Running Club sets up Dot-themed ‘Bingo’ to boost local businesses

When the warmer months roll around, Dorchester Running Club traditionally mounts a “summer run series” in which members meet up at a local bar or restaurant, go for a run, and then hang out for a drink or meal afterwards.

This year, club president Stefanie O’Shea has devised a new way for folks to have some summer fun and support the local economy: a Dorchester-themed bingo. 

A custom “Dot Days of Summer” bingo card created by O’Shea features an assortment of activities to do in Dot, including running on the Neponset Trail, taking a selfie with the gas tank, ordering takeout from a number of local businesses, and even snapping a pic with the Reporter newspaper.

Over the next few weeks, participants can fill out their cards for the chance to win gift cards from Dorchester establishments.

“We still wanted to see how we can continue putting money into local businesses,” said O’Shea. “This is a fun way to get people into the restaurants but also out and about in the community, taking pictures of places. It’s something fun to do with kids and the whole family.”

Those who fill out a row on their card can submit their entry by Friday night each week to be entered into a raffle with prizes of gift cards from Landmark Pub, Savin Hill Fitness, Dorchester Brewing, Neponset Circle Car Wash, and others. The first round of cards will be due next Friday, June 19.

Participants who cover the entire card will be entered into a grand prize drawing to be held on July 11. 

Bingo cards are available for $20 and can be purchased from Stefanie O’Shea through PayPal, Venmo, or by mail. For questions and more information, contact