Twenty Years & Still Running
The Wingfoot Express
Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
Table of Contents:
- 12th Annual GBTC Relays
- Running Shorts … a few words from the editor
- President’s Column
- The Athlete’s Kitchen: Fat: To Eat Or Not To Eat?
- Total War
- Recent Men’s Distance Workouts
- Lake Winnipesaukee Relays
- GBTC Coach Almost Won
- 1996 USATF-NE and GBTC Road Race Grand Prix
- Road Race Grand Prix ’96
- Running Camp – Update
- GBTC’s Heart & Sole 5K
- Thank you, Volunteers
- GBTC Coach, Jon Berit, to be Honored
- 1996 Cross Country Schedule
- Road Race Results
- Track Race Results
- Cross Country Results
- Future Lynn Woods XC Races
- Publication Information
Approximately 100 athletes competed in the 1996 GBTC Relays held on June 5. Once again, there were some outstanding performances. Three meet records were set, all in the women’s division. The meet ran close to schedule and was officiated well. Other than a short shower, the weather cooperated. Of course, for those of you who attend practice, the MIT sprinklers began on their usual schedule.
New Balance’s Cathy O’Brien shattered the 2-mile record set in 1994 by Susan Russell by over a minute, clocking 9:49.3. Notre Dame Academy’s 4:23.5 time in the women’s 4x400m relay was also very strong, beating the 1989 BAA record by nearly seven seconds. For the first time we had women competing in the mile race walk. Jeanne Shepardson, representing New England Walkers, set the meet standard in 9:56.8. Although not a meet record, another exciting women’s finish (run in the men’s 800m) was Nike’s Kathy Franey holding off New Balances Fran tenBensel 2:04.8 to 2:05.1.
Although only a few club members participated in the meet, we had a number of top finishers. Bill Newsham won the 800m in 2:01.8, while Kevin Russell was second in the 100m (no time), and Chris Faddis was third in the developmental mile in 5:16.6. Sandy Miller finished second in her heat (6th overall) in the 800m in 2:57.2.
Also representing GBTC, were Wayne Fisher (6th, 100m, no time and 9th, 200m, 25.2), Charles Ferguson (8th, mile, 4:47.9), Chad Nusbaum (7th, developmental mile, 5:28.3), James Pawlicki (6th, 2-mile run, 9:55.6), and Chris Hussey (15th, 2-mile run, 10:32.7). Recent member, Jason Euzukonis, finnished 4th in the mile in 4:31.4, competing as an unattached athlete.
Up to the day of the meet we were working with USATF-NE to help area women qualify for the Olympic Trials. We decided not to hold a special 5000m, but did have a number of competitors trying to qualify for the Olympic trial’s 1500m, during the running of the women’s mile. Because the official event was the mile, any competitor wanting their hand-timed 1500m to count had to complete the mile. An interesting performance was turned in by New Balance’s Molly Watcke, who stopped after the 1500m, rested, walked the remaining 100m, and still beat the other competitors to the mile mark, finishing in 5:14.5. I never did hear her 1500m time, but it had to be quick.
Unfortunately, the meet did not do as well financially as it did organizationally, losing approximately $300. Much of the loss was caused by my late fill-in measures as the meet director, taking over for the founder and 11-year director, Jim Rattray. In the past, Jim’s employer has subsidized expenses such as the application printing fees. I think Jim may have personally absorbed minor expenses. Although I was disappointed with the 1996 bottom line, I believe the meet can be held and be, at least, a break-even event. Ron Spangler has volunteered to be next year’s Meet Director. I will help him with the knowledge I gained this year.
As many of you know, Jim and Karen Rattray are leaving the New England area. Jim’s long commute to work, workload, and simultaneous search for a new job, resulting in his resigning as Meet Director this year. The GBTC and the GBTC Relays will miss Jim, Karen, and their untiring service.
Karl and Nea Hoyt announced the birth of their son, Mather Webb Hoyt, on 4:21 am Sunday June 16 (Father’s Day). Mather tipped the scales at 5 lb 14 oz. Everyone is doing well.
