GBTC Hiring Sprints Coach

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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 gbtc.membership@gmail.com

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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!
http://www.fridaynightlights10k.com/

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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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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.

GBTC was out in full force for Marathon Monday. A large contingent of the club lined Beacon Street at 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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