Liz Ryan, Team Leader, On Boston 2016

Rolling through Coolidge Corner, Liz Ryan made the best of a warm day. Photo: Giberti

Rolling through Coolidge Corner, Liz Ryan led the GBTC women with a 2:51:04. Photo: Giberti

Even for someone who spent half of the last year training and racing in the Panama sun, Patriots’ Day was not ideal for marathoning. Yet, that didn’t stop GBTC’s top female performer, Liz Ryan, from giving it her all on the trek from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.

“I was wrapping up my best year of training ever, 6 months here in Cambridge, and 6 months in the jungles of Panama. I went into the race thinking I could run a 2:43 comfortably (a two min PR for me). As soon as we left the Korean Church in Hopkinton, I knew that even running a 5 second PR would be an amazing feat. The sun was intense, and I was sweating immediately.”

Live on televisions around the country, Ryan could be easily spotted on runner’s right of just before the field of elite women took off. When asked about her moment of fame on national TV, Liz remarked,

“My hands on my hips pose while we waited for the starting gun was not me trying to play it cool, it was me trying to air out my under arms. My ideal running conditions are 40 degrees and pouring rain (…I’m irish?) so it was far from an ideal day, despite what the race announcers were saying.”

We’ll continue to think that Liz was in fact “playing it cool”, and she did everything in her power to stay cool along the course. Liz explained that she was taking a great deal of water at each station, upwards of 6-10 small cups per mile. While she did toy with the idea of dropping out before the half, Liz held strong, knowing that no matter the circumstances, she wouldn’t be content with a DNF. She also knew that her teammates in GBTC would be fighting alongside her for a top team score. The GBTC ultimately finished third in the women’s team standings, and Liz Ryan finished as the 6th American woman in 2:51:04.

“All in all, it was a great experience, and I can’t wait to really race it next year! The crowds were also so much more impressive than last year…Greater Boston TC was out in full force with our signature giant Tom Derderian heads. Apparently my dad biked up and down all the Newton hills on the carriage road as I ran it. He was yelling at me for 6 miles straight, while biking those hills. At the end of the day, he really deserves the pat on the back.”

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Lauren Opachinski Wins Margaret Bradley Award

Lauren Opachinski is this year’s Margaret Bradley Award winner! Lauren played softball all through high school and a little bit in college and had always despised running, but in the fall of 2012, she was looking for a new challenge and decided to try Couch to 5k as a way to prepare for a turkey trot. Something clicked this time around. She did her first half marathon in the spring of 2013 and was officially hooked. Her first marathon was the Boston Marathon in 2014, and after finishing in 4+ hours, she learned that a) running about 25 miles per week and 3 days a week doesn’t cut it for marathons and b) she really wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon. In the fall of 2014, she ran 3:19 at the Baystate Marathon and realized she wanted to start training a little more seriously. She joined GBTC in the early spring of 2015. Lauren graduated from Boston College in 2009 and currently works at Massachusetts General Hospital as an RN in the Cardiac Surgical ICU. Lauren had a great performance in this year’s hot Boston Marathon and Coach Tom Derderian thinks she has a sub 3 marathon in her near future.

Lauren Opachinski

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GBTC Men 1st, Women 3rd at 2016 Boston Marathon

The Greater Boston Track Club won the Men’s Open Team competition at yesterday’s 120th running of the Boston Marathon.  Rob Bond (2:30:27), Yuji Wakimoto (2:31:47) and Adrian MacDonald (2:35:48) combined for a team time of 7:38:02 which bested second place Boulder Track Club by nearly nine minutes.

Liz Ryan was the 6th American female to finish the race.  The GBTC Women’s team of Ryan (2:51:04), Lauren Opachinski (3:04:04) and Aly Millett (3:10:42) finished with a 3rd place team time.

Said Coach Tom Derderian after the race, “Winning is good.”

Team results are available here.

