Twenty-three Years & Still Running
The Wingfoot Express
Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
Table of Contents:
- Annual Meeting Review
- Running Shorts …. a few words from the editor
- President’s Column
- The Athlete’s Kitchen
- Steamboat Springs
- Notes from Members
- BAA Marathon Numbers
- Road Race Results
- Cross Country Results
- Indoor Track Schedule
- GBTC Apparel Collection
- Announcements & Schedules
- GBTC Invitational
- GBTC Long Run Schedule
- Welcome new members
- GBTC Holiday Party
- Publication Information
October 22, 1996
Approximately 35 members attended the 1996 Annual Meeting. Bruce Bond provided a status report of the past year. Key points were:
- Membership has declined by approximately 35 people to 140. October is usually a large renewal month and may make up a portion of the decrease. The drop appeared to be in both the men’s and women’s open divisions.
- The club has implemented a membership drive awarding a special t-shirt to each member who recruits three new members. Until new membership applications are printed, members are to have recruits write the name of their sponsor on the application form.
- Our volunteer efforts at races contributed significantly to the club, raising over $1000 and ensuring that our own events ran smoothly.
- Jon Berit resigned from our coaching ranks as of 6/96. (Jon became the father of 7lb. 4oz. Tasha Ashley Berit on 20 September.)
- The new uniforms have been well received by the viewing public. The word “Boston” stands out. There is a bit of a problem reading the word “Greater” which is black on red. We still have a sizable inventory on hand and hope to reduce it and work on warm-ups.
- There were nine social events held by the club or hosted by an individual and open to all members.
- The running camp was a one day event this year. It was well attended despite the rain. Following a 5-mile trail run and swimming, were presentations on strength training and nutrition.
- GBTC’s participation in the seasonal events dropped somewhat over the last year. Participation in indoor track, outdoor track, and the Road Race Grand Prix appeared lower than in previous years. The 100th Boston Marathon and the men’s cross-country team had good attendance. Official entries in events were encouraged to wear their GBTC and sign in as a GBTC member.
- Last year’s board amended the Club Bylaws to allow for management continuity, as allowed by a vote at the 1995 Annual Meeting. The change allows for either the past president to carry over as an advisor, a minority number of board members to carry over into the following year, or a minority of new members being elected to 2-year terms. This was not implemented this year because a number of board members sought reelection, and it was believed at least one would be successful.
- The long runs were discussed and members preferred to maintain a Sunday morning schedule. A Saturday long run may be tried to determine its popularity.
- The club is still looking for a new Wingfoot Express Editor/Publisher and PR Specialist.
A report on the events was next:
- The GBTC Invitational (1/21/96) had approximately 800 athletes compete and was a success as an event. Jim O’Brien, meet director, reported that the event operated at about break-even. Bill Okerman volunteered to help do the applications for this winters meet on January 19. There is an unknown impact on team entries of not having our meet on the same weekend as Bill Clark’s meet.
- GBTC Relays (6/5/96) was reported by Bruce Bond to lose $206, due to greater expenses than anticipated for entry blanks. Ron Spangler will be the new meet director for 1997. There was a discussion regarding the addition of the triple jump and the shot put.
- Heart & Sole 5K Road Race – (8/15/96). Mike Turmala reported that the race was a success, with increased participation now that it is a summer weeknight 5K event. The preliminary financials showed the race generated approximately $940 for the Club. The involvement and support of the Sheraton for next year is unknown, as they are now under new management. The cookout after the race was a huge success, and the participants voiced very favorable opinions of the event.
Jim O’Brien reported that the Club has a cash balance of approximately $3000. There was some discussion if we should maintain a balance that large or be applying it to other areas. Tom Derderian suggested the GBTC fund a stipend of $100, each, for up to eight members to attend the national cross-country championships in California. An informal poll of those present supported the idea, and it was decided the new board will formally act on the topic prior to this year’s nationals.
