14th Annual Porter Airlines Boston Tea Party Brunch

The Porter Airlines Boston Tea Party Brunch is held on the morning before the Boston Marathon and is aimed at Canadians running the Marathon and their family and friends who are supporting them. Great way to meet fellow Canadian’s before the big race. We actually have three sittings: 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am, so we cater for the early birds and also those that may wish an extra long lie in the day before the big race. It is a great way to relax and socialize with fellow Canadians and share stories of how you qualified, how your training has went, what time you are aiming for. It is a great opportunity to meet and have breakfast with Canada’s Fastest Female Marathoner Lanni Merchant who will be attending. This year the venue is the Vlora Restaurant 545 Boylston St. which is yards away from both the Marathon finish and the 5K finish. So if you are doing the 5K you can join us after the race and tell us all how you did.


14th Annual Porter Airlines Boston Tea Party Brunch

Event Details

Location Vlora Restaurant, 545 Boylston St.
United States


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Discipline Running
Start Date/Time April 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am
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Cindy Evans
April 29th, 2014 8:23 pm

I would like to propose a suggestion for future years. If someone could be outside the restaurant to let people in as seating comes available that would make it less congested. I had purchased tickets for my family of 10 to join me because it was Easter and we couldn't all sit together.
We were there for the 9:30 sitting but there were quite a few people still there from the 8:30 sitting. If I was going to do it again I would take the first sitting to avoid this.

April 30th, 2013 3:04 pm

My family and I had an excellent time at the Porter Airlines Boston Tea Party Brunch. The My Next Race team was accommodating and put on a great event. It was nice to see so many happy Canadians kicking off their carb-load together. The "Boston Screech" was entertaining. On a year where the marathon will be remembered for all of the wrong reasons, the PABTPB is a highlight that will not be forgotten.

April 11th, 2013 2:57 pm

I qualified for 2013 Boston Marathon by running the Erie Marathon in Presqu'ile State Park in Pennsylvania in September 2012. I have previously run this race. This race is organized by runners and has a smalltown feel to it. The course is run on the peninsula so you are surrounded by water and tall trees. It is 2 loops of 13.1 miles and is flat and fast. I know a lot of marathons say they are flat and fast but this is definitely the real deal. The race organization is superb, the pasta dinner is awesome and I will run this marathon every year from now on. The price is right as well!
I was pretty sure this was my last chance to qualify because it takes place in the middle of the Boston registration period. I had been trying all year but was struggling with injuries. The morning of the race I taped my foot and was determined to get it done. At one point during the race I had to get a volunteer to tie my shoe laces as I could not bend over. Ha ha. You know what I mean. Anyway I got it done narrowly and am running my fourth consecutive Boston with my girlfriend who is running her first. Although I have some nagging injuries I am pumped and set to go.
Good luck to all!!


February 28th, 2013 2:35 pm

I really enjoyed the brunch before my 2011 run and I have registered for this years brunch. I really enjoyed meeting other runners and sharinng our excitement and pre-race nerves. The food, goodie bag and event was all well done. I can't wait for this years brunch and running the famous Boston Marathon.

Peter D
May 3rd, 2012 12:25 pm

Here are some thoughts for everyone from the founder and originator of this unique race experience! Thanks to everyone over the years who have kept this fantastic Canadian tradition alive, the only Brunch in the world (we believe) with a website! From day one, this event has been alot of work, but for those who remember in the beginning (years 1-4) attendees paid the venue directly (Dicks Last Resort, a superb Brunch with Live Gospel Music). We just coordinated, arranged some prizes and frankly we did very little, maybe 150 people at the peak attended. There was no website either! But in year #5, to celebrate, the BAA emailed EVERY Canadian running, and Dicks had moved their location, so we found a new, one-time venue by the water as the Race Expo was also moved. Over 650 people showed up, which is why we added online registrations and a website! Over the years we also discovered that no restaurant or venue was either open that morning (early for the runners), or had all-you-can eat food. Those that were already open were pricey, too far away or did not want to close for a private party. Finding a suitable venue has been a challenge, as is keeping the price to a reasonable amount since EVERY one pretty much gouges the runners knowing it├Ęs one of the busiest weekends in Boston (rowing events, exams for students, sports playoffs and the Red Sox opening weekend). If you can find a buffet downtown, all you can eat, for less than $20, go for it! If not, we look forward to seating and serving you once more, and the current ownership at Vilora Restaurant is Canadian!

April 24th, 2012 8:58 am

The brunch is always a lot of fun. I would not miss it. This year was my second time and it is always wonderful to meet other Canadians doing the race. Also great to see the Canadian Consul in Boston, and the Porter Airlines rep there. The goody bag is always full, the food is very tasty, and the trivia games and Predict your Race Time competitions are always fun. Congratulations to Peter and David for putting this great event together. I also hope that Justin Bieber will be back next year.

Cindy Evans
April 23rd, 2012 3:58 pm

Great goodie bag and good food. Would definitely do the brunch again.