Some GBTC fans viewing the race from Coolidge Corner

Some GBTC fans viewing the race from Coolidge Corner

 

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2016 Boston Marathon Entries

2016 GBTC - Boston Marathon Entries

Thirty-five athletes will represent GBTC in Monday’s 120th running of the Boston Marathon. The men’s and women’s teams are both in the mix for a team win, and we hope to see and hear many GBTC members along the course this Patriots’ Day. Coach Tom tells us that the film crew will be finishing up filming this weekend for BOSTON, the first ever documentary about the oldest annual marathon, for which he is an executive producer.

To track any of the athletes in the marathon, your best bet is to text RUNNER to 234567. When prompted, enter their bib number. Good luck to all who will toe the line on Monday. Go GBTC!

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Grand Prix Update – Women Lead the Charge

Aly Millet leads the charge as the GBTC women top the Grand Prix standings.

Aly Millet leads the charge as the GBTC women top the Grand Prix standings.

The GBTC women have taken the lead in the USATF Road Grand Prix with their excellent performances at both An Ras Mor 5K and the New Bedford Half Marathon. With 39 points, they lead the Craft Concept team by just one point after two events. The Grand Prix goes on hiatus until August, when GBTC will head back to the roads at the Bobby Doyle 5 miler.

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GBTC fights for team prizes in Amherst 10 miler

DSC_0297 (1)GBTC mighty men and warrior women ready for the Amherst 10 mile battle royal. Both teams with blood and sweat finished second.

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GBTC 4×400 Relay Teams with Coach Callum at BU Scarlet and White meet 2/6/16

DSC_0927DSC_0940full results: http://www.tandflive.com/bu2016/

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Greater Boston Track Club Invitational Meet Results

The results from yesterday’s meet are available here: http://files.milesplit.us/live_results/226809/index.html

Thank you to our sponsors Hint Water, the FRoller, Anna’s Taqueria, Direct Athletics, Fine Designs Inc. and Marathon Sports and to all of our spectators and participants.

 

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GBTC Invitational Sunday January 24th 2016

THE MEET IS HAPPENING, currently no delays or postponements.
Click here for meet information.
Entries are now CLOSED.
Click here for the GBTC Invitational Sections of the 3k, mile and 800.
For a complete list of entries alphabetically within each event, click here.

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GBTC at CIM: Ryan, Raggz & Carter

 

On the first weekend of December, while many of our athletes made their way to Boston University and the Reggie Lewis Center for the start of their indoor season, a contingent of GBTC members headed west to represent the club at the California International Marathon. Elizabeth Ryan, Jeff Ragazzini and Kate Carter made the trek to one of USA’s fastest marathons.

Liz Ryan’s trip to CIM holds significant weight with the club. Liz was selected as the 2015 Margaret Bradley Award Winner, and her race in California was supported in part by the Margaret Bradley Award endowment. GBTC members can agree that Liz’s 2:45:49 performance is a special way to honor Margaret, who as a marathoner herself, helped secure a women’s team victory at the 2004 Boston Marathon. Margaret died unexpectedly during a trail run in 2004. Those who knew Margaret often speak of her passion for running and her dedication to both running and socializing with GBTC. As Coach Rod Hemingway has stated many times,

“Margaret was one of us, one of you.” Liz’s performance is surely a special one. She ran a fast time and paid tribute to a runner who in many ways is still part of our club.

Jeff Ragazzini stuck with Ryan for most of CIM, as he also finished in 2:45. This was the second full marathon for “The J-Rag” this fall. However, his first was not a race, but a celebration of his birthday and part of a strange running/drinking tradition. The editor of this piece will withhold from commenting on that particular “event”.

Kate Carter’s performance should not go unrecognized, as ran a personal best time of 2:49:17. Her performance comes just weeks after securing an individual title in USATF-New England’s Cross Country Grand Prix. Congrats Kate!

This group of marathoners will spend the week in California and plan to represent GBTC at Club XC Nationals this upcoming weekend! Talk about double duty.

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