Posted by Justin Rice November 18, 2011 09:31 AM
Experienced and knowledgeable guides will take runners on scenic tours of their choice so they can see Salem’s historic sites while also logging a workout.
As with RunBoston, RunSalem will offer both personalized and private running tours and monthly group runs. Participants can get in their training miles and see the historic sites the city has to offer — all while not having to worry about getting lost.
“We heard [Salem] was an incredibly runner-friendly community and we discovered the Wicked Running Club, which is fantastic,” said Abby Perrine, who along with her husband Jared, founded RunBoston in 2009. “My husband had coworkers from Salem who mentioned how beautiful a town it is for running tours.
“It’s a beautiful city with great people and it’s so runner friendly.”
RunSalem kicks off tomorrow with an inaugural “Locals Only” free four-mile run that will begin at 10 a.m. at the Salem Visitors Center.
Abby Perrine said RSVP’s are appreciated for tomorrow’s run but nobody will be turned away. ‘It’s for locals only, it’s a little more of an informal kickoff fun run,” she said. “It’s kind of for people to check out what we’re doing in the neighborhood.”
For the regular running groups, however, patrons have to RSVP and prepay the $30 fee that includes a T-shirt.
The Salem runs will be led by Julie Arrison, who Abby Perrine said works at several North Shore museums.
Winding through downtown Salem, the run hits historic sites such as the Peabody Essex Museum, the Roger Conant Statue, the Salem Common Neighborhood, the Salem Witch Museum and the House of the Seven Gables.
Group tours will be held the last Saturday of every month beginning Jan. 28. Runners will meet a running guide at 10 a.m. outside the Salem Maritime National Historic Site Visitors Center (2 New Liberty St.), before heading out on a 5-kilometer (3.26-mile) run past some of the city's most famous historic landmarks.
Abby Perrine said while RunBoston covers several communities in the Boston area, including along the Boston Marathon path, RunSalem is their first offshoot.
“We hadn’t considered expanding to other communities until we started hearing more about Salem being so running friendly,” she said. “Salem is absolutely the first place [we’re expanding]. We’re pulling the trigger and trying it out and we’ll see from there. Wherever people like to run we’ll run. Y
“You know how runners are, we’re a crazy bunch.”
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