This week is the 22 miler for those running Baystate! For those running the whole thing, think of this is as a series of short runs.
Like many of your runs, the route starts by heading up Main St, past the Clarence DeMar statue (tap it for good luck) and turns left on Melrose St and left on the LynnFells Parkway. Ride that all the way past Grimsby’s onto the Fellsway East, right on Highland Ave up to the first water stop. Step 1 complete, nothing new here, no problem.
From there you turn left at the rotary onto Elm St. Enjoy going down Elm and take a right onto Rte 28, Main St in Stoneham. Follow the back side of the pond all the way to Friendly’s. Take a left onto North Border Rd there which takes you past the I93 on ramp onto Park St. Turn left at the lights onto Marble, over I93 to Eugene St. Water Stop 2 will be waiting there. Check that section off, been here before, no problems.
From Eugene you’ll head down Forest St, turn right at the other Highland Ave and follow it to the end. The water stop will be at the end, just like it is always is. Section 3 done!
Now the fun part of the run, take a left onto Rte38, Main St in Winchester, and follow it into Medford. Get over to the right side of the road and as you pass the Oak Grove Cemetery turn right onto Playstead Rd. This will curve around to Rte 60, High St in Medford. Turn right, cross the tracks and stay on Rte 60 until you get to a little rotary. Note there is a fork along the way, stay to the left to keep on High St. At the rotary you’ll turn right onto Mystic Valley Parkway. Take this past the Mystic Lakes, all the way to the end of the road. Turn right there onto Bacon St, cross under the railroad tracks, turn left onto mysteriously enough Mystic Valley Parkway again. Along this road somewhere will be the next water stop at mile 15. 4 water stops complete, 1 more to go.
Continue along the Mystic Valley Parkway until you get to Washington St. Take a left along Washington, cross Mt Vernon St keeping on Washington St and then keep those legs moving along this straight mile long road until you get to the Ginger Bread Construction Company where you’ll turn right up Forest St. Ignore the hills and keep on trudging up the hill to the final water stop of the run at Eugene St!
Now bring it home. Take Forest over to Park where you go right. Follow this past Friendly’s straight on past the Stone Zoo, along Spot Pond to Pond St. A right there brings you down to Grimsby’s. Take a left there onto the LynnFells Parkway for one last hill. Continue past the high school back to Melrose St up to Main St. Thank Clarence for helping you get through all this and head back to Brueggers for a well deserved breakfast!
If you’re running short, hmmmm. The plan shows you going 9+ miles but the map shows 11.2. If you did 11 last week, you should do 9 this week. Run with the group through the first water stop. Follow the back side of Spot Pond with them, but turn right at Friendly’s and head back Pond St to Wyoming to Brueggers.
For water stops, I have two volunteers, Sue and Lois for water stops 2/5 and 3. I’ll do 1 and 4. I think this will take care of just about everything. If anyone else wants to help, let me know, I could use a hand with 1 and possibly a second stop for the short route runners.
OK, so who’s in and for how long? really want a feel for who will be where when this week so we can cover it right so please respond. ROLL CALL!!!