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If you can't beat 'em OR join 'em, then cheer 'em on! Recommendations for watching the Boston Marathon

Posted by Alex Pearlman  April 16, 2012 08:44 AM

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boston marathon runner.jpgThe Boston Marathon is a true tradition -- one of those fun, unique things that makes living in this city so interesting. So whether you call today Patriots’ Day, “Oh no, I still have to do my taxes!” Day, or Marathon Monday, we at TNGG Boston hope you’ll enjoy the excuse to take a long weekend, sleep in, and day drink as much as we will.

If this is your first year in town for the Marathon, or if you’re just looking to switch up your regular ol’ viewing spot, our writers and friends have shared their favorite places from which to watch the madness. After all, we firmly believe that cheering on the runners is totally a sport.

“The scream tunnel at Wellesley College. Love giving out those kisses and screaming at the top of my lungs!”
-- Tamar Zmora

“From my couch to avoid crowds and traffic.”
-- Christine Varriale, via Twitter

“I love walking the length of the C Line from Cleveland Circle to Coolidge Corner (south sidewalk). Everyone's laid back, grilling and playing games in their front 'yards' out in Brighton. The runners power through Brookline with lots of smiles since they're nearly done -- and there are lots of funny, encouraging signs. On the other hand, I do not recommend being anywhere near the finish line! I used to work in Copley Square and certainly won't miss the mob scene this year.”
-- Beth O’Meara

boston marathon finish line.jpgCopley is crazy, but if you can make it through the crowd, it's awesome to watch the finish line.”
-- McKenzie Lawton, via Twitter

“Right outside The Pru! They have different vendors set up handing out samples of new products, and they have picture booths and a DJ.”
-- Olivia DiNucci

“I love watching it while sitting on the brick wall on the corner of Comm Ave. and Gloucester!”
-- Cal Bingham

I don't usually get the day off, but when I do, my favorite place to watch the Boston Marathon is at the finish line because I like seeing the runners celebrate the end of the race and their hard work.
-- Marissa Lowman

Where are you watching the Boston Marathon?

Photos by Christopher S. Penn (top) and wallyg (bottom) (Flickr)

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