Top Beaches from the New England Beach Tour for July 4th

July 4th is all about cookouts and beaches. Check out a recap of my New England Beach tour, which included 17 beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They’re all ranked in the slideshow below to help you pick a spot to park it for the holiday.


Newport 10 Miler Road Race (VIDEO)

When running road races beyond 5ks and 10ks, there are usually one or two stretches of the course that are just a bit dull. You find yourself jogging along a highway for some incalculable length of time or circling a very large, very barren parking lot under a scorching sun. Once you’ve run a few long races, you start to expect that some part of it will suck, morally and aesthetically. Not every every mile of a long race will come with uplifting spectators or breathtaking views.

The Newport 10 Miler is an exception to this rule.

The 10 mile road race starts and ends in the walls of the historic Fort Adams Fortress. You take in the sights of Narragansett Bay, the water shimmering like tinsel, the boats neatly docked along the running course, and a tall ship anchored close by. It’s a nice homecoming when you return to your starting place ten miles later. At one point in the final leg of the race, you even get to run under the arches of the massive fortress.

Fort Adams at the Starting Line
Fort Adams at the Starting Line

But that’s just the start and finish lines. The majority of the road race, the miles between beginning and end where runners need morale boosts the most, are replete with stunning scenery. Your first mile starts with a view of Fort Adams State Park, and then you spend the next five miles running along Newport’s historic Ocean Drive. You take in the salt water breeze and the lovely oceanfront property, and you barely care that you’ve been running under the June sun. Volunteers have graciously set up water and Gatorade stations every two miles, offering ample opportunity for re-hydrating.

After Ocean Drive, you’re on Bellevue Ave, where you see Miramar, Marble House and Rosecliff. By the time you’re done marveling at the mansions, you realize you are well over halfway done with this ten mile trek. You have just three more miles to go. A 5k. A cinch.

The crowd of spectators thickens as you sail down just a few more Newport streets. Suddenly you are back on Harrison Ave, the street that will lead you back to where you began. And then sure enough, mile nine escorts you right back to Fort Adams, where you run one more mile along the bay, cruise under the arches and cross the finish line, where your free Harpoon beer awaits.

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Boston Calling 2017

This year Boston Calling music festival stepped up their game.

Boston Calling Festival Grounds
Boston Calling at the Harvard Athletic Complex

Boston Calling is no longer packing thousands of people into the cramped, sweaty, barren Boston City Hall Plaza. Instead, this year’s festival took place on the grassy, more spacious Harvard Athletic Complex.

While it might have been a little muddy from the Friday night rain, having some dry turf to sit on definitely helped.  The entire event went smoothly. This is a big accomplishment from the planners and staff considering the change of location and drastic increase in size.

There were three stages for music concerts and a dedicated comedy arena. Some of the highlights and headliners included Mumford & Sons, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Chance the Rapper, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Run the Jewels.

‘Cage the Elephant was rockin too… but RTJ mannnn.’ Al Bonino, Boston Calling regular

And after reading about the BBQ Bomb, I decided to do what any unreasonable festival-goer would do: wait in line a good hour and a half for it, sneak into the VIP section, and wash it all down with some Mumford and Sons. The results were amazing.

Check out the video from day 2 of the festival, narrated by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: