Week 4 – Melrose Half

Last Week – With inches of slush on the ground, a group of about two dozen runners headed out for a Sunday Long Run. The sidewalks and road sides were a bit slippery, but everyone made their way up to Wakefield to Derm’s water stop. Some continued on to circle Lake Quannapowitt, some turned back around, but we all eventually made it back to Brueggers.

This Week – The weather should be sunny and in the 40s for this week’s run. Many will be off running the MRC Racing Series race, the Great Stew Chase in Lynn, but we should have a good group at the SLR. We’ll be running the route that used to be the Melrose Law Enforcement Half Marathon which was run in Melrose back at the turn of the century before it moved to Boston to become the Run to Remember.

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Half Start – The two groups will start together up Main Street, past Ell Pond, turning left on Melrose Street, and a quick left on the Lynn Fells Parkway. There the half route runners will get a head start on the rest of the route, heading straight to Grimsby’s along the parkway. You’re less than 2 miles into your run, but there is a water stop there if you need it.

Full Start – The full route runners will also head up Main Street to the left on Melrose Street and left on LynnFells. They’ll pass the start of the old race and follow its start by looping Ell Pond. Turn left at the first set of lights on to Tremont Street. Then take your first left on Lake Ave, then first left on West Emerson, and then first left back on to Main Street. Retrace your steps along Main Street, left on Melrose Street, and left on the LynnFells Parkway. Now continue on the parkway straight to Grimsby’s for your first water stop.

Section 2 – Both groups will run the same second section of their run, but the half runners are a good mile plus ahead of the full runners. They’ll try to keep that lead as everyone runs onto the Fellsway East, making through the Fells hills over to the traffic circle at Highland Ave. Turning right on Highland they’ll make their way up to the next water stop on the left side of highland before the Highland rotary.

Half Finish – The half group will stay to the right at the Highland rotary onto Woodland Ave. You’ll pass the Boating in Boston launch and the water pumping station and then turn right onto Pond Street. Let gravity take you down past Grimsby’s on to West Wyoming. Turn left on Main Street and finish up at Brueggers.

Full 3 – The full route runners will loop Spot Pond as they did a few weeks ago. Turn left at the Highland rotary onto Elm Street. At the end of Elm turn right on the Fellsway West. Follow those hills under I-93 and over I-93, past an off ramp of I-93 (watch for cars!) and then left into the Straw Point parking lot at Spot Pond. There will be a little water stop there before you continue on to Pond Street going right to continue around the pond. Run past the Stone Zoo and follow straight onto Woodland Road up to the Flynn Rink. Cross through the rotary (watch out for cars!) and back to the Highland Water Stop.

Full Finish – To finish up take a left on to East Border Road and follow it up to a set of lights. Turn left onto the Fellsway East and make your way through the hills back to Grimsbys. Go straight onto the LynnFells Parkway back to Melrose High School. The race ended with a loop of the track at the high school which is no longer there, but you have to continue up to a right on Melrose Street and a right on Main Street to get back to Brueggers.

Water Stops – I’ll be away this weekend so Bobby Taylor and Derm Cahill will be your water stop crew!

Roll Call – Who’s in?

20 Responses to “Week 4 – Melrose Half”

  1. Brendan says:

    2 in FTF
    2 in FTH

  2. Michael McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  3. Yvonne says:

    Full, thanks!

  4. Dave Bryson says:

    I’m in for the half. Thanks.

  5. Matt Sazama says:

    IFTH. Thanks!

  6. Haecha Donnelly says:

    IFTF! Thanks

  7. Diana says:

    In for the half

  8. Dan Slattery says:

    In for the full – thanks Derm and Bobby 🙂

  9. Valerie Smith says:

    In for the half, thank you!

  10. Jeanne Boisseau says:

    In for half thank you!

  11. Tara Beardsley says:

    In for 10… can i make that happen?!?!

  12. Nicole Jacob says:

    In for something- 12

  13. Jackie Ecker says:

    In for the full. Thanks!

  14. Donna Leggiero says:

    In for the half! Thank you!

  15. Jessica Crispin says:

    Christina and I are in for the full. Thank you

  16. Andrea Twomey says:

    I’m in for a little more than the half

  17. Diana Hughes says:

    In it for the half! Thanks!

  18. Shankar Datta says:

    First day : 1 in for Half

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