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What is the Midnight Marathon Bike Ride?
The ride is an annual Boston tradition where over 1,000 people bike the same route as the Boston Marathon in the early dark hours of Marathon Monday. During this time the roads are still open to vehicular traffic… and bicycles are vehicles! The ride is not a race nor is it a paid event; it is however a unique shared experience, a fun way to meet people, and a decent workout.
Due to the organic and non-commercial nature of the ride, there is no official support crew during the actual bike ride, which means you are responsible for your own safety throughout the ride; with that said, due to the pro-community nature of the ride, it is usually very easy to get help.
What are the absolute essentials to know?
Dear Midnight Marathon Riders,
About a year ago I published an open letter to you about how the MBTA wasn't returning our e-mails, how I was asked by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A) to cancel the 2014 ride, and how it was called an "accident waiting to happen" by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association (MEMA).
But I also wrote about how there was overwhelming community support for the ride to continue.