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Western Greenway Run 4, 7.5, or 9.5 miles

Looks like a sunny forecast for this week's run.

Approximately 10 minute mile pace.

Meet at parking lot at Stonehurst/Paine Estate.

4 mile option:  Out and back:  run Western Greenway to Trapelo road, then return back the way you came to parking lot.

7.5 mile option:  Run Western Greenway to Metropolitan Parkway N, right on parkway, continue straight at Forest, right on Beaver, right on Robert Treat Paine drive to parking lot.

9.5 mile option:  Run Western Greenway trail to Mill Street in Belmont, right at Mill, cross Trapelo into Beaver Brook Reservation, continue through reservation to parking lots, pass Waverley Oaks Athletic club, cut across lots going parallel to Waverley Oaks. Right on Beaver, right into Cedar Hill trails to Forest, left on Forest, right on Beaver, right on Robert Treat Paine Drive returning to Stonehurst lot.

****Sunset at 4:21. (8 minutes more daylight woo hoo!)  Please bring a light if you're opting for more than the 7.5 miler.****

I'll be doing the 9.5 miler.  If you're doing one of the other runs, please familiarize yourself with the routes we'll be taking as we'll be parting company either at Trapelo or Metropolitan Parkway N.


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  • Alexandra S.

    Laurel was right, and the cancellees made a good call. Even with shoe modifications, i wouldn't recommend running on the trails just now. They were beautiful but after about 20 minutes of walking/running/shuffling slowly, I headed back to my car. Not sure when I'll be able to post this run again but it's been a good season!

    Laurel I went over the maps to figure out the new sections you're describing. I've noticed the wayside rail trail section by Gardencrest keeps getting better and better. I have a couple of questions but I'll email you offline. Please invite me to clear trails with you sometime--I need to build up my poison ivy resistance! :-)

    December 30, 2012

  • Laurel C.

    Hi, I can't make it either but also hope to join soon. I regularly run the Greenway but usually in the morning. I've just cleared a new section of it from Waverly (lower Beaver Brook) to Beaver Street above the railroad tracks, and then you can run along the path parallel to Linden and turn into Bentley and then connect with the Lyman Trail at the corner of Forest/Beaver Street. I'm working on making a better map than the one posted on the WLT website. Today I snowshoed the Greenway, but it's rather deep for running unless you can follow a snowshoe track. Best wishes on the hamstring recovery, Alexandra!

    December 30, 2012

  • Devon M.

    Hey folks. I can't make it anymore but hope to see everyone soon :) and hope you feel better soon Alexandra!!!

    December 30, 2012

  • Alexandra S.

    OK I still can't run but I'm coming with maps and sheet metal screws to apply for anyone who wants some.

    December 30, 2012

  • Alexandra S.

    OK so this graceful gazelle (not!) pulled a hamstring this morning. At the moment I can sort of walk. I'm not going to cancel the run yet because I always hope. If I can't lead it I'm going to show up anyway with maps and directions to hand out. Navigating the 9.5 mile version can be tricky but the 7.5 miler should be doable if you follow the Western Greenway trailblazes, and my map/directions from Metropolitan Parkway back to the parking lot.

    I'm also planning to bring some machine screws to share with anyone who might want to winterize their shoes:

    December 29, 2012

  • Alexandra S.

    Wow I'm looking forward to seeing some faces I haven't seen in a while! And Laurel, a waltham land trust member; hopefully we'll get to talk to you a bit about the trails and all the great things going on for open space in Waltham. Good times!

    December 28, 2012

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