Jim and Karen Rattray will be relocating to the Durham, NC, area in mid August. Jim has accepted the Director of Communications job with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Jim’s work address is: Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708-0328. Phone: 919-613-8017. Fax: 919-613-8077. Jim will keep his email address: email@example.com. We will miss their family and wish them all the best.
I got suspicious when Jim did not show up for running camp in 1995 and somhow kept Tom Richardson away also. At the 1994 inaugural running camp, Karl Hoyt and I came back to tie Jim and Tom in a two-on-two football game. Jim was much less active in the club this year and resigned as Meet Director for the 1996 GBTC Relays. Karl and I probably shouldn’t have used as much razzle-dazzle!
Kristin Mattock will be biking 300 miles from Boston to New York on September 5-8, to raise money for AIDS research and services. She has agreed to raise $1500 to benefit Fenway Community Health Center, which performs a majority of the clinical trials and AIDS-related services in the Boston area. She would appreciate sponsorship by club members in any amount to help her reach her goal. If you are interested, please contact her.
A social gathering was held Tuesday July 9, at MIT’s the Thirsty Ear Pub for visiting with Bill Wright prior to his moving to Pakistan, for a two year work opportunity. Bill should be back next summer to collect old running shoes for the Pine Street Inn.
Hugh Jessup wished Bill Newsham great success and many future first places in Pakistan! (Oops, wrong Bill.) Hugh’s two sons are in Pakistan from June 9 to August 15 on the Baltoro Glacier and climbing Lobsang Spire, which is about 30k from K2 in the Himalayas. They are on a 6-man expedition funded in part by the Mt. Everest Foundation in London.
Speaking about climbing, news on Frank Monkiewicz is that he is waiting out bad weather at an elevated camp in his conquest of Mt. McKinley, Alaska (the highest peak in North America at 20,300 feet). It was not clear whether he was ascending or descending.
Also on the subject of mountains, Denver, CO member Caleb Shulman called Dick Nickerson’s house after the Boston Marathon and should be visiting with us soon. Caleb has been studying signing for the deaf and is pretty excited about his future career. He also thinks he may ultimately relocate back east.
Men’s coach, Tom Derderian, hosted a celebration for last year’s men’s victorious USATF-NE team cross country champions. The celebration included a workout followed by a heavy pancake breakfast. Tom was recovering from heel surgery and could not run, but he did eat! Feeling left out, Tom has invited all men and women who are training for this year’s cross country racing to his house for Thursday night training sessions, beginning at his house in Winthrop at 7:00 PM. Terrain varies from beach to hills, with an optional cold dip in the Atlantic. Call Tom for details and schedules.
Tom Derderian was also awarded the Outstanding Journalist of 1995 award for his Boston Marathon book at the 39th annual Road Runners Club of America’s connvention.
Eamonn Browne is slowly coming back from his stress fracture, which hobbled him for the Boston Marathon. He is leaving on August 1 for a four week vacation to Ireland for a family reunion including ex-member and our old training partner, Jim Browne.
The New England Runner magazine has a new web page: http://www.runningnetwork.com/nerunner. They are with a group of regional running publications across the country.
Thanks you to all the contributors to this Wingfoot.
The next edition’s deadline for articles is September 22.
- Long run coordinator is needed. Contact Bruce.
- July 30, Yankee Homecoming 10-Mile ( Road Race Grand Prix).
- August 1 — Jon Berit Party.
- All members should volunteer for August 15, GBTC H&S 5K.
- August 10, Bridge of Flowers 10K (Road Race Grand Prix).
- August 24 — Running Camp at Bill Durettes home.
- September 7 — 3 x 3K Cross Country Relay.
- September 14 — Lake Winnipesaukee Relays.
- September 22 — Gov. Dummer 5K (XC Grand Prix).
- September 29 — Newport 1/2 Marathon (Road Race Grand Prix).
- October 6 — Lynn Woods 2.5/5M (XC Grand Prix).
- October 14 — Tufts 10K — Volunteers needed.
- Annual Meeting to be held in October. New directors nominations.
