About The Club
The Melrose Running Club was formed as a non-profit organization in 1996 with the charter to make a positive contribution to our community while promoting the sport of running. Over the years the club has grown into a social, supportive group of over 150 local runners. Although the ability of members varies from the new runner just developing a routine to the seasoned veteran training for their next marathon, each runner shares in the joy of running and the camaraderie that comes with running as part of a club.
The main club run is held every Tuesday at the Melrose Knights of Columbus at 7PM. The club sticks to two sets of routes, the summer routes and the winter routes. The unofficial rule is the summer routes are run while the Red Sox season is going which hopefully runs from April through late October. When the Sox bats go silent we run the winter routes which use safer roads for snowy runs. Routes always start at the Knight of Columbus and share a common path for the first few miles to allow all runners to socialize at the start of the run. As the routes loop around Melrose there are options to turn at various points in the run, cutting back to the Knights of Columbus. This gives members the opportunity to stretch their runs between 3 and 7 miles.
Each Saturday small groups of MRC runners meet at the Melrose YMCA to run various routes. The groups usually leave the YMCA at 7AM and 8AM, check the MRC Online Forum for information on this weeks Saturday Run.
The MRC Sunday Long Run Program is held during the winter and summer sessions and is designed to help club members train for Marathons and Half Marathons. Each week several runners meet at 8AM outside the Melrose YMCA for long runs. Routes change each week and typically a half and full marathon training route is offered. Participant provided water stops are available every 3 to 4 miles along the run. Please watch the MRC Forum for details on the Sunday Long Run Program.
Contributing to the Community
The Melrose Running Club is committed to making positive contributions to the communities in and around Melrose. Each year during the holiday season, MRC members contribute food for needy families at Thanksgiving and collect clothes for local shelters at Christmas. Members of the club have also donated their time to participate in programs at local schools, presenting information about the benefits of choosing a healthy lifestyle, learning to train properly, safety issues, and the sense of accomplishment felt by participating in sports. The Melrose Running Club participates in the Melrose Adopt-a-site Program, tending to a site adjacent to the Melrose Knights of Columbus.
Our Walk-to-Run Program is offered each spring and is geared towards individuals who regularly walk for exercise but are looking to take the next step to running. Over a 10 week period Walk-to-Runners are eased into running with a half-hour of mixed walking and running routine. Each week the mix gradually works towards less walking and more running, culminating in a "graduation run" of 3 non-stop miles of running. Graduates of the Wak-to-Run program recieve a 1-Year membership to the Melrose Running Club upon the completion of the program.
Melrose Run for Women
Each Mother's Day, Melrose Running Club hosts the Melrose Run For Women. The proceeds raised in this event are to the Melrose Alliance Against Violence, a local organization devoted to community awareness activities, education and prevention programs, resource and referral services, and outreach support for victims of domestic violence.
Assault on Mt Hood
The Melrose Running Club hosts a 3.25 mile cross-country run each year in December. This run traverses the rugged terrain of Melrose's Mount Hood Golf Course. The run is co-hosted by the Melrose Fish and Game Club located adjacent to Mount Hood. Proceeds from the race benefit local childrens' athletic programs.
Throughout the entire year MRC members participate in a wide range of activities. MRC volunteers can be found at Melrose and Boston area races such as the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Half Marathon & 5K, the Tufts 10K, and our own Melrose Run For Women. Our runners are encouraged to participate in local road races and each month a local race is chosen as our "Race of the Month" drawing many MRCers to enter. We have also assembled teams to participate in the Vermont City Marathon and the Lake Winnipesaukee Relay. Periodically the club meets for non-running social events like our summer barbecue and holiday party. Many holidays throughout the year are celebrated with short "fun runs" and the first Tuesday of each month is marked with it's own celebration.
The Melrose Running Club is a proud member club of the Road Runner's Club of America (RRCA). We are also a member club of the Mill Cities Alliance.