Melrose 5K Race Directory 2021

Melrose 5K races, races near me Melrose is a very active town. There is a YMCA, Melrose Boot Camp and a large and active running club, the Melrose Running Club. Whenever I drive through town I see runners everywhere.

If you are promoting a race that I do not have listed here, please contact me at info@omnirunning.com.

2020 was a tough year for races every where. Some went virtual and some just faded away.

Melrose 5K races are coming back slowly.

Melrose 5K Race Directory

Melrose Run for Women

TBD May | Any Time| Melrose, MA – see you in 2022

Mother's Day Race, melrose 5K race directory

The 2020 race was cancelled due to COVID-19 and the 24th annual race went virtual in 2021.

Produced by the Melrose Running Club this 3.5 mile women only road race draws around 1,000 runners each year.

All proceeds benefit Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV). Since 1998 over $170,000 has been donated.

Awards are given to the top finishers, the first mother and grandmother to finish, and best mother/daughter team finishers. Awards are also given to top age group finishers.

Melrose Firefighters Fathers Day 5K

TBD June | 9:30 AM | Sunday – see you in 2022

melrose 5K races, firefighters 5k

I really thought this race would make a come back in 2021 since the fire fighters are so good at organizing this.

Keeping my eyes open and hopes high for 2022!

2021 would be the 8th running of this Melrose 5K race which raises money for the Melrose Firefighters Relief Association.

Normally, the fun starts with a free kids race where everyone wins! Music, snacks, and fire trucks will abound.

Melrose Family YMCA Spooky Sprint 5K

30 October | 8:30 AM | Saturday

The 12th annual Spooky Sprint returns as an in person race for 2022!

spooky sprint 5k, kids race, melrose 5K race directory This race begins at the Y and travels through charming downtown Melrose and through beautiful Pine Banks. Bring your costumes and family!

All proceeds benefit the Melrose Family YMCA’s Growing Stronger Together scholarship fund which ensures no one in the community is turned away for inability to pay.

In 2015 the YMCA of Metro North provided more than one million dollars in financial aid providing all children, adults and families with opportunities to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body regardless of income.

Registration is: $30 for adults and $20 for 18 and under.

Assault on Mt. Hood

TBD December | Noon

assault on Mt Hood, cross country The Assault on Mt. Hood returns for an in person cross country race for 2021!

The location as much as the time of years makes this race what it is, and you just can’t duplicate that at home.

This race has become an early winter tradition for cross-country runners from the GBA and beyond. The race is run on the Mt. Hood golf course and the route is slightly different year-to-year depending on conditions.

The race organizers seek to make the course more challenging each year. So come prepared to climb hills!

This Melrose Running Club production features awards, refreshments, Huge Post Race Party and a Commemorative Pint Glass to the first 250 Applicants.

Melrose 5K Race Directory Updates

Please let me know if I missed a race or if your group is starting a race for next year. I will be more than happy to add your race or make any corrections to the races listed.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

Boston Marathon 1964

Boston Marathon 1964 film

I originally wrote this post on May 21st, 2014.
It’s a bit of Boston Marathon history and a peek into the way things used to be. Here it is with a few edits, Enjoy!

Kerri Haskins of the Mystic Runners posted this Boston Marathon 1964 film on Facebook in May of 2014.

It’s a 26 minute documentary film produced by Robert Gardner and Joyce Chopra of the Film Study Center at Harvard University. It’s an amazing look at Boston in 1964 and how things were back then.

As I watched the film I could recognize buildings, intersections and the road. I also recognized the running spirit that lives in us today. These 400 runners are just like we are. Many of their comments and conversations are ones I have had or heard.

These 400 souls ran without high tech fabrics and shoes with a million dollars in research behind them. No gels or fancy beverages. No well researched training plans, trainers or coaches for the most part. It was just running in it’s purest un-adulterated form.

You will see crowds along the way, and the kids. No one was handing out bananas or orange slices. No high fives, and maybe they missed them but no girls at Wellesley.

It was a different age. I was born in 1964 and some of the cars in this film are distant memories for me. Boston was a different town back then. More industrial and less high tech, no such thing as VC and start ups run by 20-year olds. You won’t see a cell phone or tablet. I didn’t even see a walki-talki.

