671 Boylston St, Boston, MA
Mon – Wed, Fri: 10:30 am – 7: 30 pm
Thu 10:30 am – 8 pm
Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 – 6 pm
Marathon Sports is a local family-owned chain and staple of the Boston running community with 9 stores in the Boston metro area. I visited the iconic Marathon Sports running store, located in downtown Boston on Boyleston Street. Located at the finish line of the Boston Marathon (which is painted on the road year-round), it is also the location of one of the tragic bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Visiting the store just a few months later, you’d never suspect that. This small store in the heart of downtown Boston boasts an extensive shoe selection and prides itself on a thorough gait analysis, which can take 30 minutes. Minimalist footwear is also offered, and the staff is knowledgeable about both traditional and minimalist styles. The store is frequented by locals and tourists alike, and although it is constantly bustling, it is well-staffed and able to accommodate multiple customers at once.
The store also offers popular group runs on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, with paces ranging from 7:00/mile to 11:00/mile. Routes ranging in length from 3.5 to 8 miles are offered along the Charles River, and with more than 60 attendees each week, you’re sure to find someone to run with. Pizza and beer are generally provided on the last Wednesday of each month, and vendors come out to sponsor the runs on an infrequent basis.