Patriot’s Day: Bike the Boston Marathon!
April 12, 2019
The Boston Marathon is by and large the most iconic sporting event in Boston, with the Head of the Charles coming in at a possible close second. It’s the longest running Marathon in the world, and the second longest running footrace in the US, narrowly beaten out by the Buffalo Turkey Trot by just five months.
The Marathon’s 26.2 mile route winds through Eight cities and suburbs: Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and of course, Boston! The route includes charming downtown areas, bustling city streets, and wooded roads between farmland. It is as picturesque and elegant, and a perfect place for a running race. And with those settings also come great places for our favorite activity: Biking!
Here are some of the most common questions about the biking the marathon:
- How do I book a bike? How early can I reserve?
Just call us! Our number is 617-670-0637. We are open year-round and can make reservations as early as you want. The Marathon is a VERY busy day and we usually do sell out.
- Okay, where’s the best action?
Realistically, anywhere is going to have loads of people running by all day. “Heartbreak Hill,” just west of Boston College, is where many people say is the best place to watch the race. Coolidge Corner, Cleveland Circle, and Kenmore Square are usually very crowded but are also just before the final stretch of the race. Anywhere from Kenmore inbound to Copley Square is going to be very, very crowded, but have a lot of action.
- My friend/loved one is running. When can I see them at what location?
A list of estimated arrival times is available closer to the date. Remember: these are estimated. You can use the Course Map to plan your route between points.
- I heard that there’s no cycling allowed in the city at all on Marathon day.
False. The course is closed off during the race, and there are other road closures and restrictions around the city, but there is definitely no ban on cycling in the city. That would be preposterous!
- I don’t like crowds. How do I avoid this whole thing?
Consider taking a ride on one of our longer routes. Mountain biking is also great at this time of the year! Or, head out of town on the Amtrak Downeaster and enjoy the other great states in New England. You can bring your bike right on the train for just $5!
Hybrid Bike Rentals
The ideal bike for seeing Boston!
The Kona Dew is our mainstay rental bike – these excellent city bikes are high quality, lightweight, and perfect for all-day riding in the city.
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Our pedal-assist electric bicycle delivers smooth and instantaneous power so you can float up hills, up your speed, and see Boston with ease.
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