Week 6 – Off to the Highlands

Last Week – While most of the Sunday Long Run crew were off running a race in Cambridge, a handful of runners headed out for the second trip around Breakheart of the season. You know we’ve had a mild winter when we get to run through Breakheart twice! Lets hope this holds up for the rest of the winter.

This Week – Lois and I will be hosting the first SLR run out to Winchester of 2020, along my favorite route of all the SLR routes.

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Start – Heading north on Main Street, runners leave Melrose by taking a left on Franklin Street and following the road up a hill into Stoneham. Continuing past Stoneham High School on your left and Dunkin Donuts on your right, you’ll turn left at a set of lights on to Summer Street. This street will wind over to Main Street in Stoneham where you’ll go straight across onto Marble Street. Marble takes you to an overpass of I-93 into Winchester where the road turns into Forest Street. On your left you’ll find the water stop on the corner of Eugene Drive.

Half Finish – The half route runners will turn back over I-93 to a set of lights on the corner of Park Street where they’ll turn right taking them over to the now closed Friendly’s in Stoneham. Cross Main Street and continue straight to Pond Street, past the Stone Zoo and turning left to stay on Pond Street down to Grimsby’s. To get your 8.2 miles in you’ll turn left at Grimsby’s onto the Lynn Fells Parkway, running past Melrose High School, and turning right on Melrose Street, and another quick right onto Main Street to finish up at Brueggers.

Full 2 – After leaving the water stop continue on Forest Street, runners will turn left on Highland Ave towards Winchester Hospital. As you approach the hospital, turn left onto Reservoir Road. This will bring you along the edge of the Middlesex Fells, with a view of Winchester’s North Reservoir. As the road becomes Hillcrest Parkway, enjoy your surroundings and ignore the hill you’re running up. The road will eventually bring you back to Highland Ave where you’ll turn left. You’ll reach a 5-way intersection where you’ll continue straight across to stay on Highland Ave. At the end of Highland you’ll find a water stop.

Full 3 – Leaving the water stop, turn right on to Main Street in Winchester. You’ll run up to a rotary, as you circle it counterclockwise you’ll pass a little spur street and then turn on the second street to stay on Main Street. There is a sign for Symmes Farm Historical Site as a landmark to tell you you’re on the right road. Stay to the right side of the street, as you’ll come to a fork where you want to stay to the right to run onto Washington Street. Washington will take you to another 5 way intersection. Cross Mt Vernon Street and stay to the right to keep on Washington Street. If you run past Winchester High School you went the wrong way. Washington will eventually take you to Forest Street, the Gingerbread Construction Company will be the landmark to note that its time to turn. Go right on Forest and climb up a series of hills to get back to the water stop at Eugene.

Full 4 – Leaving the water stop you’ll go over I-93 and turn right at the lights on to Park. Run to Friendly’s and turn right on to Main Street/Fellsway West. This will take you over I-93, past the Sheepfold, under I-93 to Elm Street where you turn left. Elm will take you up to a rotary where you go left and find Flynn Rink. The final water stop will be in the skating rink parking lot.

Full Finish – To finish up the long run continue on Woodland Road to Pond Street, where you turn right to make your way down to Grimsby’s. Continue straight onto West Wyoming and run to Main Street in Melrose. Turn left and finish up at Brueggers.

AltHalf Finish – The alternate half route runners follow the Full 2 and Full 3 sections. After that you still have a few miles more before finishing. Go with the full route runners onto Forest to the set of lights where you turn right onto Park. When you get to Friendly’s turn left on Main Street instead. Main will take you to the intersection with Marble Street where you turn left. Marble will take you back over I-93 to Eugene Drive where you can carpool back.

Water Stops – Lois and I can handle this one but if anyone else wants to help us out, let me know.

Roll Call – Who’s in?

22 Responses to “Week 6 – Off to the Highlands”

  1. Jackie Ecker says:

    Already carbo loading for those hills! IFTF

  2. Dan Slattery says:

    In for the full, thanks 🙂
    Will start carbo loading 😉 at noon!

  3. Andrea Twomey says:

    I’m in for the full 🙂

  4. Yvonne Liu-Constant says:

    In for the full and carbo loading 🙂

  5. Cynthia Berger says:

    In for the half. Thanks Jim

  6. Michael McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  7. Thuy Dang says:

    I can help with water stop tomorrow. I ran 22 today and am tapering.

  8. Audrey H says:

    In for the half. Thank you.

  9. Judith Dolan says:

    In for the half!

  10. Valerie Smith says:

    In the half thank you!

  11. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for the Full! Thanks Jim & Lois!

  12. Donna Leggiero says:

    In for the half. Thank you!

  13. Amy says:

    In for the half. Thank you!!

  14. Marty says:

    IFTF thanks

  15. Paul Locke says:

    I’m in for the half. Thanks, guys!!

  16. Jessica Crispin says:

    Christina and I are in for the full. Thank you

  17. Joe Terranova says:

    In for something between half and full. Thanks!

  18. Andy nagelin says:

    Hi Jim,


    Thank you.

  19. Mike Daly says:


  20. Matt Sazama says:

    IFTH. Maybe the alt-half.

    Thanks, Jim & Lois!

  21. Bob Callanan says:

    In for the full, thanks

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