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
Meet your fellow riders and fuel up for the day with hot and cold beverages, pastries, and gelato at this charming downtown coffee house.
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 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.
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
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
This self-guided bike tour is brought to you by the MetroWest Visitors Bureau.