The Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) is a friendly and competitive team with approximately 200 members. We compete at the national, regional, and local levels in cross country, track and field, and trail running. GBTC provides a team-oriented, structured training environment for athletes of many abilities who train for everything from jumps and throws to sprints, road races, cross country, and marathons. Members train for several specific competitions throughout the year, and financial support is provided to compete at some major events. We sponsor athletes based on a system of performance standards, and the club is a designated USATF Elite Development Club.
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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!
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
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
At this weekend’s Mohawk Hudson Marathon (Schenectady-Albany, NY), club member Brian McNamara placed an impressive sixth overall in 2:26:51. According to our extensive database of race results, this is GBTC’s fastest marathon since 2004. Brian’s even split effort was awarded with a shiny new personal best of over five minutes. Not to be outdone, Robert Norcross placed 11th in 2:41:57. Another big show from the boys in red.
For complete results, click here.
Fall marathon season is upon us, and GBTC is already finding their way to the podium. At this past weekend’s Eversource Hartford Marathon, club member Elizabeth Ryan took the win (Women’s Open) in an impressive 2:45:59. She was joined by fellow GBTC teammate Lauren Opachinski, who took home a big PR and an eighth place finish in 2:54:40.
For complete results, visit: ChronoTrack
The 2016 GBTC XC Festival was the first stop in this year’s USATF-New England Cross Country Grand Prix. Club members were out in full force on Sunday, arriving at DCR Elm Bank ready to race, work, or somehow find the time to do both. Led by GBTC Vice-President Matt Haringa, club members welcomed over 100 youth athletes, as well as competitors vying for top spots in the start of the Grand Prix. The skies were clear for both youth and women’s races, but a warm fall day turned dark and stormy just in time for the most contested races of the day. Torrential downpours arrived midway through the Men’s Masters race, leaving both competitors and the course a bit soggier than expected.
Greater Boston was victorious in both the Men’s and Women’s Open Races, securing top honors in both individuals and team competitions. On the women’s side, Victoria Barnaby led the GBTC women to a dominating victory, outscoring second place HFC 19-88. For the men, Mike Carlone took the overall win, with GBTC (30 pts) winning the Men’s title over SISU Project (58 pts). Both team and individual champions went home with freshly baked pies and custom-engraved forks or pie servers!
Many stuck around after the race to enjoy burgers, dogs and Table Talk pies! This would not have been possible without the support of our event sponsors: Table Talk Pies, Spoiled Sports, MFoxDesign and Tracksmith.
For complete results, visit: CoolRunning.com
A longstanding tradition for GBTC is their participation in the annual Lynn Woods 10 Mile Relay. On Wednesday, August 24th, Greater Boston kicked off their cross country season with two teams ready to battle on the trails. The team in red took top honors in both the Men’s Open and Co-ed divisions. Led by Andy Chalmers’s 13:26 for 2.5 miles, the GBTC men of Chalmers, Jarrett Harrigan (13:35), Daniel Lewis (14:14) and Caleb “Dolla Billz” Evanter (13:50) defeated second place Wicked Pistons by almost four minutes.
GBTC’s co-ed team, nicknamed “Bobcat & Bears” for the evening, placed first in their division and had the sixth fastest time among all 86 teams. Kevin Sheehan’s first leg of 14:55 gave the squad a strong lead. It was upheld by Kerri Leonhardt (16:49), Ronit Malka (16:23) and Anthony Crudale (16:05) as GBTC led from gun to tape.
Complete results are available on Cool Running.
With Sunday morning temperatures close to 90°F and humidity only making things stickier, a contingent of GBTC road runners took to the streets of Narragansett, Rhode Island for the 9th Annual Bobby Doyle 5 Miler. The difficult conditions didn’t stop the GBTC women from taking home the USATF-NE Grand Prix team title, which secures their spot at the top of the Grand Prix leaderboard. Led by Liz Ryan (29:53) and Laura Paulsen (29:58), and followed by Victoria Barnaby (31:34), Lauren Opachinski (31:40) and Aly Millet (31:42), Greater Boston defeated Craft Concept racing by close to four minutes.
On the men’s side of things, Ryan Place (26:07) led the squad with a 16th place finish in a very deep field. Team scoring was rounded out by Andrew Chalmers (27:17), Caleb Evanter (27:32), Manuel Gonzalez (29:02) and Jarret Harrigan (29:11). The men placed fifth overall, with Whirlaway, CMS, WMDP, and BAA all just minutes ahead. The USATF-NE Grand Prix continues on Saturday, August 27th at the NH 10 Miler.