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.

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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.

Contact to discuss your application process – Alysha Griffiths at


All TEAM ESPLANADE in-person runners will receive:

  • Opportunity to run the 2021 Boston Marathon without a qualifying time including:
    • Race day transportation
    • Team gear, including race singlet
    • Finish Line meeting spot and storage in our Copley Office
  • Coaching and a personalized training program:
    • Opportunities for group runs
    • Support from CharityTeams
  • Exclusive Esplanade Perks: 
    • Tickets to select 2021 Esplanade Association Events including:
      • 10 entry bibs to the Esplanade 5K on August 29
      • 5 tickets to the 10th Annual Summer Dock Party on July 22
    • Invite to a post-race day celebration (date TBD and in-person depending on COVID protocols at the time)
    • The opportunity to build meaningful relationships with EA staff, your fellow runners, and others
    • One-year Esplanade Association Membership to gift and for themselves
    • 50 bulbs will be planted in the park in your or a loved one’s honor
  • Fundraising and Marketing Assistance:
    • Esplanade Association-hosted group fundraising event
    • A personal fundraising page on GivenGain
    • Social Media sharing to broaden your audience
    • Fundraising and Marketing tips and tricks
    • Marketing support for runner-hosted fundraising events

      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