April 21st, 2012 10:58 pm

Our group of four enjoyed the brunch. We really liked the location because three of the four ran the 5K. So it was very convenient after we finished the race. Yes, the price was not cheap for a brunch, but we were in Boston! Neither was our hotel room! It was a good time and my only regret is that we didn't socialize more with the other Canadians there. Maybe name tags and showing where you are from in Canada would be an idea for an ice breaker. A couple of us did the "screeching in" and that was fun. The coffee was the best we had on our trip. The food could have been hotter, but it is hard to keep toast warm! The yogurt and fruit was excellent! After running the 5K I was starving, so I enjoyed the food. The goody bag was great. It was nice to meet Patrick Binns, the Canadian Consul in Boston. I only took a couple of photos of the decorations. I wish I took more!! I would go to the brunch again. But my friend can't run Boston next year due to family commitments, even though she ran an AMAZING race on Monday and re-qualified despite the heat.

April 20th, 2012 6:14 pm

Good location for the venue especially if someone in your group is going the 5km on the Sunday. Nice goodie bags. Limited selection in food for people who were running the marathon the next day and for the cost of the meal.

April 20th, 2012 12:24 pm

Well, I won the Predict Your Time contest (2012), so I thought it was great! Great food, good venue. I always like to meet up with other Canadian runners. Nice goodie bags.

K Dinner
April 19th, 2012 2:24 am

Great brunch! It was a great venue, the food was good and the games and prizes were great. I would definitely recommend the brunch.

Sylvia Cashmore
April 18th, 2012 11:07 am

2012 was my first Boston Marathon and my first brunch. At the brunch I received great advice from returning runners, and enjoyed meeting fellow Canadians. I even met up with a runner from Victoria whom I didn't know, but who knew my aunt who lives there.

Kendall Kloss
January 25th, 2012 4:59 am

I attended the 2011 brunch and would highly recommend it. The food was great, the opportunity to chat with fellow Canadians/racers and meeting Uta Pippig was amazing! Enjoy your moment!

Daniel Ethier
January 24th, 2012 8:09 pm

I attended in 2009 and 2010 and it was awesome!!!!

Shelley Thorsteinson
January 24th, 2012 8:45 pm

This was recommended to me by an aquaintance back in 2010 when I first ran Boston. Me and 4 of my dear girlfriends all qualified and we attended the brunch. The food was great, venue was spectacular and I love to joke to my friends that I went all the way to Boston to get my Tim Hortons coffee mug! This year, I will run my 2nd Boston marathon and will be bringing my husband and 4 other friends. I have recommended the Boston Tea Party to include in the full Boston experience. My only regret is that my hubby (who is a two time ironman finisher) and marathoner has to watch from the sidelines. I am hoping he wins the draw as it would be a dream to cross the finish line with my best friend in the whole world! See you at the 10am seating!

Morten Fogh
January 24th, 2012 4:54 pm

I attended the 2009 brunch and it was good. The venue that year was a little too small so we were a little tight as I was with a big group, but with a new venue that seems to be solved.

The food was what I wanted to eat the day before a marathon, so that was good.

I did feel it was a bit overpriced for breakfast. I don't mind paying a bit more for the whole experience, but when compared to going out for breakfast, it is premium priced.

I did like the fact that it felt a little like Canada and we were all the "same". No accents and no "eh" jokes.

It definitely Canadianized my first Boston experience.

Justin Mangin
January 24th, 2012 4:31 pm

I attended the brunch in 2011 and really enjoyed the spread, lots of choices and food. It was a great way to meet other Canadian runners. If I was headed back to Boston this year I would definitely attend the brunch again.

Darrell Johnson
January 24th, 2012 3:55 pm

I'm from Montreal and jumped at the chance to meet some fellow-Canadians the day before chasing the Unicorn. I attended the brunch in 2009 and 2010 and would be there again this year if I had re-qualified. The food was great but even greater was the chance to meet some fun people and even chat with Jaqueline Gareau, the Grande Dame of Canadian Boston runners. And the goody bags were of high quality and introduced me to a new Canadian running magazine.

January 24th, 2012 3:16 pm

They have changed the venue since I attended. I understand that they have made some improvmenets. Although, I did enjoy the atmosphere and meeting other runners from Canada.

Jeri Brown
January 24th, 2012 3:42 pm

Attended the brunch in 2009. The venue, food and enthusiasm of the staff made this a great start to my Boston adventure with my 3 sisters who travelled from Toronto and San Francisco to share in this achievement with me. The "loot" bags were fun and we really enjoyed the whole Boston Tea Party experience. Good luck to all 2012 Boston marathoners!

Sandi Heal
January 24th, 2012 3:52 pm

I attended the brunch in 2010 and it was wonderful. Great food. A chance to connect with other Canadians running the race.

Rick Smith
January 17th, 2012 9:04 am

I went to this event 5 years ago when it was on the waterfront, it was a bit chilly on the patio that morning but the buzz was cool. We had a super time in Boston and one of our memories was meeting other Canucks from around the country, who knew so many Canadians ran Boston each year.

Rob Cattana
January 17th, 2012 9:11 am

I can`t believe this Brunch is still going on! I was at the very first one ten years ago, at Dick`s Last Resort....can`t wait to go back and run Boston and attend this again.

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