Running in Places

Running In Places (RIP) is a program for public school students provided by the DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation, founded in 2003 by Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray.

RIP combines the benefits of physical activity with visits to educational destinations throughout the greater Boston area. RIP is a stimulating, motivational experience that impresses upon students the importance of physical fitness, self-esteem, peer respect and education.


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The goal of RIP is to help students:

  • Increase their level of physical activity
  • Develop a desire for personal health
  • Strive for academic excellence
  • Build character, confidence and self-esteem


RIP destinations are chosen for their combination of fitness resources and educational opportunities. For example, following a run along the Charles River Esplanade, students will enjoy a visit to Boston’s Museum of Science.

The RIP experience features supervised runs of 1 to 2 miles designed to accommodate the full range of student fitness levels. The focus is on participation instead of competition, making all students winners.


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RIP destinations include:

  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Professional sports facilities
  • State Parks and Zoos
  • Educational tours of medical centers, agriculture and food processing plants
  • Science centers and museums

Sports and entertainment celebrities may be recruited as “guest runner hosts” for RIP events to interact with students and further emphasize the importance of good health and education.

Students receive take-home educational materials and an RIP participation memento.

The DMSE Foundation covers the costs of student transportation, lunch and admission fees for all RIP events.



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