Week 5 – Breakheart Hills

Last week we had an unusually comfortable Sunday Morning for a run, as we headed over to Winchester for the short run and out to Horn Pond for the long run. Most of you made it to where you were going, some of you didn’t. That happens occasionally as we head out further away from Melrose Center. Each week you’ll learn new roads that then become part of even further routes. Everyone made it back in one piece. I can confidently say (knocking on wood) that we’ve never completely lost a person, they always find their way back. Let’s keep it that way.

This week’s route should be familiar, it was what we ran in the first week with a little added on. We’ll start out Main Street heading north, veering right onto Green Street at Ell Pond, and turning right onto the LynnFells Parkway. Follow the parkway to the first set of lights and turn right onto Main Street in Saugus. If you’re running long follow Main Street as it turns into Farm Street up to Wakefield High School where the first water stop is. If you’re running short, take your first left off of Main Street in Saugus onto Howard Street where there will be a little water stop.

Short runners, after your water stop run back along Howard Street, turning left onto Green Street, then turn right onto the LynnFells Parkway at the set of lights. You’ll now run the start of the MRC Summer Route backwards, taking the LynnFells Parkway across Main Street, past Melrose High School, through the hills by the Fells, to Grimsby’s. Turn left onto Wyoming Ave, and another left at Main Street and find your way back to Brueggers.

Long runners, after your water stop you’ll run up the hill behind the Wakefield High School, by the Vocational School into Breakheart. Do a full counterclockwise loop of Breakheart. You’ll stay to the right and go through some massive hills. Enjoy the challenge. After the hills you’ll come out by the Headquarters lodge. There’s a water fountain there if you need it. Run by the lodge and enter back into the loop on your left. Follow this to a fork at the beach where you’ll keep to your right. Continue along the paved path and you’ll see the Voc on your right. Exit out at the Voc where you came in, back down the hill to Wakefield High School for another water stop.

After the second stop turn right onto Farm Street to the end, where you’ll turn left on Water Street. This will take you into Wakefield Center where you’ll turn left on Main Street in Wakefield. Follow Main as it becomes Main Street in Melrose and eventually Main Street in front of Brueggers  where you’ll finish.

Here’s an option for short runners, you could start your run at the corner of LynnFells and Main, parking in the lot on the corner, and jump in with the long runners, doing Main Street / Farm Street to the High School and running Breakheart, then back out to the High School and back to your car. This will give you the same distance with more interesting views. Your option.

I’m not around this week so Gail Severt will help start you off this week, Thanks Gail! Hank will be providing water stops, Thanks Hank! There will need to be a stop for the short runners at the empty lot at LynnFells and Main Street (long runners, you don’t need to stop there). Typically you can attend to the short runners and then race off to Wakefield High and meet the long runners but it’s awfully close. If Gail and Hank take care of this stop and one continues on to the High School once the runners come through, that will work better. Then Hank will man the second stop while Gail gets some running in.

Ok, that’s the plan. Who’s in for Brueggers, 8AM? Roll Call!

32 Responses to “Week 5 – Breakheart Hills”

  1. Glen says:

    In for the full, thanks!

  2. Liz says:

    Thanks Gail, inftL minus break heart

  3. Mary O'Connell says:

    Full please. Thank you!!

  4. Christina DiCalogero says:

    Jess and I are in for the short plus a few miles. Thank you.

  5. Jen Elise Prescott says:

    In for the half!

  6. Donna Leggiero says:

    I am in for short plus a couple. Thanks all!

  7. Dan Slattery says:

    In for the full 🙂

  8. Judy Dolan says:

    Mike and I in for the half

  9. Matt Kerton says:

    In for the full. Thanks!

  10. Regina Curran says:

    Hi Jim

    Julie and i are in for the full ????. Thank you

  11. Paul Locke says:

    Duncan and I are in for something resembling half.

  12. Jen Bresnahan says:

    Me, Jen Dodge, Bethany, and Andy are in for the full. Thank you to all!!

  13. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for half! Thanks!!

  14. Tom Gorman says:

    I’m in for around 8 miles.

  15. Joe Terranova says:

    In for the full. Thanks all!

  16. Lauren Cossette says:

    In for the full!

  17. Oscar Dirks says:

    Oscar and Erin in for the full

  18. Brendan LeFebvre says:

    IFTH – leaning toward the alternate start so I can get some hills in!

  19. Mike McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  20. Freddi says:

    Brian will be in the bike and I’m in for the full plus a few miles. Thanks.

  21. Jackie Ecker says:

    In for the half

  22. Jessi says:


  23. Annmarie O'Connor says:

    In for at least the half

  24. Judi Chiavetta says:

    Full pkese

  25. Judi Chiavetta says:

    Full please

  26. Lynda Field says:

    Thank you for all you do! IFTH!

  27. Jeff Rushton says:


  28. Brendan Stapleton says:

    In for long x 2

  29. Matt Sazama says:

    IFTH. Thanks!

  30. Maryanne Martin says:

    In for the half…thank you!

  31. Pam says:

    IFTH. Thanks.

  32. Alice says:

    Sorry for the late response. Noah and I IFTF

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