February 8, 2023

March a Marathon ’23

March a Marathon logo over man running on street

Welcome to the STARTING line –
March A Marathon 2023 is here!

March A Marathon is a free month-long event for our MIT Community. This cardio fitness program is fun, easy-to-follow, and is suitable to all fitness levels. All you need to do is follow the challenges set via this blog post and our Instagram, track your progress throughout the month of March, then submit for the chance to win some AMAZING prizes!

The Goal: walk, jog, or run at least 26.2 miles during the month of March.

Download your tracking sheet HERE!     CLICK HERE FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN!


Did someone say PRIZES??

Participating* in the March a Marathon Challenge enters you for the chance to win one of these AMAZING prizes!

  • Recovery Bundle
    includes yoga mat, 2 blocks, foam roller, lacrosse ball, water bottle, +  MIT Recreation swag
  • Strength Bundle
    includes 5lb + 15lb dumbells, resistance band, water bottle, + MIT Recreation swag
  • Fitness Backpack 
    includes Matrix backpack, 15lb dumbells, foam roller, water bottle, + MIT Recreation swag

5 lucky winners will be announced in an Instagram Story and post the first week of April!

*Only submission of participation required to be entered to win, winners are not determined by distance walked/run


woman runner listening to music in headphones from smart phoneAre you Marching to the beat of our latest playlist??

To accompany you during our March a Marathon challenge, our amazing Fitness Coordinator has put together a playlist to carry you through our suggested challenge routes. Listen now on Spotify!


Challenge Routes!

Reminder: You don’t have to run! We made these Challenge routes, well, challenging. Walking is a great way to get to the marathon distance without overdoing it upfront. You’ve got this!

  • MIT – Harvard Yard (2.3 miles):
    Run from the Zesiger Center to McCurdy Outdoor Track (Harvard).
  • Steinbrenner Track (1.0 mile):
    ON CAMPUS: Walk, jog or run FOUR laps around Steinbrenner track.
    REMOTE: Walk, jog, or run a mile around your neighborhood, local park or on a treadmill. 
  • MIT – BU (2 miles):
    Run from the Zesiger Center to Nickerson Field (BU) 
  • History Hill (2.1 miles):
    Alumni/Wang Center to Bunker Hill Monument
  • Alumni/Alumni (4.0 miles):
    Alumni/Wang Center to Alumni Fields (Tufts)  
  • Coffee Run (you decide # of miles):
    Schedule a coffee date with a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while, and jog there! 


Get creative with your routes! Let us know what challenge routes you’re trying and where you’re participating in this challenge by using #marchamarathon for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!

Every Thursday 3:00 pm-4:00 pm, Kresge Lawn

Run Club: Join MIT Recreation each Thursday in March at 3pm for a weekly 5k around the Esplanade.  Meet the team on Kresge Lawn where we’ll begin our run and finish with a post-run stretch.  Participants are welcome to run along with the group, walk or sprint ahead.

Saturday 3/4  Virtual HIIT 9:00am – 9:45am 

HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training! This fast-paced workout helps improve cardiovascular fitness and muscular power. This non-stop workout is designed to get your heart pumping while competing against the clock.

Wednesday 3/8 12:00-12:45 PM Lunch & Learn: Intro to Fitness Program Design

Getting back into strength training in the new year, but unsure how to progress? Bring your lunch and learn all about writing yourself a workout routine. This session will be informative, exercise attire not required.


Monday 3/20 Virtual Barre 6:00pm – 6:45pm

This calorie-burning class incorporates principles of ballet, pilates and yoga into one total body workout. Benefits include better posture, core strength, increased flexibility and overall muscle tone. Yoga mat, chair, and household items or light dumbbells recommended.


Friday 3/31 Virtual Wake Up & Stretch 7:30am – 8:00am

Starting with gentle stretching postures, the class will move through sun salutations and work toward a peak posture that gets you focused and ready for the day. Modifications to postures will be suggested.


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