Coaches’ Reports and Awards
- Track and Field Grand Prix. Jon Berit explained the scoring system and presented awards to Bill Newsham and Sandy Miller.
- Men’s Distance Running. Tom Derderian reported that the men were currently third in the cross-country grand prix series. Stiffer competition dropped them from top spot. Keeping with Tom’s philosophy that half the battle is showing up, Jim O’Leary was presented an award for participating in the most road race grand prix events.
- Women’s Distance Running. Bill Durette presented awards to Dotty Fine and Sarah Rankin for all their efforts over the years in assisting with the structuring of the women’s team.
Other New Business
- A discussion was held about whether the GBTC should use MIT’s indoor track or the Reggie Lewis track. A committee (Sandy Miller, Marianne DiMascio, Bill Durette, Tom Derderian) was formed to look into the matter, poll members, and recommend a site to the board.
- A vote was taken on the new t-shirts to be printed. White lettering on a red shirt was an overwhelming winner.
Election of Officers
There were ten nominees for the nine board positions. Bill Okerman dropped out of the race in order to help Jim O’Brien with the GBTC Invitational. Elected to the 1997 board were: Bruce Bond, Betty Bourret, Karen Crounse, Kirsten Keating, Kristin Mattocks, Sandy Miller, Jim O’Brien, Susan Richards, Gary Snyder.
I hope you all enjoyed the contributions from members in the October Wingfoot. This edition again has a collection of notes and letters from members.
In 1997, the Wingfoot Express is planned to be published on the odd-numbered months, starting in January. Due to the short interval, the January 1997 edition may be a bit smaller. Kristin Mattocks will be taking over as editor and publisher of the Wingfoot with that edition. I clearly have had some fun with it since I began in mid-1995, and hope that I kept you informed and entertained.
Until further notice please try to have all material to Kristin by the 15th of the even-numbered months for inclusion in the edition in the ensuing month. That gives you to December 15 for the January edition and February 15 for the March edition.
More detail on the Jon Berit and Tona birth. Tasha Ashley Berit (7lb 4oz, 20” long) was born on 20 September at 9:34am.
Pam Duckworth reports on a race at home in Colorado. When Pam asked me at Lake Winnipesaukee if I received her letter, she was surprised to hear that I hadn’t. Luckily, she transmitted another copy. Even luckier, is that good stories are never too old.
In October Katherine Simshauser reported winning her division in a road race. I have included a note by Chuck Ferguson emailed to Tom Derderian about his victory. I’ve also included a short note from Carles Sera-Pages to Susan Richards regarding his first marathon effort.
Jack Burke and Linda LeFever organized a party at Doyle’s Cafe after the November 10 New England Cross-Country championships. Approximately 25 people attended. All appeared to have a great time. Jack presented Tom Derderian with a hooded sweatshirt. It had “GBTC Cross Country” embroidered on the back. I never saw the front, but I think it had “Coach Tom” embroidered on the front.
It was a great way to end the cross-country season, which a number of us will miss. Not Doug Burdi. When asked about his comments regarding the New England Championships, Doug commented, “You can’t put that in print.” Luckily, he has the indoor track season coming up. Indoor track, outdoor track, and cross-country share equal popularity with Doug.
Now that the hurricanes have disappeared, Jim and Karen Rattray can laugh at all of us in New England. Dick Nickerson cannot be the subject of the Rattray humor. He is will be in Bermuda for about two weeks, coming back for about a two-week holiday break, and then going to Bermuda again for the International Race Weekend.
New member, Bill Murphy, dropping back a group during one fall practice session and talking about the “old guy” in the first group who was hammering during practice. “Which old guy are you referring to?” I asked. He proceeded to point out Tom Cotter who is my junior by about a decade.
Has anyone heard from Moulay Essakalli since his fractured ankle at the Governor Dummer 5K cross-country run in September? Moulay, please try to get to our Holiday Party. And, everyone else!
