PRs Abound at Boston Marathon

In what should have been the most important news of the day on Monday, the GBTC Open Men’s and Open Women’s teams took 5th and 4th places respectively in the team competition at the Boston Marathon on a beautiful day for racing.

The women were lead by Anna Novick (2:56:23) who ran a PR of over five minutes while deftly bobbing and weaving through the masses that had had a head start, “I started in Wave 2, corral 2, and chased red bibs like they were prey. So proud to be GBTC.” Rounding out the scoring three were Hope Rathnam (3:00:54) and Deepti Anand Cole (3:07:06, 12 minute PR) followed closely behind by Brenda Greene (3:07:32) with a 4:11 PR of her own. Said Deepti, “This was the first time for me as a GBTCer running in a big race and the name carried me though the race. Every few minutes I heard “Go Greater Boston” or “Go GBTC” … where the latter one emphasized someone’s familiarity with the team and a sense of team spirit for me. I was so proud to be there running for the team.”

The Men’s team was lead by Sam Jurek (2:31:12, 3 minute PR), followed by Brian McNamara (2:32:46, 6 minute PR), and Anthony Walsh (2:36:06 bettering his previous best by nine and a half minutes).

Race photos taken by David Burgess are now available here.

The Greater Boston Track Club returns to action on the track this weekend at MIT and Fitchburg State.