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.