This Sunday morning the Esplanade 5K took place on the banks of the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts and though a touch of humidity was in the air it was a great morning for a run.
Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, proceeds from the race went to benefit The Esplanade Association so in addition to being able to run a great course runners also had the opportunity to support a great cause. The Esplanade Association is a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain the natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park.
The race course itself was a nice and flat course aside from a few quick inclines up bridges over water within the Esplanade. Each mile was marked on the course and volunteers directed runners along the course route at each turn. A water stop was present at the half-way point of the run , as well. The paths within the Esplanade were open to casual runners, walkers and bikers not taking part in the race and for the most part they did an okay job keeping the course free and open as runners made their way by.
When it comes to running in Boston, the Esplanade is one of the best spots you can find and Sunday’s race was great! A nice, small assortment of vendors has tents post-race including Polar Seltzers which made for some nice hydration post run.
Having raced on Saturday, as well, quite pleased with a finishing time of 23:24, good for 7:32/miles. Great back-to-back race weekend and the Esplanade 5K is definitely one you will want to keep on the radar in 2019!