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Streak runners share their favorite routes

Posted by Leslie Anderson  May 30, 2013 02:57 PM

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By Nancy Shohet West, Globe Correspondent

"Streak runners" don't ever take a day off, but they do vary their daily running routines. Here are a few favorite routes shared by runners west of Boston who belong to the US Running Streak Association.

Bill Robertson, Ashland; streak began 2/8/77:

“Now that I’m living in Ashland, my favorite route is the Boston Marathon course. It is familiar, and, of course, has all the miles marked."

Dr. Harvey Simon, Newton; streak began 10/31/78 and ended 4/24/13 after glaucoma surgery:

“During the first 22 years of my streak, I averaged about 84 miles a week. My usual daily route was an 11-mile run that took me up and down the four Boston Marathon hills in Newton; on weekends, I ran various longer loops through Wellesley, Needham, Weston, and Dover, usually chasing fast friends. In recent years, I’ve been running half as far along quiet neighborhood streets in Newton. But my favorite Massachusetts route is my summer run in the Berkshires.”

Scott Cyphers, Bedford; streak began 8/29/05:

“Minuteman [Bikeway] can be nice if you don’t get run down. In addition to the well-known paved part from Bedford to Alewife, there is a branch from Bedford to Billerica called the Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail Trail, and another branch, Reformatory Branch Trail, to Concord Center.”

Paul Miller, Medfield; streak began 2/10/10:

“The roads around Farm Pond and the Charles River in Sherborn have a great mix of terrain and the scenery can be very picturesque at certain times of the year, especially after snowstorms in the winter.”

Nancy Shohet West can be reached at nancyswest@gmail.com.

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