The GBTC merchandise has changed slightly. At the annual meeting there was a vote to print red t-shirts (short sleeve and long sleeve) with the new logo in white. All prior orders will be converted to this style unless members cancel that portion of their order.
Enjoy the holiday season and happy New Year!
I am beginning a second term as president. The current board has a lot of familiar faces–nearly everyone from last year chose to run for the board again this year. It also has a lot of new faces and has nearly doubled in size with a total of nine members–the maximum allowed by our club bylaws. Joining me to serve another term are Sandy Miller (Clerk), Jim O’Brien (Treasurer), and Susan Richards. Participating in their inaugural terms are Betty Bourret, Karen Crounse (Vice President), Kirsten Keating, Kristin Mattocks, and Gary Snyder.
It has been about four years since the GBTC has had a board this large. I think it will help to spread the workload and also to provide a more diverse group to monitor the pulse of the club and to act as a conduit for your suggestions. Four of the board members have recently joined the club providing a balance to those of us who have a historical perspective. We do not have representation from the men’s open division, but we will make sure they are not forgotten. I look forward to working with the new board of directors.
Additionally, we have had a couple of other volunteers step forward. Lisa Conboy has agreed to schedule and coordinate the long runs, while Chris Faddis has offered to head sponsorship for the club, and Ron Spangler is directing the GBTC Relays. Finally, Kristin Mattocks has taken over the Wingfoot Express, beginning with the next issue.
While I’m at it, I cannot forget the efforts of Karl Hoyt (membership, volunteer coordination, and the Run for Epilepsy), Mike Turmala (merchandise, volunteer coordination, and the Heart & Sole), Mark Tuttle (webpage), and Jim O’Brien (GBTC Invitational).
I thank all of the club’s volunteers. You have heard it before. Volunteer efforts make the difference with this club.
Let’s all look forward to a great new year and a great year for the GBTC. I hope you will attend the Holiday Party, December 14, at the Crossroads. I also hope to see many of you this to see a lot of you indoors at practice and in races. Enjoy.
Nancy Clark, MS, RD
Q: “I skate very early in the morning. Should I eat beforehand?” … “What’s best to eat before a rugby game?” … “I wait three hours after eating before I run. I often feel hungry, tired and slow. Should I eat something?”
Fueling-up before you exercise can indeed enhance your performance. But what and when to eat raises questions because each person has individual responses to pre-exercise food. If you participate in sports involving running and jumping, you may prefer to eat nothing shortly before you exercise because the food may jostle uncomfortably in your stomach. But if you are a cyclist, skier, or participant in a non-jumping sport, you may have less fear of eating a snack or meal.
The following guidelines offer points to consider regarding your own personal pre-exercise eating program. Because each person is unique, you should experiment during training to learn which foods and fluids settle best, when you should eat them, and how much you can eat. Then, during competition, you’ll know what menu is best for you.
The goal with eating before you exercise is to enhance your power and endurance without causing any stomach discomfort. A pre-exercise meal or snack helps to: prevent you from feeling hungry, maintain a normal blood sugar and prevent performance problems associated with hypoglycemia, such as light-headedness, needless fatigue, and indecisiveness, provide energy to fuel your muscles. The food you eat five minutes to four hours before exercise does get used. For example, soccer players improved their performance when they had 200 calories 5 minutes before intense playing. There’s no doubt–fueling works!
Although you’ll create adverse effects such as nausea or stomach discomfort if you eat too much food before you exercise, you’ll run out of energy if you eat too little. That’s why you need to develop a plan for fueling your muscles and brain with adequate carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are best to eat before exercise because they digest quickly and are readily available for fuel. If you are doing endurance exercise that lasts longer than 60 to 90 minutes, you should choose carbs that digest slowly and provide a steady entry of energy into the bloodstream. Some popular choices include lowfat fruit yogurt, banana, apple, energy bar, toast or bagel with a little added fat such as margarine or lowfat cheese to slightly slow digestion and offer sustained energy.
