The 41st New Bedford Half Marathon (03/18/18) served as the USATF New England Half Marathon Championship and first race of the 2018 USATF-NE Road Grand Prix. The New Bedford Half is notorious for blustery weather and strong headwinds, and while the temperatures hovered in the twenties, athletes reveled in the sunshine and single digit gusts.
The GBTC men were led by veteran Manuel Gonzalez (1:08:59) and breakout performer Rob Norcross (1:10:41). Rounding out the scoring five were Eric Mendoza, Shaun Dever and Mike Creedon.
On the women’s side, Shelby Cuddeback proved her speed on the open roads (1:20:25). She was followed by scoring members Kyle Feldmann and Andrea Imhof.
Men’s Open: 3. GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB
1:08:59 1:10:41 1:11:43 1:12:01 1:12:13 (1:12:56) (1:13:01) = 5:55:37
MANUEL GONZALEZ 28 M, ROBERT NORCROSS 36 M, ERIC MENDOZA 33 M, SHAUN DEVER 31 M, MICHAEL CREEDON 25 M, IAN NEILL 33 M, ROBERT LAMARRE 24 M
Women’s Open: 4. GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB
1:20:25 1:21:57 1:24:28 (1:24:48) (1:25:55) = 4:06:50
SHELBY CUDDEBACK 22 F, KYLE MACQUEEN FELDMA 32 F, ANDREA IMHOF 28 F, SHANNON TRANT 23 F, LAUREN OPACHINSKI 30 F
For the third time since 2009, GBTC made the trek to Lexington, Kentucky for the 2017 edition of the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships. Featuring a course of rolling hills in Masterson Station Park, this year’s events were contested on a cold December Saturday (12/9/2017). Snowflakes fell throughout the final races of the day, and the course’s most challenging hills were a mere afterthought when compared to the cold and wind.
Led by Shelby Cuddeback (88th – 21:41 for 6k), GBTC’s Women’s Open team placed 24th among 30 complete teams. David Metzger (133rd – 32:10 for 10k) led the men’s squad as they placed 34th among 49 teams. Celebrations are in order for GBTC Women’s 60+ squad: Claire McManus, Cynthia Hastings and Margaret Champion, who finished their first complete team in club history.
Open Women – 6k
88 Shelby Cuddeback 21:41
148 Abbey Murphy 22:34
169 Shannon Trant 23:04
194 Margaret Fox 23:40
207 Molly Sords 23:56
224 Caroline Turner 24:49
Open Men – 10k
133 David Metzge 32:10
217 Alex Rockhill 33:09
257 Eric Mendoza 33:38
288 Shaun Dever 34:00
293 Riley Pihl 34:02
305 David Moyer 34:16
338 Ben Jarrett 35:10
345 Eric Wyler 35:23
361 Scott Burger 35:43
373 Josh Brodin 36:15
374 Jeffrey Ragazzini 36:15
Masters Women – 6k
79 Claire McManus* 28:45
83 Wendy Newsham 29:11
107 Cynthia Hastings* 33:28
115 Margaret Champion* 41:12
*60+ complete team
Masters Men (60+) – 8k
106 Tom Derderian 50:58
Masters Men (40+) – 10k
248 Bill Newsham 43:53
257 Harris Hardy 45:38
Racing Roundup – 12/5/17
Data and notes compiled by Coach Rod
A contingent of GBTC athletes spent the weekend in sunny California to race the California International Marathon (CIM) in Sacramento. CIM played host to the US Marathon Championships, and the fields were some of the deepest in recent memory. Our own Laura Paulsen punched her Olympic trials ticket for the second time by running 2:41. Lauren Opachinski PR’d in a quick 2:52 as well! New member Semehar Tesfaye went out on 2:36 pace, which is in her wheelhouse, but had a tough second half, finishing off of her goal performance, but still sneaking under 3 hours to give us three women sub 3. Jeff Ragazzini is getting back into fitness mode as he ran 2:49 at the same race. Andy Chalmers joined the race and ran alongside Lauren to finish in almost the same time.
Jon Berit is the early world leader for 59 year olds in the 800m with his 2:45.77 effort at the UMass Winter Open.
Another new member was out racing this weekend as well; Chip Melleby earned himself a shiny new PR for the half marathon distance, covering it in 1:30 at the Frosty Half Marathon.
Cristopher Battoo started off his indoor campaign strong by running 15:27 at BU Season Opener while new athlete Ian Christen crossed the line in 15:51.
A complete list of season performances is coming soon!
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.