Week 8 – Its Getting Real!

Week 7 gave us fresh ice and snow underfoot and crazy plow drivers swarming as roughly 30 SLRunners made their way through Melrose, Stoneham, and Medford. It was wet and cold, but it was beautiful…

This week the weather is predicted to be rainy and cold in the morning so dress appropriately as the miles continue to climb to 18 miles for the long runners and 9 for the half runners. The route incorporates much of the route of what was the Law Enforcement Half Marathon after it left Melrose and before it moved to Boston, during the few years it started at Lake Quannapowitt.

Route Maps –

Start 1- This week we start up Main Street towards Ell Pond. Say ‘Hi’ to the Clarence DeMar monument for luck and bear right onto Green Street to a traffic light where you turn left onto the Lynn Fells Parkway. Follow the Lynn Fells all the way to the Saugus entrance to Breakheart on the left. Follow the road up to the upper parking lot at the headquarters building. Look around for the water stop, where we find parking varies every visit.

Start 2- All runners, short and long, will head into Breakheart. We’ll be taking the outer loop around Breakheart Reservation. We typically go in the right side and run counterclockwise through the woods, bearing right at the fork in the road at the swimming area. Some runners like to go clockwise, others like to just run the flat side, so feel free to improvise, just don’t cheat yourself out of miles. Make your way back to the headquarters parking lot for a second water stop.

Half-Finish- The half runners backtrack the way they came to finish up their 9 mile run, along the Lynn Fells Parkway to the left on Green Street and back onto Main Street to finish at Brueggers.

Long 3- The long runners will had back along the Lynn Fells but will turn right onto Main Street in Saugus at the first set of lights. The group will continue on Main as it becomes Farm Street in Wakefield and stop at a water stop on the right at Wakefield High School.

Long 4- After the water stop you’ll continue on Farm Street to a right onto Water Street and an immediate left onto Montrose Street. This windy hilly road will bring you to its end where you turn left on Salem Street. Salem will fork left, but you’ll take a right onto Lowell Street at a rainy version of this scene…

Lowell Street will bring you up to Lake Quannapowitt near the Gingerbread Construction Company. Cross to the left side of the road, turn left onto Quannapowitt Way and look for the water stop in the Comverse parking lot.

Long 5- After this stop you’ll make your way over to North Ave, choosing to either go along the dirt path or follow the roadway through the parking lot. At North Ave go left and follow it all the way back to Main Street, where the final water stop will be waiting for you at Nick’s Pizza.

Long Finish- From here you’re going back to Melrose along Main Street, straight back to Brueggers to finish  your 18 miler.

Water Stops- Hank is taking the week off, but I’ll be joined by Tom and Audrey at Breakheart. After runners come through there for the second time Tom and Audrey will head over to the drop off area in front of Wakefield High School. When runners make their way through there Tom will move on to Comverse. I’ll meet up with Audrey to help care for the last runners through. After we’re done there I’ll head over to Nick’s, Audrey will check on Tom’s stop, and when they’re done there they’ll meet up with me at Nick’s. That’s the plan.

Roll Call! I know quite a few of you are heading down to the cape to run in the Hyannis Marathon or Half so I’m expecting a little lighter of a crowd this week. Let me know if you’re coming so I have the right amount of supplies for the week. Who’s in?


25 Responses to “Week 8 – Its Getting Real!”

  1. Regina Curran says:

    Hi Jim

    Julie and I are in for the half! Thank you

  2. Valerie Smith says:

    I am in for the half. Thank you. Valerie

  3. Donna Leggiero says:

    Audrey and I are in for the half. Thank you!

  4. Dan Slattery says:

    In for the full. Thanks 🙂

  5. Joe Terranova says:

    In for at least half, maybe a little more

  6. Jeff Rushton says:

    In for the full …thanks!

  7. Johan says:

    In for the full

  8. Christina DiCalogero says:

    Jess and I are in for the full. Thanks!

  9. Tara Beardsley says:

    I keep missing the photo ops! IFTWF (in for the wet full!)

  10. Greg Mastrangelo says:


  11. Lee says:

    IFTF. TYJC et al…

  12. Mary O'Connell says:

    In for full. Thank you!!

  13. Lois says:

    In for the half.

  14. Don Keren says:

    In for the full, thanks

  15. Thuy Dang says:

    Mary & I R IFTF. We are starting early at Nick’s and will meet @ Brueggers.

  16. Michael McLaughlin says:

    I’m in for something between half and full. Thanks

  17. Rowena Hakkaoui says:

    Iftf. Thanks.

  18. Tracy Hamlin says:

    In for the full

  19. Rachel Bandi says:

    In the the full. Thank you!

  20. Jackie Ecker says:

    I ran 10 today so tomorrow I am IFTH. Thanks!

  21. Amy Giuliano says:

    I’ll be joining (with Melissa) for about 13. Thank you!!

  22. Roy Mounier says:

    In for the full

  23. Maryanne Martin says:


  24. Heather says:

    Full please.

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