The 2019 Season begins!

February 18th, 2019

If you look at the Racing Series tab on the Melrose Running Club page, you will see that I have a schedule for 2019.

Some races have not posted details and some of them may not. As such the list and dates may change.

The Running of The Leprechauns just settled on March 17 in Medford this past week. They had problems getting a permit for the Malden Irish American Club.

Towns are getting tighter with race permits. Cambridge has really flipped from being runner friendly to pushing races out of town. Malden seems to be picking up the slack, but it appears there is a limit to their racing endurance.

2019 Schedule

Great Stew Chase 2019We had 22 runners at The Great Stew Chase and 31 at The Super Sunday Race event. For details on those races please click through to my blog.

We also had three people volunteer at The Super Sunday race. Volunteers are crucial to the operation of any running event. Many of you know the challenges of managing our two club races. Volunteers make it happen.

We had enough people on our team to qualify for a VIP tent which everyone seemed to enjoy. In the future we will try to get a team tent at any event that offers them.

Super Sunday 2019We do have a team for the Running of the Leprechauns. So far we are in second place and you know we can’t stand for that! Registration is still open so please join our team when you register, and earn your points.

The post race event will be inside and I’m not sure about team tents or tables.

As I mentioned above, the schedule is not written in stone.  Several races still only list 2018 information.

These races have dates and registration is open:

Not a Walk in The Park 5K – Saugus – April 27th

Gold Star Run 10K and 5K – Saugus – May 25th

Howling Wolf Half and 6K – Stoneham – October 27th

How will 2019 Work?

I’m sure that some of you are curious how you can win a jacket or another prize in the 2019 MRC Racing Series. In the past we counted each race as one point. Who ever ran the most races won.

As people missed races or got started late they began to loose sight of the prize. We all know the real prize is running and good health, but I digress.

The details are still being finalized but here are the basics.

A 5K will count for 1 point.

A 5 Miler, 10K or 15K will count for 2 points.

The Howling Wolf Half will count for 5 points.

Since the Howling Wolf is in October it will give people a chance to catch up and possibly win.

So as you sign up for races, keep the prize in mind and choose wisely!

I’m sure you have questions so let me know.

Run well my Friends,

Andy

2018 Racing Series Recap

December 24th, 2018

Our second Annual MRC Racing Series has concluded.

Melrose Running Club Racing SeriesWe had 26 runners at the Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Classic. The weather was pretty good, except for a little hail! After the race most of us gathered at The Burren for a few beverages. Many of us saw Bill Rodgers and some took a few snaps.

I saw him as I was heading out. He was sitting right next to the front door with a table full of people hanging on his every word. He kind of looks like an elf!

Thuy Dang and Mary O’Connell ran their twelfth race of the series and clinched the jacket! I know that they both made personal sacrifices to run these twelve races and they should be proud of their accomplishment.

Stephanie Lawson ran her 11th race and is our second place winner.  All three of our winners ran The Howling Wolf Half also. So no one took the easy way out.

I came in third and Diarmuid Cahill came in fourth. Everyone else ran four or fewer races.

Increasing Participation

Don Keren and I came up with the idea of a club racing series during a Tuesday night club run. I was excited about all of the great races I kept finding and said that it would be great if we could get more people to go to these races. I really wanted to encourage our new members to run races. Don said, why don’t you organize a series like other clubs do.

This was in early December which gave me a few weeks to come up with a schedule and a January race.

Great Stew Chase, MRCI picked the Great Stew Chase since it was later in January and we had a huge turn out. I’m not sure if the club participated in past years but we certainly made an impression in 2017!

In 2017 The Series had 86 runners and a total of 178 race finishers. In 2018 we had about the same number of participants but had 188 race finishers.

We are hoping that even more of you will lace up and join us in 2019.

Nick Lamberti included a link to a Racing Series survey in one of his email blasts. We had about 25 people respond and I’ll be using this input as I develop the 2019 schedule.

Looking to 2019

The survey said people were looking for  more multi-distance races and 10Ks in particular. As I set up the 2019 schedule I’ll be looking for multi-distance events but will not be adding a marathon.

The first race for 2019 will be The Great Stew Chase again. This is a great club event and I would love for all of you to come out and run this race.

I have added the registration link on the MRC web site. Registration is $28 all-in. Not bad.

Please be sure to register under The Melrose Running Club.

Super Sunday RacesOur February race is The Super Sunday 5 Miler and 5K in Kendall Square. Judy Dolan has created a team for us, so please be sure to register under the club name.

You can run either race and enjoy an awesome party with a band, hot food and cold beer. The MIT/Kendall T stop is just down the street, so no one has to drive.

In March we will head over to Medford for The Running of The Leprechauns 5K. Many MRC runners participate in this race every year. The registration link is live, but I have not set up a team yet.

A lot of races have either not confirmed their date yet or registration has not opened. I will post more details on the 2019 schedule in January.

Run well my Friends!

Andy