I started running when I was fifteen and one of my favorite experiences then was to run around my neighborhood of Newington Connecticut in December with my brother and my friends and look at all the Christmas lights and decorations. It was this memory that started the Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run years ago with the intent to look at the Christmas lights of Boston, especially Boston Common, have some fun and maybe raise some money for a good cause.. We started with just a few friends and would go jog around the Common to see the lights and sing carols and in few short years, our numbers grew into the many hundreds but the joyful spirit still remained the same. I still love to run around the Common and see the lights of the city, the greenery, the Swan Boats. I don’t know the exact distance around the park, but I do know it encompasses fifty acres. Perfect for an easy and uplifiting scenic run.