This piece was written by David Borden and is on the YouTube page

Published on Jan 26, 2014

When Erich Segal died in April of 2010, I remembered a short film for which I had supplied the music. In 1965, as a graduate student at Harvard, I was the only composer in Leon Kirchner’s seminar who was interested in composing music for film. While putting the finishing touches to the score for FLATLAND, supervised by animator John Hubley, the inventor of Mr. Magoo, Bob Gardner, the Director of the Film Study Center at Harvard popped his head into the studio and asked if I could supply a short film score for his current documentary, MARATHON. I said sure. Since two of the performers I had for FLATLAND were excellent jazz musicians I decided to do a quick improvisatory soundtrack. Guitarist Stanley Silverman could play anything and percussionist Fred Buda was one of the best jazz drummers I ever heard. All that remained was for me to call my old friend bassist John Neves to complete the group while I played piano. I watched the rushes and made some notes for a head arrangement. We had the track recorded in less than an hour. Soon the film was broadcast on WGBH, Boston’s groundbreaking PBS TV Station. Then it disappeared until recently.

Robert Gardner, now in his eighties, has collected numerous awards as an anthropologist and filmmaker. He is currently engaged with a number of film, video and book projects with Studio 7 Arts, his company in Cambridge MA. His most memorable films include Dead Birds (1964), Rivers of Sand (1975), and Forest of Bliss (1986). The assistant director, Joyce Chopra went on to direct many films for general release and for TV. Her films include Smooth Talk (1985), The Last Cowboy [TV 2003] and Fire in Our Hearts (2012). Erich Segal went on to write Love Story, the screenplay for Yellow Submarine, as well as influential texts in classics, his chosen field. He was a professor at Yale and a visiting professor at several universities including Princeton and Oxford. He died of a heart attack following many years of suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Walter Hewlett, also a runner in this marathon, was an undergraduate at Harvard in 1964. A man of many noteworthy accomplishments, he has been chairman of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 1994. D. A. Pennebaker, also in his eighties, is the legendary cinematographer/documentarian of such films as Don’t Look Back (1967), Monterey Pop (1968) and The War Room (1993). Marathon and Don’t Look Back were completed in the same year (1965).
-David Borden, Ithaca, NY July, 2010

Enjoy
Run well my friends,
Andy

Medford 5K Race Directory 2021

Medford is a great location for 5K races. Just north of Boston and right off of Rt 93, The Orange Line or Rt. 28 out of Somerville and Cambridge.

With trails in the Middlesex Fells and in the Mystic River Reservation along the Mystic River, organizers have great course options to choose from.

The course along The Mystic and on Winthrop Street starting at The American Legion Hall are USATF Certified.

Many Medford 5K races were cancelled or went virtual due to COVID-19. COVID-19 restrictions were just lifted on June 1st, many races are unable to get organized in time to have a successful event.

Please let me know of if you are organizing a race. I am constantly searching for races and would be happy to add yours.

Medford 5K Races 2021

Running Of The Leprechauns

TBD March | 8:00 AM | Sunday | Maybe next year

5k race, medford 5k races Cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19, let’s hope that things are back to normal in 2022.

The Running of The Leprechauns moved back to the American Legion Hall on Winthrop Street in Medford a few years ago.

This location provides plenty of room for people to stay warm and gather after the race.

This Medford 5K race has raised over $115,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital.

Tufts University Graduate Student Council 5K

TBD April | 9:00 AM |

Tufts GSK 5K, Tufts University Each year the Tufts University Graduate Student Council 5K Run/Walk becomes more and more popular.

Like so many races, COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of this race in 2020 and 2021.

In the past, registration was only $20, so you can’t beat the price.

All proceeds benefit Medford, Somerville and Dorchester organizations. The event is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council of Tufts University as part of their effort to support the local community.

This race starts at Eaton Hall and takes place entirely on the Tufts University campus. This helps keep expenses down and provides a challenging course for runners.

Kiwanis SUPER HERO 5K

TBD June | 9:00 AM | Saturday

Medford 5K race, Medford Kiwanis Super Hero 5K The Kiwanis SUPER HERO 5K was a new race for Medford in 2019.

They had to cancel in 2020 due to COVID and I don’t think they had enough time to get this set up once the restrictions were lifted in 2021.

The race took place at Mystic River Bend Park behind McGlynn Elementary School. For your map app use: 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA 02155

The race route laps the Mystic River and is almost entirely on sidewalk or paths. This makes it a great race to bring the kids to.

Registration was $22.34 for 18+ and $17.02 for youth 6 -17

MILES FOR MIGRAINES 5K

21 – 29 July | 9:00 AM | VIRTUAL

24 July |9:00 AM | Saturday

Registration is OPEN!

The race is officially the Boston Miles for Miracles, but is run in Medford on July 24th.

Proceeds benefit the Harvard / Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Headache Program.

EVENT RESULTS 2019

OktoberFells Trail Races

? October | 11:00 AM | No information available

Medford High School

The 5K and 10K set of races took place in the Lawrence Woods. Starting behind Medford High School the 5K and 10K wind through the trails and fire roads. The 10K is a bit more technical with some ledge running involved!

