Week 11 – Swains Pond and Breakheart

I’m not going to be there this Sunday but that doesn’t give you a week off. This week’s long long runners have 18 miles on tap while the shorter long runners go for 11. Thanks to Regina, Thuy, and Mary for helping with the water stops this week. Also thanks to Jason who agreed to kick off the run. Now pay attention to the map because you might not get my usual turn-by-turn directions at the start this week…

This week’s run starts with a quick left turn up East Foster Street. Run up to the far end of the Melrose Common and turn right onto 6th Street. That will secretly turn into Swain’s Pond Ave and take you up into a wooded corner of Melrose, past Turners Pond and Swain’s Pond. The road will turn right at a stop sign, but remain Swain’s Pond Ave. You’ll eventually get to Lebanon Street, turn right there (every year someone tries to go left there. Don’t). Lebanon will take you to a set of lights where you’ll turn left onto Forest Street and run to the end of the street where, across Main Street, you’ll find a water stop in the parking lot of Citizen’s Bank.

After that water stop you’ll head out of the other end of the parking lot onto Winter Street. Run past the Oak Grove T stop to an intersection. Straight across the intersection will be Glenwood Street. Run there.  Glenwood will bring you up to the rotary at the Fellsway East. This is where you take a right on the Fellway East and follow it up past Grimsby’s onto the LynnFells Parkway. Keep going, up a hill, and down to Melrose High School where you’ll find water stop 2 at the knoll parking lot. By the way, if you’re running short, go right down West Wyoming and left onto Main Street to finish up your 11.1 mile run.

After the high school water stop, keep running along the LynnFells into Saugus, where you’ll take a left into Breakheart at the Saugus entrance. Keep an eye out along the entrance road, there will be a water stop either in the lower parking lot by the hockey rink or the upper lot at the park headquarters.

Next leg is a counterclockwise run around the outer loop of Breakheart.Go in on the right, come out on the left and find the water stop again.

Head back out to LynnFells and go right to run the LynnFells Parkway back to Melrose High School. That water stop should be right where you left it.

Finish up with a backwards run of the start of the MRC Summer route. Take the LynnFells over to Grimsby’s, take a left on West Wyoming and a left on Main Street. There you’ll find Brueggers and the end to your 18 mile run.

Water Stops should be taken care of. All you need to do is show up knowing where you’re going. Study the map, memorize the turns, and have a great run! Who’s in? ROLL CALL!!!

21 Responses to “Week 11 – Swains Pond and Breakheart”

  1. Denise Judware says:

    I am running the full. Thanks to all helpers.

  2. Alicia Furbush says:

    In for the short. Thank you.

  3. Donna says:

    I am in for the short. – Thank you!

  4. Dan Slattery says:

    If additional water stop volunteer is needed, happy to help. Will check blog later for confirmation.

  5. Don Keren says:

    In for the half

  6. Lauren Cossette says:

    In for the half plus a few. Thanks!

  7. Audrey Paradis says:

    In for the half! Thank you!!

  8. Yvonne Liu-Constant says:

    I’m running the full. Thanks!

  9. Kristen Dorsky says:

    I’m in for the half!

  10. Paul Locke says:

    Lynda Field & I are IFTH.


  11. Bill Riley says:

    IFTF Thank You

  12. Thuy Dang says:

    Long runners – I’m leaving my car (blue Honda Fit with 26.2 tie dye sticker) @ Breakheart closest to park HQ/bathrooms, with the usual supplies and some bananas.

    Dan, water stops are all set. Regina @Citizens Bank. Mary and I @ the knoll. My car parked @ Breakheart.

    See y’all @ Bruegger’s!

  13. jose viveiros says:

    Planing to run the half fairly slow.

  14. Jessica Crispin says:

    Christina and I are in for the short run. Thank you.

  15. Joanne Piper says:

    Doing the half very slowly so starting at 7:30. Thanks all!

  16. Rowena Hakkaoui says:

    IFTF but I’m going to start early. I know I’ll be really slow so I don’t want to hold anyone back.

  17. Mark Rosenblum says:

    In for first half of the half.

  18. Ashley DeAcetis says:

    IFTF, thanks waterstop volunteers

  19. JUDY DOLAN says:

    2 of us starting at 7 and 2 at eight for the lake Q route because of heat and hills if anyone would like to join us We will have water stop. Good luck all

  20. Regina Curran says:

    I’ll go straight to Citizens Bank so anyone starting early, ill be there by

  21. Matt K says:


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