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2018 Melrose Racing Series Awards

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Melrose Racing Series2017 was a bit of a test run for the MRC Racing Series. Many clubs have a Grand Prix or race series and many have had them for years. 2017 was our first year with an organized race series.

Some clubs have complex point systems and requirements that need to be met in order for your running to count.

Our series is designed to give everyone an equal chance to win the top prize. And we encourage our newest members to participate and enjoy the running experience.

Melrose Racing Series Awards

Ed Bradford, Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint

Any member of the Melrose Running Club can run one of our races and get a point. You do not need to be in a photo or even wear a club shirt.

We strongly encourage you to wear a club shirt and hope to get everyone one in the group photo at the very least.

Our point system is very simple also: run a race, get a point. No multipliers or bonus points. You can come in last and get as many points as someone who places first overall.

This gives each club member an equal chance to win an award. We hope this simple and fair system encourages all of our new club members to participate in the series.

Often you can get a ride from another club member and all you have to do is run your race.

2017 Melrose Racing Series Awards

Stephanie Koh earned the most points in 2017. She ran a total of 6 out of 11 races. Her prize for 2017 is a free one-year club membership.

We had four people run five races and come in second place:

Derm Cahill
Stephanie Lawson
Andy Brown
Thuy Dang

They will get a club t-shirt.

I will update this post with more details soon.

2018 Melrose Racing Series Awards

The top prize for 2018 is a Melrose Running Club jacket. If you have seen these jackets you know that they are very nice, quality jackets.

To add a bit of a challenge to winning a jacket you have to do more than run more races than anyone else.

For 2018 there will be 14 races. There were just too many for me to keep it to twelve.

To win a jacket you must run 12 of the 14 races.

I know this is a challenge. I organized the races last year and even I couldn’t run them all.

Second place will be a club t-shirt and we still need to work on a 3rd place prize.

Last year the Twin Lights Half was cancelled, but we had two races in October so we still had twelve races.

If one of our scheduled races is cancelled I will add another race later in the year to make up for it.

Race Discounts

Occasionally I am able to get a discount for club members. Currently the Howling Wolf Half is only $40. I do not know how much longer this discount will be available, but for a half marathon this is a bargain.

When I get a discount I will post the code for you on the Melrose Running Club web site.

I hope everyone had fun last year and I hope to see you out there in 2018!

Run well my Friends!


MRC Racing Series Updates

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Dear Runners,

The Twin Lights Half is coming up next weekend. I hope everyone was able to take advantage of the $25 discount on the registration fee. $50 for a half marathon is a bargain. The Run to Remember registration is now $120!

The Melrose Firefighter’s 5K registration is open. I did not ask for a discount for this race.

The Jennifer Tinney 4th of July Races and the Mary O’Donnell 5K are still questionable. I have not been able to reach the Boxford Athletic Association about the Tinney races. On April 4th, the Race Director for the Mary O’Donnell 5K told me they would be posting a date soon, but nothing so far.

I’ll give these a few more weeks.

Registration for the Lone Gull 10K has not opened yet, but I’m 99% sure this race is still on.

Registration is open for the Hallmark Health 5K and Melrose Y Spooky Sprint 5K.

The Run For All Ages and Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run dates have been set, but I do not expect registration to open for a few more months.

I hope everyone has been enjoying the series so far. If you want to run one of these races but need a ride please ask on our FaceBook page. Someone always has room in their car and I have carpooled to each race so far.

Run well my Friends,