#WalkingBoston – A Marathon in Every Boston Neighborhood: North End, West End & Waterfront

By: Patrick Maguire

Book Chapter: Human-to-Human Service

Posted: 08/7/2023

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

To date, the total official distance walked on the first 10 Boston walks in Eastie, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, South End, Chinatown, Leather District, DTX, Financial District, and Waterfront = 135.03 miles. Every walk is a minimum of a half marathon, 13.1 miles and is verified using the MapMyWalk app. A full marathon will be covered in each neighborhood that is large enough, and small neighborhoods will be combined, as is the case with the North End, West End, and Waterfront.

The #WalkingBoston journey continues on Friday, 8/11/23. The walk covering the North End, West End, and Waterfront, leaves Theo’s Cozy Corner on Salem Street in the North End at 8am sharp.  Early bird breakfast, stretching, and map/course review at Theo’s beginning at 7am. The weather looks pretty damn good, mostly sunny with a high of 83 degrees, and reasonable dew point.  All are welcome to join, even just for breakfast and/or a portion of the walk.

[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 after the walk on 8/11/23.]

As always, please send me ‘must see’ sights along the way, including ‘hidden gems,’ art, nature, parks, murals, fountains, history, architecture, Mom & Pop #SmallBiz, etc. on the map above. I love getting suggestions in advance to include while mapping out the walks. The course will be finalized on Thursday, 8/10. Please email patrick@servernotservant.com or comment at the end of this post with specific, ‘can’t miss’ 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 partner 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 5 marathons, 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 8/11 walk for reflections on the day, along with a photo album in chronological order of the trek. Thank you and much gratitude to everyone following, supporting, and sharing the multiple missions of #WalkingBoston – A Marathon in Every Boston Neighborhood. I hope to see you on the road…


PS-Here’s a pic I took during a 6.13-mile ‘training’ walk on Sunday, 8/6/23. The pic was taken from the Boston University Sailing Pavilion. I waited until the sailboat passed the dome of the State House, and just after I captured the shot, the boat turned away. I was thrilled to catch the boat at full sail.

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