Erin Lohrenz and Kevin Sheehan have been named the 2017 GBTC Coaches Award Winners. Both were recognized at the club’s annual meeting on October 24th. With close to 40 members in attendance, Coach Tom Derderian spoke in recognition of Sheehan, who has been a member since 2013. Coach Rod Hemingway shared stories of Lohrenz’s running achievements since joining in 2014.
Lohrenz most recently set a series of personal bests during her buildup to Baystate Marathon on October 22nd. Capping off a successful training cycle, she finished in 3:02:03, a team leading performance during the final race in the USATF-NE Grand Prix series. Following a successful fall of road racing, Erin expressed her appreciation for teammates and her fondness for training with the club.
Before joining GBTC 3 years ago, I had never run with others, let alone compete with a team. Joining the team has enabled me to train with others who are better, faster and smarter runners which has helped me become a better runner. It makes it possible to reach goals you never could on your own when you have others pushing you to get there.
Kevin Sheehan has found success on the track and roads since joining GBTC. He has supported many events as a volunteer, and his passion for meteorology has come in handy when planning and executing cross country races and track events. Kevin shares his experiences as a runner with autism, and he has regularly spoken about his growth as an athlete since joining Greater Boston.
Since joining this club, I’ve starting to be better at being patient within my races and practices which has been a problem for me in the past during high school and college as a runner with Autism. Getting the knowledge from the coaches and mentorship from my teammates has allowed me to learn more about what it takes for me to be smarter and efficient within my training runs.
GBTC Women led the charge during this weekend’s USATF-New England 5km Championship at CVS Downtown 5k in Providence, Rhode Island. Led by Alexandra Conway (8th Woman / 17:37.6), the Greater Boston women defeated second place Craft Concept Racing by a mere 26 seconds. Veteran member Allison McCabe (9th / 17:41) and first-time GBTC-er Shelby Cuddeback (14th / 17:58) rounded out the team’s Top 3.
The Greater Boston men were led by David Metzger (10th Man / 15:19) in a star studded “Who’s Who?” of New England’s finest 5km runners. Finishing in third behind the newly-formed Ocean State Athletic Club and Western Mass Distance Project, the GBTC men surely made a statement that will move them up in the Grand Prix standings.
REGISTER NOW for the first race in the 2017 USATF-New England Cross Country Grand Prix. The Elm Bank XC Festival, hosted by Greater Boston Track Club, is contested in Wellesley, MA at DCR Elm Bank. The event will features both Open Men’s & Women’s* 5k, Masters Men 5k, and a Youth 2k. *Women’s Open/Masters combined. Note: Online registration has closed. Race day registration available.
Saturday, September 9th, 2017. DCR Elm Bank. Wellesley, MA
9:00 AM- Youth 2K
9:20 AM- Open and Masters Women’s 5K
10:00 AM- Masters Mens’ 5K
10:30 AM- Open Men’s 5K
Individual entry is $20 for adults and $15 for children.
Please note – Preferred online entry closes Thursday, September 7th, 12:00pm EST.
Day-of-meet registration will be available.
For discounted team entries or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
gbtcxcmeet [at] gmail.com
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!
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)!
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!
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.
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.
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.