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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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Just weeks after his third marathon of 2015, GBTC member Rob Bond finished third overall in the 2015 JFK 50 Mile (Washington County, Maryland), the nations oldest and largest ultramarathon. It was Rob’s first attempt at the distance, and his time of 5 hours 58 minutes deems him the 30th person to ever break 6 hours in the event. Rob had much to say once he finished, as I’m sure we all would after running for almost six hours.
“Fortunately I had a great summer of training with my GBTC teammates. I got great advice about the race from GBTC alum Ryan Aschbrenner … I was able to control my pace and complete the technical AT section without totally wrecking myself. I only fell one time while leaping from rock to rock. Once we hit the pancake flat C&O towpath, I settled into my target pace of 6:40 miles. My three person crew (consisting of an Aunt, my Mom, and Girlfriend) kept my drink bottle full throughout. The miles ticked along as I tried to distract myself from the increasing discomforts.”
The podium finish at JFK50 caps off an exciting year for Rob, as he has PR’d multiple times at various distances, and claimed victory at Baystate Marathon (2:29:50) on October 10th. Hopefully he’ll take some much deserved rest before racing again in the new year.
GBTC teams raced in all categories at the USATF-NE XC Championships in Boston’s Franklin Park on Sunday. The women took 2nd in the 6km open and men took 3rd. The club finished teams in masters, 50+ men and 60+ 8km and women in the 6km finished team in masters, and 50 + . Full results: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/15/ma/Nov8_USATFN_set1.shtml
Ally Millett and Molly Sords with white headband moments after the gun. Photo by RodneySnap
OT Marathon qualifier Laura Paulsen took third in the 6km XC Champs. photo by GreaterSnap
Ryan Place, with club fans backing him up, sprints for the finish leading the club team to third place, one point ahead of 4th place Dirigo. Photo by GreaterSnap
Ryan Place enjoying the Franklin Park Wilderness. Photo by RodneySnap
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The team of Eric Mendoza, Manny Gonzalez, Anthony Crudale, Ian Neill, and Coach Rod took a second place at the ChicagoMarathon.
Later in October, Rob Bond and Molly Swords took the Men’s and Women’s titles at the Baystate Marathon. Not to be outdone, Jon Chesto rounded out the October marathon wins with a victory at the Cape Cod Marathon.
In addition to these great finishes there were many PR’s on both the men’s and women’s sides!
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The Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) is a friendly and competitive team with approximately 200 members.
We compete at the national, regional, and local levels in cross country, track and field, and trail running. GBTC provides a team-oriented, structured training environment for athletes of many abilities who train for everything from jumps and throws to sprints, road races, cross country, and marathons. Members train for several specific competitions throughout the year, and financial support is provided to compete at some major events. We sponsor athletes based on a system of performance standards, and the club is a designated USATF Elite Development Club.
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