The void created by Karen and Jim Rattray moving to North Carolina will be hard to fill. Both Karen and Jim have been excellent members, steadfast volunteers, and great social contributors to the GBTC. Karen has been a strong running competitor, while Jim decided to focus on the personal satisfaction and health maintenance he received from regular training. Karen and Jim will be missed, but certainly not forgotten. We wish them the best.
The summer is always a busy time of the year for GBTC members. Track has tapered off, but road racing has picked up. Some members are already thinking about the cross country season. Those of you planning for a fall marathon should really be talking to the coaches to get on a solid training schedule. People have their vacations. Homeowners find that gardening and repairs require time. Thankfully, the daylight hours are long. It would be nearly impossible otherwise.
Adding to your schedule woes, are my requests for your volunteer efforts and participation in events. On July 25, we had 25 of a possible 30 volunteers help staff the Corporate Challenge race. This was important, because it is a major fund-raiser for the club. We could have used five more.
On August 15, we again need your help to staff the Heart & Sole 5K Road Race. After a drop off in competitors in 1994 due to a plethora of road races and direct competition with a USATF-NE Grand Prix event on the day of our road race, we appeared to be getting back on track last year. I think we may have anywhere from 300 – 400 runners this year. In order to have a well run race and keep the competitors coming back, we need a fair number of volunteers. Also, ask your employer for a contribution for the race. An amount as little as $25 can help in food purchase for the competitors. Ask your favorite restaurant if they can contribute a gift certificate for a lottery drawing based on the runner’s bib numbers. (Incidentally, we probably will not be asking for staffing volunteers again until Monday, October 14, for the 20th annual Tufts 10K. So do what you can now.)
Adding to your late summer schedule, I would like to see a good turnout for the Lake Winnipesaukee Relays on September 14. As long as I am approaching the fall season, I also want large and competitive men’s and women’s squads in cross country this fall. Just having large squads, will help these teams to be competitive. If you think running on the roads is fun, you should try the fields and trails found in cross country! The scenery is more interesting and you don’t have the heat reflecting off the pavement. Enjoy!
Nancy Clark, MS, RD
To eat, or not to eat, fat?–that is the question asked by many casual and competitive athletes. Jennifer, a 32 year old triathlete, is just one example of many active people who’s baffled about the best sports diet to help her have well-fueled muscles, minimal body fat and optimal health. “I try to eat a very low fat diet so I won’t get fat and will hopefully even lose body fat. I eat lots of carbs to fuel my muscles and help support my intense training program. But something must be wrong with my diet. ..I’m getting fatter, slower, and feel tired all the time.”
Without a doubt, questions abound regarding the role of fat in the sports diet. Perhaps you are among the many nutrition-conscious people who wonders if you’ll get fat if you eat fat; or will you burn more fat if you eat fat (as claimed by some sport nutrition ads)? Will you have greater endurance or a heart attack?
Not surprisingly, the role of fat in the sports diet was a hot topic at the April, 1996 sports nutrition conference sponsored by SCAN, the sports and cardiovascular nutrition interest group of the American Dietetic Association. Speakers addressed the role of fat in the sports diet. The following summarizes some of the information that was discussed and can perhaps help you determine how much or little fat to include in your sports diet.
Why eat fat? Today’s weight-conscious athletes chant “Eat fat, get fat”; they deem fat an optional substance. Many go to great extremes to special-order steamed vegetables at a Chinese restaurant, munch through huge salads with no dressing, eat only fat-free yogurt, and snack on pretzels, not chips. This heart-healthy, cancer-protective, carbohydrate-rich sports diet receives lots of praise. So why should athletes bother to eat fat?
One reason is because fat-free diets commonly lack protein, iron, and zinc (unless the eater takes the time and makes the effort to choose a well-balanced variety of vegetarian foods). Piles of pasta and dozens of bagels fuel your muscles, but they do little to build, repair and protect your muscles, to say nothing of repair blood cells, make hormones, and strengthen your immune system. Protein deficiency in itself can hurt performance.
