Tuesday Runs from Courtside

Courtside Karaoke

Each Tuesday at 7:15 p.m., we gather at Courtside Restaurant & Karaoke (291 Cambridge Street in East Cambridge) for a group run. Afterward, we drink beer and Courtside provides free pizza.

We welcome runners of all abilities. Just prior to the run, we divide into groups based on preferred distance, course and pace. Some of the popular routes are described below.

Most weeks, honor of an individual Freedom Runner, who gets toasted and drinks from the Freedom Chalice. Other weeks are themed runs. See the calendar or follow us on Facebook for the details on each Tuesday run.


Charles River loop via Longfellow Bridge (about 2.8 miles)
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Directions: From Courtside, head east on Cambridge Street. After you pass the Lechmere T stop (on your left) bear right onto O’Brien Highway (Route 28). Follow the road past the Museum of Science, then turn right after the State Police barracks. Follow the path along the river past the Longfellow Bridge, then go up the pedestrian ramp toward Charles Circle. Near the Charles/MGH T stop, carefully cross the road to get to the sidewalk of the Cambridge-bound side of the bridge. (Because of construction, cars will actually be going in the opposite direction.) Turn right at the end of the bridge and then carefully cross Memorial Drive onto Cambridge Parkway, heading toward the Museum of Science. Near the end of Cambridge Parkway, proceed along the path and go under the bridge, along the Lechmere Canal, past the Cambridgeside Galleria, and then cross the plaza toward First Street. Turn right on First Street, then left on Cambridge Street. Run past Courtside and high-five each runner lined up along the sidewalk.


Charles River loop via Mass Ave bridge (about 4.7 miles)
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river-massave

Directions: From Courtside, head east on Cambridge Street. After you pass the Lechmere T stop (on your left) bear right onto O’Brien Highway (Route 28). Follow the road past the Museum of Science, then turn right after the State Police barracks. Follow the river path under the Longfellow Bridge toward the Mass Ave Bridge. Before the bridge, take the pedestrian ramp up to the bridge. Cross the river toward Cambridge, then turn right and go along Memorial Drive. Proceed under the Longfellow Bridge and along Cambridge Parkway. Near the end of Cambridge Parkway, proceed along the path and go under the bridge, along the Lechmere Canal, past the Cambridgeside Galleria, and then cross the plaza toward First Street. Turn right on First Street, then left on Cambridge Street. Run past Courtside and high-five each runner lined up along the sidewalk.


Charlestown (3 miles, 4.1 miles or 8 miles)
click map for larger view of 4.1-mile route

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Directions:  From Courtside, head east on Cambridge Street to the first corner, then turn left on Third Street. Turn Right on Gore Street, then go one block to the pedestrian light near the Lechmere T stop. Carefully cross O’Brien Highway (Route 28) and turn right. Turn left on East Street and run two blocks to the end, then turn right onto Northpoint Blvd. Follow this road into North Point Park, and at the dead-end rotary, bear left toward the footbridge. Cross the bridge and bear left as you go through Paul Revere Park. When you get to Rutherford Ave, carefully cross both Rutherford Ave and Chelsea Street to the opposite corner. Go across the small park and turn right onto Main Street. Run three blocks, then turn right onto Monument Street. Go down the hill, cross Warren Street, and continue on Monument Street up the hill and then up the stairs to the Bunker Hill Monument. Wait at the bottom of the monument for the other runners to arrive.

To continue with the 3 mile route, go back down the same stairs that you came up and go back down Monument Street. At the bottom of the hill, turn right on Warren Street. Follow Warren to Austin Street, just before the big shopping center. Turn left onto Austin Street and follow it past Whole Foods and past Bunker Hill Community College, onto the Gilmore Bridge. (Sidewalk is on the right side of the bridge.) At the end of the bridge, turn right onto O’Brien Highway. Follow the road to the same pedestrian light where you crossed going the other way. Cross O’Brien Highway. Turn right on Gore Street, left on Third Street and right on Cambridge Street. Run past Courtside and high-five each runner lined up along the sidewalk.

To continue with the 4.1-mile route, go down the stairs on the opposite side of the monument and then two blocks down Monument Street. Turn left on Bunker Hill Street. Follow the street for many blocks over and down the hill until you reach the big intersection at Main Street (on the left) and Medford Street (on the right). Turn left onto Main Street and follow it past the big shopping center (on your right) to the traffic light at Austin Street. Turn right onto Austin Street and follow it past Whole Foods and past Bunker Hill Community College, onto the Gilmore Bridge. (Sidewalk is on the right side of the bridge.) At the end of the bridge, turn right onto O’Brien Highway. Follow the road to the same pedestrian light where you crossed going the other way. Cross O’Brien Highway. Turn right on Gore Street, left on Third Street and right on Cambridge Street. Run past Courtside and high-five each runner lined up along the sidewalk.

(click map for larger view of 8-mile route)

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To continue with the 8-mile route go down the stairs on the opposite side of the monument and then two blocks down Monument Street. Turn left on Bunker Hill Street. Follow the street for many blocks over and down the hill until you reach the big intersection at Main Street. Proceed straight for another two blocks to the big rotary. Go left around the rotary and turn onto Maffa Way (do not take Cambridge Street, which is to the left of Maffa). Follow the road under I-93, where it becomes Broadway. Follow Broadway over Winter Hill and past Magoun Square. After you pass Trum Field on your left, turn left onto Cedar Street. Follow Cedar all the way to Elm Street. Cross Elm, where the road turns slightly to the right and becomes Mossland Street, which you should follow for one more block to Somerville Ave. Turn left onto Somerville Ave and then very soon turn right at the bridge over the tracks onto Beacon Street. (After the bridge, make sure to follow Beacon, not Oxford Street, which splits off to the right.) Follow Beacon Street all the way to Inman Square (Beacon becomes Hampshire Street at the Cambridge line), then turn left onto Cambridge Street. Follow Cambridge Street back to Courtside and get some high-fives!