GBTC Women 1st, Men 5th at Bobby Doyle 5MI

Doyle Women Win

All smiles for the GBTC women, who currently lead the USATF-NE Grand Prix.

With Sunday morning temperatures close to 90°F and humidity only making things stickier, a contingent of GBTC road runners took to the streets of Narragansett, Rhode Island for the 9th Annual Bobby Doyle 5 Miler. The difficult conditions didn’t stop the GBTC women from taking home the USATF-NE Grand Prix team title, which secures their spot at the top of the Grand Prix leaderboard. Led by Liz Ryan (29:53) and Laura Paulsen (29:58), and followed by Victoria Barnaby (31:34), Lauren Opachinski (31:40) and Aly Millet (31:42), Greater Boston defeated Craft Concept racing by close to four minutes.

On the men’s side of things, Ryan Place (26:07) led the squad with a 16th place finish in a very deep field. Team scoring was rounded out by Andrew Chalmers (27:17), Caleb Evanter (27:32), Manuel Gonzalez (29:02) and Jarret Harrigan (29:11). The men placed fifth overall, with Whirlaway, CMS, WMDP, and BAA all just minutes ahead. The USATF-NE Grand Prix continues on Saturday, August 27th at the NH 10 Miler.

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GBTC XC Festival – 9/11/2016

2016 XC Festival

The 2016 GBTC XC Festival is back! Join us on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 at DCR Elm Bank in beautiful Wellesley, Massachusetts. Once again, the event will kick off the USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix. Races will begin at 9:00 AM with the popular Youth 2K, followed by a Women’s 5K (mixed Open and Masters), Men’s Masters 5K, and Men’s Open 5K.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities and registration, please visit our events page.

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Friday Night Lights 10k Results

GBTC's Laura Paulsen had an "electric" race at FNL10k. Photo courtesy of Stephen Infascelli

GBTC’s Laura Paulsen had an “electric” race at FNL10k. Photo courtesy of Stephen Infascelli

Heat, humidity and thunderstorms didn’t stop New England’s finest distance runners from putting it all on the line at Friday Night Lights 10k. Co-produced by GBTC & Western Mass Distance Project, the event brought close to 85 athletes and hundreds of spectators to Danehy Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The music blared, the fans cheered, and athletes in both open and elite sections fought through temperatures reaching 90°F. In the elite sections, Holly Rees (Battle Road Track Club) and Amos Sang (Western Mass Distance Project) were victorious.

Complete results from the Friday Night Lights 10K can be found here.

For event coverage by Mike Giberti, visit Level Renner.

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GBTC at the Olympic Trials

Lisa Wilson threw the Hammer 197 feet and 1 inch to come in 21st.
Dominque Ouellette threw the Javelin 163 feet and 4 inches to also finish in 21st.
Chris Blondin came in 11th in Masters Invitational 1500m, running a 4:08.83.

Full results are here:

Lisa and Tom at TrialsLisa and Tom

Tom and Nika at TrialsTom and Nika

The Olympic Track and Field Trials are a good opportunity to post about Part 1 of the Olympic Trials, the Marathon Trials in which GBTC’s Laura Paulsen competed.  Laura finished in 59th in 2:48:56

Here is how Laura described her race:
I had put in a lot of training, so wanted to go after a new PR and as high a finish as possible. Through the half way point, I think I was on track to run around a 2:36 and felt awesome clicking off 5:55-6:00 miles with a group of women (shout out to Esther Erb who was an amazing chase pack leader – she was encouraging everyone and ran a super smart race. I think she ended up finishing in 11th). But then at mile 14, the heat started getting to me. By mile 18, 6:45s had never felt more difficult. At mile 20, going out for that final 6 mile seemed like the most unappealing thing in the world, but by then my goal had evolved into just finishing (it’s the Olympic Trials! I didn’t want to DNF!), not walking, and enjoying the experience as much as possible. I had a really great cheer squad out there as well as so many other people I wasn’t expecting to cheer me on (both people I knew and didn’t know), that was so great. I’m so thankful for all the supporters who helped put a smile on my face even when I was fully aboard the struggle bus.

