Marathoners to Wear ’70s-Era Uniforms at Boston

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!

Weber Named 2017 Bradley Award Recipient

Madeline Weber (right), with Mary Jo and Keith Bradley

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.

GBTC Athletes Compete at USATF Nationals

Teal, pictured here in 2011, is headed to USATF Indoor Nationals.

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. 

Start Lists are here.

Record Breaking Weekend for GBTC

Laura Paulsen broke the club record at 5,000m. Manuel Gonzalez led the team at Amherst 10 Miler. Photos: C. Evanter / T. Derderian

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.

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2017 GBTC Invitational: Results and Recap

Many thanks to all of the athletes, coaches, spectators, vendors and volunteers for making the 2017 GBTC Indoor Invitational a successful meet. Special thanks to the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials, Steve & Sarah from USATF-New England, and the entire meet crew for making the event a success. Extra special thanks to Dave Callum, meet director, for his tireless efforts before, during and after the meet.

Complete results are available at the Track & Field Results Reporting System: https://www.tfrrs.org/results/47735.html
Note: The Direct Athletics site has a glitch in reporting the results from several masters sections and the racewalk, despite having the information in the system for tfrrs to extract. Complete compiled results are available at CoolRunning.

Red Fireworks at New Years Eve Meet

Mike U. at BU Mini-Meet #2 Photo: Scott Mason (scottmasonphoto.com)

The Red Team showed up in full force at the second Boston University Mini-Meet of the ’16-’17 Indoor Track season. Many solid performances were celebrated just hours before we rang in 2017.

Coach Rod has provided his weekly “shout outs,” which recaps some excellent performances in both the mini-meet and Sweet Lou’s 4×1600 relay!  Continue reading “Red Fireworks at New Years Eve Meet”

2016 Coaches Awards: Weber & Gonzalez

GBTC Coaches (L to R) Zizza, Hemingway & Derderian with 2016 Coaches Award Winners Madeline Weber and Manny Gonzalez
GBTC Coaches (L to R): Elaina Zizza, Rod Hemingway & Tom Derderian with 2016 Coaches Award Winners Madeline Weber and Manny Gonzalez

GBTC would like to congratulate Madeline Weber and Manuel Gonzalez, 2016 recipients of the Greater Boston Track Club Coaches Awards. At GBTC’s annual open meeting, held on Tuesday November 15th, Madeline and Manny were recognized by Distance Coaches Tom Derderian and Rod Hemingway for both their passion for the sport of running and their dedication to the club. Madeline and Manny each received a “GBTC Red” hoodie. Additionally, new Sprints & Field Coach Elaina Zizza was welcomed during the ceremony.

Madeline Weber has excelled on the roads and the trails since she joined GBTC. Recognized by Coach Tom for her stylish spectacles on the streets and fierce eyewear during competition, Madeline is a multi-year board member and has raced in just about any event you can imagine. 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. A native of Massachusetts, Madeline can’t help but join her teammates on the starting line for “Boston” each year, even when she knows that the months of winter training won’t be easy.

Since joining GBTC in 2012, Manny Gonzalez has represented the club in distances from the mile to the marathon. He has excelled at the half marathon, running a club leading 1:08:39 at the 2016 New England Half Marathon Championships in New Bedford. Manny’s best performances at the full 26.2 have come right in Boston, which Manny has run consecutively since moving to Boston for Graduate School at Boston University. Manny has dedicated himself to being an active member of the club, and he has planned numerous team socials and race trips. He has recruited scoring teams at both the Chicago Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC.

When asking Manny about being a member of GBTC, he shared his fondness for a 20 mile run and breakfast with the team (more the breakfast than the miles).

“…Our conversations lead to talking about our goals for a race and what we need to do to get there. As a team we always encourage each other and find ways to keep each other motivated.”

Congratulations, Madeline and Manny!

GBTC Defends XC Grand Prix Title

Carlone For The Win!

The men of Greater Boston Track Club are repeat champions in both Open and Team divisions of the USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix. With a total of 43 points through all five events, Mike Carlone (pictured right) tops the Men’s Open field. Mike took top honors at both the GBTC XC Festival and WMDP XC Race, as well as a third place finish at the Wayland XC Festival. Right on the heels of Carlone was Brady Becker (pictured left), who placed second overall in Men’s Open Grand Prix scoring with 40 points. When asked about his goals for Cross Country, Carlone expressed his desire for a team championship over an individual title.

“Given that we lost a lot of our top guys from last year, I knew that we had to have people step up. I definitely didn’t go into the season thinking about the Grand Prix Individual Title, but I did want the team title. I skipped a lot of the road races to focus more on XC and to make sure we had a competitive team week in and week out.” 

Led by Carlone and Becker, the Men’s team finished the Grand Prix season with 22 points, 7 points ahead of second place HFC Striders. Full squad efforts at GBTC XC Fest (1st), the WMDP Race (1st), and Wayland (1st) put the Red Team out front from the start. Leading a series from gun to tape is no easy task, but the team’s early season efforts carried through to Mayor’s Cup (4th, USATF-NE 3rd) and the New England Championships (4th). For complete results, visit: usatf.org/cross

Red Team Sweeps Baystate Half

Baystate Half 2016
Baystate Half Men: (L-R) Woolley, Sheehan, Neill, Mendoza Photo: M. Gonzalez

With just weeks to go in the fall marathon training cycle, a group of GBTC marathoners took to the streets of Lowell for their final tune-up. Ryan Woolley, Eric Mendoza, and Ian Neill led the charge at Ashworth Awards Baystate Half Marathon by placing a dominating one-two-three. Kevin Sheehan was 15th overall.

1st – Ryan Woolley (1:10:15)
2nd – Eric Mendoza (1:10:37) PR
3rd – Ian Neill (1:11:34) PR
15th – Kevin Sheehan (1:21:11) PR

For complete results, visit: CoolRunning.com