#WalkingBoston – A Marathon in Every Boston Neighborhood: Chinatown, Leather District, DTX, Financial District & Waterfront

By: Patrick Maguire

Book Chapter: Human-to-Human Service

Posted: 05/16/2023

Welcome to #WalkingBoston. To learn about the inspiration, mission, goals, and ongoing updates, please see the #WalkingBoston launch blog post.

Total distance walked on the first 9 Boston walks to date in Eastie, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain and the South End = 121.8 miles. Every walk is a minimum of a half marathon, 13.1 miles. A full marathon will be walked in each neighborhood that is large enough, and small neighborhoods will be combined, as in the next walk.

The #WalkingBoston journey continues on Friday, 5/19/23. ‘Chinatown, Leather District, DTX, Financial District & Waterfront’ leaves South Street Diner at 8am sharp. The weather looks perfect, mostly sunny with a high of 71 degrees. Early bird breakfast, stretching, and map/course review at South Street Diner at 7am. All are welcome to join, even just for breakfast and/or a portion of the walk. #LaceUp

[Please Note: A post-walk summary, reflections, and pics/videos from this walk will be included at the end of this blog post. Please check back and scroll down for updates.]

The 5/19 walk will cover Chinatown, Leather District, Theatre District, Park Plaza, DTX, Financial District, South Station, The Greenway, Waterfront, Rowes Wharf, Columbus Park, Government Center, and City Hall Plaza. As always, please send me ‘must see’ sights along the way, including ‘hidden gems,’ art, nature, parks, murals, history, architecture, Mom & Pop #SmallBiz, etc. I love getting suggestions in advance to include while mapping out the walks. The course will be finalized on Thursday, 5/18. Please email patrick@servernotservant.com or comment at the end of this post with specific suggestions.

If inspired by #WalkingBoston, please consider a donation to the following:

#1- Make-A-Wish MA & RI. As most of you know, the mission of Make-A-Wish is to create life‐changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. I love the work that they do and am honored to partner with them. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish team for their professionalism, compassion, and attention to detail. Donations inspired by #WalkingBoston can be made by clicking on this link.

#2- Stride for Stride is also a beneficiary of #WalkingBoston. Stride for Stride is a non-profit running organization that buys race bibs for immigrant, BIPOC, and low-income runners – the goal is to make races more accessible, inclusive, and diverse for everyone. Stride for Stride founder, Tom OKeefe, aka @BostonTweet, “Our logo signifies equality. It’s simple, bold, and shows that you support running for all. Our goal is a simple concept too, but one that changes lives. Having a race to strive for keeps you focused and healthy, while crossing the finish line is pure joy and empowering in both sport and life – it proves that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Never give up!” Donations inspired by #WalkingBoston can be made to Stride for Stride by clicking here.

Please take a moment to view this short segment where CBS/WBZ Boston reporter, Lisa Hughes sat down with Stride for Stride founder, Tom O’Keefe as part of her ‘Change Makers’ series: Click here.

Now that I have a completed more than 3 marathons (Eastie, Hyde Park, JP, and the South End), I’m in the process of negotiating sponsorships and collaborations with local companies and individuals, and I’m wide open to all creative ideas to raise money. Donations to Make-A-Wish and Stride for Stride are tax deductible.

#3- Lastly, several folks have reached out asking how they could sponsor/support my #WalkingBoston mission and expedite the publication of my #ServerNotServant book advocating for service industry workers and fellow humans. A grassroots fundraiser has been set up to keep me walking and writing. Donations can be made here.

Please remember to check back after the 5/19 walk for reflection on the walk, along with a photo album in chronological order of the day. In the meantime, enjoy a tease from Chinatown celebrating Lunar New Year, ‘Year of the Rabbit’ in January 2023: Click here.

Thank you to everyone following, supporting, and sharing the multiple missions of #WalkingBoston.


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