Teams head to XC Club Nationals; Course designer promises no “grass track meet”

GBTC is sending two teams to Bend, OR, for the USATF Club National Cross-country Championships. The men’s and women’s open teams are accompanied by coaches Derderian and Hemingway this year. Once there, the harriers aim to “embrace the mud.”

In 1979, GBTC won the national XC championships with the lowest score ever. After the superstars moved on, GBTC did not go the the national championships until every year after 1998. A summary of the club’s results in the modern era is available here.

Here are our runners competing at Saturday’s race.
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Our Summer Reading List

History of the Greater Boston Track Club. by Paul C. Clerici. Published: July 2013
History of the Greater Boston Track Club. by Paul C. Clerici. Published: July 2013

We are psyched and deeply honored to announce today’s release of Paul Clerici’s “History of the Greater Boston Track Club”. In fact, it’s at the very top of our mandatory summer reading list!

In personal correspondence, Paul shared a preview:

The book came in at around 130 pages with just over 35,000 words … The five-page index is 400 names long, and the foreword was written by Coach Squires … There are also more than 60 images inside – some from private collections, and many have never been published before.

This high-design trade paperback is available at fine bookstores everywhere on July 2nd, and will be available at running stores, race expos, and some related colleges and universities shortly thereafter. The publisher, The History Press, offers it for direct purchase via its online bookstore; it is also available for purchase via Google Books, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Paul C. Clerici is a freelance journalist, writer, and photographer. The race director of the Camy 5K Run & David 5K Walk, he has competed in nearly every distance from the mile to the marathon, including two triathlons, 43 marathons, and the Boston Marathon 23 years in a row. He broke this streak in order to complete this book. His explanatory introduction itself qualifies as required reading for all runners and Bostonians, as it captures the Zeitgeist of 2013 in the way that GBTC has throughout its 40 year history.

So run out and grab your personal copy now. Jump to conclusions and gather a packet of these to share with your teammates and pals. And throw caution to the wind by donating a copy to your local library or alma mater.

I plan on bringing my own copy along to the 40th Anniversary Bash, seeking maximum signatures from all who can attend.

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Marathon Tuesday

Stemming from yesterday’s attack at about 2:50 PM, the club has been collecting check-ins via its facebook page, from members and alumni who were attending yesterday’s Boston Marathon. If you are looking for someone, please check there or contact the club directly at gbtc@yahoogroups.com.

USATF-NE President and our Coach Tom Derderian made it home fine after a prolonged security lock-down within the Fairmont Copley Plaza, site of the marathon event press room. He previously posted publicly, via Facebook (4/15, 7:45 PM EDT):

I am out of lockdown in the Copley plaza. This attack on the Boston Marathon, this bombing, is something many people have feared for years. The horrible, senseless killing is so counter to a happy sporting event so will change big city marathons forever. How can a race secure both sides of a 26 mile long playing field? This is the worst thing ever in Boston Marathon history.

In the team competition, GBTC’s open men finished 5th, the open women finished 4th, and the masters men finished 12th. The status of the race results is wholly unclear, as the race was abruptly terminated after the attack.

Club President John Raguin intends to post his statement here sometime after 6PM tonight.

The regular Tuesday evening workouts are still on for tonight.

Yesterday’s transgression against athletes, clubs, their supporters, and our hometown gives us pause.

Limited Time Only—Vintage Shirts Available to the General Public

Our Vintage t-shirt is an exact replica of the design sported by Alberto Salazar (L) when he was a rookie on the club.
Our Vintage t-shirt is an exact replica of the design sported by Alberto Salazar (L) when he was a rookie on the club.

GBTC Vice-President Matt Haringa sez:

In celebration of the Greater Boston Track Club’s 40th Anniversary, vintage replica shirts are being made available to the general public. You may order them at the club store, here. Shipping is available for an additional five dollars within the US; please enter your shipping address in the comments field of the payment page.

Shipping is available for this limited time offer, and only for these particular shirts. The word is the club alumnus and enduring record holder Greg Meyer wants at least five of these. So be just like the stars of track and field: order your shirt NOW!

Teams head to XC Club Nationals

GBTC is sending three teams back to Lexington, KY, for the USATF Club National Cross-country Championships. The men’s and women’s open teams are again joined by a men’s masters team.

In 1979, GBTC won the national XC championships with the lowest score ever. After the superstars moved on, GBTC did not go the the national championships until every year after 1998. A summary of the club’s results in the modern era is available here.

Here are our runners leaving Friday for Saturday’s race. We have excellent teams making this trip.
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Squires 80th Birthday Celebration

It’s getting close to the original GBTC Coach’s party and we’d like to remind everyone that the Event is at Boston College/Corcoran Commons–2nd Floor Heights Room. Registration will begin at Saturday 11:30 AM, November 24th. Registration ($40) is by check or credit card; proceeds from this event and the silent Auction will go to Coach Squires RunStrong…RunSmart Fund (tax deductible).

We’re still looking for pictures and stories about life with Coach—we appreciate all that have been sent so far. Hope to see you all there!

The Derderian Candidate: Tom Elected Next USATF-NE President

Congratulation to GBTC’s Tom Derderian on being elected USA Track & Field – New England (USATF-NE) President at Sunday night’s annual meeting. He will be joined on the Board of Governors by fellow GBTC members Victoria Barnaby (Vice President) and Will Feldman (Athlete Rep). For an early, candid, and unofficial recap of the meeting check out Level Renner’s report. Toni Revis placed this local development into the greater context beyond New England’s borders. Runners World also helped to spread the news, while only crickets chirped at New England Runner. Special thanks and congratulations to Level Renner’s Eric Narcisi for his hard work, and being elected decisively as USATF-NE Secretary.

Bruce Davie Survives his Safety Bicycle Supercollider

Former club president (2004 to 2010) and lifelong student of athletics, Bruce Davie, was in the hospital between July 1 and July 6 following a fairly severe bicycle crash. By some fearful symmetry of his downhill velocity plus angular momentum along the twisty tarmac, and the uphill torque of a hybrid electric car, Californian physicists were finally able to answer the open question of how many sub-Davie particles could be created via a phenomenon they are calling the “Prius Effect.”
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