A second reason to eat fat is that fat is an important source of fuel. Fat is stored in your body not only in the spare tire that hovers around the midsection, but also in smaller amounts inside muscle cells. This intramuscular fat is an important source of energy for endurance exercise. The average lean person has about 50,000 to 60,000 calories of fat stored in adipose tissue and 2,000 to 3,000 calories of fat stored within the muscles (and about 1,500 to 1,800 calories of carbohydrate stored as muscle glycogen). The more you train, the more you rely on intramuscular fat for fuel. For example, in a 12 week endurance-training program, the subjects who initially derived about 22% of energy from intramuscular fat increased to getting 45% of energy from intramuscular fat.
If you are biking for a few hours, running for twenty miles as a part of marathon training, or doing two to four hours of other moderately hard exercise, intramuscular fat can provide about half of the total fat that your body burns for fuel. Intramuscular fat, like glycogen, gets depleted during endurance exercise and may require about 7 days to be replenished. Perhaps depleted intramuscular fat stores explain why athletes who eat a very low fat diet often report fatigue and lack of improvement despite intense training?
Eat fat, get fat? No! Given that many thin people eat fat and have not gotten fat, this mantra is far from true. Granted, excess calories of fat are easily stored as excess body fat, but some fat is an important part of a healthy sports diet. In order to lose body fat, you don’t have to totally eliminate fat. You just have to create a calorie deficit over the course of the day. This means counting calories, not just grams of fat. Yes, you should monitor your fat intake for health purposes. Too much fat contributes to heart disease, cancer, obesity and many other diseases. But most health professionals recommend you limit your intake to less than 30% of your total calories. Athletes may want to target 25% of calories from fat, as a means to allow space for more carbohdyrates. This is far more than the attempted 0% fat diet self-inflicted by many athletes, such as Jennifer. Because the foods in her no-fat diet lacked satiety (that is, were not satisfying), she felt hungry all the time, munched on endless pre tzels (read that extra calories), and had muscles that were well fueled with glycogen but likely depleted of intracellular fat stores. The result: no loss of body fat nor gain in exercise performance.
What’s a confused athlete to eat? I recommend you eat a variety of wholesome foods: carbohydrates as the foundation of every meal (grains, fruits and vegetables); a small serving of protein-rich foods (lean meats, fish poultry, tofu, beans, nuts) with two meals per day, and lowfat dairy three times per day. You can also include a little fat in each meal for health and satiety (peanut butter, salad oil, almonds). Targeting 25% of calories from fat means about 60 grams fat/day (the equivalent of 1/2 cup of peanut butter!) if you weigh about 120 pounds and exercise for 45 minutes/day, and about 75 grams fat for the 150 pound exerciser. This is far from a fat-free diet.
Some people should not beat you in races. Just from the look of them, you can tell that they should not be in front of you. But they are in front of you. What are you going to do about it?
These people in front of you are fat, wobble from side to side, tilt their heads, move their arms asymmetrically, sweat too much, or over-pronate. As you try with every molecule of your body to catch that runner you notice little things about him like a bald spot, love handles, black socks, a shirt that is not tucked in. You are trying as hard as you can with emotions switched on at full blast. It is a battle. You are not rational. The only runners who should beat you should look sleek as gazelles and wear Olympic Gold Medals. It is only decent to beat those other runners because they do not look as good as you think you look. The only way to beat them is to declare war on them.
As I see it war is at least as ancient an art as running. And really when it comes down to it war and running are the same. In both there are winners, losers, tactics and training.
When our ancestors went to war, it was a seasonal thing or limited in some way. They could not fight when they had to farm, but after the crops were in, there was time for a few young bucks from the tribe to grab their spears and sneak across the valley for a raid. There was no military industrial complex. It was just as simple in the early days of running. Tim Ford, who won the Boston Marathon in 1906, began training for the April race in December by taking long walks. Only in February did he begin running. Running used to be a seasonal thing like warfare. There were no military industrial shoe companies.
But, if your tribe wants to better wage war, you must trade in your javelins for long bows. For example the French against the English in the battle of Crecy-en-Ponthieu in 1346. The English established a narrow-fronted killing field around two hundred yards deep into which they shot sheets of several thousand arrows every ten seconds. The arrows devastated the charging French knights on horseback. Fifteen thousand of them died in minutes. If you want to become a better runner you have to become a better warrior. That is what Clarence DeMar did.
