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Hallmark Health Stride for Healthy Communities 2017

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

For a cool and rainy day we had a pretty good MRC turn out.

We had six runners and four volunteers show up for this Wakefield race.

When I arrived at Lake Q around 7AM it was spitting rain and I kept looking for some blue sky. It never arrived! The DJ completely enclosed his pop-up tent with blue tarps, and I thought he was over-doing it!

It continued to alternate between drizzle and light rain for the rest of the morning.

Hallmark Health Healthy Strides 5K, Melrose Running Club

A Thank You from Hallmark Health

A huge thank you to all who volunteered, participated, or sponsored Hallmark Health’s Stride for Healthy Communities. Despite the rain, hundreds participated or cheered friends and family members on Saturday, September 30, 2017. A special thanks to the Melrose Running Club, our partner in making this race a big success.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and participants we were able to raise over $40,000 from the event! Proceeds will be used to benefit Hallmark Health family health services such as CPR training for high school students, diabetes education and nutritional support and other initiatives to keep our communities healthy.

The fundraising was truly amazing. All club members should be proud to be associated with an event that will do so much good in our communities.

Hallmark Health Stride for Healthy Communities

Close to 200 runners had signed up for the race, but the rain kept the number of runners to 103. It’s never easy to predict the weather, regardless of the time of year. As we know from our own club races, a nice day can really help draw additional runners.

The Melrose Running Club did quite well in this small field.

Charlotte Tysall was the first place woman at 21:36! And 4th place finisher overall.

Lisa Tysell, Hallmark Health Healthy Strides 5KLisa Tysall placed second in her age group at 23:34! And 8th place overall!

I placed 3rd in my age group at 30:34. I was running the Smutteynose Rockfest Half Marathon on Sunday so I had to take it easy. I had no expectation of winning anything.

Simon Tysall came in first in his age group at 26:59!

Thuy Dang and Stephanie Lawson also ran well.

I don’t think we had any new recruits for the club. But we were there to support Hallmark Health and their effort to produce a local race that is accessible to many.

While the fundraising effort was remarkable, let’s hope for better weather next year!



Run Well my Friends,


Mary O’Donnell 5K

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

The MRC Racing Series continued on Sunday, August 13th with the Mary O’Donnell 5K.

Many MRC runners were running the Sunday Long Run and could not make the race. When the race began at 9 AM, it was already getting hot in Melrose.

Mary O’Donnel 5K and MRC Runners

Melrose Racing SeriesEven with the heat and other races and long runs, The MRC fielded 10 runners for the race.

The Tysall family had a great showing with four family members participating. Charlotte Tysall was the first MRC runner to cross the finish line at 21:26 for a first place age group finish!

Nicola Tysall finished 48th at 23:57, Lisa Tysall finished in 25:59 for a 3rd place age-group finish. Simon Tysall placed second in his age group at 29:46.

Complete Results

Our next race is The Lone Gull 10K on September 24th in Gloucester.  This is a large 10K with about 1,000 runners. Age group awards are 5 deep! This has been a popular race with MRC runners for many years. Make sure to car pool!

Also in September we have the Hallmark Health Stride for Healthy Communities 5K in Wakefield. The Melrose Running Club is a partner sponsor for this race. So not only do we hope that you register for this race, but that you volunteer some time to help out.

It is a Saturday race so all of the Sunday Long Run runners can also participate.  All children 12 and under will receive a finisher’s medal!

Just like our club races, there are many opportunities to volunteer that only require an hour or two of your time. With some assignments you can even volunteer and run.

Proceeds from this race go right back into our communities to teach high school students CPR, for example.

Run well my Friends!