2018 Melrose Racing Series Kicks Off

January 16th, 2018

Hi Everyone,

The 2018 Melrose Racing Series is kicking off  with the 44th Annual 15K Great Stew Chase in Lynn on Sunday January 28th at 10 AM.

The out and back course starts from the Briarcliff Lodge at 177 Lynnfield Street., Lynn and goes to Centennial Park in Peabody. It returns on a similar course to finish in front of the K of C. A water stop at 3 and 6.5 miles. All miles are marked. The course is wheel measured with one “memorable” hill at the half way point.

Registration is $22 all in until January 26th. Race day registration is $25.00. There are no teams to join for this race. Just wear your colors and come and have some fun.

Cupids Chase 5K

cupid's chase 5K race, wakefield, 5k raceOn February 10th we have our second race of the series, the Cupids Chase 5K in Wakefield.  The race starts at 10 AM and is very familiar to all of us.

The race starts and ends at the Lakeside Inn, 595 North Ave, Wakefield, MA.

Registration in $29 for Individuals and $35 for Couples.

Day of registration is $35 for Individuals and $65 for Couples.

There are no teams for this race either. Cold Sam Adams will be served after the race to all who are of age.

The Malden Rotary Road Race

New for 2018, The Malden Rotary Road Race offers both a 5K and 10K.

The race is March 24th with the 10K starting at 9:30 and the 5K at 10 AM.

The race is based out of Monsignor Foley Hall, Cheverus School, Ferry Street, Malden, Massachusetts 02148.

Post race party includes Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Brunch at the Dockside Restaurant, Centre Street, Malden.

Registration is $30 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K. No team for this race.

This is a less expensive and more convenient race than last year’s Craicfest 5K.

April Race

The race for April is still not decided.  I was planning on the FSI for Autism 5K in Everett, but they still have not posted a date. I’ll give them a few more weeks. If they do not hold the race this year, we will go back to the April Fool’s 4 Miler.

The April Fool’s race is March 31st. A Saturday, but also another March race.

I selected mostly Saturday races this year so that Sunday Long Runners can still participate in the Racing Series. The Great Stew Chase is on a Sunday, but everyone seemed to enjoy that race.

Run well my Friends!


Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint 5K 2017

October 29th, 2017

The Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint has been a popular race with Melrose Running Club members for years.

It starts across the street from where the club meets and many runners come out for the 5K run with their kids.

This year the MRC had 38 runners, which may be an all time high.

MRC at the Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint

Melrose Running Club, Spooky SprintThe top Melrose Running Club finisher was Charlotte Tysall at 18:52! She was the second place women’s finisher over all, and came in 9th place over all.

Nicola Tysall came in first in her age group at 24:08! Nicola ran with her mother who also came in at 24:08.

Kate Sikkema came in second in her age group at 24:54, but she had her dad Mike to hold her back! After the race Mike said that Kate had improved her finish by more than a minute over last year’s finish.

Kate Sikkema, Mike SikkemaCynthia Berger came in second in her age group at 24:11 and Judy Dolan placed second in her age group at 29:47.

Ed Bradford came in first in his age group at 19:10! Ed was the top men’s finisher for the MRC and came  in 11th place over all.

Running Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint

Many of us have run this course many times, but it is still challenging. The race starts on East Foster Street next to the YMCA. All the way up Foster it is up hill until we turn right onto Lebanon Street.

Ed Bradford, Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint

Lebanon rolls a little bit and then goes down hill as we approach the right onto Sylvan Street. Sylvan has another hill and then we run through the gravel parking lot behind the ball fields and track.

When I first started running on the gravel it felt odd and it seemed difficult to solidly land my feet. About half way across the parking lot it suddenly felt natural.

At the end of the lot we ran across the wet grass to Woodside Road. Woodside winds behind the care takers home and has a bit more hill. On this road at about 1.6 miles they had the water stop. It was a cool day and few people seemed to be stopping.

We ran Woodside out to Main Street and took a right. The road seemed closed or at least patrolled, so some of us ran on the side of the street.

As we approached the intersection with Sylvan Street I remembered that this race had a few turns before the finish.

There were police at the Sylvan and Wyoming Street intersections. The smaller streets were not controlled. As we approached Grove Street it became apparent the the street was open to traffic and many people ran on the sidewalk.

The crowd of runners was pretty thin as we ran up Grove. At the corner of Dell Ave we took a left and a small crowd cheered us on. I could hear someone close behind me on Dell Ave so I kept pushing.

As we turned left onto Foster I heard steps getting closer. I kept pushing but three or four people younger than I passed by quickly.

I had a good run and felt comfortable and in control the entire race.

Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint 5K 2017People were hanging out after the race. I quickly headed for the donut table and picked up half of a chocolate glazed donut. It’s better to grab a donut from the back of the rack and before the kids get there!

I watched one little boy touch three or four donuts like he was buying fruit. He settled on the fifth half jelly donut he touched, which looked just like the other four. But what do I know?

These cup cakes looked really good. But I had a donut and was able to resist.

There are a lot of photos on Facebook. The photos posted here are from Rob Busby and the YMCA’s photographer.

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