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Keep Your Shoes on Folks

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

It’s looking like we will be running virtual races for quite some time. I keep getting updates from races almost every day. Some are hopeful postponements, but most are facing reality and going right to virtual.

I hope you have had a chance to sign up for the Stepping Stones for Stella 5K or 10K. Melrose has 10 runners signed up so far.

They are even taking race day registrations, so you can sign up anytime between now and June 21st!

Registration is free but please make a donation if you are able to.

Stepping Stones for Stella, Virtual 5K

High5Em provides details on how to record and report your results.

The Jennifer Tinney 4th of July Road Races have gone virtual also. I have updated the links to the right so you can sign up anytime.

The 5 and 2.5 mile runs are $25 and the 1 mile run is $20. You will only get Racing Series points for one race, but you are welcome to run them all.

The 5 miler is worth 2 points, the 2.5 and 1 milers are worth 1 point.

The Melrose Wakefield Healthcare STRIDE FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES 5K RUN/WALK is still looking like a live event on August 12th.

The race is managed by the hospital and a group of nurses, so maybe they know something The Governor doesn’t?

This is a fun mid-week (Wednesday) run around our own Lake Q and the funds go to a good cause.

I know that virtual races aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s alls we got!

I’m looking forward to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Island Run in September, but three months out is a light year these days.

I’ll continue to keep an eye on things and try to keep everyone up to date.

Looking forward to seeing you all someday,


Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint 5K 2017

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

The Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint has been a popular race with Melrose Running Club members for years.

It starts across the street from where the club meets and many runners come out for the 5K run with their kids.

This year the MRC had 38 runners, which may be an all time high.

MRC at the Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint

Melrose Running Club, Spooky SprintThe top Melrose Running Club finisher was Charlotte Tysall at 18:52! She was the second place women’s finisher over all, and came in 9th place over all.

Nicola Tysall came in first in her age group at 24:08! Nicola ran with her mother who also came in at 24:08.

Kate Sikkema came in second in her age group at 24:54, but she had her dad Mike to hold her back! After the race Mike said that Kate had improved her finish by more than a minute over last year’s finish.

Kate Sikkema, Mike SikkemaCynthia Berger came in second in her age group at 24:11 and Judy Dolan placed second in her age group at 29:47.

Ed Bradford came in first in his age group at 19:10! Ed was the top men’s finisher for the MRC and came  in 11th place over all.

Running Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint

Many of us have run this course many times, but it is still challenging. The race starts on East Foster Street next to the YMCA. All the way up Foster it is up hill until we turn right onto Lebanon Street.

Ed Bradford, Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint

Lebanon rolls a little bit and then goes down hill as we approach the right onto Sylvan Street. Sylvan has another hill and then we run through the gravel parking lot behind the ball fields and track.

When I first started running on the gravel it felt odd and it seemed difficult to solidly land my feet. About half way across the parking lot it suddenly felt natural.

At the end of the lot we ran across the wet grass to Woodside Road. Woodside winds behind the care takers home and has a bit more hill. On this road at about 1.6 miles they had the water stop. It was a cool day and few people seemed to be stopping.

We ran Woodside out to Main Street and took a right. The road seemed closed or at least patrolled, so some of us ran on the side of the street.

As we approached the intersection with Sylvan Street I remembered that this race had a few turns before the finish.

There were police at the Sylvan and Wyoming Street intersections. The smaller streets were not controlled. As we approached Grove Street it became apparent the the street was open to traffic and many people ran on the sidewalk.

The crowd of runners was pretty thin as we ran up Grove. At the corner of Dell Ave we took a left and a small crowd cheered us on. I could hear someone close behind me on Dell Ave so I kept pushing.

As we turned left onto Foster I heard steps getting closer. I kept pushing but three or four people younger than I passed by quickly.

I had a good run and felt comfortable and in control the entire race.

Melrose YMCA Spooky Sprint 5K 2017People were hanging out after the race. I quickly headed for the donut table and picked up half of a chocolate glazed donut. It’s better to grab a donut from the back of the rack and before the kids get there!

I watched one little boy touch three or four donuts like he was buying fruit. He settled on the fifth half jelly donut he touched, which looked just like the other four. But what do I know?

These cup cakes looked really good. But I had a donut and was able to resist.

There are a lot of photos on Facebook. The photos posted here are from Rob Busby and the YMCA’s photographer.

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