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It's just one mile

Posted by Chrissy Horan  October 17, 2013 05:01 AM

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This might surprise the readers of this blog, but not everyone likes to run.

I know it’s hard to believe, but it is true. Fortunately some folks out there are not letting this stop them from trying to get more and more people to experience and enjoy running.

Forest Hills Runners are looking to change the culture of running. They are a community running group based in Jamaica Plain that seeks to get everyone from Olympians to people who have never run a step in their lives to get out and run.

Forest Hills Runners

The group welcomes new runners to their weekly runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm at the Stonybrook T Stop. In addition these runs, the Forest Hills Runners are also hosting the 1st Annual Franklin Park Mile this Sunday, October 20. The event, like the running group, welcomes runners of all abilities. The distance was purposely selected to encourage everyone to participate from the seasoned runner trying to set a mile PR to the dad looking to get back into shape.

It is a race, it will be timed, and there will be prizes for the winners. But there will be multiple heats so participants can run their fastest race, with the last heat for children and families.

Although perfectly acceptable, participants don’t need dry fit t-shirts or $100 running shoes to run. The race registration fee is only $10, except if you are under 16 years old, and then it’s free. The only thing the Forest Hills Runners may share with tobacco companies is the understanding that habits are formed at an early age. As far as they are concerned, the goal is to get as many kids as possible to run on Sunday. And if those kids keep running after Sunday, even better.

One mile can be either a friendly or challenging distance to run. Give it a try if the last time you ran a mile was in phys ed class. Invite your boyfriend, your niece or your neighbor to join you. It may be just one mile, but for some, maybe it will be the one that keeps them running.

You can register for the Franklin Park Mile here. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Hyde Square Task Force and the Franklin Park Coalition.

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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