CAMBRIDGE — The golf course has long been a venue where business people can schmooze, make new contacts, and maybe close a deal.

But in this brainy city, home to perhaps the world’s leading biotechnology cluster and a lot of avid runners, the path to success for some is a 4½-mile jogging loop. It starts outside the headquarters of Atlas Venture, a venture capital firm in Technology Square near Kendall Square, crosses the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge to Boston, passes the Charles River Esplanade, and then curves around the Museum of Science back into Cambridge before ending where it began.

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