Week 11 – Ponds and Hills

This week we’ll be strolling past ponds and flying over hills as we cover about 18 miles or 11 miles, depending on what you’re training for.

We’ll be in from Brueggers. For those that haven’t met there before, please be considerate of the workers and patrons of Brueggers. Do not block  access to the cash registers or get in the way of where customers need to be. They have graciously allowed us to meet there for 10 years now without any major complaints. Let’s keep it that way.

The route will cross Main Street and run up East Foster to Melrose Common. Turn right onto 6th Street, and follow that as it turns into Swains Pond Avenue. As you come up to Turner’s Pond, turn right at the stop sign to continue on Swain’s Pond Ave. Follow that to Lebanon Street, where you’ll turn right. At the next set of lights, turn left onto Forest Street, running past Oak Grove Cemetery, reaching Main Street in Malden. Across Main Street you’ll find the first water stop at Citizen’s Bank.

After the first stop, head out of the other side of the parking lot onto Winter Street. Follow this past the Oak Grove MBTA stop to a 5-way intersection. Run straight across the intersection to Glenwood Street, which will wind its way over to Highland Ave, where you’ll turn right and quickly right again at the Highland Ave traffic circle onto the Fellsway East. Take this over to Grimsby’s and continue straight onto the LynnFells Parkway. Keep on moving along to the next water stop at the knoll across from the Melrose Middle School.

The next section continues out the LynnFells Parkway. Running the shorter route? Turn right on Melrose Street and right again on Main Street and make your way back to Brueggers. Running the longer route? Keep on going to the Saugus entrance of Breakheart. There you’ll find your next water stop.

After that stop, you know what you have in store for you… run around Breakheart in which ever direction you prefer. When you’re done you’ll find the water stop waiting for you right where you left.

Head back out to the LynnFells Parkway. Follow that back to Melrose, back to the knoll, back for your final water stop.

Next stop Brueggers. Get there by running along the LynnFells Parkway to Grimsby’s. Turn left on West Wyoming and make your way to Main Street. A left turn there will bring you back to Brueggers.

As far as water stops go, I’ll handle the first stop and the stop at Breakheart. I see Barry Cossette has volunteered to leave a car at the knoll. That should be all we need. Thanks Barry!

Note, next week will be the big 22 miler from Hopkinton to Boston College. We’ll be doing the run on Saturday as not to interfere with Easter Sunday. I’ll be posting notes all week to set up for the run and will appreciate your attention on it all week. I’ll need many people to volunteer to drive runners out and man water stops through the day. Typically we need about 6 or 7 volunteers. Also, traditionally we have gone to the Dockside after the run, but hit year, post-run I’m planning on getting some pasta and pizzas from Comella’s for lunch upstairs at the Knights to celebrate the peak of the training season. I’ll collect $10 from everyone interested in attending, from about 2PM to 4PM. Ok, that’s enough about next week…

This week, who’s in? Roll Call!

27 Responses to “Week 11 – Ponds and Hills”

  1. Ashley DeAcetis says:


    Also Mike Fitzgerald is going to drive next week. He’s bring me, Joselyn, and Christine in his car and can comfortably fit one more. We need to leave right after we finish the run to head back to Melrose though.

    Thanks Jim!

  2. Dan Slattery says:

    In for the full this week and the 22 on the 26th – thanks James! 🙂

  3. Kristen D says:

    In for the full

  4. Barry says:

    I’m in for the first 7 miles.

  5. Paul Locke says:

    Still working on running plans for tomorrow with Lynda Field, but I am at your disposal for next week – driving, taking photos, water, massage, cooking, running errands, laundry…

  6. Regina Curran says:

    Hi Jim, Larry, Julie and i are in for part of the short. Julie will bring the water supplies to Brugers.

  7. Lauren Cossette says:

    In for most of the full. If Paul is doing laundry next week, I’m definitely in for that!

  8. Matt Sazama says:

    In for the half this week. I can also help out next week with driving, water stops, etc.

  9. Katie says:

    I’ll be in the the full, plus a couple extra pre run. Also in for next week. And for having my laundry done — thanks Paul!

  10. Mike McLaughlin says:

    In for the half. Thanks

  11. Sue Worrall says:

    In for the half

  12. Tom Gorman says:

    In for the full

  13. Heather Lane says:

    In for the full and for signing up for the club. Thank you so much, Jim.

  14. Owly says:


  15. Dirk Diggler says:


  16. Jessi says:

    Iftf this week and next!!

  17. Glen Josephson says:

    In for the full, thanks!

  18. Audie Bridges says:

    In for the full. Not in for Hopkinton. Doing the Malden 10K. Thank you Jim!

  19. Audrey Paradis says:

    In for the full!!

  20. Andy says:


    I signed up for the Malden 10K before I signed up for the Boston Marathon. Anyone want my number, for Malden that is. 😉

  21. Jessica Crispin says:

    Christina and I are in for the half. Thank you.

  22. Maryanne Martin says:

    In for the half…thank you!

  23. jose viveiros says:


  24. Rowena Hakkaoui says:

    IF most of the full. Thanks!

  25. Krissy says:

    IFTF. Thanks.

  26. Thuy Dang says:

    In for half plz. Ty!

  27. sheree says:

    In for the full.

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