2018 Racing Series Update July

July 18th, 2018

I’ve been away for a while, so I thought it was time for an update.

June Races

We had 29 runners at the Melrose Firefighter’s 5K on June 17th and 4 MRC runners at the Lahey Health 5K on June 23rd.

Thuy Dang, Stephanie Lawson, Melrose Racing SeriesI may drop the Lahey race from next year’s schedule as it doesn’t seem to be very popular with the club. They had 1075 runners but we only had four run.

The Melrose Fire Fighter’s had 341 runners and Melrose Running Club had 29 runners and the 2nd largest team!  Our team also came in 2nd in the over-all team time results, just 1:09 minutes behind Team Kay  Family.

Charlotte Tysall was the 2nd place female over all  with a time of  20:45!

Mike Sikkema was the 5th male over all and 1st in his age group.

Lisa Tysall won her age group!

Diarmuid Cahill came in 2nd in his age group and many other runners finished in the top 10 for their age group.

Jennifer Tinney 5 Miler and 5K

Melrose had six runners journey to Boxford for this small-town race. Stephanie Lawson ran the 5K and the following ran the 5 Miler:

Jennifer Tinney July 4th Races, Melrose Racing SeriesCynthia Berger

Greg Berger

Regina Curran

Thuy Dang

Mary O’Connell

I didn’t see any age group wins or over-all wins for these races.

The Standings So Far

With six races to go, here are the current standings for the top group of runners:

Thuy Dang has run all 8 races

Sheph Lawson and Mary O’Connell have run 7 races

Durm, Charlotte and Andy have run 4 races.

Thuy, Steph and Mary still have a shot at the jacket. The rest of us are running just for the fun of it, as always!

Upcoming Races

Cure SMA 5K

August 25th at 8:30 AM Lower Common, Wakefield, MA

Join team Melrose Running Club. Entry is $35 and there are NO FEES! Fundraising is suggested but not required. Just enter $100 into the amount field. The Race Director told me that they will not bill you for the difference, but would be thrilled if you raised a bunch of money.

Maybe the club can do a raffle basket or a 50/50 drawing? Anyone have ideas?

September 22nd is the BCBS Island Run 5K and 5 Miler. The boat leaves at 9:00AM and proper ID is required.

$50 includes your race, lunch, 21+ beverages and round-trip ride to Spectacle Island. A deal that can’t be beat!

Hallmark Health still has nothing on their we site. The Howling Wolf Half moved to October 28th so we will have two races in October and don’t need a 3rd. May have to drop Hallmark if I don’t hear from them.

We do need a November race though. Give me some ideas!

And we wind up the year with the Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run in Somerville. No date yet but I’ll keep you posted.

Andy

Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle 2018

May 20th, 2018

This past weekend a small contingent of Melrose Running Club members ran the Mystic River Herring Run 5K. No one tried the paddle part of the race, but it did sound like it would be a lot of fun.

Malrose Racing Series, Mystic River Herring Run 2018Over all, 258 runners finished the race and MRC had five runners. No PRs or medals to bring home but I think we all had a good time.

Mary O’Connell and Thuy Dang have run all of the Melrose Racing Series races this year! I think they really want those jackets!

Rain had been forecast for Saturday morning, but we ended up with near perfect running weather.

A little rain later in the day gave us all a good excuse to stay inside for a while!

 

Mystic River Herring Run 5KThe race was based out of the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive in Somerville. Shore Drive is a neighborhood street that connects The Fellsway with Rt. 38. I drive by it every day but have down the street only once or twice before.

The DCR boat house is right next to Rt. 93 and on the bike path along The Mystic. If anyone is looking to take a canoe or kayak out on The Mystic, this is the place to go. Apparently you can go anytime and rent one, no reservations required.

Some of the crew boats you see on The Mystic are based out of this DCR boathouse as well. There’s a lot going on over there!

Mystic River Herring Run

The entire race was on bike path and sidewalks through the park. We didn’t cross any intersections or have to run in the road at all.

We all started in the back of the pack, so the first half mile along the bike path was packed. Instead of lining up we hung out and had a good conversation.

You can see from the map above that they had us winding around the Mystic River State Reservation in Medford for a bit. Running along the river and through the park was pretty cool.

They had plenty of volunteers to direct us at the many turns and provide encouragement.

After the race we hung out for a while, but we all had other things to get to, like yard work. As they announced that paddle racers should start getting ready for their races, we all made our way home.

Our next race is the Melrose Firefighters 5K on June 17th. Don’t forget to register!

Run well My Friends!

Andy