Assault on Mount Hood 2018 is on

Melrose Running Club announces date for 2018 Assault on Mount Hood cross country race.

The Melrose Running Club has announced the date for The Assault on Mount Hood 2018.

The 3.5 mile cross country race will take place December 8th at Noon at the Mount Hood Golf Course. The location of race operations will be the Mount Hood Golf Course Club House this year. If you’ve run the race before, you’ve passed the club house on your way to the race.

As always, car pooling is recommended as parking is limited.

Assault on Mt Hood XC race 2016, Melrose Running Club, Fall Races
Assault on Mount Hood 2016

Now in it’s 14th season, this race will challenge you with a 3.5 mile course through the fairways and hills of Mt. Hood Golf Course. Race Director, Brian Slater, always finds the steepest hills on the golf course to make this one of the most challenging and fun races of the late fall running season.

You never know what to expect. Some years it is warm and the ground will be wet and soggy with lots of mud and puddles. If we have a cold snap the ground will be frozen and the fairways will feel like pavement under your shoes. Not knowing what to expect is part of the fun.

AOMH, Assault on Mount Hood
Assault on Mount Hood 2013

Registration is open now and limited to 400 runners. Since this is a cross country race, strollers are not permitted. Pre-registration through December 1st is $25 and race-day registration is $27. There is also a 2 mile walk and registration is $20. Click to register.

Day of registration begins at 10:30 AM at 100 Slayton Road, Mt. Hood Golf Course Club House.

Commemorative pint glasses to the first 250 applicants. There is also the legendary post race party with awards for individuals, age group and teams. Be sure to hang out after the race for awards, food and fun!

Assault on Mt Hood cross country race

Numbers can be picked up at the club house the day of the race starting at 10:00 AM.

You may also pick up your number, or register for the race, at Marathon Sports on Main Street in Melrose from 3 to 7:00 PM on Friday December 7th.

Only 400 registrations will be taken, so don’t wait to sign up for one of the legendary running events in the Greater Boston Area!

Here are a few of my race recaps:

2014 Assault on Mt. Hood

2015 Assault on Mt. Hood

2016 Assault on Mt. Hood

Run well my Friends and try to stay warm out there!

Assault on Mt Hood 2016

Running Assault on Mt Hood 2016

The 12th Annual Assault on Mt Hood cross-country race hosted by the Melrose Running Club at the Melrose Fish and Game Club was run December 10th, 2016.

The 3.5 mile Mount Hood Golf Course race attracts runners from Melrose as well as Southern New Hampshire and The GBA.

assault on mt hood, cross country raceEach year the race director, Brian Slater, changes the course due to conditions or just to make things interesting.

This year the ground was solid with no ice or snow, so the course was interesting.

I’m mainly a 5K street racer, so the hills and leaf covered trails were a challenge for me. I didn’t see it, but someone said they fell.

Running The Assault on Mt. Hood

It’s hard to write a recap of a race like this. There aren’t any landmarks to reference that anyone would know. I spent a lot of my time with my head down trying not to fall.

Assault on Mt Hood XC race 2016, GBAAll I can say is that I started about a third of the way back in the pack. The first mile or so was mostly on grass or golf cart paths. So I started well.

Then the hills started coming and the leaf littered trails. Like most races, much of it is a blur. I do recall steep rock-strewn hills and someone dressed as Gumby or a giant nutcracker.

On the flats, I ran as hard as I could. On the last two big hills I walked and used my right arm to push off on my right leg. Not sure if it helped.

Out of 384 runners I finished 153rd and 32nd out of 58 in my age group. Instead of whining I’ll just say I did okay all things considered.

Our Men’s Masters team finished 10 out of 10. The other Melrose Men’s Masters team did finish 4th which is quite respectable.

There were a lot of friends marshaling the course and it was great to hear them cheer me on. For the last mile into the finish, I was too exhausted to wave or even smile back.

Apre Assault on Mt Hood

Assault on Mt Hood cross country raceA big part of the Assault on Mt Hood is the after race party. Each runner gets an AOMH pint glass and a cold beer. The Melrose Fish and Game expanded their hall since last year, so there was some welcomed extra space to socialize.

The Fish and Game club cooks a pasta dinner with all the fixings for about 500 people. It’s a great chance to talk to runners you might see once in a while at a race. With a big emphasis on team competition, many running clubs were represented and wearing their colors.

I stayed through most of the awards ceremony which was loud and a little chaotic. I had volunteered for set up and parking duty so my volunteer responsibilities were over.

I headed home with a car full of boxes to recycle and didn’t do much the rest of the day.


Run well my Friends!


