Happy Holidays! Yeah, I know, there’s no holiday this week but that’s not keeping us from holding the Melrose Running Club Holiday Party. Snow on January 7th moved cancelled our party so instead it will be held this Saturday, March 4th. Therefore we will march forth (see how I did that) with a 20 mile run on Saturday. For those that can make it, great! For those that can’t you could switch your 16 and your 20 milers around. Do 16 on your own this week and next week we’ll add an extra water stop in Melrose Center so you can tack on 4 miles to the 16 miler to get your 20 in.
Last week we had about 45 runners partake in a warm February 18 miler through Breakheart and deep into Wakefield. Good weather, good run, and despite a little drama with a park ranger a good day overall.
The Start of the Route: If you’re running short, 10 miles this week, you’ll head down Main Street to West Wyoming and turn right towards Stoneham. Pass Grimsby’s, up Pond Street to Spot Pond and right to pass the zoo, pass Friendly’s, and continue on Park Street to a set of lights. Turn left on to Marble Street which becomes Forest Street as you head over I93 and look for the water stop at Eugene Drive.
The Rest of the Short Route: Continue on Forest Street into Winchester, turn left on Highland Ave, passing by Winchester Hospital. You’ll take your fifteenth right onto Eaton Street, a short side street at a corner with a little park. Eaton will bring you down to Washington where you’ll turn right. When you come to the Gingerbread Construction Company turn right onto Forest Street and head back up to the water stop at Eugene. After that water street head back the way you came. Run over I93, turn right at the first set of lights at Park Street, continue past Friendly’s, past Stone Zoo, left on Pond Street, down past Grimsby’s along Wyoming to a left on Main Street to finish things up.
You Long Runners: Continue on Forest Street into Winchester, turning left on Highland Ave. You’ll run the full length of Highland Ave where you’ll find a water stop.
After the second stop turn left on Main Street Rte 38 into Medford. Move to the right side of the road and turn right onto Playstead Rd along Oak Grove Cemetery. Playstead will take you to High Street Rte 60. Turn right over the commuter rail near the Dunkin Donuts (if you need to use a restroom, now’s your chance). Follow High Street, bearing right at a slight fork. You’ll come to the Mystic Lakes where you turn right at Mystic Valley Parkway (don’t cross the bridge into Arlington or I’ll never find you!). Mystic Valley Parkway will run along the Mystic Lakes. At what seems to be the end of Mystic Valley Parkway turn right onto Bacon Street, then take your first left back on to Mystic Valley Parkway. Along that road you’ll find another water stop, you’re halfway there.
After the third water stop you’ll continue along Mystic Valley Parkway, turning left at the second set of lights onto Washington Street. Continue through a 5 way intersection crossing Mt Vernon Street and bearing right to stay on Washington Street. Washington will take you over to the Gingerbread Construction Company where you’ll turn right onto Forest Street. Head back up Forest and find the water stop at Eugene Drive again.
After the fourth water stop take Forest over I93, turn right at the lights onto Park Street and turn right again at Friendly’s onto Main Street Rt28 to run along the backside of Spot Pond. Turn left at Elm Street up to the rotary at Highland Ave. Turn right onto Highland and look for a water stop in the regular spot.
After the fifth water stop run along this Highland to the traffic circle at the Fellsway East. Turn left there and take the Fellsway East through the hills to Grimsby’s. Turn right onto West Wyoming and a left at Main Street to finish up your 20 miles.
The Water Stops: Hank will be helping again at Eugene. A combination of Courtney, Rob, and I will be manning all the other stops as I try hard to stay out of the cold.
The Roll Call. I guess we can start that now. Who’s in?