This past weekend a small contingent of Melrose Running Club members ran the Mystic River Herring Run 5K. This was a multi-sport event and included paddle racing events on The Mystic. None of us tried the paddle part of the race, but it did sound like it would be a lot of fun.
Over all, 258 runners finished the race and MRC had five runners. No PRs or medals to bring home but I think we all had a good time.
Mary O’Connell and Thuy Dang have run all of the Melrose Racing Series races this year! I think they really want those jackets!
Rain had been forecast for Saturday morning, but we ended up with near perfect running weather. Maybe perfect.
A little rain later in the day gave us all a good excuse to stay inside for a while!
The race was based out of the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive in Somerville. Shore Drive is a neighborhood street that connects The Fellsway with Rt. 38. I drive by Shore Drive every day but have down the street only once or twice before.
The DCR boat house is right next to Rt. 93 and on the bike path along The Mystic River. If anyone is looking to take a canoe or kayak out on The Mystic, this is the place to go. Apparently you can go anytime and rent one, no reservations required.
Some of the crew boats you see on The Mystic are based out of this DCR boathouse as well. There’s a lot going on over there!
Running the Mystic River Herring Run
The entire race was on bike path and sidewalks through the park. We didn’t cross any intersections or have to run in the road at all.
We all started in the back of the pack, so the first half mile along the bike path was packed. Instead of lining up we hung out and had a good conversation. No one was too worried about getting a fast start.
You can see from the map above that they had us winding around the Mystic River State Reservation in Medford for a bit. Running along the river and through the park was pretty cool.
They had plenty of volunteers to direct us at the many turns and provide encouragement.
I haven’t been training very much lately and finished at 24:58. I was hoping for 24, but I got what I deserve!
I felt pretty comfortable for the entire race. There were a few rises in the road but no hills. The bridge over The Mystic was the greatest elevation. I pushed up the hills and ran down the other side and it helped.
They did not have a timing mat at the beginning of the race, so starting at the back of the pack may have added 30 seconds to my time.
I still managed to finish 45th out of 258 and 4th in my AG.
After the race we hung out for a while, but we all had other things to get to, like yard work. As they announced that paddle racers should start getting ready for their races, we all made our way home.
Our next race is the Melrose Firefighters 5K on June 17th. Don’t forget to register!
Run well My Friends!