Week 6 – Winchester Highlands

Last Week – I sent you all off to run to Saugus, where the half runners turned around and came back and the long runners headed for the Wakefield entrance to Breakheart. I’m not sure what happened when they got there, as a little snow and freezing temperatures made for some slippery steps. Whatever they did, they all came back to Melrose eventually, settling in for an afternoon of Super Bowl watching where the local team pulled off another championship.

This Week – We’ll head out to Winchester for one of my favorite routes.

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Start – Heading north on Main Street, we’ll leave Melrose by taking a left on Franklin Street. Following this up a hill into Stoneham, we’ll run past their high school, past a Dunkin Donuts, to a set of lights where we’ll turn left on to Summer Street. Summer will wind over to Main Street in Stoneham, where you’ll cross over onto Marble Street. Marble takes you to an overpass of I-93 into Winchester where the road turns in to 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. There they’ll turn right which will take them over to 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 to 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 up to the edge of the Middlesex Fells, with a view of Winchester’s North Reservoir. As the road becomes Hillcrest Parkway, enjoy the views as this will be the prettiest street you run on a MRC Sunday Run. 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 Main goes left, you want to stay right to run on to 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 should have followed 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. 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 – Hank, Tom, and I can handle this, but if anyone wants to help us out, let me know.

Roll Call – Who’s in?

33 Responses to “Week 6 – Winchester Highlands”

  1. Regina Curran says:


    Julie, Thuy and I are in for the full. Need to start early but will see you at Eugene! Thank you!

  2. Deez Nutz says:

    Deluxe road n trails full

  3. Cynthia Berger says:

    In for the half

  4. The return of Courtney Carson says:

    In for the full use of water stops while darting (which autocorrected to farting so maybe that too) in and out of the woods.

  5. Dan Slattery says:

    Downwind Danny (from “Darting” Courtney) is in for the full. Thanks 🙂

  6. Lois says:

    I can help with waterstops. Might jump in for a few miles if possible.

  7. Joe Terranova says:

    In for less than full. Will likely skip going all the way around Spot Pond. Thanks Jim

  8. Space Lizard says:

    People of earth, I will join deign to join you in the half

  9. Dave P says:

    In for the long

  10. Matt K says:

    In for the full. Thanks JC!

  11. Mike McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanksgivings

  12. Marianne C says:

    I’m in for the full, thanks!

  13. Liz h says:

    In for a shortened version of the half.

  14. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for 5 or 6miles! Thanks, Jim!

  15. Marty Hergert says:

    In for the HALF.

  16. Judith Dolan says:

    I’m in for 5or 6 with Haecha~Thanks Jim

  17. Nicole says:

    Iftf! Thanks everyone

  18. Marian says:

    Thank you Jim. In for the full run (if I don’t get lost)

  19. Donna Leggiero says:

    I am in for the alternate half route, possibly with Audrey. Thank you Jim

  20. Jenny Boshco says:

    Me and Deb Reppucci will be there to run the full!

  21. Jessi says:

    In for most! Can’t wait for the return of “darting” Courtney :)!!!
    Thanks Jim!!

  22. Christina DiCalogero says:

    Jess and I are in for the alternate half with Donna.

  23. Allen says:

    In for the half 🙂

  24. Bobby Taylor says:

    Kristi and I are in for the half

  25. Linda Giesecke says:

    In for a few miles. Thanks!

  26. Diana Mirabello says:

    In for the half

  27. Jeff Rushton says:

    IFTF…thanks JC!

  28. Jose L Viveiros says:

    In For The HALF. Yep you heard that right.

  29. Donny says:

    In for the half
    Thank You

  30. Dorota says:

    In for 12, will cut Spot Pond

  31. Lord Sniggle Snufflebottom says:

    Egads sir! I’ll be there for the full by Jove! Good day sir!

    I said good day!

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