An army of event planners have discovered a newfound sense of purpose — and much-needed work

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A line of people snakes through the club lounge at Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots play. They’re not here for a game, though; the stadium has been converted into the biggest Covid-19 vaccination center in Massachusetts.

Look more closely and you’ll see logos showing that the site is being operated by a company called CIC, which usually manages co-working spaces. Another company, DMSE Sports, which normally directs running events including the Boston Marathon, is handling the logistics.

DMSE’s involvement makes sense, said founder Dave McGillivray, because the vaccination process “is like a race.” He gestures around the busy…


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When the middle school near Boston where she works as a librarian was shut down by coronavirus fears — followed by the gym where she boxes and the YMCA where she works out — Jamie Lightfoot found herself housebound and frustrated.

Even walking with friends seemed a bad idea. And with none of those regular outlets available to her, says Lightfoot, “I was eating a ton and just sitting around.”

So she did something that she hasn’t done regularly in five years: laced up and headed outside for a run.

“It…


There are real physical, psychological, and social benefits for people in recovery

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Scott Lapollo runs up to a popular path encircling a reservoir at the edge of Boston and smiles at the sight of hordes of other runners doing laps.

Not long ago he was more likely to spend a cloudless Saturday like this one getting high on something other than sunshine and endorphins, he says. Now he’s working his way through the legal system and fighting his addiction to prescription drugs. …


Low pay, no vacation, predatory clients. The job is so much harder than the workouts.

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Will Hansen and two colleagues spread out in a tiny conference room, wire up their laptops to a flat-screen TV, and get to work.

Spreadsheets pop up with deadlines, contacts, and sales numbers. There are flashes of event logistics software. Discussion ensues about social media strategy and “synergy” with product partners. A color-coded calendar streaks past the screen, so chaotic with appointments that it looks like modern art.

There’s little to give away what the three actually do for a living, other than their taut physiques, their head-to-toe fitness ensembles, and the kale salad Hansen downs to fuel him through…


Marijuana may be the next frontier of fitness

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About halfway through a 50-mile ultramarathon is when Herb Green says he starts to feel achy and tired. It’s no wonder; at 60, he’s completed more than two dozen extreme endurance events, and he’s a competitive distance swimmer on the side.

When the pain starts at this halfway point, Green says he sometimes deals with it by listening to music or popping some ibuprofen or acetaminophen. But music alone doesn’t always cut it for him, and the pills wear off in about an hour and could damage his liver and kidneys if he takes them too often.

So Green does…


The anxiety that’s harming hardcore athletes

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Kate Mroz-Weinstein suffered a few aches and pains after she picked up distance running to relieve the stress of writing her doctoral dissertation. Yet despite the discomfort, she eventually got so good at it that she qualified to run the most prestigious road race on the planet: the Boston Marathon.

That race was just four weeks away when, on the morning she was to defend her dissertation, Mroz-Weinstein went on a seven-mile training run to clear her head and heard a snap.

Her sacroiliac joint — where the lower spine and pelvis connect — had come out of alignment, her…


Love/Hate

How cursive, which carries social and cognitive benefits, became the latest fetish of the analogue authenticity set

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As holiday shoppers browse the handmade notecards out front, a group assembles in the back of a bright, old-fashioned letterpress shop near Harvard University. The dozen strangers, from their 20s to their 50s, drag stools to the edges of two big classroom-style tables, conspicuously put aside their phones, and then — fueled with passionfruit-flavored spring water — start practicing their penmanship.

Organized by a three-year-old company called Sip & Script, this 90-minute class is part of a slow but sure revival of handwritten communication, a resolute response to the impersonal nature of emails, texts, and online holiday messages and birthday…


YOUTH NOW

Andy Bramante coaches his students through projects most professionals would never dream of. Here’s his secret.

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Just like any other school, the entrance hall in Greenwich High is draped with banners and studded with trophies celebrating its students’ triumphs. Only here, the biggest wins come not from athletic competitions, but from the statewide and national science fairs that Greenwich High has come to dominate — the Google Science Fair, the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and more.

How they’ve done it is now the subject of The Class, a book out this month by journalist Heather Won Tesoriero. Although the students are uniquely impressive, the star of the story is…

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