Week 9 – Victorian Fair Day 20/10 Miler

Last Week – About 30 runners took on Breakheart on a comfortable weather day. Short route runners enjoyed a 9 mile trip through the Breakheart hills and back, with a little picnic bench water stop along the way. The few runners took on the 18 mile long route continued along a round about excursion through Wakefield, making their way to Lake Quannapowitt before heading home to Brueggers.

This Week – We’ll take another adventure but this week will head out towards Winchester, with the long runners stretching into Medford and almost to Arlington. People training for a half will do 10 this week, while people aiming for Baystate will do 20. With the Victorian Fair going on, people have an option of starting early with a loop of their own to get back to Brueggers around 8AM. We’ll have some water outside if you need it. This will allow you to finish earlier to help volunteer for the EMARC Road Race. Short runners could run 3.5 miles before 8AM and skip the Eaton Street loop. Long runners, I suggest you just stick with the plan in order to hit the water stops at the right time, adjusting times will result in missing water stops.

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Start – Both groups will leave Brueggers at 8AM. Main Street will have workers busily nailing tents down, so we’ll stand in the middle of the street and set off south past Marathon Sports. Take a right onto West Wyoming and run past Grimsby’s up to Spot Pond. Turn right, pass the Stone Zoo, then pass Friendly’s, and continue past the onramp to I-93N. At the next set of lights turn left on Marble Street in Stoneham, run over I93 onto Forest Street in Winchester and stop at Eugene for a water stop.

Half 2 – The half runners will continue on Forest Street to a turn onto Highland Ave, at the blue H sign for Winchester Hospital. Run past the hospital and move to the right side. You’ll come up to a little park at the corner of Eaton Street where you’ll turn right. At the bottom of Eaton you’ll turn right onto Washington Street. Follow that to the Gingerbread Construction Company where you’ll turn right back on to Forest Street. Run up, up, and up Forest Street back to Eugene for another water stop.

Half Finish – Half runners will finish up the way they came. Run back over I93 to a set of lights. Turn right on Park Street and make your way past Friendly’s, straight past the Stone Zoo, and along Spot Pond. At Pond Street turn left down to Grimsby’s. Continue straight onto West Wyoming making your way to Main Street. Turn left on Main and back to Brueggers and the Victorian Fair. Grab a coffee and go volunteer to direct traffic at the corners of the race route!

Full 2 – Full route runners will leave Eugene down Forest Street to the blue H sign for Winchester Hospital. A left there will get you on to Highland Ave. Follow Highland past the hospital, straight through a 5-way intersection all the way to the end. Look for a water stop on the left side.

Full 3 – After your water stop turn left onto Main Street. This will become Winthrop Street in Medford. Move to the right side of the road and as you pass Oak Grove Cemetery turn right onto Playstead Rd. Follow Playstead to the end where you turn right on High St. There is a Dunkin Donuts that is very convenient for a bathroom break. Continue on High Street. There will be a litte fork where you need to stay left to stay on High Street. You’ll eventually come to a rotary at Mystic Valley Parkway. Turn right onto Mystic Valley Parkway… don’t go straight into Arlington! Run along the Mystic Lakes to what seems to be the end of Mystic Valley Parkway and turn right onto Bacon Street. Go past the commuter rail and cross to the left side and take a turn onto Mystic Valley Parkway (see, it wasn’t the end). As you run along Mystic Valley Parkway you’ll find a water stop on the right.

Full 4 – Next continue on the Mystic Valley Parkway to a set of lights at Washington Street where’s you turn left. Follow Washington Street through a 5-way intersection, crossing Mt Vernon Street and bearing right to stay on Washington. This will eventually bring you to the Gingerbread Construction Company where you’ll turn right on Forest Street. Take Forest up, up, and up to Eugene for another water stop.

Full 5 – Leave Eugene on Forest over I93 to a set of lights at Park Street. Turn right and run over to Friendly’s where you turn right. Follow the Fellsway West along the back side of Spot Pond, going over I93, past the Sheepfold, and under I93. At Elm Street you’ll turn left and make your way to the rotary at Highland Ave. Turn right into Highland and find the final water stop.

Full Finish – If you hate East Border Rd you’re in luck! Continue down Highland at the traffic circle at the Fellsway East. Turn left onto the Fellsway East, run through the hills to Grimsby’s where you’ll Turn right onto West Wyoming and then left onto Main Street to finish up at Brueggers ring the Victorian Fair

Water Stops – Janet’s keeping Hank this weekend so it will be Tom and I. Lois has volunteered to help but she also wants to run. If anyone else can help, let me know.

Roll Call – Who’s in?

16 Responses to “Week 9 – Victorian Fair Day 20/10 Miler”

  1. Dave Bryson says:

    I am in for the half.

  2. Regina Curran says:

    Hi Jim

    Mary, Julie and I are in for 16! Not doing the
    main/elm street part. Thank you!

  3. Matt K says:

    IFTF. Thanks!

  4. Allen Dean says:

    In for the half 🙂

  5. Megin Hemmerling says:

    I’m in for the half. Thanks Jim!

  6. Johan says:

    in for the full

  7. Lois says:

    IFTH. Thank you!

  8. Lauren Cossette says:

    In for half. Thanks!!

  9. Jessica Crispin says:

    Christina and I are in for the half. Thanks Jim.

  10. Jessi says:

    Will be there for a some!!! Thanks!!!

  11. Audrey Recupero says:

    In for the half, all or part of it. Thanks!

  12. Michael McLaughlin says:

    In for the half. Thanks

  13. Heather says:

    Half please.

  14. Joe Terranova says:

    In for the half. Thanks!

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