2019 Racing Series Wrap Up

December 24th, 2019

What a year for the Melrose Running Club Racing Series. 2019 was our third year and had the highest participation with 262 “runners.”

That number includes many people who ran multiple races, many new runners and our Racing Series winners.

Judy Dolan came in first place with 17 points. In addition to being our top runner this year, Judy also captained the Super Sunday race event which had 31 runners.

Mike Dolan and Cynthia Berger came in second place with 13 points.

It was great to see new club members at the races and to see new runners going out for their first 5K or half marathon! That’s what this is all about.

Running is called a solitary sport and often it is. When a group of us go to a race and spend time together afterwards, it doesn’t feel so solitary. I think many of us got to know each other better this year.

2020 Racing Series Calendar

I have updated the Racing Series Calendar to 2020. Registration for races through April is open.

I have swapped out The Running of the Leprechauns for the Malden Half and 5 Miler. They are on the same day in 2020. Malden gives us two race distances to choose from and allows you to get 5 racing points early in the season.

I removed the Cure SMA 5K in August since the club sponsors the Hallmark Health 5K in August.

The rest of the schedule should remain the same as 2019. Occasionally races get cancelled or change their date and that is how we end up with two races in a month sometimes.

I hope everyone had a great 2019 and I look forward to seeing all of you at our 2020 club races.

Run well my Friends,

Andy

Racing Series Summer Update

August 24th, 2019

I hate to say it but summer is almost over. While it felt hot on most of our runs, Berry Burbank says we’ve only had 14 days over 90° so far this summer.

The results for the Melrose-Wakefield and Cure SMA 5K races have been added. Let me know if one of your races appears to be missing.

Howling Wolf Half has been Cancelled

The big news is that our local Half Marathon has been cancelled. It has always been a struggle to keep this race going for several reasons. From the sound of the email from the race director, this race may be gone for good. He put up a good fight but the DCR has been a major challenge for this race right from the beginning.

The good news is that I have selected a replacement that seems to be very popular.

Harborside Half Marathon and 5K

2019 is the 4th running of this half and over the past few years a dozen or so club members have run this race. They will have a 5K race this year also.

So you can run The Half for 5 racing points or run the 5K for 1 racing point. Either way it should be a good time.

Everyone gets great food and Ipswich Ale, half marathoners also get a great quarter-zip shirt and a medal.

They do not have teams, so we will have to find our own gathering spot to a team photo and to hang out and have some fun.

I know that a lot of people have registered already. For everyone else I was able to get a 15% discount code!

The code is valid through October 20th, but don’t wait to sign up. I hear that this race has sold out previously.

The code is MelroseHarbor15 and please only use the code if you are an MRC member.

Loco Running puts on a lot of great races and many of us have run many of them over the years. They know what they are doing.

This also gives us a November race and only one October race. With races changing dates or being cancelled, creating a schedule in December for the next twelve months can be challenging.

Click HERE to register and don’t forget to use your discount code.

Run well My Friends!

Andy