DeMar, who won seven Boston Marathons between 1911 and 1930, killed off fields of runners, just as effectively as the English arrows killed the French knights. DeMar trained all year. DeMar had little talent by today’s standards. His best mile was 4:48. But he was willing to train through the winter and the other guys weren’t, so he beat them. Then everybody, like John A. Kelley, started training all year.
In today’s running world the escalations in training firepower parallel the developments in warfare. But they all cost something. Hundred-plus mile weeks and two-a-day workouts were like the keeping of standing armies. Modern Prussia became such a military state that instead of being a state with an army, it became an army with a state. The taxes were tremendous. The combination of interval work, fartlek, long runs and weight work is like the innovation of blitzkrieg with its coordination of tanks, troops and airplanes. England and Germany in WWII were at total war. Everything in both societies waged full time war.
The advent of the full-time, prize-winning, appearance-money-receiving runner is like the military state of Prussia. The percentage of gross national product that goes to the purchase of armaments increases as the expenditures of the enemy country increase. If the other guy trains more, you have to train more. If the other guys lifts weights, you must lift weights, if the other guy goes to therapeutic massage twice a week, you have to go three times, if he gets a chiropractor, dietitian or podiatrist… (Not to mention druggist). For an individual to wage running he or she must spend a greater proportion of his or her gross personal product. If you beat me by a few seconds I have to train more, do more and more, to have a chance to get revenge. Quickly I become a full-time runner-a completely obsessed maniac.
For most of us full-time training is absurd. We don’t need to totally dedicate ourselves to get that guy ahead of us in a race. We don’t need to launch a cruise missile to nail the runner ahead of us for the sake of recreation. Of course this pursuit does not need to take over your life. If the runner ahead of you sweats too much or over-pronates…do you need to nuke him?
As ridiculous as it may seem to start a nuclear war just to beat the guy ahead of you, that is ultimately what it takes. The answer is yes, nuke him! To be the very best takes all you’ve got-every last thing in your arsenal.
Most of us have governors on our training efforts. We have school, jobs, families, other interests above being the best runners. We will never be as fast as we could be. After work on a winter’s night there are miles to run in the winter sleet, but then again there are books to read before we sleep. We have made a shaky peace treaty with the other runners. Well, it comes down to it that you usually race against runners who do just about as much training as you do. But what is you did more? You might get injured, but what if you didn’t? Imagine how fast you could get if you waged total war-took escalation to the limit.
There are other runners. Those are the truly great ones, Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit, Bill Rodgers, Greg Myer, Ingrid Kristiansen, all of whom waged total war by doing what ever it took to win. They have no stops. Their lives were not limited to running, but totally dedicated to it. None of them knew that he or she would become such a great runner before he or she dedicated time and effort totally to training. Only once they committed themselves consistently over a long period of time did they find out how good they could get. Great artists-all those people who have done things no one else has-have followed the singular way of total war. Tom Fleming, second place at Boston several times, had a sign on the wall of his room. WHEN YOU ARE NOT OUT TRAINING, SOMEONE ELSE IS. If you want to find out how good you can get, then you must spend some period of your life waging total war, engaged in total training. Otherwise you will never know. Just how good can you get?
Train more thoroughly, more carefully and you can nail that runner ahead of you who is fat, wobbles from side to side, tilts his head, moves his arms asymmetrically, sweats too much, over-pronates or is simply there.
The Attractive Track
One way to wage total war in your world limited by work and family is to wage your limited war in an efficient fashion. You can do that with the precision and science of interval training on the track. Many runners fear the track because they have had bad experiences there. Usually these bad experiences came about because the training was done too hard, too soon. I think the reason people often train too hard, too soon on the track is that the training is often wrongly called speed work. With the name speed work runners succumb to the temptation to run too fast. When they run too fast it is usually too hard and that is too bad. Many runners have this painful and sometimes humiliating experience on the track and never return. I want more runners to return to the track to train but remember to train slowly-to do pace training rather than speed work. Do not look at track work as a bunch of Olympic races.
