City Councilor Forms Esplanade Running Club To Keep Joggers Safe

BOSTON (CBS) – A city councilor has started up a running club to keep joggers safe on the Esplanade.

The initiative comes after a series of violent attacks in the area with the most recent incident last month.

“We’ll be there every Tuesday and Thusday. We’ll do a five-mile loop. We’ll be doing that all the way until the Boston Marathon,” Councilor Michael Ross told WBZ-TV Thursday, just hours before the club’s first-ever run.

The Esplanade Running Club will meet at Charles Circle by the CVS on Beacon Hill at 5:45 p.m.

Runners will get free reflective gear from New Balance and will have the option to go into a fast group or a fun group.

Just last month, a 31-year old woman was jogging on the Esplanade when a group of men surrounded her.

The victim told police she was punched in the head twice before she escaped.

Authorities are also still searching for a man wanted for several sexual assualts in the park since 2007.

The unsolved crimes have kept several runners out of the park at night, but for some, that means a winter with less training.

“I always tried to run in the day,” said Emily Rosenberg, a Berklee College student.

“When it was daylight savings, I was so mad because I couldn’t go after my classes anymore.”

“It makes you become very aware of who’s around you and what you’re doing when you’re running out here,” said Andrea Slote, who regularly runs around the Esplanade.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports

Ross said the club now gives people an alternative.

“I’ve always said that people make parks safer,” said Ross.

“They won’t have to run alone.”

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez contributed to this report.

Comments

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  1. Italo says:

    Why do these people have to run when it’s becoming pitch black out? I’m a middle-aged guy, and even I wouldn’t want to be running outside when it’s dark in that area, given the news history and remoteness of that area. We live in an era when people coming up behind to rob or hit you just don’t use their hands, they more frequently appear to use weapons and sharp objects when attacking, from the news stories.. So I think that sometimes, it’s needing to be about common sense, and not running or walking where iand when it’s been known not to be always safe recently.

  2. Willow says:

    The jogging club is a good idea for safety in any event, but I wouldn’t want to be out jogging after dark either. If people have to do that, then do it with a group.

  3. Robert says:

    We should be safe on our streets and in our parks at any time. There are still far more good people than bad in this country.

    Evil exist because good men do nothing. Let’s join together and take our streets back!!!!

  4. John Joseph Grimes says:

    What a wonderful and idealistic idea. What about those who don’t want to just run on Tuesday & Thursday? What about the young women who will continue to run alone when it’s dark? An ideal world would make it possible for anyone to walk thru the Common at night or a street in Cambridge or Somerville but we all know that there is always a chance you can run into a dangerous sociopath.
    Best chance to avoid being a victim is not to travel alone but if you have to, carry something that will help you repel an attacker by any means necessary.

  5. Lisa says:

    There are also run clubs on Monday night from Niketown, Tuesday nights from City Sports, Wednesday nights from Marathon Sports and Thursday nights from South End Athletic Company. So many options no one should be out running alone at night.

  6. Lisa says:

    There are also run clubs on Monday night from Niketown or Lululemon, Tuesday nights from City Sports, Wednesday nights from Marathon Sports and Thursday nights from South End Athletic Company. So many options no one should be out running alone at night.

  7. Kelly Brilliant says:

    I too love these running club initiatives. Great ideas, and I also believe we should be able to exist in an area that is safe for women–day and night. I do hope there are much more police patrols out on the Esplanade these days. It does not look good for Boston to have these incidents, and a blaming the victim mentality..or really just blaming the resident mentality does not help.

  8. sweetopiagirl says:

    Reblogged this on inspiredweightloss.

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