this marathon with no promise of a laurel wreath.

Come listen to Mario Fraioli of Competitor Magazine moderate this Q&A with some of the top amateur runners, including Olympian Ruben Sanca.

6:00-9:00 p.m. – Brooks Lobster Event: City Sports Back Bay.  Stop by City Sports to celebrate the launch of the new Brooks lobster shoe. Enjoy a 2-3 mile fun run followed by FREE lobster rolls, a live DJ, and raffle prizes. All attendees will receive a special gift from Brooks.

Friday, April 17

6:30 a.m. – That’s right.  A.M.  Have you ever wanted to say “I’ve done the exact same workout as Olympian Shalane Flanagan?” or “Michael Wardian and I are part of the same nationwide workout group?” or “FUCK YEAH!”?  Then you need to join November Project Boston for their Summit Ave workout in Brookline.  Don’t want to do a hill workout right before the marathon?  Go do some exercises with the Injury Deck people, or just go cheer on everyone else.  The point is: Just show up.  UPDATE: It appears Chris McDouggal has verbaled!

7:00 a.m. – At Tracksmith (285 Newbury St.): Join us at every morning at 7 sharp from April 15 through April 22 for some brisk runs along the beautiful banks of the Charles River. Runs will be led by the Tracksmith Team, including 2016 Olympic Trials marathon qualifier (and Tracksmith product-fulfillment stud), Eric Ashe, with post-run hydration provided by Nuun.

5:00 p.m.: Bring your friends for an evening shake-out run hosted by Olympic medalist Deena Kastor and Runner’s World Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso. Evening will include:

· Fun run offered to runners of all levels
· Post –run refreshments
· Race day tips from Bart + Deena
· Chance to check out the latest Asics apparel and running shoes
· Secure bag check during run

FREE ASICS Gift Bag for the first 50 runners who attend.

Asics Store: 328 Newbury St.

6:00 p.m. – At Tracksmith (285 Newbury St.):

Ever since we started Tracksmith last year, perhaps the one question we heard most often was, ‘What about women?’ Well, the time has come; we’re going co-ed.

Please join us for the launch of our women’s collection, painstakingly considered to address the needs and aesthetics of competitive women who take their running seriously.

6:00-9:00 p.m. – Converse Event: City Sports Back Bay.  Join City Sports for an awesome event sponsored by Converse. Enjoy free giveaways, a live DJ, and refreshments.

7:00 p.m. – Harvard Book Store and Runner’s World welcome Skechers Performance elite athlete MEB KEFLEZIGHI, winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, 2009 New York City Marathon, Olympic Silver Medalist, and founder of the MEB Foundation, for a discussion of his book Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Think and Eat like a Champion Marathoner. The evening will be hosted by Runner’s World Editor-in-Chief DAVID WILLEY, who will be joined on the panel by 1968 Boston Marathon champion and long-time Runner’s World editor AMBY BURFOOT, TCS New York City Marathon Race Director MARY WITTENBERG, and Meb for Mortals co-author SCOTT DOUGLAS.  http://www.harvard.com/event/meb_keflezighi/

Tickets can purchased online only at meb.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, April 18

7:00 a.m. – At Tracksmith (285 Newbury St.): Join us at every morning at 7 sharp from April 15 through April 22 for some brisk runs along the beautiful banks of the Charles River. Runs will be led by the Tracksmith Team, including 2016 Olympic Trials marathon qualifier (and Tracksmith product-fulfillment stud), Eric Ashe, with post-run hydration provided by Nuun.

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Janji Shakeout  Run: City Sports Back Bay.  Prepare for 26.2 with Janji and City Sports! Join us for a short shake out run followed by refreshments and a Coach Greg McMillan meet and greet.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Join Meb Keflezighi and coach Greg McMillan and learn the secrets to Boston Marathon success!  Meet and greet from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter St. at Boylston, Dome Room, 2nd floor.  All attendees receive a free UCAN sample pack and autographed photo of Meb!  Please register at: generationucan.com/bostonmeb

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Where: City Sports Back Bay.  Customize all of your official Adidas BAA apparel at City Sports!

12:00 p.m. – Best-selling author Christopher McDougall (“Born to Run”) will be in town on marathon weekend promoting his new book, “Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance.”

WalkBoston and the Somerville Road Runners are helping organize free fun runs with Chris before his book events!

Meet us on the steps of Old South Church for a pre-event fun run and Wild Fitness workout. We’ll set off toward the river, covering 5k with a mid-run workout led by Wild Fitness creator Tara Wood.

The run is free, though runners must still hold a ticket to gain admission to the 2pm and 7pm events.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1588430711443936/

Want a ticket to the event, too? More info here:
http://www.harvard.com/event/christopher_mcdougall1/

Info on the run in Cambridge later:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1593533410904258/

2:00-5:00 p.m. – New Balance Fresh Foam Event: Where: City Sports Back Bay.  Celebrate the New Balance Fresh Foam Limited Edition Boston shoe with City Sports! Stop by our back Bay location and try on a New Balance Fresh Foam and receive a free grilled cheese from Roxy’s Grilled Cheese!

4:00 p.m. – Tracksmith: Please join us on Saturday to celebrate the release of METER Magazine Issue #01.

METER is a quarterly journal of reportage and gorgeous photography that re-establishes a connection between the sporting heritage of running and its current group of participants and fans. Meet some of the contributors and enter a raffle to win limited-edition prints of some of the featured photography.

Sunday, April 19

9:00 a.m. – At Tracksmith (285 Newbury St.): Join us at every morning at 7 sharp from April 15 through April 22 for some brisk runs along the beautiful banks of the Charles River. Runs will be led by the Tracksmith Team, including 2016 Olympic Trials marathon qualifier (and Tracksmith product-fulfillment stud), Eric Ashe, with post-run hydration provided by Nuun.

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Janji Shakeout  Run: City Sports Back Bay.  Prepare for 26.2 with Janji and City Sports! Join us for a short shake out run followed by refreshments and a Coach Greg McMillan meet and greet.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Where: City Sports Back Bay.  Customize all of your official Adidas BAA apparel at City Sports!

Monday, April 20

Post Race – At Tracksmith (285 Newbury St.): Post-Race Party –

Technically it’s not officially a sanctioned, certified marathon party, per se. But unofficially, it sort of kind of could be considered a marathon party-type thing.

And you’re officially unofficially invited. Join us for cold beers and marathon-related socializing to kick off your Monday afternoon post-race celebration.

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One Response to “Boston Marathon 2015 Happenings”

  1. Jessica Green Says:

    Wow! So many fun events- wish I could be there! Have fun

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