In the Greater Boston Track sessions I am trying to train runners to teach their bodies how to sustain the target paces they want to maintain during races. To teach your body how to maintain a desired pace a runner must try to spend lots of time at that pace. In order to spend lots of time at a pace the runner cannot get too tired. Thus the intervals at race pace should be longer and slower than the kind of gut-busting sprinting and subsequent throwing up on the infield impression of track interval training that has become the standard in the minds of many runners.
So if you have been reluctant to train on the track for fear of injury come back to the track but with the intention of running with swallowed pride at a slower pace than you desire. After many weeks of consolidating your ability to run a slower pace you can gradually speed up. Give the track training six to eight weeks before you get down to really inspired and speedy work. It takes time, patience, and humility to improve your running but it begins on the track one day at time. I hope to see you soon. Feel free to call me to set up how you can mesh into the program in a gradual and healthful way.
Tom Derderian 617-846-2902, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workouts are based upon a base mileage of 60-70 miles per week. If you run less, you may want to decrease the workout. All workouts include a 1-2 mile warmup and a 1-2 mile warmdown.
Since outdoor track has ended, the speed portion of the workout has been longer and slower to condition runners for road races, cross country, and marathon preparation.
- 6x1500m with 300m jog rest after each. Each 1500m is run at close to 10K race pace.
- 5x1500m with 800 jog rest after each. Further, each 1500m run is separated into 3-500m runs at 3K race pace with a 100m jog rest after the 1st and 2nd 500m’s. Thus, the workout is: (500m, 100m jog, 500m, 100m jog, 500m) 800m jog, repeated a maximum of 5 times.
- 10x800m w/400m jog. 800m at 5K race pace.
- 2x 4000m w/ 10 minute rest in between. Each 4000m is run as 10 continuous 400m repeats with the first 300m at 3K race pace and the last 100m at a pace such that the 400m (300m + 100m) is at 15K race pace. If you run a 6 minute average for 15K, the first 300m would be run in 60 seconds and the final 100m would be run in 30 seconds. Although faster and slower, each 400m is run in 90 seconds (60 + 30) for a 6 minute per mile pace.
There are at least four teams being organized for the 8th Annual Fred Brown Lake Winnipesaukee Relay to be held on Saturday, September 14. They are: mens masters, womens masters, mens open, and womens open. As any of you who have run in the past may know, we may end up with mixed open teams, depending on runners’ availabilities.
Dotty Fine and Sandy Miller are organizing the womens masters team, Bill Durette the mens masters, and Sarah Rankin and Elaine Christy the womens open. The mens open captain role has recently been vacated.
Dick Nickerson will reserved condos at the Samoset, but will not be able to attend the event. He still needs a dependable person to organize the Saturday evening meal. Please call Dick at 617-965-3837, or email him at email@example.com, if you can help.
Cost for the condos (13th annd 14th), Saturday night meal, entry fee, and. T-shirt is $ 75.
It was a shock at the Road Runner’s Club 5km and 10km races in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, May 11, as I peeled off from the 10km field onto the 5 km course with only 600m to go. I could see no one ahead of me. A guy turned with me. He said, “Are we in first?” I said, “I hope not.” I really did not want to sprint like a crazy old coot in front of all the crowd at the finish to run 17 something and “win” because all the good guys ran the longer race. (At the turn I was about 25th)
I thought about suggesting a tie with the runner on my shoulder. But then I thought about all the GBTC racers and Ron Spangler and that a race is a race. Spangler would have had no mercy. So I raced. It was ugly. I was ugly – gray hair and beard like a mad gargoyle. But I beat the guy by 2sec.
It was hot, humid. And worse. I thought I won, but another runner was 15:55 to my 17:29.
Cynthia and I had a wonderful time accepting Southern hospitality, learning how to say y’awl, and running in 83 degree weather in the lush summer hills of the Great Smokies.
|07/30/98||10 Miles||Yankee Homecoming*||Newburyport, MA|
|08/10/96||10K||Bridge of Flowers*||Shelburne Falls, MA|
|09/14/96||Various Legs||Lake Winnipesaukee Relay||Weirs Beach, NH|
|09/29/96||Half Marathon||Newport Federal*||Middleton, RI|
|10/27/96||Marathon||Cape Cod Marathon*||Falmouth, MA|
Standings as of Saucony Fenway 5K
|1. Ferguson||1. Derderian||1. Ward||1. Crounse||1. Smith, J.||1 Phelan|
|2. Burdi||2. Monkiewicz.||2. Nickerson||2. Richards||2. McDonald|
|3. Spangler||3. Jessup||3. Danforth||3. Miller|
|4. Hoyt||4. Pruit|
Bill Durette is planning to hold a one-day (8:30 AM – 7:00 PM) running camp at his house in Belmont on August 24.
