When devoted distance runner Martin Hanley tackled “Finnegans Wake’’ one New England winter, the idea for the James Joyce Ramble came to him. Now, runners take a literary journey while they race. After leaving the Endicott Estate, participants pass well-known town landmarks and, on average, 25 costumed actors reading from selected works of the Irish author. “I was trying to bring a fine-art flair to the running scene,’’ said Hanley, founder, race director, and Screen Actors Guild member. “It’s the only theatrical event where the audience is moving as fast as they can and the actors are standing perfectly still.’’ Each mile features a different entry from Joyce’s writings, with “Finnegans Wake’’ in Mile 1, “Ulysses’’ in Mile 2, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’’ in Mile 3, all the way to the aptly chosen “The Dead’’ in Mile 6. April 29, 11 a.m. www.ramble.org
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