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!


2019 Race Series Spring Updates

April 5th, 2019

Well, it is officially spring and we are one-quarter of the way through the 2019 series already.

If you haven’t joined us for a race yet I encourage you to join us! If you are new to the club this is a great way to try a race and hang out with your new friends!

This year we are using a point system. I briefly described this in a previous post. Here are more details. There are 13 races again this year and each race is worth points.

Each 5K is worth 1 point
Each 5 Miler, 10K or 15K is worth 2 points
Howling Wolf Half is worth 5 points

Running of the Leprechauns 2019, Melrose Running ClubMaximum points for the racing series are 21 and you need to earn at least 16 to get a prize.

If you start the series with the Not a Walk in The Park 5K in Saugus, you can get to 16 points.

One reason I added points this year is so you can join the series later in the year and still be in the running for the prize.

It also allows you to pick and choose which races you want to run to get to 16+ points. It can be done without running the Howling Wolf.

The Leader Board as of April 1st:

4 runners have 6 points
5 runners have 4 points
4 runners have 3 points
31 runners have 2 points
4 runners have 1 point

Super Sunday Race, Melrose Running Club48 club members have run at least one race and I think that is the most runners ever for a year.

Below is the race schedule. Some races have not posted dates yet, so there may be some changes. You can register for the races right from the Racing Series page.

And let me know if you need a ride!


2 1/27/2019 Sunday 15K Great Stew Chase
2 2/3/2019 Sunday Super Sunday 5 Miler
1 2/3/2019 Sunday Super Sunday 5K
1 3/17/2019 Sunday Running of The Leprechauns 5K
1 4/27/2019 Saturday Not a walk in the Park 5K
2 5/25/2019 Saturday Gold Star Run for Honor 10K
1 5/25/2019 Saturday Gold Star Run for Honor 5K
1 6/16/2019 Sunday Melrose Firefighters 5K
1 7/4/2019 Thursday Jennifer Tinney 5k, 5 Miler and 1 Miler
1 8/24/2018 Saturday Cure SMA 5K Run/Walk
2 9/21/2018 Saturday BCBS Island Run 5 Miler Trail Run
1 9/21/2018 Saturday BCBS Island Run 5K  Trail Run
1 8/14/2018 Wednesday Melrose Wakefield Health Stride for Healthy Communities
1 10/27/2018 Saturday Melrose 5K Spooky Sprint
5 11/4/2018 Sunday Howling Wolf Half
1 11/4/2018 Sunday Howling Wolf 6K
1 12/16/2018 Sunday Bill Rogers Jingle Bell 5K Run