It looks like this race has faded away.

Medford Jingle Bell Run

? November | 11:00 AM | Sunday

The race was cancelled in 2020 and updates for 2021 are not available yet.

The Medford Jingle Bell run is sponsored by Lonergan Insurance and Real Estate who cover the entire operating cost of the race. This allows every dollar from fundraising to go to the students of the Medford Schools.

Each school in Medford that participates receives race proceeds in proportion to their contribution to the race.

Some high school clubs raise as much in this one event as they would in several fundraising events. And many hands make for lighter work.

This is an innovative concept in fundraising. It allows each elementary, middle school PTO and High School teams and clubs in town to have a significant fundraiser and not have to deal with all of the logistics.

What better way to kick of the Holiday Season than a festive 5K the Sunday before Thanksgiving?

Bring the kids and make it a family run, a family tradition. Many Medford 5K races allow children to run with their parents. Some also feature shorter races just for the kids so they can have some fun and catch the running bug!

Registration fee was $10 for kids under age 11; $15 for kids 11-18; and $25 for adults in advance or $30 day of race.

The race begins and finishes at the Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden.

Run Well My Friends!

Andy

BAA Athletes Village

I just signed up for the BAA Athletes Village

BAA, Boston Athletic Association The Boston Athletic Association has officially announced the 2021 Boston Marathon.

The In-Person race will be held on October 11th and the Virtual Boston Marathon will be held October 8-10.

The in-person race will be limited to 20,000 runners. Even with COVID-19 those numbers will go faster than Meb!

If you have any interest in registering for one of those 20,000 highly coveted bibs, you need to sign up on the BAA Athletes’ Village.

Athletes Village Brings it all Together

If you have run a BAA race or volunteered at a BAA event, you should have an email from the Boston Athletic Association in you inbox.

Registering is quick and easy. If you do not have your volunteer number you can look it up on their site.

Once you are registered you can easily register for any BAA event either as a runner or volunteer. Your volunteer history and number will be on the page.

Even better than all of that, all of your official BAA race results are listed with all of the details!

I keep track of all of my races, but I started running 18 years ago and a lot has been lost to the fog of the long run!

If you have run as many BAA events as I have, this page will be quite interesting to you. I found it fascinating.

I’ve Run Boston 10 Times!

It may be hard to believe, but I didn’t really know how many Boston Marathons I’ve run. You know.

10

10!

I thought it was 9.

I ran My First Boston Marathon in 2003 and finished in 5:11:07! I was so slow that my finish place was 16384 / 0 !

I know that I wasn’t the last person that day, but that number implies that I was.

I have pictures to prove that I wasn’t last!

That day in 2003 is a real testament to the Boston Marathon crowd.

All I remember is “running” down Commonwealth Avenue and making those sacred turns onto Hereford and Boylston Streets. I felt like I was in the middle of the race and everyone was there for me!

Hereford felt like a mountain and I really thought everyone had waited for me! Endorphins can be better than, well…

My Boston Marathon PR

In 2014 I ran my 6th Boston Marathon and achieved my Boston PR of 4:04:15.

I finished 18964th out of 31925 runners. In 2014 officially there were 12,961 runners still behind me when I crossed the finish line.

That placed me firmly in the 60th percentile of all runners. With a field like Boston, I’m proud to say I finished behind 40% of Boston’s finest runners.

April Showers bring My Hypothermia

Boston Marathon 2018, marathon running In 2018 we had horizontal rain and the temperature was in the 30’s all day. The wind chill made it feel much cooler than that.

With the cold, rain and wind I still managed to finish in 4:46:20. On a normal Marathon Monday I wouldn’t feel too hot about that. But nothing felt hot that day.

I finished 21997th out 25831 finishers, which put me in the 15th percentile. That’s still better than 2003 when I finished in the bottom 5%, or worse!

That was the coldest I’ve ever been and it wasn’t even snowing!

Every year the Boston Marathon is a unique adventure.

Last year we ran it virtually and made up our own courses all over the world.

This year 20,000 lucky runners will get to run from Hopkinton to Boston. 70,000 other lucky runners will get to run the Virtual Boston Marathon on a course of their choosing.

If you want to get in, you have to register for the BAA Athletes Village.

Good luck and Run Well!

Andy

One Mile Home Run

A couple of short distance races on a Saturday afternoon!

One Mile Home Run

Today I continued the Super Sunday Virtual Race Series with The 1K To Nowhere and One Mile Home Run.

From home I ran 1K to a random street corner. I stopped my watch, saved my 1K run and then tried to start my watch.