The camp will include a morning run, brunch, a nutrition presentation by Nancy Clark and one on weight training, afternoon run, afternoon/evening meal, and a social period.
The camp will cost participants $8 to cover the meals.
Space may be limited depending on the response. Please notify Bill of your interest.
We need volunteers for GBTC’s Heart and Sole 5K Road Race held on Thursday night, August 15, in Needham. Also, please contact Mike Turmala or Susan Richards for the sponsor donations you acquired.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out at the GBTC Relays. It really helped to keep the event running smoothly
There will be a social at the Eliot Lounge on August 1 (Thursday night) any time after 6 PM for Jon Berit. We are asking members to bring a pot luck dish. Sandy Miller is coordinating the event.
Jon coached the mens squad form 1988 to 1996. To the best of my knowledge, the eight year period is longer than any other previous coach. During this time, Jon introduced many new runners to cross-country and track & field. The former was particularly an interest of Jon’s as both a competitor and as a coach. He also sharpened many members’ road racing and marathon skills.
In late 1994 and 1995, Jon offered to give up his reins over the entire men’s team to allow the GBTC to try event-specific coaching as opposed to gender coaching. He concentrated on the sprinting events where he had previously produced an excellent 4x400m relay team. Our sprinters may be less visible at practice. Their competitive season is only indoor and outdoor track, compared to the distance runners who can find organized competition year-round. They were quite visible in meets — producing some of our highest finishes. In the 1995-1996 indoor season, our sprint corps decreased in size due to relocations and injuries.
Jon simultaneously headed our second organized workout of the week, initially on Thursday nights and later changed to Wednesday nights to accommodate distance runners who could not make either Tuesdays or Thursdays because of classes.
Expecting a baby in September, Jon discussed resigning later this year, but decided to accelerate the schedule with the reduction in the sprint group.
He will remain a member of the GBTC, an association that began in 1977. Sometime we hope to see Jon competing for us again. In shape or out of shape, he has always been a tenacious competitor. Some of us run for health. Jon ran to compete!
USATF-NE Grand Prix events in bold face.
- 7 Tracs EuroStyle 3x3K Relay, Franklin Park, 9:15 AM, 617-964-7802
- 21 Boston Cross Country Festival, Franklin Park, Teams, Open 8K, 617-566-7600
- 22 Yankee Runner 5K, Gov. Dummer Academy, Biefield, MA, Dave Abusamra, 603-778-6276 eves
- 6 BPR All-Comers Meet, Franklin Park, 9:30 AM, Open 5K, $2, 617-566-7600
- 6 Lynn Woods 2.5/5 Mile, Lynn, MA, 9 AM, North Shore Striders, Mike Page, 508-927-4203
- 13 BPR All-Comers Meet, Franklin Park, 9:30 AM, Open 5K, $2, 617-566-7600
- 20 BPR All-Comers Meet, Franklin Park, 9:30 AM, Open 5K, $2, 617-566-7600
- 27 Boston Mayor’s Cup, Franklin Park, (USATF East Regional Championship), 5K-w, 8K-m, 617-566-7600
- 3 HFC Striders 5K Tune-Up, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham, MA, 11 AM, Dan Hart 617-320-0396
- 3 Noble & Greenough 5K, Dedham, MA, 10 AM-m, 11 AM-w, Dick Pierce, 617-326-7247
- 10 Reebok/USATF-NE Championship, Franklin Park, Open-10K, Women-6K, Mstr Men-8K, 617-566-7600
- 17 Little Rhody Runaround, Burlington Park, Charlestown, RI, 7.8M, Virginia Kurdziel, 401-377-4084
- 23 Tracs Team Challenge, Franklin Park, 9:30 AM, 5-runner coed team scoring, 617-964-7802
- 1 Andover Thrif-t-Way 6K, Andover CC, Noon, Jack Rembis, 508-687-1469
Knoxville, TN 5K
Holy Name 5 Mi Road Race, West Roxbury, MA
3rd Bambino’s 5K
Fresh Pond 5 Miles
Bob McCourt 5K Run For MS, Harwichport, MA.
