Week 5 – BreakHeartin’

Last Week – Big thanks to Tom and Audrey for handling the Horn Pond run last week. Sounded like a good sized crowd enjoyed a hot and humid run out to the little pond and back.

This week – We’ll be heading in the opposite direction this Sunday, reducing the mileage a bit, but adding a series of tough hills to keep strengthening your legs and your resolve to finish. The weather seems… interesting. It’ll be in the high 60s, low 70s, with scattered thunderstorms in the area. We’ll watch for lightning, if it does occur during the run please continue running until you can duck into a shelter like a building, under an overhang, or into a car, until the lightning subsides. Remember if the time between seeing lightning and hearing thunder decreases that means the storm is coming your way. If they’re within a few seconds apart the storm is close, find some shelter!

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The Start – The group will start from Brueggers at 8AM. Again, if you’d like to start early aim to hit the first water stop around 8:20. The group will head up Main Street to Ell Pond, crossing to the right to veer onto Green Street, and then turning right onto the LynnFells Parkway. Follow the parkway to your first set of lights at the corner of Main Street in Saugus, taking a left there. Half route runners will take a quick left onto Howard Street where they’ll find a little water stop. Long Runners continue straight on Main Street in Saugus until it becomes Farm Street in Wakefield, stopping for a water stop in the Wakefield High School parking lot.

Half Finish – The half route runners will return along Howard Street, turning left onto Green Street. At the lights at the LynnFells Parkway you’ll turn right and run the MRC summer route in the reverse direction: Lynnfells Parkway past Melrose High School, over to Grimsby’s and take a left onto West Wyoming and a left on Main Street to get back to Brueggers.

Full-2 Breakheart Loop – The longer route will take up past the Northeast Metro Tech Vocational School where you’ll find the Wakefield entrance to Breakheart. Run the Breakheart Outer Loop in the counter-clockwise direction. First making your way through some challenging hills. Drive your legs up the long steep hills and then stay controlled as you let gravity take you down the steep downhills and into the next hill. This section will take you over to the headquarters where you’ll go left to continue around to the Breakheart pond. Stay right there as it takes you back over to the Voc where you’ll pop out into the parking lot and back down to the water stop.

Full-Finish – To finish up you’ll run the same way back that you did in Week 1. Turn right onto Farm Street to the end, turning left at the T intersection onto Water Street. Continue into Wakefield Center, turning left onto Main Street. Follow Main Street back to Melrose Center, into Brueggers.

Alternate Half Route – An option for the half route runners is to carpool to parking lot at the corner of the LynnFells Parkway and Main Street in Saugus and joining the long runners up Main Street in Saugus to Farm Street, around Breakheart, and then back along Farm Street and Main Street to their cars.

Water Stops – I’ll take care of the stop at Wakefield High School. I need one helper at Howard Street for the half route. Volunteer?

Who’s in? – Roll Call!

26 Responses to “Week 5 – BreakHeartin’”

  1. Matt K says:

    IFTF. Thanks!

  2. Dan Slattery says:

    In for the full, thanks! šŸ™‚

  3. Dorota says:

    In for the full.


  4. Donna L says:

    I am in for the half. Thank you!

  5. Audrey Recupero says:

    IFTF- thanks!

  6. Katie Sinnott says:

    In for the half!

  7. Maryanne Martin says:

    IFTH…thanks Jim!

  8. Lois says:

    IFTH, starting on Main St. as you suggest.

  9. Judy dolan says:

    In for the half!

  10. Dave Bryson says:

    I’m in for the half.

  11. Valerie Smith says:

    In for the half thank you!

  12. Lee says:

    Judi and IRIFTF. Thank you.

  13. Roy Mounier says:


  14. Marianne Chmielewski says:

    In for most of the full, thanks!

  15. Gail says:

    IN for the full

  16. Jessi Marquardt says:

    Iftf thank you!!

  17. Jean M Terranova says:

    I’m planning to join for 9 or so – thanks!

  18. Jackie Ecker says:


  19. Shawn Conway says:

    in for the long run Thank You!!

  20. Jessica Crispin says:

    Hi Jim. Christina and I are in for the half. I may start at Main Street. I could do the water stop there if needed and then run from there. Let me know. I will still meet at brueggers at 8.

  21. Diana Hay Mirabello says:


  22. Allen Dean says:

    Iā€™m in for the half

  23. Joe Terranova says:

    In for more than half, possibly full. Will see how it goes.

  24. Matt Sazama says:

    IFTH. Thanks, Jim!

  25. John Bradley says:

    In for the full but may only run the half. I’ll decide by the first few miles.

  26. Amy says:

    In for the half. Melissa is planning to join me.

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