Laura Paulsen at Marathon Trials

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GBTC 5th at National Club Track & Field Championships

Both the GBTC Men’s and Women’s teams came in 5th at the USATF National Club Track and Field Championships that were held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on June 25th.  GBTC was the top scoring club from New England.  GBTC is the only club that has attended every Club National Track and Field and Cross Country Championship.  In total GBTC sent 20 men and women on an expenses paid trip.

Lisa Wilson won the Hammer Throw with a throw of 209-09 and came in 2nd in the Shot Put with a throw of 46-04.75.  Crystal Bourque came in 2nd in the Hammer with a throw of 200-02.  Jess Teal ran a huge personal best to finish in 2:08.26 and come in 6th place in the 800m.

Adam Pacheck came in 3rd in a tactical 10,000m finishing in 31:59.78 and then ran a 4:28 1600m to anchor the 5th place Distance Medley Relay team less than an hour later.  Craig Amado came in 4th in the Triple Jump with a jump of 49-0.75.  Andre Reid came in 5th in the Shot Put, 9th in the Discus and 9th in the Hammer and 9th in the Javelin.

Results can be found here:—Calendar/2016/USATF-National-Club-Track—Field-Championships/Live-Results.aspx

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GBTC Hiring Sprints Coach


GBTC seeks to hire a Sprints & Field Coach. Ideal candidates are experienced individuals seeking a part-time position with the club, and are qualified to provide training to post-collegiate and masters athletes in the Greater Boston area.

Job Description & Expectations

The primary responsibilities of this position will be to:
provide a long term plan and workouts for sprinters and jumpers, attend and administer two workouts per week between September and July, attend meets that have been chosen as focal points of the season, and distribute discretionary funding to maximize club performance. Sprint Coach will report to the Head Coach and work closely with all other coaches to develop an indoor and outdoor track schedule, culminating in championship meets.

Additionally, the Sprint Coach will be expected to perform administrative duties associated with meet entry, provide weekly recaps to social media coordinator throughout the competition season, act as an ambassador for the club in interactions with college coaches and athletes in order to develop and maintain recruiting relationships, and contribute expertise to other club activities as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

Preferred qualification: USATF Coaching Certification
Coach will serve at the discretion of the Board of Directors
Subject to a CORI test.

Please send all application materials to

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Friday Night Lights – Track 10K

Friday Night Lights 10K

The Friday Night Lights 10K, presented by Western Mass Distance Project (WMDP) and Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC), will be contested on July 22nd, 2016. Established by WMDP in 2015, the race attracted some of New England’s most elite distance runners for battle under the lights. This year, in partnership with GBTC, the event has moved from Somerville to Cambridge. The two clubs will provide high quality announcing, music, and power to the bright lights of Danehy Park.

Mark your calendars and REGISTER NOW!

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Bond, On Marathon Team Win

Rob Bond - 2016 Boston Marathon

For a guy who played lacrosse at Lexington High and Oberlin College, just finishing a marathon would be a success story. Yet, Rob Bond’s story is much more interesting. He’s not willing to do anything half-heartedly. So when Rob started running just three years ago, it became more than just a way to stay in shape. He now averages 120 miles per week, and finds the time to do “the little things” that so many runners let slide. Since becoming a member of GBTC, Rob has logged a sub 2:30 marathon win (Baystate Marathon, 2015) and a USATF National Team qualifying standard for the 100km team (JFK 50 Mile, 2015). April 18th was a chance for Bond to add another nice title to his resume: Boston Marathon Team Champion. On a day that was less than ideal for marathoning, Bond led GBTC to its first team victory in over ten years.

For Rob’s unabridged race story, Continue reading

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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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