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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.

615 Washington St
Brighton,
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

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

Josh Konoff has never been one to wait around for change. When he decided that he wanted to move to Boston in 2008, he moved to Boston. And then when he discovered a flaw in Boston’s volunteer scene, he fixed it.

The flaw was that most organizations required their volunteers to make a hefty commitment, alienating a large portion of community members with full-time jobs and otherwise busy schedules. And so Josh quickly launched Boston Volunteers, a nonprofit that matches eager volunteers with organizations for short-term projects.

Today, the "s" at the end of Boston Volunteers says it all: the outfit features more than 5,400 members. It has organized and run more than 500 volunteer events, ranging from Habitat for Humanity gatherings to cooking for Boston's veterans. To this day, Boston Volunteers is a no-commitment venture, meaning that its members choose when and where they'd like to offer their time. At the core of every volunteer opportunity, too, is the chance for members to meet new friends who share similar values.

61 Locust Street
Medford,
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.

15 Bellevue St
West Roxbury,
MA
US

The Great Bull Run brings the thrill of Pamplona's historic event to cities across the United States. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls, this one-day event enables participants to race live bulls, keeping one step ahead of the charging animals to finally prove that toes are better for running than hooves. While the historic Pamplona event has had few serious injuries in its 102 years of existence, The Great Bull Run staff takes even more precautions to ensure runners stay smiling from beginning to end. Additionally, the bulls are given the full respect they deserve, and are not antagonized or harmed before, during, or after the run.

Following the race, runners and newcomers can gather together for a good old-fashioned food fight. Tomato Royale arms entrants with juicy fruit that they can fling at each other. Additional post-run activities include an after-party, live entertainment, and games as well as food and beverages.

236 Huntington Ave. Ste 303
Boston,
MA
US