XVIII in 2024
A 3.5 mile cross country race & 2 mile walk held on the Mt Hood Golf Course, Melrose's Emerald Gem
Join us for the Mount Hood Nutcracker Challenge (formerly 'The Assault on Mt Hood') in 2024!

Date: December 14, 2024
Location: Mt Hood Golf Course Club House - Melrose, MA [ DIRECTIONS ]
Time: 12:00 NOON
Registration: Pre-Entry Fee $33 / 17 and under $20 / Walkers $20
  Register Online at []
  Race Day Registration from 10:00AM until 11:30AM
  Race Day Fee $38 / 17 and under $25 / Walkers $25
  Race is Limited to 400 Runners
Number Pick-Up: 3PM-7PM Fri 12/13 at [MARATHON SPORTS] in Melrose
  10:00AM Sat 12/14 at Mt Hood Golf Course Club House
Course Map: New course every year, 2024 course map coming soon! [2023 COURSE MAP]
Timing: Second Wind Race Timing
Results: Results will be posted at [Second Wind Timing]
Awards: Age Group awards
Teams: XC Style scoring: Teams of 3; Male, Female (Open and Masters); Co-Ed (Open) [2 men, 2 women]
Register team online or on race day at the registration table
Walk: 2 mile walking route
Jogging Strollers: Jogging strollers are not allowed on the course
Questions: E-mail []

The Melrose Running Club hosts this challenging but fun 3.5 Mile Cross Country race along the fairways of Mt Hood Golf Course.

Proceeds to benefit Housing Families, Inc. and other local charities.

Special thanks to the City of Melrose Parks Department, the Mayor's Office, and Golf Management LLC for their cooperation.