The Ramble is an extremely well planned family friendly event. The course is not too hilly and rain or shine there will be lots of people out to cheer you along. There are always some elite runners from the Boston Marathon still in town and running the Ramble to show us all what running really looks like (and because there’s a prize purse). After the race, you can show them what partying really looks like. There is always live music and with Harpoon and Whole Foods anchoring the beer and snack food departments, it’s a sure thing.
If you don’t feel like running or want something your family can participate in together, opt for the Dana Farber Fitness Walk instead. It leaves from the same starting line 10 minutes after the race begins and if you are so inclined, you can strollerize your kids and bring them along.
Speaking of kids, if you have them, be sure to arrive early (around 8:45AM) so they can take part in the Children’s Ramble. Ages 6-12 can participate in 50 to 500 yard dashes. Everyone gets a prize (includes a book) and there are lots of other fun activities for all ages including an art contest for runners and non-runners alike. The Children’s Ramble is organized by Peter Reynolds, children’s book author and owner of The Blue Bunny, a must visit the next time you are in the area.
What: The Ramble
Where: 656 East St, Dedham, MA
When: Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 11 AM
Bathrooms: Just porta potties
Parking: Free and available at the Endicott Estate (start and finish line) if you get there before it fills up. Once it fills you’ll be parking on street in the surrounding neighborhood.
Tip: Bring a change of clothes for everyone. At a minimum, it will make the ride home more comfortable.
You can register on-site from 8:30AM – 10:30AM on the day of the event.
Strollers not allowed on the course
Start Time: 11:00AM
Dana Farber Fitness Walk:
Cost: Minimum $5 registration (free if you raise $20 or more in pledges (must bring them to the registration before the race)
You can register on-site between 10:00AM – 11:10AM
Strollers allowed on the course
Start Time: 11:10AM
8:45AM: Registration starts
9:45AM: Ages 6 and under race – 50 yd dash
9:55AM: Ages 7 & 8 – 100 yd dash
10:05AM: Ages 9 & 10
10:20AM: Ages 11 & 12