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Blue Hills Reservation, about 12 miles south of downtown Boston, spans 7,000 acres in parts of six towns: Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Milton, Quincy, and Randolph. It’s one of the few trail running destinations in Greater Boston that couldn’t possibly be covered in one blog post. With 125 miles of trails, a runner can return again…

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Look up from behind the steering wheel on northbound I-95, between exits 18 and 19 in Needham, Mass., and you might catch a glimpse of a trail runner or a mountain biker traversing a thin ribbon of single-track atop s grassy embankment. It’s the only visible hint from the interstate of what’s hiding behind the…

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Are you ready to try fastpacking? For ultralight backpackers and trail runners, the answer might be a speedy: ‘YES!’ Kristina Folcik didn’t know she was about to have her world rocked. A 40-year-old ultrarunner from Tamworth, N.H., she has been zipping up and down trails in the White Mountains for nearly 20 years. In fact,…

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Trail running and uphill running are often synonymous. Big, iconic climbs can define a weekend long run or a race course. Vertical kilometer events have taken off in Europe (they’re exactly what they sound like—1,000 meters, straight up), and in New England, an entire trail race series is defined largely by its long ascents. But…

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When you think about iconic Cape Cod, what do you picture? Probably long beaches, grassy sand dunes, and salty ocean air, right? If you’re a runner, that picture likely includes Falmouth Road Race, the classic 7-miler that has traced the Cape’s picture-perfect coast every August for more than four decades. Turn 180 degrees from the…

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If we need any more evidence of the rejuvenating power of nature, measuring the moods of national park-goers isn’t a bad place to look. Just strides into a recent trail run in Acadia National Park, I get a big smile and a “howdy” from a mountain biker. More smiling bikers follow close behind. Over the…

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People have climbed 6,288-foot Mount Washington—New England’s highest peak and the centerpiece of the White Mountain National Forest—by foot, ski, bike, wheelchair, unicycle, pogo stick, car, bus, train, and just about every other mode of transport imaginable. Here’s a look at some of the all-time fastest ascents—and how they compare to the estimated hiking time…

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Whipple Hill only stretches about a mile, north to south, and less than that east to west. But with three different blazed loops cutting back and forth between two parking lots, this rolling property in the easternmost corner of Lexington, Mass., makes up for what it lacks in acreage with variety. On an early-May morning,…

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Welcome to Running Wild, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s trail running blog. As we explore the trails of the Greater Boston area and beyond, we’ll update this index to reflect each park, trail, and town covered. Just search below to find a trail run in your area. MASSACHUSETTS ACROSS Lexington Trail (Lexington) Arlington’s Great Meadow (Lexington)…

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Something special happened in the first few strides of a recent run at Stonehurst, on the Western Greenway in Waltham, Mass. Although music filtering through the trees provided a reminder I was running alongside Bentley University, I still felt like I was deep in an ancient forest. Giant hemlocks loomed above. A large, or at…

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