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!


2018 Racing Series updates for April

April 29th, 2018

Here is an update on the  MRC Racing Series and upcoming races.

Four races in the series have been run and Mary O’Connell and Thuy Dang have run all four!

Charlotte Tysall, Stephanie Lawson, Audie Bridges, Derm Cahill and Andy Nagelin have run thee.

Lisa Tysall and Julie DeLillo have each run two races.

Twenty-Eight people have run one race so far.

Melrose Running Club, 2018 Racing SeriesOn April 21st the club ran the Not a Walk in the Park 5K in Breakheart Reservation.

Out of nine MRC runners, four placed or won!

Charlotte Tysall was the First Place woman with a time of 21:30!

David Penn was first in his AG, Derm Cahill was 2nd in his AG and Andy Nagelin was 3rd in his AG.


Here are details on the rest of the schedule:

The 22nd Annual Mystic  River Herring Run and Paddle  is on May 19th at 9 AM and is a little different than our other events.

Herring Run and Paddle, Melrose Running ClubThe race takes place at DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive in Somerville.

You can run the 5K for $25.00.

You can also race a canoe, kayak or paddle board in  a 3, 9 or 12 mile race on The Mystic River for $25.00.

If you’re really feeling ambitious you can run the 5K and do one of the paddle races for $35.00

Registration is open  and I created the “Melrose Running Club” team.

mrc racing series, melrose running club, melrose 5K raceOn June 17th we will be back in Melrose for the Melrose Firefighters Father’s Day 5KThe MRC always comes out strong to support our local firefighters.

Kids 1/4 mile Fun Run begins at 9 AM and the 5K Road Race begins at 9:30 AM. Kids race is FREE, 5K is $25, $30 day of. Registration is open.

If you are new to the club or racing, this is a good one to try out. It’s easy to get to and you’ll know a lot of people there!

Our second race for June is The Lahey Health 5K Cancer Walk & Run in Burlington on June 23rd.

Lahey Health 5K, Burlington 5K raceThe race starts at 8 AM and parking is tight. They have shuttle buses for remote parking, please check the web site for details.

Registration is $35 but MRC runners can get a $5 discount until May 10th. Use code MELROSERUN2018

Fundraising is encouraged, but optional.  They provide tools to help you fund raise such as email templates. Your registration fee goes towards fundraising, so you will by 1/3 there just by signing up to run.

I set up a Melrose Running Club team, so be sure to register under our team name!

Our 4th of July race will be The Jennifer Tinney 5K, 5 Miler and 1 Miler in Boxford. We had 14 people run these races last year.  Many people go away or have family obligations on the 4th of July, but Team MRC had a strong turnout. Registration is not open yet for this race.

For August we are back to Wakefield for the Cure SMA 5K Run and Walk on August 25th at 9:30 AM.

Registration is $35 and like the Lahey Health 5K, fundraising in encouraged but optional.

BCBS Island Run 5K and 5 Mile Trail Run on September 22nd is our “destination” race.

Registration is $50 and includes a ferry ride to Castle Island, your race, lunch, beers and a ferry ride back to Boston. Something a little different than our usual road race.

Registration is open.

As a community supporter of the Hallmark Health 5K, I thought we should include it in our series. The official date for this Wakefield race has not been posted yet.

Melrose Spooky Sprint is always an MRC favorite. Many club members run in costume with their children and it is always a fun run. Race date is October 27th at 8:30 AM.

Registration is open and is $25 for adults and $12.00 for 17 and under!

Our Half Marathon this year will be the Howling Wolf Half run from The Stone Zoo on November 4th. Registration is  open and is only $40!

Join Team “Melrose Running Club” we only have four members so far. I challenge you to find another half marathon professionally managed for $40.00.

This race was brought back from extinction last year. Due to low registrations it was cancelled in 2016, and made very little in 2017.
As the local running club I feel that we should embrace this race and do what we can to make it a success. One of the easiest things that we can do is register for the race.
This race is run on roads that all Sunday Long Runners will be familiar with. If you have never run a half marathon, join our Sunday Long Runs and give this one a try!

Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run, Somerville  5KOur December race is the Bill Rogers Jingle Bell 5K Run in Davis Square in Somerville. The 2018 date has yet to be announced. 

This is a fun holiday race and one of those large Davis Square races.

Check back for updates and let me know how you like the race series so far.