Jamaica Pond/The Emerald Necklace, Boston
Contrary to popular belief Jamaica Pond is nowhere near Jamaica and The Emerald Necklace is not a Dharma station. It is, however, a great place to run. Hardly a day went by in the 70s and 80s when I did not run some variation of this course. My training partners and I would start at my old store at Cleveland Circle, wind our way through the Chestnut Hill neighborhoods and through the Greenway designed by Frederick Law Olmsted until we reached Jamaica Pond. The 1.7 mile loop around the pond is filled with a never-ending stream of walkers, runners and those out just enjoying the day. Thanks to Olmsteds environmentally-forward thinking, we have a true oasis in the middle of our city, one that everyone, runner and otherwise, can enjoy forever.