Week 8 – Route Change Week

Last Week – We had about 35 runners hit the roads, stopping by Friendly’s on their way to a cold but solid training run. Thanks to Hank, Lois, and Haecha for supporting the water stops and getting everyone where they needed to go.

This Week – Normally we would go to Breakheart this week, but with two little snow falls through the week we know the hilly side will be unrunnable. With warm temperatures in the day causing snow melt on the cleared pathways, followed by cold nights freezing that moisture into black ice, the flat side won’t safely be runnable. So no Breakheart. In the spirit of the Malden Half Marathon I could have you all run laps of the MRC 3 Mile Summer Route. Too soon? Instead I’ve created a new route, combining parts of other routes, to get close to 9 and 18 (they’re both a little short so you may want to wander around a little at the end.

The Map –

The Turn-by-Turns –

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Start – Everyone starts together, running up East Foster to Melrose Common. Take a right on 6th Street and follow that as it turns in to Swains Pond Ave. This will take you up to Swain’s Pond, to a stop sign where you turn right to stay on Swain’s Pond Ave. Swain’s Pond Ave will end at Lebanon Street. Some have been fooled into thinking Swain’s Pond Ave continues into Malden, watch for the turn to go right on Lebanon back towards Melrose. At the next set of lights turn left on Forest Street. Follow that to the end, Main Street in Malden, across to the Citizens Bank and a water stop.

Next Step – Leave the Citizens Bank parking lot onto Winter Street. This will take you past the Oak Grove T Station to a 5-way intersection. Cross straight onto Glenwood Street and follow that to it’s end at Highland Ave. Turn right on Highland, through the traffic circle (be careful!) to continue on Highland Ave on the other side. Take Highland to the highland rotary where everyone continues straight onto Woodland Rd, passing the Flynn Rink, and running on the Melrose side of Spot Pond. At Pond Street, turn right down to Grimsby’s for a water stop.

Half Finish – Everyone will run the Lynnfells Parkway towards Melrose High School. Half route runners will turn right on Melrose Street, and right again on Main Street. As you come up to Brueggers your Garmin will be telling you you’ve run about 8.6 miles. If you really want 9, wander a bit, maybe up to Wyoming and back.

Full 3 – Again, everyone will run the Lynnfells Parkway towards Melrose High School. Full route runners will turn right on Main Street and head to Wakefield. When you hit Nick’s Pizza, you’ll find a water stop.

Full 4 – Time to run around Lake Q. Follow Main Street through Wakefield Center, up to the east side of the lake. Turn left at the end of Main St, onto Lowell Street, then left again onto Quannapowitt Way. Make your way across to North Ave and turn left. I have you going straight along North Ave back to the water stop at Nick’s. Since this route is slightly short, you may want to opt to turn left on Church St and back Main St for a little extra. Either way, see you at Nick’s!

Full Finish – After Nick’s, run Main Street back to Melrose, back to Brueggers. Do what you have to be content you ran 18 miles.

Water Stops – I know Hank and I will be there. Anyone else?

Roll Call – Who’s in?

22 Responses to “Week 8 – Route Change Week”

  1. Jessi says:

    In for most of the full. Thank you!!

  2. Tom Gorman says:

    I can help with the water stops

  3. Chris Hancock says:

    Looks like a good alternate route. In for the full.

  4. Dan Slattery says:

    In for a wet full. Thanks 🙂

  5. Tara says:

    In for 12 so half plus?! Thanks!

  6. Regina Curran says:

    Thanks Jim! We are in for the full starting a little early but will see you at stops.

  7. Mike McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  8. Valerie says:

    In for the half thank

  9. Matt says:

    In for the full swim. Thanks J.C.!

  10. Jenny Boshco says:

    I am in for the full!!! Thank you!!

  11. Jackie Ecker says:

    I’m thinking I’ll run the route as far as to Nicks and head back to Brueggers from there. That puts me at what, 12 miles or so? Thanks.

  12. Sarah Pilcher says:

    I am in for 7 miles. So a little less than the half. Thanks!

  13. Audrey Recupero says:

    In for most of the full- thanks!

  14. Jeff Rushton says:

    In for the full…thanks JC!!!

  15. andy nagelin says:


    Thanks Jim.

  16. Nicole says:

    In for a bit more than half

  17. Jessica Crispin says:

    Christina and I are in for the half. Thank you

  18. Joe Terranova says:

    In for half…maybe some more. Thanks Jim!

  19. Marty says:

    In for the Half

  20. Diana Hay Mirabello says:

    In for the half

  21. Brian C. Walfield says:

    Freddi and I will be there
    Both hopefully doing the full. We’ll see.

  22. Amy Giuliano says:

    Rachel Bates and I are in for half. Thank you!

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