Week 7 – Just About Half Way

Last week’s jaunt through the highlands of Winchester on a nice cool August morning was a long one, so this week we pull back to about 14 miles and let those legs recover. We’ll be going back to our old friend Spot Pond as we run what used to be the Law Enforcement Memorial Half in Melrose. This race then moved to Wakefield for a few years and then became Boston’s Run to Remember.

The run will first take you over to where the start line was by going up Main Street, past Ell Pond, left on Melrose Street and left onto the LynnFells Parkway. As you pass in front of Melrose High School, the starting line was just before the knoll. Keep going through the start to the lights at Tremont Street where the tennis courts are. If you’re running short, keep going straight, if you’re running long circle the neighborhood around Ell Pond by taking a left on to Tremont, your first left onto Lake Ave, your first left onto W Emerson, and then your first left onto Main. Again take a left on Melrose Street and a left onto the LynnFells Parkway back to the start. From here continue on the LynnFells Parkway and try to eat into that head start you’ve given the shorter route group.

As you go along the LynnFells Parkway we’ll have a water stop at Grimsby’s for you. From there you keep going straight to the Fellsway East, through the hills to Highland Ave. Right on Highland and up to the water stop before the rotary.

After that water stop, if you’re going short stay to the right onto Woodland and follow the front of Spot Pond to Pond Street. Turn right on Pond, straight through the intersection to West Wyoming, left on Main St and you’re done. If you’re running long go left after the water stop onto Elm St and circle Spot Pond: Elm to a right on Main St, cut through Straw Point just prior to Friendly’s, head over past the Stone Zoo and back to Woodland and the water stop.

After the second pass through the Highland Ave water stop go left on East Border Road and then left onto the Fellsway East. Run the hills again keep going straight onto the LynnFells Parkway. While you’re training on all those hills imagine trying to have a good finish to a real half race through them. That was one tough half marathon! When you come out by the high school the race would do a lap around the track that no longer exists around the football field. You’ll keep going straight though up to Melrose Street. If you’re feeling a bit hot there is a Melrose High School Marching Band car wash going on at the High School Parking Lot on your left as you approach Melrose Street. I’ve heard that they may be easily convinced to give free spray over a runner if you run by. (And if you need a car wash, stop by after your run to help out the band). Once you get to Melrose Street either wet or dry, take it up to Main Street, take a right and bring it home to Brueggers.

Water Stops, I need a little help on this one. A car at Grimsby’s and a car at Straw Point would be helpful, or just one person that can assist through the run. If you can drop your car at either place I’ll get supplies out to it, and I can pick you up or someone else can. If you do help out, if you can leave a piece of paper that says MRC on the dash it’ll help people find unmanned stops. Anyone?

Ok… Who’s in? ROLL CALL!

23 Responses to “Week 7 – Just About Half Way”

  1. Regina Curran says:

    I’m in for the short run. Thank you

  2. Donna says:

    Jo-Ann and I are in for the short run. Thanks.

  3. Paul Locke says:

    Skipping this week for the Band Car Wash…

  4. Kris van Herp says:

    I’m in. Planning to do about 10 so probably go with the long group and turn around early.

  5. Leon Romprey says:

    Judi and IRIFTF

  6. Brian Walfield says:

    I can help with water stops.see you at 8.

  7. Jim says:

    Thanks Brian. Lois will help too. That should cover all the stops.

  8. Maggie Browder says:

    Hopefully in for the long run!

  9. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for the full but have to start at 7AM…

  10. Jessi says:

    Iftf!! Yay!!!

  11. Maryanne Martin says:

    IFTF but also starting at 7am due to mid-day plans. Thx Jim.

  12. Jeanne boisseau says:

    In for the full

  13. Thuy says:

    Full plz…thanks!

  14. Jackie Ecker says:

    In for the full!

  15. Don Keren says:

    In for the full

  16. Joe Winslow says:


  17. Sue W says:

    Hope I’m in for the half

  18. Matt Kerton says:


  19. Greg "not Jim's Cuz" Carson says:

    I’m a last minute ad but just want to know if I need long pants, three layers of shirts, mittens and a wool hat because every time I’ve run with the club its always been snowing or 40 below!

  20. Jessica Crispin says:

    In for the short run. Thanks

  21. Judy Dolan says:

    I’m in for part of long. Starting a little early with Haecha.

  22. Bill Riley says:

    i F t f

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