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2020 MRC Racing Series

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

The 2020 Melrose Racing Series is off to a great start.

In January, we had twenty runners at The Great Stew Chase. The total number of runners at this race has been declining over the past few years so we are on trend there.

On February 2nd we had 49 MRC runners at the Super Sunday races which is the highest turn out for any series race ever!

Judy Dolan did a fantastic job recruiting the team and putting together race day coffee and treats for everyone.

We also had eleven friends and family join the MRC team. This gave us 60 runners and volunteers and made MRC the 8th largest team at the event. Once again we had a team tent to gather in and had our eye on one of those team buses for next year!

Team MRC and Friends

The 2020 Point System

Every year the series changes. Some races fade away and some are just not very popular with our runners.

Last year we lost the Howling Wolf Half and replaced it with the Harborside Half and 5K. This year I swapped out the Running of the Leprechauns for the Malden Half and 5K.

Adding a Spring half gives you a chance to accumulate 5 points early in the year. I also increased the points for The Great Stew Chase from two to three points, since it is a 15K.

The maximum points for 2020 will be 26. That includes running both half marathons.

You will need to earn 19 points to qualify for a prize. This is approximately 75% of all possible points. This is the same percentage required last year. There are more points available this year.

You can achieve this without running either half marathon, but you will have to run all of the other races. And all of the two and three point races.

If you have not started yet you can still achieve up to 21 points if you run both halfs. So I hope you consider signing up for the Malden Half.

We have 59 members who have run at least one 5K and they are all in the running for the top prize.

The point system is very simple and the points are tracked for you. We do not give extra points for placing in a race or age group. This tends to favor a handful of runners and we want to give everyone the opportunity to go for the top prize.

Half Marathon = 5 points
15K = 3 points
5 mile or 10K = 2 points
5K, 2.5 or 1 Mile = 1 point

Most races on the schedule have set their race dates and many have opened registration.

As the year goes on I may have to change a race or two. It’s not unusual to have a race cancelled or moved to a date that conflicts with another race. I will only do this if I have to. The current race schedule pretty much set.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Run well my Friends!


The 2019 Season begins!

Monday, 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,