TEAM ESPLANADE & the 2021 Boston Marathon

The Esplanade is the premier running trail in Greater Boston. Each year, 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.

The 125th Boston Marathon will consist of both virtual and in-person opportunities. 15 runners have the opportunity to support our beloved park by running the 125th Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021 as part of the Esplanade Association’s Official Charity Team, TEAM ESPLANADE, for the Boston Marathon! Applications for TEAM ESPLANADE are NOW OPEN and can be submitted at this link.

Registration for the Virtual 125th Boston Marathon, held October 8 to 10, is now open to the first 70,000 entrants. By running the Virtual 125th Boston Marathon, you have the opportunity to support the Esplanade Association through the B.A.A.’s Official Charity Program.

We hope you will consider supporting the Esplanade by joining our team, in-person or virtually. Click the button below to express interest in receiving more information about running for TEAM ESPLANADE.

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