Run the 2020 Boston Marathon for the Esplanade

The Esplanade is the premiere running trail in Greater Boston. Each winter and spring, the excitement builds for the Boston Marathon runners who turn to the Esplanade’s riverfront pathways and footbridges as the setting for their training runs.

This year, 15 runners will have the opportunity to support this beloved training route by joining TEAM ESPLANADE.

If you or someone you know is passionate about the Esplanade, we hope you’ll consider running the 124th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2020 as part of the Esplanade Association’s Official Charity Team, TEAM ESPLANADE, for the Boston Marathon!


All TEAM ESPLANADE runners will receive: 

  • The opportunity to run the 2020 Boston Marathon without a qualifying time
  • Coaching, a personalized training program, and fundraising support
  • A personal fundraising CrowdRise page
  • Esplanade Association-hosted group fundraising event
  • Marketing support for runner-hosted fundraising events
  • Opportunities for group runs
  • Team gear, including race day singlet
  • A private bus to the Marathon Monday starting line in Hopkinton
  • Post-race day celebration (date TBD)
  • B.A.A. ‘Team Fee’ covered (runners responsible for B.A.A. ‘Registration Fee’)
  • The opportunity to build meaningful relationships with EA staff/Board/stakeholders and your fellow runners
  • Invitations for special social events
  • One-year Esplanade Association Membership
  • One bib to Esplanade 5K in spring 2020
  • One ticket to 9th Annual Summer Dock Party in summer 2020
  • One ticket to Moondance After Dark Party in fall 2020
  • 50 bulbs will be planted in the park in your honor

TEAM ESPLANADE runners commit to: 

  • Run the 2020 Boston Marathon on behalf of TEAM ESPLANADE and agree to fundraise at least $8,500
  • Abide by all terms and conditions required by the B.A.A. for participation in the 2020 Boston Marathon
  • Submit a timely B.A.A. Marathon Registration and pay B.A.A. Registration Fee ($370) by January 31, 2020
  • Represent the Esplanade Association with energy and enthusiasm for our mission!
  • Pay a $100 nonrefundable team fee. This fee will be paid via your personal fundraising page upon acceptance and will count towards your total fundraising goal.

Did you already qualify for Boston 2020? You’re also welcome to join TEAM ESPLANADE!

  • Run the 2020 Boston Marathon on behalf of TEAM ESPLANADE and agree to fundraise at least $2,000
  • Abide by all other requirements above

    Application Information:

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please complete yours by November 1, 2019.

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Julie Duddy
    617.227.0365 – Ext. 402
    376 Boylston Street, Suite 503
    Boston, MA 02116

        TEAM ESPLANADE runners support:

        The Esplanade Association ( is a privately-funded nonprofit organization whose work to revitalize, enhance, program, and maintain the park includes:

        • HORTICULTURE: Caring for a lush canopy of trees, maintaining beautiful gardens, and leading 2,000 volunteers a year who help care for the park
        • ARTS & CULTURE: Commissioning public art, including three new murals in 2019, and showcasing local musical acts on the Hatch Shell Stage
        • HEALTH & FITNESS: Hosting seasonal 5Ks and dozens of free fitness classes, jointly caring for the Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields, and partnering to launch the B.A.A. & Esplanade Association Morning Run Club
        • CHILDREN & FAMILIES: Building & maintaining two Esplanade playgrounds, hosting free field days for local summer camps, and hosting family-friendly events, tours, and scavenger hunts
        • PARK ENHANCEMENTS: Installing new welcome signs with mileage maps, rehabbing historic monuments and park elements, and partnering to bring the popular Owl’s Nest beer garden to the park (a great place for a post-run refreshment!)
          Banner photo by Brent Doscher. Marathon photos by Sebastian Gonzalez Quintero