2020 MRC Racing Series

The 2020 Melrose Racing Series is off to a great start.

In January, we had twenty runners at The Great Stew Chase. The total number of runners at this race has been declining over the past few years so we are on trend there.

On February 2nd we had 49 MRC runners at the Super Sunday races which is the highest turn out for any series race ever!

Judy Dolan did a fantastic job recruiting the team and putting together race day coffee and treats for everyone.

We also had eleven friends and family join the MRC team. This gave us 60 runners and volunteers and made MRC the 8th largest team at the event. Once again we had a team tent to gather in and had our eye on one of those team buses for next year!

Team MRC and Friends

The 2020 Point System

Every year the series changes. Some races fade away and some are just not very popular with our runners.

Last year we lost the Howling Wolf Half and replaced it with the Harborside Half and 5K. This year I swapped out the Running of the Leprechauns for the Malden Half and 5K.

Adding a Spring half gives you a chance to accumulate 5 points early in the year. I also increased the points for The Great Stew Chase from two to three points, since it is a 15K.

The maximum points for 2020 will be 26. That includes running both half marathons.

You will need to earn 19 points to qualify for a prize. This is approximately 75% of all possible points. This is the same percentage required last year. There are more points available this year.

You can achieve this without running either half marathon, but you will have to run all of the other races. And all of the two and three point races.

If you have not started yet you can still achieve up to 21 points if you run both halfs. So I hope you consider signing up for the Malden Half.

We have 59 members who have run at least one 5K and they are all in the running for the top prize.

The point system is very simple and the points are tracked for you. We do not give extra points for placing in a race or age group. This tends to favor a handful of runners and we want to give everyone the opportunity to go for the top prize.

Half Marathon = 5 points
15K = 3 points
5 mile or 10K = 2 points
5K, 2.5 or 1 Mile = 1 point

Most races on the schedule have set their race dates and many have opened registration.

As the year goes on I may have to change a race or two. It’s not unusual to have a race cancelled or moved to a date that conflicts with another race. I will only do this if I have to. The current race schedule pretty much set.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Run well my Friends!


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