Music connoisseurs and building buffs regard Symphony Hall as one of the finest concert halls in the world. Sixteen replicas of Greek and Roman statues line the walls, and its airy space lends a majestic resonance to each string pluck and unexpected sneeze. Opened in 1900, Symphony Hall was the first auditorium designed in accordance with scientifically derived acoustic principle, sloping inward to help focus the sound of the orchestra's stirring string renditions.
If their rippling muscles and lean torsos are any indication, the personal trainers at Back Bay Fitness practically live in the gym. Even so, they appreciate that not all of their students share the same enthusiasm for barbells and medicine balls. That?s why they?ve devised a holistic approach to fitness that starts in the gym, but extends to all aspects of life. When they aren?t pushing students past the brink of exhaustion in Back Bay Sweat, Lengthen and Strengthen, and Kettle Kamp classes, they offer nutritional guidance to help maximize the results of each workout. They also take the time to get to know each of their clients by name, which helps them build meaningful relationships without having to steal glances at each student?s monogrammed sweat rag.
Marathon runners spend months or longer preparing their bodies for the 26.2-mile race. In that respect—and maybe in others—the Great Boston Beer Marathon is completely different. No amount of prep work is needed to stop at all 26 bars on the marathon map, except perhaps acquiring a pair of comfortable shoes and a taste for cold, frothy brews. Each stop along the way offers participants food or drink specials, with some inviting tipplers in for deals on pool and other games. The bars on the route tend to be diverse, ranging from Irish pubs to dance clubs to gastropubs. Bars can be visited in any order, and marathoners can recognize others of their ilk by their official event T-shirts, Viking hats, and the phantom pint-raising motion they make when they’re nowhere near a beer.