Week 1 – Winter is Coming

We started the season with a nice Monday Long Run earlier this week in which 35 runners showed up for the long route and 10 for the half route. A great crowd to kick things off! This week we’re once again changing the day  of the week to accommodate holidays. This week’s holiday, the annual MRC Winter Party, will make the ‘S’ in SLR stand for SATURDAY. Let me repeat that: SATURDAY. So show up SATURDAY at 8am at Brueggers for a long route just over 9 miles and a half route measuring in at about 6 miles. This week Mother Nature will remind us that its the Winter season by mixing a little snow into the run. As long as the snow is reasonable in Melrose/Saugus, we’ll stick to the route, but there may be a slight change if Breakheart gets slippery.

The Route : We’ll start up the same as last week, up Main Street, after Ell Pond bear right onto Green Street, then turn on to the LynnFells Parkway at the set of lights. Follow the parkway all the way to the entrance to Breakheart, if you pass Target and end up on Route 1 you went to far, come back. At the Saugus entrance to Breakheart, turn left, run up to the headquarters and look for the water stop car. If you’re running long go into Breakheart on the right if you want to follow the planned route, go to the left if you want to be different and see the hills first and look at everyone else as you go around. Going left, when you hit the swimming hole go to the right to continue all the way around Breakheart Reservation. If you went left, figure it out yourself it was your bright idea. Either way make your way around and back to the water stop. If you’re running short, or if you ran long and did the loop, just run back the way you came. Run back down to the LynnFells Parkway and go left, continue all the way back to a left at Green Street (second set of lights), merge on to Main Street and get back to Brueggers.

The Water Stops : I’ll do the water stop. It’ll be very cold so it might be a self serve deal. By the way, if you didn’t believe me last week, its a thing: Cold Urticaria.

The Roll Call: Who’s in?!


28 Responses to “Week 1 – Winter is Coming”

  1. Brian Walfield says:

    Thsnks Jim. Pretty sure I’ll be heading to GAC this week. I’ll be back next week.

  2. Cold Urticaria says:

    In for the long (the outer loop of Breakheart could be interesting/ icy – has anyone been in there in the last 24-48 hours?) 🙂

  3. Andy Brown says:


  4. Matt Kerton says:

    In for the full. Thanks Jim!

  5. UrtiCourtney says:

    I ran the outer loop of Breakheart recently, and the (3-4) icy patches were easy to see, so I just stopped and walked around them (the dirt sides of the road were fine), they weren’t sneaky black icy or anything. That being said, I’m IFTF and can’t wait to dance my face off at the party. Thanks, Jim!

  6. Katrina Berube says:

    In for the full!

  7. Katie Sinnott says:

    IFTF…plus extra beforehand with Judi. Extra calories burned, to be re consumed at the Partay!

  8. Thuy Dang says:

    Mary & I are IFTF. TY

  9. Jessi says:

    Iftf!! Yay!!

  10. Mike Sikkema says:

    It would be great to join y’all this week. In for the full. Thanks.

  11. Lindsey says:

    Planning iftf

  12. Marian says:

    Thanks Jim. IFTF. And Kelly Zepf is too! See you tomorrow

  13. Bethany Mayo says:

    IFTF! I’ll be packing my warm gear and hoping someone who knows the route is my pace ????

  14. Noah Rodman says:

    IFTF and Alice IFTH.

  15. Brian McDonough says:

    I’m not ascared of a little ice. I’ll run behind Dan and let him find it.
    In for the full!

  16. Andy says:

    IFTF. Thanks Jim.

  17. Mike McLaughlin says:

    I’m in for the full. Thanks

  18. Lauren Cossette says:

    IFTF as long as Breakheart isn’t too terrible.

  19. Sheree Wheeler says:


  20. Jim Carson says:

    It’ll be snowy tomorrow, which can make Breakheart tricky. We’ll see how much is on the ground when we get to Breakheart. The plan is run out to Breakheart, if it looks too trick in Breakheart we’ll head back to Brueggers and then run the MRC 3 mile summer route instead.

  21. Dorota says:

    In for all hills

  22. Amy Giuliano says:

    Iftf thanks!

  23. Ed Bradford says:


  24. Krissy says:

    Hoping to be IFTF. Thanks a lot!

  25. Jessica Crispin says:

    Christina and I are in for the short.

  26. Donna Leggiero says:

    In for the half! Thank you.

  27. David Burns says:

    Tammy McDonough and I will be there 1/15/2017

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