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2018 Racing Series updates for April

Sunday, 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.


Jennifer Tinney Road Races

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

What a great day for racing!

Melrose runners participated in ten races over the holiday weekend and eight races on the Fourth of July. There may have been more races, but I can only see 10 races on the MRC web site.

Four runners ran two races on The 4th of July: Matt Kerton, Andrea Kerton, Gail Severt and Andy Brown. I’ve done that twice before, and it’s not easy. From their times it looked like they were able to get to their second race, no problem.

Jennifer Tinney Road Races

I wasn’t sure how many people would drive to East Boxford Village to run a 5K or 5 mile race. When I got there I was pleasantly surprised to see so many purple singlets! Four people ran the 5K and nine people ran the 5 miler.

We are missing Rebecca Hughes, one of our recent Walk-to-Run graduates. A Walk-to-Run grad ran a 5K right after finishing her training! How cool is that!

And Mike Sikkema won the whole enchilada! He received a medal for winning his age group, and a gift card for winning the race.  Lots of other medals for MRC runners. Jennifer Tinney Road Races, Melrose Running Club

I ran the Jennifer Tinney 5 Miler in 2013 and loved the whole scene up in Boxford. It’s a small town. The race is low key and it has more of an emphasis on family. I love a big race in Cambridge or Boston, but a change of pace is always a nice change of pace.

I’ll have a more complete blog post on Wednesday morning around 10AM. It will be on my FB page and the blog it self.

Off to the next race

Our next race is the Mary O’Donnell 5K at Pine Banks in Melrose. This is almost as convenient as the Firefighter’s Father’s Day 5K.

Registration is open, but I do not see a way  to make a club designation. This is their 2nd running of this race and I get the impression they are still learning how to do this.

This race raises funds for ALS. Over the weekend Lou Frates was in the hospital and it looks bleak to a non-professional. That being said, please consider this race a worthy cause to support with your running dollars.

I did ask about a discount for the club. We could get a $5.00 discount per runner if five or more of us signed up on a sheet of paper. The logistics of getting everyone and their checks together and not missing anyone were more than I was willing to take on.

In addition, I think the people looking for a cure for ALS need our $5.00 more than we do.

The Mary O’Donnell 5K is at 9AM on August 13th. The Sunday Long run will be 16.2 miles that day, and I cannot miss it. As such, I wont be able to run  this race.

I encourage everyone who is not doing the SLR program to sign up and head over to Pine Banks for a great run and to support a local 5K race.

Run well my Friends,