The Old Coach’s New Book

Coach Tom Derderian’s book chronicles the past 120 years of racing at the Boston Marathon.

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)! 

Bond, On Marathon Team Win

Rob Bond - 2016 Boston Marathon

For a guy who played lacrosse at Lexington High and Oberlin College, just finishing a marathon would be a success story. Yet, Rob Bond’s story is much more interesting. He’s not willing to do anything half-heartedly. So when Rob started running just three years ago, it became more than just a way to stay in shape. He now averages 120 miles per week, and finds the time to do “the little things” that so many runners let slide. Since becoming a member of GBTC, Rob has logged a sub 2:30 marathon win (Baystate Marathon, 2015) and a USATF National Team qualifying standard for the 100km team (JFK 50 Mile, 2015). April 18th was a chance for Bond to add another nice title to his resume: Boston Marathon Team Champion. On a day that was less than ideal for marathoning, Bond led GBTC to its first team victory in over ten years.

For Rob’s unabridged race story, Continue reading “Bond, On Marathon Team Win”

Liz Ryan, Team Leader, On Boston 2016

Rolling through Coolidge Corner, Liz Ryan made the best of a warm day. Photo: Giberti
Rolling through Coolidge Corner, Liz Ryan led the GBTC women with a 2:51:04. Photo: Giberti

Even for someone who spent half of the last year training and racing in the Panama sun, Patriots’ Day was not ideal for marathoning. Yet, that didn’t stop GBTC’s top female performer, Liz Ryan, from giving it her all on the trek from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.

“I was wrapping up my best year of training ever, 6 months here in Cambridge, and 6 months in the jungles of Panama. I went into the race thinking I could run a 2:43 comfortably (a two min PR for me). As soon as we left the Korean Church in Hopkinton, I knew that even running a 5 second PR would be an amazing feat. The sun was intense, and I was sweating immediately.”

Live on televisions around the country, Ryan could be easily spotted on runner’s right of just before the field of elite women took off. When asked about her moment of fame on national TV, Liz remarked,

“My hands on my hips pose while we waited for the starting gun was not me trying to play it cool, it was me trying to air out my under arms. My ideal running conditions are 40 degrees and pouring rain (…I’m irish?) so it was far from an ideal day, despite what the race announcers were saying.”

We’ll continue to think that Liz was in fact “playing it cool”, and she did everything in her power to stay cool along the course. Liz explained that she was taking a great deal of water at each station, upwards of 6-10 small cups per mile. While she did toy with the idea of dropping out before the half, Liz held strong, knowing that no matter the circumstances, she wouldn’t be content with a DNF. She also knew that her teammates in GBTC would be fighting alongside her for a top team score. The GBTC ultimately finished third in the women’s team standings, and Liz Ryan finished as the 6th American woman in 2:51:04.

“All in all, it was a great experience, and I can’t wait to really race it next year! The crowds were also so much more impressive than last year…Greater Boston TC was out in full force with our signature giant Tom Derderian heads. Apparently my dad biked up and down all the Newton hills on the carriage road as I ran it. He was yelling at me for 6 miles straight, while biking those hills. At the end of the day, he really deserves the pat on the back.”

GBTC men Third Team in NYC Marathon

Neel Tarneja led the GBTC team to third place in the NYC Marathon with his 2:30:25 and placed in 45th over all and 9th American. Anthony Walsh, Irishman living in Boston, ran 2:39.15 for 89th; and Xaviour Walker, New Zealander living in Boston, ran 2:43:35 for 140th. Results.

An insightful article about Neel by John Conceison was published on November 10th in the Worcester Telegram.

In Manchester, NH, in the USATF New England Grand Prix, Eric Mendoza took 8th place with a 2:39. Results.


Update: Dr. Walker was quoted Sunday evening in an article by Christopher Hunt in ESPN, about his experiences as a resident physician on call on Patriots Day and as a competitor in New York City yesterday. Also, Bill Rogers was inducted to the NYRR Hall of Fame, as part of an August class of champions.

PRs Abound at Boston Marathon

In what should have been the most important news of the day on Monday, the GBTC Open Men’s and Open Women’s teams took 5th and 4th places respectively in the team competition at the Boston Marathon on a beautiful day for racing.

The women were lead by Anna Novick (2:56:23) who ran a PR of over five minutes while deftly bobbing and weaving through the masses that had had a head start, “I started in Wave 2, corral 2, and chased red bibs like they were prey. So proud to be GBTC.” Rounding out the scoring three were Hope Rathnam (3:00:54) and Deepti Anand Cole (3:07:06, 12 minute PR) followed closely behind by Brenda Greene (3:07:32) with a 4:11 PR of her own. Said Deepti, “This was the first time for me as a GBTCer running in a big race and the name carried me though the race. Every few minutes I heard “Go Greater Boston” or “Go GBTC” … where the latter one emphasized someone’s familiarity with the team and a sense of team spirit for me. I was so proud to be there running for the team.”

The Men’s team was lead by Sam Jurek (2:31:12, 3 minute PR), followed by Brian McNamara (2:32:46, 6 minute PR), and Anthony Walsh (2:36:06 bettering his previous best by nine and a half minutes).

Race photos taken by David Burgess are now available here.

The Greater Boston Track Club returns to action on the track this weekend at MIT and Fitchburg State.

Official Response to the Tragic Events

To Our Running Community,

We first want to thank all those who expressed concern about the runners and supporters of the Greater Boston Track Club.

We are lucky in one sense that, as we know of today, no member or family member was impacted by the tragic events at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15th. However, we are greatly saddened by the deaths and injuries to our running community brethren who were so viciously attacked in the city that we love. Our team extends our condolences and sympathy to all those directly affected, and our hands and help are always there in case of need.

While we are confused by the events that occurred yesterday, we are clear on one thing: we will continue to cherish the sport we love in the city we love. We will be back running and contributing to the Boston Marathon next year in even stronger force. Our full support goes to the Boston Athletic Association as not only a fellow running club, but as a tremendous contributor to our sport in the region and globally. We fully expect them to come back even stronger in running events not only this year and in the Boston Marathon next year, but for many years to come.

Thank you.

The Greater Boston Track Club

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!