Week 3 – Spot Pond

Last Week’s Saturday run was a bit messy, with black ice lurking just about everywhere. There was a lot of slipping going on among the 43 runners on the route but I didn’t hear of any falls that left a mark, I hope there weren’t. By the time most people made it about 100 yards into Breakheart thoughts of alternate routes began to run through their heads. Some runners made it through to the Voc side of Breakheart and scooted out that side and improvised the rest of the route. Others turned back around and headed back to Melrose, adding on three miles elsewhere in the area. A few made it to the Voc side and turned around and came back the flat side. Nobody ran through the hilly side of Breakheart which I’m pretty sure was impossible. Thank you all for being patient and making the best of a very messy run.

This week should go much better. Temperatures are warmer and we’re back to our normal Sunday Morning. We’ll meet at 8AM at Brueggers and head down Main St to West Wyoming Avenue. Running out to Brueggers we’ll hop on the Fellsway East at Grimsby’s and ride some hills to a traffic circle where we’ll turn right on Highland Ave. This will take up us towards Spot Pond. At the end of Highland you’ll find water stop number 1.

If you’re running long head to the rotary by Spot Pond and turn left down Elm Street. Running short, you’ll go straight and follow the pond to Pond Street where you’ll go right down to Grimsby’s where you’ll turn left onto the LynnFells Parkway. Follow that past Melrose High School and cut up Melrose Street on your right to Main St. A right on Main will bring you back to Brueggers. Meanwhile the long runners will have taken a right on Rt 28 and run into Stoneham. They’ll cut through the parking lot at Straw Point (right before Friendly’s) and follow the route past the Stone Zoo up to  the Flynn Rink back to the water stop.

From the water stop the long run crowd will turn left on East Boarder Road to get back the the Fellsway East. Back over the hills they’ll run straight past Grimsby’s and follow the LynnFells Parkway like the shorter route runners did before them. Right on Melrose St, right on Main, and back to Brueggers.

I’ll man the water stop on Highland Ave. Again there is a chance I might actually run a little bit so if you don’t see me, pop the trunk and grab a drink. If I get a helper (volunteer?) that wants to park at Straw Point and give out some water we’ll have a bonus stop over there for you. Let me know if you’re interested in helping out.

That’s about it. Who’s in? ROLL CALL!

39 Responses to “Week 3 – Spot Pond”

  1. Paul Locke says:

    Duncan and I will run long.

  2. Dorota Bulik says:

    I’m in for all the hills.

    Thanks Jim 🙂

  3. Kelly Walsh says:

    Hey Jim, I am in in for the full. My husband and kids could help with a water stop if needed. Our house is at the corner of the Lynn Fells Pkwy and Warwick Rd. On the left just after the welcome to Melrose sign. We are one house in from the corner. If needed we can set up outside in our driveway. Not sure what mile this would be. We can put an orange cone on the corner so runners no where to go. Just let me know .

  4. Sue w says:

    In for the full…I can leave my car at straw point.

  5. Joe Winslow says:


  6. Megan Cullen says:

    Hi Jim,

    I am new to MRC and this is my first “sunday run.” I would like to run the half this week.


  7. Matt Kerton says:


  8. Paul Donahue says:


  9. Michele DeAngelo says:

    I for the full. Oh, hills here we come!

  10. Haecha says:

    I’m in for the full!

  11. Alicia Furbush says:

    I am in for the full.

  12. Donny Cranley says:

    In for the full run

  13. Jessica Crispin says:

    I am in for the half. Thanks

  14. Cynthia Berger says:

    In for the full!

  15. Thuy Dang says:

    Half plz…thanks!

  16. Jeff Cook says:

    Full, may have Adam as well

  17. Joyce and Paul Vyriotes says:

    We’re in for the full – thanks!

  18. Lynda Field says:

    In for 1/2 who ordered this snow? please say it will melt by tomorrow.

  19. Brendan Stapleton says:

    In for the full

  20. Lois Parker Carmona says:

    I F T F !
    what is with the snow?

  21. Sue Clough says:

    IFTF including Slackers Hill!

  22. Leon Romprey says:

    Judi and I are IFT slippery full !!!

  23. Carleen Melkonian says:

    I am in for the full if my legs hold out .

  24. Lisa Hentschel says:

    I’m in for the full, Derek is coming to run. Not sure how far he will go.

  25. I’m in for the full route! Thanks for the water stops!

  26. Tracy Conneely says:

    Newbie here!
    I am in for the half:)

  27. Matt Sazama says:

    In for the full.

  28. Audrey H says:

    I’m in for the full.

  29. Brian Walfield says:

    Don’t think I’m running. I can
    cover the water stop if you want me to Jim.

  30. liz tassinari says:

    hoping to hook up with my fav people and do the last 5 miles with them!!!

  31. Maryanne says:

    Going the full 12.5!

  32. Ed Bradford says:

    IFTF – hopefully the plows get out and clear the mounds of slush away for us.

  33. Courtney Koschei says:

    I’m in for the full!!

  34. In the full! See you guys in the morning!

  35. Jim says:

    Ok, I’ll take Brian up on the offer. Just meet me at Brueggers and we’ll work out the details at the first water stop.

    Sue thanks for the offer, I’m sure we’ll take you up on it some other time.

    Kelly, Thanks as well. If they want to set up as a bonus stop I won’t say no. Let me know in the morning and I’ll tip people off that its there.

    See you all in the morning.

  36. Don Keren says:


  37. JUDY DOLAN says:

    I can do the water stop at straw point

  38. Thuy Dang says:

    taking my SLR indoors this morning instead (weather & schedule conflict)

  39. Nancy Gaudet says:

    In for something, sorry to respond so late!

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