Last week we had over 30 runners brave the cold wind heading up to Wakefield. Icicles were even spotted on a runner! Good news for this week though, it should be above freezing as we run our last Sunday run of January.
This week we trace the route of the old Melrose Half Marathon. Heading up Main St, cutting down Melrose St and onto the LynnFells Parkway we’ll cross the starting line of the Melrose Law Enforcement Half, run in March back about 10 years ago. From the Beginning, the route will loop Ell Pond with lefts on Tremont, Lake, Emerson, Main, Melrose, and the LynnFells Parkway. (If you’re running with Michelle Palmer, and you were alive in the 70’s, feel free to mention the significance of being at the corner of Emerson and Lake with Palmer). This time down the LynnFells cross Tremont and continue along the Parkway to Grimsby’s. We’ll have a quick little water stop there for you.
If you’re running shorter, you’ll skip the loop of the pond and head straight to Grimsbys.
From Grimsby’s Â continue over to the Fellsway East and enjoy the hills as we retrace the route from two weeks ago. Turn right on Highland and hit the water stop.
If you’re running short you’ll head back along the front side of Spot Pond and run back to Brueggers via Pond St past Grimsby’s onto Wyoming and a left on Main St.
If you’re running long you’ll loop Spot Pond just like you did last time, left on Elm at the rotary, right on the Fellsway West, cut through the Straw Point Parking lot, past the Zoo and back to the water stop.
From the water stop you’ll take a left on East Border Road, take a moment to curse at the hill or at me or at both, then turn left onto the Fellway East and rerun those two hills that got you out here. Continue back on the LynnFells Parkway past Melrose High School. If this were the race, and the track were still there, Â you would then run a lap around the track with legs worn from the hills in front of a crowd of people. Instead though head back to Melrose St, turn right and right again onto Main St. Finish up with a strong run into Brueggers.
So that’s what’s on tap this week. I’ll need some help with water stops. Let me know if you’re interested and what you plan on running and we’ll figure it out. I plan on being at Highland Ave and running the loop of the pond. I could use a car at Grimsby’s and maybe one at Straw Point.
So who’s in?! ROLL CALL!!!