Project Pacer 5 Mile, Needham, MA
|1.||Jennifer Weaver||(14th overall)||29:58|
Cherry Tree Three, W. Newton, MA.
Divisions – 01-12, 13-16, 17-39, 40-98 M/F
|4.||Chris Hussey (3rd age group)||15:44|
|27.||Michael Turmula (5th)||18:16|
|35.||Sherman Wallen (26th)||18:34|
|50.||Dick Nickerson (9th)||19:00|
|144.||Sandy Miller (5th)||22:06|
Weather was almost perfect. Great post-race party! Great Band!
Sharon, MA 5-Miler
Higham, MA (4 Miles?)
|11.||Jack Burke (5:49 pace)||??|
Sully’s Ice Cream 2-Mile Race, Chelmsford, MA
Canton, MA 5-Miler
Pittsfield, MA 5K
Fresh Pond 5 Miles
Fresh Pond 5 Mile
Hamilton, MA 10K
MIT USATF-NE Meet
Suffering from his own workout the night before no less.
Metro Meet #3, Northeastern Track Dedham, MA
|800m||Jason Euzukonis (Salem State), 4th heat 3||2:00.6|
|Mile||4.||Bill Newsham PR!||4:24.5|
|Dennis Floyd (Salem State)||4:35.0|
GBTC Relays, MIT
|100m||2.||Kevin Russell||no time|
|6.||Wayne Fisher||no time|
|6.||Sandy Miller (2nd in heat)||2:57.2|
|Developmental Mile||3.||Chris Faddis||5:16.6|
Metro Meet #4, Northeastern Track Dedham, MA
|3000m Steeplechase||Bill Newsham||10:17.65|
Bay State Games, MIT
|3000m||1.||Elaine Christy||no time|
|2.||Sarah Rankin||no time|
USATF-NE Open-Masters Championships
06/28/96 and 06/29/96
|Men, 39 and under||3000m||Bill Newsham||9:02.97||3rd|
|Men 40-44||LJ||Wayne Fisher||19’8″||1st|
|Women 45-49||800m||Sandy Miller||2:52.37||1st|
Bay State Games, MIT
Conditions: Hot, Humid and about a million degrees. Jon Berit showed up with his spikes but elected not to run. Maybe next year.
Lynn Woods 2.5 Mile
|1.||Jack Burke||No Time|
Lynn Woods 4.5 Mile
|9.||Tom Guerrini (salem State)|
- July 31, Duathlon (2.5M run / 5.5M bike / 2.5M run)
- Aug. 6, North Medford Club 5.75 Miles
- Aug. 7, 3.1 Miles / 5.0 Miles (Triple Towers)
- Aug. 14, 2.6 Miles / 5.0 Miles
- Aug. 21, 10 Mile Relay (4 x 2.5 Miles)
- Aug. 28, 5.75 Mile Handicap
The Wingfoot Express a publication of the Greater Boston Track Club.
|Board of Directors|
|President||Bruce Bond||(617) 275.4982|
|Vice-President||Susan Richards||(617) 437.6557|
|Treasurer||Jim O’Brien||(617) 282.5537|
|Clerk||Sandy Miller||(617) 923.0754|
|Board Member||Lenia Ascenso||(508) 741.1823|
|GBTC Invitational||Jim O’Brien||(617) 282.5537|
|GBTC Relays||Ron Spangler||(617) 720.2376|
|Heart & Sole 5K||Mike Turmala||(617) 491.7285|
|Men’s Distance||Tom Derderian||(617) 846.2902|
|Women’s Distance||Bill Durette||(617) 484.9262|
|Club Hotline Number||(617) 499.4844|
GBTC Web Page: http://www.gbtc.org
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