Marathoners to Wear ’70s-Era Uniforms at Boston

With the 2017 Boston Marathon just days away, GBTC is excited to announce that this year’s marathon team will wear a 1970s-inspired white singlet.

In the early years, after a local guy named Bill Rodgers (ever heard of him…?) won Boston in a hand-drawn GBTC t-shirt, the club adopted red and white as their official colors. They’ve worn many uniforms over the years, but it was the earliest marathon teams in white tops and red shorts that put Greater Boston TC in the national spotlight.

Over 30 GBTC members will make the annual trek from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, April 17th. Be on the lookout for the new white singlet, and feel free to join our cheering section in Coolidge Corner. Good luck to all who are racing on Monday!

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2017 GBTC Marathon Team

Track your favorite GBTC athletes on Marathon Monday! The easiest way to track an athlete is by TEXT. Simply text RUNNER to 234567 using your US mobile phone. You will then receive a text response with instructions on how to submit a runner’s bib number. You will receive up to 8 texts per bib number. Message & data rates may apply.

For more information about athlete tracking, visit the official Boston Marathon site, and be sure to follow GBTC social media throughout marathon weekend!

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The Old Coach’s New Book

Coach Tom Derderian’s book chronicles the past 120 years of racing at the Boston Marathon.

Coach Tom Derderian is well known in the world of track, cross country and road running. His running accomplishments include running in the Olympic trials in both 1972 and 1976, numerous New England road championships, and a 2:19:04 Boston Marathon in 1975. As a coach, Derderian continues to help GBTC find success on roads, tracks and trails. 

Another notable accomplishment for Coach Derderian comes in the form of pen to paper, as he shares a wealth of knowledge about the world’s oldest and most prestigious road race: The Boston Marathon. The newest edition of Tom’s book, Boston Marathon: Year-by-Year Stories of the World’s Premier Running Event, is now available for purchase. Complete with more than one hundred photographs and results from every year, this Boston Marathon encyclopedia belongs on the shelf of every runner.

Pick up a copy at this year’s Boston Marathon Expo (Booth 1305), or have one delivered right to your door! Get yourself a copy before the IAAF declares the book an illegal performance enhancer (credit to Tom for this …excellent… joke)! 

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Weber Named 2017 Bradley Award Recipient

Madeline Weber (right), with Mary Jo and Keith Bradley

Madeline Weber, veteran member and current GBTC President, is the 2017 Margaret Bradley Award Recipient. Madeline has excelled on roads and trails since joining the club, and her dedication to the club has shown through on many occasions. Madeline received the 2016 Coaches Award, and was most recently named president by her fellow board members. She is frequently a scoring member at Grand Prix and Cross-Country races, and has found success on the roads from 5k to the marathon.

Margaret L. Bradley was a member of GBTC who died while on a trail run through the Grand Canyon on July 10, 2004, at the age of 24. An accomplished marathoner, Margaret led the GBTC women to a team victory at the 2004 Boston Marathon. GBTC established the Margaret Bradley Award in honor of Margaret. The intent of the award is to select one GBTC female runner annually to compete in a domestic event of her choosing for which GBTC will cover some or all of the expenses. The selected recipient must be a club member in good standing who shares Margaret’s enthusiasm and dedication toward both personal and team goals.

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GBTC Athletes Compete at USATF Nationals

Teal, pictured here in 2011, is headed to USATF Indoor Nationals.

ALBEQUERQUE – Capping off their indoor track & field seasons, three Greater Boston athletes are headed to New Mexico to compete in the 2017 USATF Indoor National Track & Field Championships. 

Jessica Teal (600m) and Lisa Wilson (Weight Throw) both achieved qualifying marks in their respective events. Teal, who set a personal best 1:31.5 for 600m this season, will compete in the preliminary round on Saturday (8:20 PM, EST). Finals are scheduled for Sunday at 5:59 PM, EST. Wilson, who has competed in multiple national championships while representing GBTC, will compete on Saturday at 5:40 PM, EST. David Cahill will compete in a Masters 400m dash exhibition on Sunday at 4:55 PM, EST. 

Start Lists are here.

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Record Breaking Weekend for GBTC

Laura Paulsen broke the club record at 5,000m. Manuel Gonzalez led the team at Amherst 10 Miler. Photos: C. Evanter / T. Derderian

The end of the 2016-2017 Indoor Track & Field season also means the start of the 2017 USATF-NE Grand Prix. GBTC split their squad this weekend to compete both indoors and on the roads. A small contingent of athletes took to the indoor track at Boston University’s annual Last Chance Meet, while much of the distance squad made the trek to Amherst for Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club’s annual 10 Miler.

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2017 GBTC Invitational: Results and Recap

Many thanks to all of the athletes, coaches, spectators, vendors and volunteers for making the 2017 GBTC Indoor Invitational a successful meet. Special thanks to the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials, Steve & Sarah from USATF-New England, and the entire meet crew for making the event a success. Extra special thanks to Dave Callum, meet director, for his tireless efforts before, during and after the meet.

Complete results are available at the Track & Field Results Reporting System: https://www.tfrrs.org/results/47735.html
Note: The Direct Athletics site has a glitch in reporting the results from several masters sections and the racewalk, despite having the information in the system for tfrrs to extract. Complete compiled results are available at CoolRunning.

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Red Fireworks at New Years Eve Meet

Mike U. at BU Mini-Meet #2 Photo: Scott Mason (scottmasonphoto.com)

The Red Team showed up in full force at the second Boston University Mini-Meet of the ’16-’17 Indoor Track season. Many solid performances were celebrated just hours before we rang in 2017.

Coach Rod has provided his weekly “shout outs,” which recaps some excellent performances in both the mini-meet and Sweet Lou’s 4×1600 relay!  Continue reading

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Indoor Track Underway for GBTC

The 2016-2017 Indoor Track & Field season is underway for Greater Boston Track Club. At the first Boston University Mini-Meet of the season, mile trio Victoria Barnaby, Aly Ursiny and Jess Teal each broke the 5:00 barrier in their first races of the season.

For race results, updates and training tips, check out GBTC on the following social media pages: Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

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Sunday, 1/22: 2017 Indoor Invite

2017 GBTC Invitational Indoor Track Meet

Gordon Indoor Track
Harvard University
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Click here for the 2017 GBTC Top Seeded Sections of the
ChafeX Elite Two Mile, as well as the Invitational Mile and Invitational 800.

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