From Our Editors
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.