With less than 100 days to April’s Boston Marathon, Michael Kehrberg was working from home during last Wednesday’s Nor’easter when he decided to lace up his running shoes and brave Boston’s slippery sidewalks.

“I thought it might be fun today,” Kehrberg, 29, said. “Running along the Charles, with ice on the pathways — dodging that was tough.”

For the second straight winter, New Balance is covering the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s costs of plowing running paths along the Charles River.

“DCR clears those paths no matter what,” Wendy Fox of DCR said. “In some ways, it frees DCR to deal with other issues that come along.”

The paths, however, remain slippery because DCR uses sand instead of salt since the pathways are so close to the water and wildlife.

“You can’t get rid of everything,” Kehrberg said. “But it’s pretty nice.”

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