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 men and women of GBTC made the road trip down to Naragansett, RI for some great racing this past weekend. The men, led by GBTC rookie Eric Couture placed second, with strong efforts from Jonathan Charlesworth, the dynamic duo of Rob Bond and Manny Gonzalez, and Caleb Evanter, who dusted off his road shoes after a great track season to round out the scoring team.
The women’s team, led by Kate Carter was able to hold onto third in the overall grand prix series with their 5th place overall finish.
The sun beat down on Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in NYC on Saturday July 11 for the USATF Club Nationals Track and Field Championships. The meet is special because it is a team competition with the scores announced after each event so teams know what their athletes need to do in the next event to move up in the standings. Icahn is also special because all events can be watched from the stands by everyone. All the throwing events take place within the stadium. Most athletes compete in multiple events to help their team scores. Many ran themselves ragged.
GBTC’s Lisa Wilson and Andre Reid scored in all the throws and distance runners ran in their open events and in relays. Wilson and Reid won the meets MVP awards.
The women placed 4th and the men 5th but the combined score placed the team in 4th.
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Three of GBTC’s strongest competed June 25-27 in the USATF National Outdoor Track Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Lisa Wilson took a 14th place in the Hammer Throw with a toss of 61.76 meters while Sarah Thornton earned a 16th place overall with a discus throw of 53.6 meters. On the men’s side, Bryan Powlen also brought home the 14th place, throwing the discuss 58.55 meters! Congrats guys!
GBTC thrower Bryan Powlen (archive photo)
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Ryan Place is back in GBTC red. Here he is leading the 5,000 m in Twilight #2 at Bentley in Waltham, MA with Adam Pacheck following. Place won in 14:31.69. results: http://www.nbbtwilight.com/ Many more GBTC in results…
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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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