Running in Needham

Select Local Merchants

The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."

This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.

15 Bellevue St
West Roxbury,
MA
US

Dylan Polin took his first steps as a free-runner seven years ago, and never slowed down. He placed seventh in the Red Bull Art of Motion 2010 Boston competition, and became an active member of The World Free-running and Parkour Federation. To share his passion with others, Dylan founded Hub Freerunning. Hub Freerunning has since become a staple of proper Parkour and Freerun education in the Boston area, as well as the Northeast's premiere stunt and performance team.

He holds weekly sessions to teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced students ages 12 and up the art of movement. He conducts his classes in the New England Sports Academy's spacious facilities, or takes the lessons to the streets of Boston itself. He demonstrates not only how to climb, vault, and soar through the air, but also focuses on moving quickly and efficiently, saving students from expending unnecessary energy or spilling all of the M&Ms out of their pockets.

unknown
Norwood,
MA
US

Boston Running Center wrangles a crack team of personal trainers, sports nutritionists, and of course, running enthusiasts with the express purpose of helping clients get the most out of their pavement-pounding routine. Whether runners are training for a marathon or simply hoping to outrun a personal demon named Azazel, the tailor-made programs and one-on-one guidance—including unlimited phone and email access to coaches—help them sprint straight into the beating heart of those goals. Clients learn to avoid common injuries, bolster lower-body strength, and fine-tune their workout routines.

1682 Beacon St
Brookline,
MA
US

The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."

This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.

725 Lexington St
Waltham,
MA
US

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better place to begin a race than near a sculpture of Aesop's Tortoise & Hare. Add to that its proximity to one of the nation's most well-known cross-country tracks, and it's the perfect starting point for Trail Master Killah, a 5K through Van Cortlandt Park's hills, wetlands, and forests. Participants will receive a race T-shirt, and top performers will take home a handmade trophy from SKT Ceramics. Registration also includes food and beer at the post-race party, which, thanks to organization by one of A Tribe Called Quest's producers, will feature some of the city's best hip-hop DJs. Proceeds go to Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, a community group that promotes conservation of the park and texts the trees when they're feeling lonely.

1 Hampshire Street
Cambridge,
MA
US

Mass Mayhem stages a 4-mile obstacle course designed to push people to their limits. Participants scale 10-foot walls, crawl through mud puddles and cargo nets, and dash across fields of barbed wire in pursuit of the finish line. These races demand the height of physical fitness and determination, giving people a chance to stretch their muscles while getting a little crazy at the same time.

Union Street
Hingham,
MA
US