Week 11 – Loop Around Melrose

Last Week – The group run up to Lake Quannapowitt where half loop runners caught a glimpse of the lake before heading home to Melrose and full route runners circled it before heading over to Breakheart. The water stop stood at Nick’s for the whole run, with Tom hosting the runners while I jumped in and did the Breakheart section. Thanks Tom!

This Week – We increase the mileage as we work up to the peak next week. We’ll head over to the peaceful Swain’s Pond area of Melrose before cutting over to the Fells and around to Breakheart again. Sort of the Emerald Necklace of Melrose.

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Start – Crossing Main Street, we’ll start from the corner by the Melrose YMCA. Head up East Foster for a hill right away, turning right onto 6th Street at the Melrose Common. 6th will become Swain’s Pond Ave, taking you up to Turners Pond and Swain’s Pond. Take a right at the stop sign at the ponds to stay on Swain’s Pond Ave. You’ll come to Lebanon St where you have to turn right on Lebanon Street back towards Melrose. If you find yourself deep in Malden you went the wrong way. On Lebanon you’ll come to a set of lights where you turn left on to Forest Street. Run past the Forest Dale Cemetery to the end of Forest, where you’ll cross Main and find a water stop in the parking lot of the Citizens Bank.

Half/Full 2 – All runners will leave the parking lot onto Winter Street, running over the Oak Grove stop on the Orange Line to a 5 way intersection. Go straight across onto Glenwood Street. Follow this windy hilly road to Highland Ave, take a right and an immediate right to get onto the Fellsway East. Run over those familiar hills up past Grimsby’s and onto the LynnFells Parkway. Some more familiar hills will take you to Melrose High School, where there will be a water stop at the Knoll on your right.

Half Finish – Everyone will continue on the LynnFells Parkway into Saugus. The half runners will turn left onto Main Street in Saugus and turn left again on to Howard Street. Howard will bring you down to Green Street where you’ll go left, cross the LynnFells Parkway and merge onto Main Street. Pass Ell Pond and make your way into Melrose Center to finish up 11 miles. If you’re looking to stretch your half training miles you can turn onto the LynnFells Parkway past the high school, grab a little more water and make your way to Grimsby’s to Wyoming to Main for an extra mile.

Full 3 – Long runners will keep straight on the LynnFells until they get to the Saugus entrance to Breakheart where you’ll head up to the headquarters parking lot for a water stop.

Full 4 – Run the outer loop and come back to the water stop. You should know how to do that by now.

Full 5 – Run back to the Knoll by leaving the parking lot, turning right on the LynnFells Parkway and keeping straight to Melrose High School. The Knoll water stop will be on your left.

Full Finish – Finish up by running the last few hills along the LynnFells Parkway as you get yourself to Grimsby’s. Turn left on West Wyoming, then left on Main and stroll in to Brueggers.

Water Stops – Tom will be back handling the water stop 1 and 3. I’ll take water stop 2 but will likely jump in for some miles. If anyone else wants to help, feel free to join us.

Roll Call! Who’s in?

17 Responses to “Week 11 – Loop Around Melrose”

  1. WhoDat says:

    Yep, I’m an idiot…IFTF

  2. Bobby Taylor says:

    I’m in for the full, Kristi will be running the half+….Wooohooo hot and humid!!! Bring it!

  3. Yvonne Liu-Constant says:

    In for something between the half and the full (3/4?). 🙂
    Thanks for the water stop support!

  4. Joe Terranova says:

    In for the half, may be less if the circuits are fried. Thanks!

  5. Liz says:

    Diana and I will be going out early from home and running about 8

  6. Michael McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  7. Maryanne Martin says:

    In for the half…thx Jim!

  8. Valerie Smith says:

    In for the half thank you!

  9. Paul Locke says:

    In for the half!

  10. Jessica Crispin says:

    I am in for the full. Christina will run the half. We are starting at 730 so may miss the first water stop but will need the others. Thanks

  11. Jackie Ecker says:

    In for the full. Thanks!

  12. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for the half (or if the heat gets to me a little less! Thanks!!

  13. Donna Leggiero says:

    In for the half! Thank you!

  14. Aine says:

    David and myself IFTH. Thank you

  15. Jessi says:

    Ifth and I’ll have a friend w me maybe doing the full!!

  16. Oscar Dirks says:

    In for the full

  17. Collins says:

    In for the full. Thanks.

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