Assault on Mt Hood 2015 ReCap

Assault on Mt Hood 2015

The 11th Annual Assault on Mt Hood attracted 375 runners from greater Boston. Runners enjoyed a beautiful fall day with a clear ski, temperatures in the mid-50’s and barely a breeze.

35 runners from the Melrose Running Club participated, and many more volunteered their time. Hats off to Bryan Slater and his team for putting together another terrific race. With neither mud nor snow to contend with, Bryan and his trail team put together a challenging course with plenty of hills.

Assault on Mt Hood 2015

The race went off promptly at Noon time and we all charged across the fairway and up our first hills. Since the race was on a golf course there was plenty of room at the start. After about 100 yards the crowd thinned enough for comfortable running.

Less than a mile into the race we reached the first significant hill; Slayton Tower Hill. The trail became steep and very narrow. The pace slowed due more to the crowd than the incline of the hill. Some runners bushwhacked strait up the hill to try and get around the crowd. I was one of them and I don’t think we gained much for our efforts.

We looped around Slayton Tower on a stony trail and headed back down the hill on a paved path. Coming down the steep hill I felt like I was flying. Since the ground and pavement were uneven and I’m not used to running down hills that steep, I had to put on the brakes a bit and did not relax until near the bottom of the hill.

Assault on Mt Hood 2015The rest of the run was up and down many more hills. Not everyone stayed on the marked course and avoided the worse parts of some hills. I tried to stay true to the course, but did follow the gang a few times. My watched showed a course distance of exactly 3.5 miles so my run was true.

I was very happy to see the water stop. My mouth was dry and I needed a gulp or two to finish the race. This was my first run since Tara’s Jingle Jog in Estero Florida. In Florida the high humidity and temps in the 70’s seemed difficult, but their course was 99% flat.

At the Assault on Mt Hood 2015, I was worried that my quads would give out on me and that I’d have to walk. I did walk the peak of one hill, but most of us were leaning on our knees and pushing them down. If I had been in good Melrose Running shape, the hills would have really helped me.

Since this race was produced by my running club just about all of the course marshals and many spectators called out my name. If I had been running better I might have felt like a rock star! It was nice to have all of that support.

Assault on Mt Hood 2015, andy nagelinI struggled along as best I could and only felt like I was going to die a few times, mainly on the big hills. I was part of the MRC Masters team with Mark Rosenblum and Don Keren. I finished at 30:14 for an 8:14 pace. I was 139th over all and 18th out of 42 men in my age group. Not bad for barely running these past few months.

The Melrose Fish and Game Club put on a massive pasta dinner for everyone. I wasn’t very hungry for some reason and only had one plate. I managed to get a seat at the table where our projector was and had a great view of our slide show.

With several photographers on the course including Paul Locke and Matt Sazama, we had over 2,000 photos to cycle through. I’ll provide links to their photos below.

As people started to leave, I went out side to start my clean up work. Earlier I had collected all of the cardboard from our awards and stuffed it in the trunk of my car.As I gathered opened water bottles at the finish line water stop, I was surprised how few empty gallon jugs there were.

I took what I could find and tidied up the area. Jeanne Boisseau loaded up her car with jugs of water to take back to the club. When we left there were still cases of water, but all of the trash and empties were cleaned up.

I hope veveryone had a great time and enjoyed the race!




Run Well my Friends!


© 2015 andrew nagelin

Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX

Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX shoe review.

Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX review

I’ve been wearing Brooks Adrenaline GTS running shoes for about 10 years. They are a great pair of running shoes and have served me well. As a runner, when I find something that works I stick with it. Brooks Running shoes work for me.

The need for change

Brooks adrenaline ASR, gore-tex, winter runningA few weeks ago I went into Marathon Sports in Melrose to see if they had anything to help with cold weather running. The past few year’s winter cold has been rough on my feet. I’ve upgraded my running socks, but it was time to upgrade my running shoes. They suggested the Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX running shoe.

Brooks calls these an all-terrain shoe. They’re good for road running but give you extra support and traction for trail running and winter conditions.

What I really like about these shoes is the GORE-TEX lining. Most shoes have a ventilated toe box which is great in July, but not in February.

The GORE-TEX membrane is waterproof, windproof and provides some insulation to help keep my feet warm. I had been looking for a shoe that does not have a ventilated toe box. I did some research, but not enough. I have since found several brands that make winter shoes and a few that also use Gore-TEX.

Check out this review of the 10 Best Winter Running Shoes of 2015 from Gear Patrol. They also have a 2015 review on Winter Running Gloves.

Product Testing

I tested these shoes on the road in the real world. And while I got a discount on last year’s model, I did pay for these shoes.  Continue reading “Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX”