Week 11 – May The Road Rise To Meet You

Happy St Patrick’s Day to you all! Today is traditionally full of drinking and dancing, which I hear was practiced at last week’s water stops as well. Thank you Lois, Hank, Tom, Audrey, and Jen Elise for helping everyone get through their run hydrated and well fed. Congrats to all that ran the Black Cat, and those venturing off to places like Virginia Beach to run races this week. For the rest of you, keep focused on what’s ahead of you, there are only a few weeks left to your adventures.

So while I was away Mother Nature obviously thought you had it too easy this winter and decided to challenge you with more snow and wind. Part of your Boston training is toughening you up for whatever race day brings. There are no short cuts to that and the weather will always be there to let you know you need a little more toughening. With that said, I was hoping for some rain to come in and wash this snow away so I didn’t have to change this week’s route. No Luck. Not even on Luck of the Irish day. We will run through the paved side of Breakheart, but we will skip the hills and pop out at the Voc to Wakefield High School and run Farm Street back instead.

The Route

Start-1 Everyone crosses Main Street and turns immediately left on to East Foster. Run up to Melrose Common and take a right onto 6th Street. Continue straight as this becomes Swains Pond Avenue. Swains Pond will take you up to Turners Pond where you’ll turn right at a stop sign to continue on Swains Pond Ave. There will be a point where you meet Lebanon Street, sometimes people just follow left and end up in Malden, don’t do that, instead take a sharp right onto Lebanon, then a left at the traffic lights on to Forest Street. At the end of Forest Street you’ll hit Main Street where you’ll find Water Stop 1 in the parking lot of Citizens Bank.
Start-2 Everyone continues together onto Winter Street, past the Oak Grove MBTA stop to a 5-way intersection. Cross straight across to get on Glenwood Street. This will take you through some hilly roads over to Highland Ave where you’ll turn right and then immediately turn right onto the Fellsway East. Continue on to Grimsby’s where you’ll go straight on to the LynnFells Parkway. When you get to Melrose High School look for a water stop at the knoll on your right.
Half-Finish If you’re running the half route you’ll continue on with the full runners down the LynnFells Parkway until you get to the stop light at Main Street in Saugus. Turn left, and immediate left onto Howard. Take Howard back to a left on Green Street. Green Street will merge with Main Street which will take you back to Brueggers with 11 miles under your belt.
Full-3 If you’re running the full you’ll continue along the LynnFells Parkway until you hit the Saugus Breakheart entrance. Head up to the headquarters and look for a water stop.
Full-4 Run the flatter side of Breakheart by entering to the left, keeping right at the beach and popping out at the Vocational School. Run down to Wakefield High School and turn left on Farm Street. Farm will become Main Street in Saugus where you’ll take a right at the second set of traffic lights back on to the LynnFells Parkway. Continue back to Melrose High School where the last water stop will be waiting for you.
Full-Finish To finish the full you’ll take the LynnFells back to Grimsby’s, turn left on Wyoming and left on Main and finish at Brueggers with 18 miles to your credit.

Water Stops After a night of celebrating St Patrick’s Day we should have some combination of Tom, Audrey, and Hank out there to get you through.

Roll Call! Who will we see at the top o’ the mornin’?

29 Responses to “Week 11 – May The Road Rise To Meet You”

  1. Jackie Ecker says:

    Top o’ the mornin’ to you too Jim! IFTF. Slainte!

  2. Joe Terranova says:

    In for less than full. Thanks Jim!

  3. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for 7miles (doing the last 7miles) Thanks!!

  4. Mary O’Connell says:

    In for full.??????

  5. andy nagelin says:


  6. Christina DiCalogero says:

    Jess and I are in for the full. Thanks.

  7. Jessi says:

    Iftf!! Thank you!

  8. Thuy Dang says:

    IFTF ty

  9. Michael McLaughlin says:

    I am in for the fullish. Thanks

  10. Donna Leggiero says:

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

  11. Matt K says:

    IFTF! Thanks JC!

  12. Audrey Recupero says:

    In for full

  13. Dan Slattery says:

    In for I hope the full. Depends on how many times I say Slainte’ tonight 🙂 !

  14. Nicole says:

    In for 10

  15. Judi Chiavetta says:

    In for the chilly full!!

  16. Valerie says:

    In for the half thank you

  17. Linda Ford says:

    I am in for the full.

  18. Katie Janeway says:

    In for the cold full

  19. Rachel says:

    In for the full.

  20. Maryanne Martin says:

    Thought I dialed in to the Shamrock Running Club site for a moment? Go raibh an ghaoth go brách ag do chúl (May the wind be at our backs tomorrow). IFTH!

  21. Rachel says:


  22. Jeff Rushton says:

    IFTF…thanks JC ??

  23. Jeff Rushton says:

    IFTF…thanks JC ??

  24. Jeff Rushton says:

    IFTF…thanks JC ??

  25. Rowena Hakkaoui says:


  26. Amanda says:

    Full please!!!

  27. Judith Dolan says:

    In for part of the half Jim

  28. Linda Giesecke says:

    In for the half – or a bit less than that. Thanks!

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