Quick Hits: Haute Ways to Celebrate the Boston Marathon

Marathon Monday is one of the most exciting days to be a runner or spectator in Boston. This year, restaurants, spas and salons are rolling out the red carpet with specialty offerings for the 121st Boston Marathon. Here’s a look at some haute happenings you definitely won’t want to miss.

Sam Adams is celebrating the Marathon this year by bringing back its popular Boston 26.2 Brew, a commemorative beer first brewed in partnership with the Boston Athletic Association in 2012. The beer is a Gose style brewed with salt and coriander with a lighter body and slightly lower alcohol level. Following the 2013 Boston Marathon, Samuel Adams donated profits from the sale of the beer to The Greg Hill Foundation, which provided support to survivors of the bombings and their families.  This year, the brewery will once again donate profits from the sale of Boston 26.2 Brew along the marathon route and around the Boston area to the foundation.

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After a day of running, it’s time to think about a little post marathon pampering. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston is featuring two treatments now through the end of April designed for runners to relax and rejuvenate – a massage for fatigued legs and a restorative post-marathon indulgence for feet. The Marathon Boost is a one hour and 20 minute full body treatment designed to revitalize fatigued legs and feet while the Soakless Pedicure treatment provides the ultimate post-marathon indulgence (a luxurious 50-minute foot and nail ritual).. Be sure to also check out the Spa’s newest introduction – Margaret Dabbs London, a holistic manicure and pedicure skincare line that restores hydration to both hands and feet.

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After the Marathon, head over to Salon Mario Russo at Liberty Wharf for some much needed pampering and respite. There is a second location on Newbury Street, but this one is tucked away in the haute Seaport District. The professional colorists and stylists (ask for Tyler) will have you looking and feeling your best in no time.
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If you would like to learn about the history of the Boston Marathon,
BOSTON: An American Running Story” will be making its debut in theaters next Wednesday. This feature-length documentary narrated by Cambridge’s own Matt Damon discusses the history and evolution of the world-famous Boston Marathon through behind-the-scenes footage from the recording of the original BOSTON score, composed by Jeff Beal (“House of Cards”) and performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. Boston An American Running StoryPhoto Credit: Michael J. Lutch, Cheryl Treworgy & LA Roma Films

There is nothing quite like carbo loading the night before for the big day and TAMO LOFT at the Seaport Hotel is offering one of the best deals in town. On Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., runners can feast on an all-you-can-eat pasta buffet filled with everything from pappardelle pasta with Bolognese sauce; and wild mushroom and cheese lasagna to pasta primavera and even a gluten-free penne pasta offering to prepare your body for some much needed fuel.

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Also on Sunday, Hojoko near Fenway Park is hosting Karaoke Sunday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. where runners can get their fuel on from a menu of pasta and rice dishes, including the debut of chef’s new udon with shrimp and spring vegetables, along with other favorites like funky chicken ramen and crispy kimchi fried rice.

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From Friday through Monday, Joe’s American Bar & Grill on Newbury Street will also be offering carb filled classics, including a warm loaf of oven baked bread paired up with a hearty bowl of spaghetti and meatballs  with house-made pomodoro sauce, topped with fresh parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

With temps spring like this weekend and nearing 80 on Sunday, it’s time to think about patio season (but we have to wait until May 1 for Cinquecento’s reveal). This weekend, we are in luck though. The SoWa District restaurant is celebrating Marathon Day in style serving up some hearty pasta-packed specials like their famous Butatini Al’amatriciana with guanciale, red wine, spicy Pomodoro and pecorino.

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Even Bertucci’s is getting in on the marathon action by offering diners a 26.2% discount the night before Monday’s big run.
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