Week 8 – The Wakefield Half

Last Week – We took on the original route of the Law Enforcement Half Marathon, which later became Boston’s Run to Remember. We had a pleasant weather morning, and a pull back mileage week, leading to much happier faces at the water stops. Despite the cool weather, the group was still relatively small as many regulars were off doing their own things.

This Week – We’ll take on parts of the Wakefield version of the Law Enforcement Half Marathon, which took off from Lake Quannapowitt and headed to Montrose Street, through Breakheart and looped back around to Wakefield. We’ll be heading back to the Breakheart portion of the run for the half trainers and the full trainers will take off and cover the return to Lake Q portion before heading home to Melrose. Half runners will be doing about 9 miles, training those quads on somedaunting hills to learn how to pace through hills. The full route runners will also do these hills early in their 18 mile run. As the mileage increases in September you’ll find a few of our routes have early hills which trains your body to recover during a run as you cycle through to your second and third winds in a marathon.

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Start – Leaving Brueggers, head north up Main Street, past Ell Pond, crossing near Melrose Wakefield Hospital to merge right onto Green Street. Take a right at the lights at the intersection of Green St and the LynnFells Parkway. Follow the LynnFells to the Saugus entrance of Breakheart on the left side of the road. Turn left onto Forest Street which brings you up to the headquarters of Breakheart where you’ll find a water stop.

Half/Full 2 – Everyone will circle Breakheart counterclockwise. For those that are clock challenged, that means enter Breakheart to the right following the outer loop. At the pond in Breakheart stay right to continue on the outer loop. Circle past the Wakefield entrance and through the hills to get back to the headquarters building and another water stop. (I know some will go rogue and run the opposite direction).

Half 3 and Full 3 – Run back out the Saugus entrance of Breakheart turning right on the LynnFells Parkway. Half route runners will go back the way they came, continuing on the LynnFells to a left on Green Street. Merge back onto Main Street in Melrose and find your way to Brueggers to finish up. Full distance runners will follow the Wakefield Half route with a right turn at the first set of lights onto Main Street in Saugus. This will turn into Farm Street in Wakefield and bring you to Wakefield High School where you’ll find a water stop near the school entrance.

Full 4 – Continue on Farm to the end where you turn RIGHT on to Water Street. Cross over to the left side and take your first left onto Montrose Ave. Follow Montrose to the end and turn left onto Salem Street. Eventually you’ll come to a fork in the road that looks like this:

Keep to the right here to get on Lowell Street. This will bring you up to Lake Quannapowitt. At the lake get to the left side of the road to turn left onto Quannapowitt Parkway to get into the Comverse parking lot. Keep your eyes on the look out for a water stop, there will be one in the lot somewhere.

Full 5 – Leaving that water stop continue on Quannapowitt Parkway to North Ave and turn left. North Ave will take you to a set of lights at Church Street where you turn left. Church Street takes you to a church at Wakefield Common, turn right onto Common Street here. Common will merge onto Main Street and Main Street will take you to the intersection of Nahant and Main and North Ave. At Nick’s Pizza on the left side will be your final water stop.

Full Finish – Now its a straight shot south along Main Street to get you back in to Melrose and back to Brueggers. 18 miles done!

Water Stops – This one is challenging one. I will be at the first water stop at Breakheart, but I’m leaving from there. Essentially I need three volunteers. I had quite a few people come up to me at the Knights Tuesday, thank you all for being so kind. For this run, which is very spread out and challenging to support, I chose a few people that have run the routes several times to ensure people know where to be when. I think I have Matt and Andrea Kerton for Wakefield High School, Julie Galvin for Lake Quannapowitt, and Diana Hughes for Nick’s Pizza. Tom will be there to help organize as well. We can all meet at Breakheart on the Saugus side at about 8:20. Once we’re all organized I may do a little run from there. Thanks for all that offered, and believe me there will be some opportunities in the coming weeks to help out!

Roll Call! Who’s in?

20 Responses to “Week 8 – The Wakefield Half”

  1. Regina Curran says:

    Hi Jim

    Mary Thuy and I are in for the full but will be starting early. Will probably miss you at Breakheart but will see the other stops. Thank you Jim

  2. Andrea Twomey says:


  3. Matt K says:

    HI Jim, Confirming you have the “Kertons” for water stops.

  4. Dan S says:

    Hoping to run the half. Thanks 🙂

  5. Robert Taylor says:

    I am in for the full and Kristi will be running some shorter variation of the full…

  6. andy nagelin says:

    Probably in for the half. Busy weekend.

  7. Michael McLaughlin says:

    In for the half. Thanks

  8. Jessica Crispin says:

    I am in for the full. Christina is in for the half. Thank you

  9. Dave Bryson says:

    I am in for the half. Thanks
    If you need water stop help, let me know at the start.

  10. Yvonne Liu-Constant says:

    In for the full. Thanks in advance for all the water stop support!!

  11. Jessi Marquardt says:

    In for about 14! Thanks so much!!

  12. Joe Terranova says:

    Will definitely go out and back to Breakheart. On the fence about looping through. Thanks everyone!

  13. Aine Lunney says:

    David and I will be in for the half, thanks!

  14. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for half! Thanks!!

  15. Donna Leggiero says:

    I am in for the half. Thank you!

  16. Linda Giesecke says:

    Running the half. Thanks!

  17. Paul Locke says:

    Lynda and I are in for the half (or specifically the two Breakheart water stops).
    We’ll meet up with y’all on Lynn Fells Parkway.

  18. Jackie Ecker says:

    In for the half. Thanks!

  19. Matt Sazama says:

    In for out & back to Breakheart. Not sure about the loop inside yet.

  20. Oscar Dirks says:

    In for the full

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