Week 2 – Spot Pond

Last week we got off to a good start. About 20 people showed up on what turned out to be a perfect weather day for a Sunday Long Run (on Saturday). The temps were moderate, the air was dry, and the distance was manageable. Later that night it was good to see everyone at the MRC Summer Party looking no worse for the wear… they actually looked better off since they didn’t have to get up early to run in the morning.

This week we’ll be back at Brueggers at 8AM to step up the distance and take on Spot Pond. The half run is about 7 miles, the full about 12.5, your GPS distance may vary (actually guaranteed to vary so don’t complain). Generally each pair of weeks the long run will step up 4 miles and then drop down 2 miles the following week as we walk to 22 miles. Meanwhile the short run will step up 2 and then step back 1 headed towards an 11 max before the race.

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Leaving Brueggers we will head south on Main Street (in the direction of Malden), past Dunkin Donuts, and turning right on West Wyoming… like the start of the MRC Summer Route. Wyoming will take you to Grimsby’s where we’ll turn left onto the Fellsway East. Welcome to the two hills you’ll learn to love on the Fellsway East. This will be your first of many visits this summer. After you cross through this hilly section of the Middlesex Fells you’ll go through a set of lights and come down to a traffic circle in Medford where you’ll turn right on to Highland Ave. Follow Highland up towards Spot Pond, finding a water stop on the left right before a rotary by the Flynn Rink.

After the water stop the long runners will turn left at the rotary on to Elm Street. The short runners will stay straight on to Woodland Road, running past the Flynn Rink. Follow this to the construction zone at Pond Street where you’ll turn right and head down a steep hill to Grimsby’s. Turn left there and follow the Lynn Fells past Melrose High School, after which you’ll turn right on Melrose Street and a quick right onto Main Street to finish up at Brueggers.

Lond Runners run to the end of Elm Street and turn right onto the Fellsway West. This will bring you through another portion of the Middlesex Fells, crossing under I-93, past the Sheepfold, and over I-93. Watch on your right as you cross an off ramp from I-93, cars come down there very quickly! After that you’ll want to turn right into the Straw Point parking lot. There may be a water stop there, if so grab some water, if not keep going through the parking lot to Pond Street, continuing right to keep circling Spot Pond. Pass the Zoo, continuing straight as Pond Street becomes Woodland Rd, up to Flynn Rink, through the rotary and back to the water stop at Highland Ave.

After this water stop you’ll cross Highland and take your first right on East Border Road. This will bring you up to a set of lights where you turn left to get back on the Fellsway East. Ride those two hills back past Grimsby’s onto the LynnFells Parkway. Run past Melrose High School, turn right on Melrose Street, and a right on Main Street which will take you back to Brueggers.

Water stops, I’ll handle the Highland Ave stop, I think Hank will be at Straw Point, and if anyone else wants to help feel free to stop by. I may chose to run around Spot Pond. If I do, remember where my car is because you may have to help yourself.

Those are the plans, who’s in? Roll Call!

28 Responses to “Week 2 – Spot Pond”

  1. Regina Curran says:

    Hi Jim

    Julie, Mary and I are in for the full. We are going to start a little earlier but will see you at the water stop. Thank you

  2. sheree Wheeler says:


  3. Dan Slattery says:

    Aiming for the full. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Judy Dolan says:

    I’m in for the half with a group that also plans on starting a little early too!

  5. Bobby Taylor says:

    Kristi and I are both in for the half.

  6. Megin Hemmerling says:

    I’m in for the half.

  7. Matt K says:

    In for the full. Thanks Jim!

  8. John Bradley says:

    Hi Jim, I’m in for the half. Thanks as always for organizing this!

  9. Christina DiCalogero says:

    Jess and I are in for the half. Thanks!

  10. Tom Gorman says:

    Jim, I can help with the water stop.

  11. Michael McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  12. Dave Bryson says:

    Jim, I am going to join the SLR group for the first time. I will be doing the half. Thanks.

  13. Audrey H says:

    In for the half….starting at 7:30

  14. Rachel B says:

    IFTF … or something close to that distance.

  15. Audrey Recupero says:

    In for the full- thanks!

  16. Joe Terranova says:

    In for the half or maybe more. Thanks Jim!

  17. andy nagelin says:


  18. Geeta says:

    In for the half

  19. Jessi says:

    Iftf…thank you!!!

  20. Chris Hancock says:

    Iftf- Not looking forward to the rain!

  21. Dave P says:

    I’m in for the full

  22. Jim Carson says:

    Thanks Tom!
    For those looking to start a little earlier, I would expect to be at water stop 1 about 8:15/8:20. See you there.

  23. Gillian Taglieri says:

    IFTH-ish. See you in the morning!

  24. Donna L says:

    I am in for the half, but planning an earlier start. Thank you!

  25. Liz says:

    In for the half starting early around 7:30. That should put me at the water stop around the same time as everyone else so that Tom can go home early. ????

  26. Rowena Hakkaoui says:

    IFTF and starting early as well. Thank you!

  27. Audrey Paradis says:

    I’ll be showing face to help with the water stops! 🙂

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