RunKeeper employees from left, John Sullivan, Matt Wilson, Jim Redding and Phil Connaughton will attempt to outrun a greenline train. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
Three employees from the popular fitness app RunKeeper are setting out to prove they can outrun Boston's oldest and most frustrating mode of public transportation - the Green Line.
On Friday, runners Phil Connaughton, Matt Wilson and John Sullivan will embark on the 4.1-mile "Outrun the Green Line" race along the B-line. The race was coordinated by RunKeeper and The Boston Calendar, according to the event listing site's founder, Sean O'Connor.
“With The Boston Calendar aiming to become Boston's go-to calendar for 'events that don't suck,' and RunKeeper focused on technology and fitness, the collaboration on 'Outrun the Green Line' made perfect sense,” said O'Connor, who brainstormed the idea.
RunKeeper Community Manager Jim Redding plans to ride the trolley as it departs Boston College station so he can live tweet the race from the @RunKeeper Twitter account; video will be streamed on YouTube.
The mad dash will also be tracked by the app, which uses mobile GPS technology to track users' fitness activity.
RunKeeper employees from left, John Sullivan, Matt Wilson and Phil Connaughton do a quick training run before their big race Friday. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
As for who will come out ahead, the men are optimistic that they will leave the notoriously slow trolley in the dust.
“I'm pretty competitive. I hope I can beat it because I hate the Green Line. It's terrible, and it's given me enough headaches throughout the years,” said Wilson.
Connaughton, who is hoping for a cool morning, admits that the trolley might have a leg up in the race, what with the whole it has an engine thing.
"I think the Green Line might be at a slight advantage, because there is not a lot of traffic at 11 a.m.," he said.
In order to have a shot at beating the T, the men would have to run between six and seven-minute miles.
The winner will get bragging rights, but regardless of the outcome, the group has a plan for a post-run celebration.
“We’ll probably have some day drinking,” said Wilson.
And they're off...
-The race is set for Friday July 25 at 11 a.m.
-Runners will dash from the Boston College Stop to Blandford Street, along the B line.