Week 14 – Finale of 2019 SLR

Last week – A good sized crew wound their way through Swains Pond and over to Citizens Bank where Tom and Audrey were serving snacks and beverages. Courtney headed home for there, and off to Munich for this weekend’s marathon. Everyone else continued through the hills of the Fellsway East, with half trainers heading back Wyoming to Brueggers. Some half trainers decided to put in a few extra miles, probably for a chance to visit Lois at water stop 2, before heading back to Melrose Center. A group of us continued on to Farm Street, cutting across Nahant to meet up with Mike Quigley for a beverage as we looped back to Melrose along Main Street. Thanks to the water stop crew!

This week – We’ll wrap the whole thing up tomorrow. As the weather finally clears up after a week of wind and rain, we’ll head out to the Fellsway East, if you’re running long you’ll loop Spot Pond, and then run back. We’ll do this a little differently, for those looping Spot Pond this is the only week of the season the route loops the pond counter-clockwise.

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Start – We’ll head up Main Street towards Ell Pond. As you pass the pond look for the monument to Clarence DeMar. Clarence lived in Melrose for some time before moving to Keene, New Hampshire. He ran the same paths we run but 100 years earlier. Clarence DeMar is the man that has won the most Boston Marathons to his name, winning 7 times over a 30 year span. The monument to him also mentions another Melrose resident that won the Boston Marathon multiple times, Bill Rodgers. As you finish up your training know we’ve been running the training routes of champions. Keep that in your head as you turn left on Melrose Street and left again onto the Lynn Fells Parkway heading towards our hills. Run past Grimsby’s, through the Fellsway East hills, and turn right on Highland Ave, making your way to the water stop.

Half Finish – The half runners will go through the Highland Ave rotary onto Woodland Rd, up to the right on to Pond Street. Run down to Grimsby’s and continue straight on to West Wyoming to finish up with a left on Main and a trip to Brueggers.

Full 2 – The full distance runners will also continue straight through the rotary onto Woodland Rd. Continue straight at Pond St, past the Stone Zoo, and veer left into the Straw Point parking lot. You should find Hank there for a little water before continuing left onto the Fellsway West, over I-93, past the Sheepfold, under I-93, and down to Elm Street. Elm will take you up, up, and up back to the Highland Ave rotary. Turn right on Highland for the next water stop.

Full Finish – From Highland, turn left on East Border, left at the lights on to the Fellsway East, and up to Grimsby’s. Turn right on West Wyoming and a left on Main to finish up at Brueggers.

Water Stops – If nobody shows up, I’ll handle it. If people do show up, I’ll run.

Roll Call – Who’s in?!

20 Responses to “Week 14 – Finale of 2019 SLR”

  1. Dave Bryson says:

    I am in for the full. Thanks to everyone who mans the water stops.

  2. Dan Slattery says:

    If the “regulars” are unavailable, you can call me up from the Waterstop Practice Squad for Sunday’s Game, ahem Long Run. LMK. 🙂

  3. Donna Leggiero says:

    Audrey and I are in for the half.
    Thank you!

  4. Joe Terranova says:

    In for full

  5. Tom Gorman says:

    I can help out with the water stops tomorrow

  6. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for the full but will start early. Thanks to the water stop staff!!

  7. Judi Chiavetta says:

    Possibly in for full. Morning decision!!

  8. Liz says:

    In for the full plus a little, starting at 7:30

  9. Linda Giesecke says:

    Running the half. My daughter will also join us. Thanks!

  10. Jackie Ecker says:

    Last time I write IFTF. This season has flown by. Thanks and see you in the morning!

  11. Lynda Field says:

    IFTH please!

  12. Jessi says:

    Iftf!! Yay!

  13. Jeanne Boisseau says:

    In for Half plus a little more. Thanks!

  14. Diana says:

    In for the full plus a little with Liz. Also starting at 7:30

  15. Jessica Crispin says:

    In for the full. Christina is in for the half. Thank you

  16. Amy G says:

    In for the full. Thank you!

  17. Collins says:

    In for the full. Thank you.

  18. Rachel B says:


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