NU Bucket List – 18

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NU Bucket List – #18

120th Boston Marathon Weekend


The Boston Marathon is definitely a highlight of Beantown’s social calendar. Each April, over 30,000 runners make the 26.1 mile trek from Hopkinton all the way to the finish line in Copley Square. Thousands and thousands of spectators line the route on Marathon Monday, held this year on April 18th, to cheer on favorites, pass out water, and relax in lawn chairs.

If you prefer to get in on the action but aren’t quite world-class-marathoner material quite just yet, we have the perfect alternative–The Northeastern University Big Dog 5k!

big dog 5k

For the past seven years, Northeastern has hosted the Big Dog 5k on the day before the Boston Marathon, allowing NU alums and students to limber up before watching the real thing. Whether you’re a serious runner, a weekend warrior, or just a fan of being outdoors, the Big Dog is a fun way to stretch your legs around campus surrounded by your fellow huskies. The race starts and finishes outside the Cabot Center at the very heart of campus, and includes professional timing and free t-shirts for the first 500 registrants! Prizes, refreshments, and fun entertainment awaits you at the finish line!

You can register here online or at Cabot Center on the day of the race, Sunday, April 17th. Registration on campus opens at 8:30 am, with the race slated to start at 10 am. Best of all, $1 of your registration fee will benefit the Student-Athlete Excellence Fund!

boston marathon route

After you kick up some dust at the Big Dog 5k, snag a spot to watch the Boston Marathon on Monday morning. Two excellent spots are Coolidge Corner and Copley Square, both past the halfway point and well into the race where things get good and interesting. Coolidge Corner is just a brief jaunt into Brookline via the 66 bus, and Copley Square is a 20 minute walk (or 5 minute sprint, if you’re in the marathon mood) down Huntington Ave into town. Bring some Boston spirit and a comfy chair (not to mention some real willpower or else you won’t find a spot to sit). Even if you’re not caught up on the world of long-distance running, it’s still pretty thrilling to watch some of the world’s best athletes in their element.

Runners start the race from Hopkinton in waves, with the Women’s Elite starting at 9:32 am and Men’s Elite starting at 10:00 am along with the first wave of general runners. The last runners will leave Hopkinton at 11:15 am, meaning they’ll be arriving at the finish line in Boston all afternoon.

boston marathon win

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