Spirit of the Boston Marathon Tour

Catch the Boston Marathon Spirit on this self-guided bike tour of Hopkinton and Ashland.

Visit landmarks of the marathon, ride a portion of the race route, and stop at community landmarks along the way!

Destinations on this tour include:

  • Bittersweet Co.

  • Hopkinton State Park

  • Marathon Park

  • Stones Public House

  • Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton

  • "Spirit of the Marathon" Statue

  • Boston Marathon Start Line and “The Starter”

  • "Yes, You Can!" (Team Hoyt Sculpture)

  • Hopkinton Center for the Arts

  • Start Line Brewing and Water Fresh Farm

Bittersweet Co.

Meet your fellow riders and fuel up for the day with hot and cold beverages, pastries, and gelato at this charming downtown coffee house.

"Spirit of the Marathon" Statue

Hopkinton State Park

During the Boston Marathon, Hopkinton State Park's lots are the best place for spectators and runners to stash their cars for the day. The rest of the year, enjoy the park's trails, beaches, fishing and boat ramp.

Marathon Park

Marathon Park is at the site of the Boston Marathon's original start line (from 1887 to 1923). Marathon Park is now a place for quiet gatherings along the Sudbury River. Twice yearly, it's the start line for the Ashland Half-Marathon.

Stone's Public House

Dating to 1832, Stone's Public House was originally a welcome lodging respite for railroad travelers. Later, according to legend, it was a home for spirits and phantoms! Today it's known as a popular place for traditional New England food and drink, gastropub-style.

Weston Nurseries

Family-owned for generations, Weston Nurseries' garden center, greenhouses, and surrounding land all face the Boston Marathon course along Route 135.

"Spirit of the Marathon" Statue

The "Spirit of the Marathon" sculpture honors 1946 Boston Marathon winner Stylianos "Stelios" Kyriakides. Once an elite runner, Kyriakides suffered emaciation and ill health after surviving the Nazi occupation of Greece during WWII. But it didn't stop him from winning the race in 1946 with a finish-line shout: "For Greece!"

Boston Marathon Start Line and “The Starter”

The next stop is the Boston Marathon Start Line. More than 30,000 runners, hand cyclists, and push-rim wheelchairs begin their 26.2-mile race here on the third Monday in April. Looking on from the Hopkinton Common is "The Starter" statue, depicting George V. Brown firing the marathon's starting gun in the early 20th century. Brown was a champion of sports and sporting events throughout the United States, even managing the US Olympic team for three decades. From 1905 to 1937, Brown was a fixture at the Boston Marathon, where he would fire the starting gun to start the race!

"Yes, You Can!" (Team Hoyt Sculpture)

On the lawn of Center School, a life-size sculpture captures Dick and Rick Hoyt in their rousing racing posture. Dick pushes his energized son, Rick, whose single arm is raised in celebration, just as it always was when this world-famous duo crossed 1,000 finish lines together.

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

On the way to Start Line Brewing stop at the new Hopkinton Center for the Arts. With its state-of-the-art performance, exhibit, and classroom spaces, Hopkinton Center for the Arts is housed in a spacious refurbished barn that retains its historic charm.

Start Line Brewing and Water Fresh Farm

End the day with farm-fresh meals - to eat or take out - prepared with hydroponic vegetables grown on site are just some of the offerings at Water Fresh Farm’s organic marketplace in the beautiful barn shared with Start Line Brewing's taproom, which offers seasonal and year-round IPAs, ales, and stouts brewed onsite.

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Take the full tour.

The Spirit of the Boston Marathon Tour was developed by MetroWest Visitors Bureau, the 26.2 Foundation, and MCB. As the only regional organization with the mission of stimulating the MetroWest economy, MWVB has served many hundreds of businesses, nonprofit agencies, and municipalities since its launch six years ago. This independent nonprofit organization promotes the region's cultural and recreational venues, retailers, restaurants, accommodations, and educational and other services to visitors and residents alike. These marketing efforts also serve to brand the region, build collaborations across sectors and towns, support jobs-producing enterprises, and inspire pride in our residents and workforce. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts matches each dollar raised by the Visitors Bureau, which doubles the impact of every revenue source. The MetroWest Visitors Bureau is governed by a board of directors, whose 16 members represent a wide variety of MetroWest geographies, industries, and skillsets.

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