Super Sunday Race Series, 1K Run I hit the start button and got a beep. After a few attempts I thought I was going to have to guess how far a mile was.

It was in the mid 20’s and I was wearing shorts, so it got cold right away!

Much like a pilot trying to restart a flamed-out engine, I was determined to get my watch to start.

It seemed like five minutes before my watch beeped and the timer started. I could feel my sweat turning to ice water!

The 1K To Nowhere was in the books!

The Super Sunday Virtual Race Series consists of seven race distances:

1K, 1 mile, 5K, 5 Mile, 10K, 10 Mile and Half Marathon.

You can run these race anywhere and any time you want through March 17th.

Last Sunday I kicked off the series with the 5 Miler before the storm rolled in.

Running One Mile Home Run

The only time I run 1K or 1 mile is at a track.

Running from home I usually end up running a couple of miles.

No matter how fatigued or unmotivated I am, once I get out there I always feel like a 5K. Maybe more!

Running can be exhilarating.

The only exception is when I have an injury. I’ve gone out a few times and felt a twinge or even a cramp and had to cut it short. That’s been my year so far.

I have figured out how to run many distances from home accurately. The key is, from home.

Starting a one mile run from somewhere in the neighborhood makes it difficult to estimate how many streets I need to run up and down.

With only a mile to run it’s easy to run a street too far.

One Mile Home Run, Super Sunday Virtual Series On any other day I’d be happy to run an extra half mile or more. All those kibbles and bits add up to lots of miles over the course of the year.

But when accuracy counts, it’s easy to fall short. Or long as the case might be!

When I hit one mile I knew I was a third of a mile from home. Normally I would stretch this out to 0.6 miles.

But, since my goal was one mile I decided to walk the last 1/3 mile home.

I walked at a good clip and I was surprised that I didn’t feel cold.

One Mile Home Run, Super Sunday Virtual Race Series When I got to my house I took out my phone and tried to take a selfie.

With dark, fogged-up glasses, this was a challenge. But I managed.

So in one day I managed to run two, albeit, short races.

Not a major accomplishment but it was more miles than I ran in a week.

The Super Sunday 5 Miler 2020 was the last race I ran in 2020 before the pandemic. We had a great time and had no idea.

How is your winter running going?

Andy

Melrose Running Club Virtual Relay

We finally got to run with our friends and stay safe. All this on a beautiful November day.

Like all runners, members of the Melrose Running Club have really missed in real life (IRL) races.

Due to State and Local Public Health Department rules, we suspended all club runs in March. Mid summer we started Tuesday night runs for members only with strict rules and pre-registration.

Everyone missed getting together on Tuesday nights and we all really missed racing. Virtual races are just not the same thing.

Melrose Running Club Virtual Relay

While the weather is still good and with all precautions observed, Jim Carson organized the Melrose Running Club Virtual Relay.

Jim manages our Sunday Long Run program and was elected Club President in October.

With an eye towards safe club activities where we can get together and do what we love, Jim organized this relay as one of his first acts as President.

Here are some photos taken by several club members including Bobby Taylor, Jim Carson, Mary O’Connell, Jose Viveiros. Some photos I wasn’t sure who took them so thank you to everyone.

These were all poached off of Facebook and are in no particular order.

I did minimal editing and please feel free to save any that you like. My apologies if I missed anyone.

Andy Nagelin at Straw Point on 2nd lap Valerie Smith, MRC Relay Thuy Dang Thuy Dang, Joe Terranova MRC Relay at Flynn Rink MRC Relay, Dawn at Spot Pond MRC Relay, Straw Point Park Nicole Jacob Nick Kollett at the hand off area Mike Sikkema at the Hand off point MRC Relay directions MRC Relay, Andy's 3 loop map Mike Sikkema passing Stone Zoo Mary O'Connell and Thuy Dang at Straw Point hand off Marian Sales passing Stone Zoo Maria Cavera at Flynn Rink hand off area MRC Relay, let the sun shine Kristi Taylor leaving Stone Zoo start Kristi Taylor at Straw Point Julie Smith Galvin at Straw Point Captain Jose at Straw Point Joe Terranova passing Stone Zoo on 2nd lap Captain Jim Carson passing Stone Zoo on final lap Jessica Crispin leaving start area at Stone Zoo Jessica Crispin at Flynn Rink Jose finishing at Flynn Rink Captain Jose managing the team Jeff Rushton passing Stone Zoo on 1st lap 1 Haecha Donnelly at Flynn Rink Start Derm Cahill passing Stone Zoo MRC Relay Andy Nagelin at Straw Point on 3rd lap, melrose-running-club-virtual-relay