When’s the best time to eat before exercise? In general, you should allow 3-4 hours for a large meal to digest. But you can eat 5 minutes before. Your body can both digest food and exercise–as long as you are exercising at a pace that you can maintain for more than 30 minutes.
With early morning exercise, the night before eat a hearty, high carbohydrate dinner and/or bedtime snack. That morning, eat a light meal as tolerated to boost your blood sugar and keep you from feeling hungry. Plan 0.5 grams carbohydrate per pound of body weight when eating 1 hour before exercise. This could be 75 grams of carbs if you weigh 150 pounds–300 calories, such as a big bagel, a banana and a yogurt, or a bowl of cereal.
With lunchtime exercise, eat a hearty carbohydrate-rich breakfast. If your muscle glycogen stores are low, you can convert a substantial amount of these carbohydrates into muscle glycogen in a four hour period. Plus, you’ll boost the liver glycogen stores that are needed to maintain a normal blood sugar level. Runners who ate 1 gram carb/lb body weight (about 600 calories) 3 hours before running boosted muscle glygocen 11% and were able to run 10 minutes longer than when they ate nothing. They ran 32 minutes longer when they both ate beforehand and took sports drink during the run. Cyclists who ate 200 to 300 grams of carbohydrates within four hours of exercise–that’s 800 to 1,200 calories–increased their power 15-22%. Research suggests you’ll do better with more food than less. Experiment–and learn what works for you!
With evening exercise, eat a hearty breakfast and lunch, then a snack as desired an hour prior. If you are among the many athletes who tends to skimp on daytime food, think again. Exercising on an empty stomach may hurt your ability to exercise at your best–assuming you can tolerate food without discomfort.
Another nutritional mistake that athletes commonly make is using unfamiliar energy bars or sports drinks before a competitive event. This may save money, but can cost performance. For example, one person saved a new energy bar from a runner’s expo and used it for the first time before a marathon. It settled like a lead brick, caused stomach distress–and a poor race.
If you are traveling to an event, you might want to bring your favorite tried-and-true pre-exercise sports foods. This way, you can worry less about fueling yourself and be free to focus on performing.
And be sure to eat a high carbohydrate diet every day to fuel-up and promptly refuel within two hours of hard exercise. Before a competition, you shouldn’t be pulling out good sports nutrition like a fire engine. One pre-event meal will not compensate for a poor training diet!
Nancy Clark, MS,RD, nutritionist at Boston-area’s Sports-Medicine Brookline, is author of the newly released Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 2nd edition, available by sending $19 to Sports Nutrition Services, 830 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 02161
July 7, 1996. Greetings to all from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and thank you again for all who attended my going away party organized by Dotty Fine and hosted by Jean Smith. I’ve been in Steamboat since early May, but as of this July 4th weekend, I’ve already made one trip to Boston, one to Florida and one to Los Angeles, so I’ve had only about six weeks of altitude (Steamboat is at approximately 6700 feet) training. I’ve also trained very little in the last two months because of all the traveling, the problems with my moving company (that’s another story in itself) and all the little things involved in a relocation to a new community–getting the house organized and set up, finding the best places to shop for food and other essentials, dealing with the home and auto insurance, finding a new vet for the cats and a new mechanic for the car, etc., etc.
Well, with all those excuses, this has to be a story about a race, right? It is. Yesterday, I ran my first race out here. Actually, it was the first race I ran in 1996. Most of you who know me well know that I’m no longer into racing, but there was a race yesterday on Spring Creek Trail, which is less than a half of a mile from my house and a trail Steve and I train on often (when we train). The trail is a well-maintained natural trail which runs along and frequently crosses a creek, sometimes via bridges and sometimes via rocks and logs. It starts just below a reservoir from which there are breathtaking views of the valley and mountains in the distance. It runs through he aspen groves and then spruce and pine tree. From the reservoir it’s all uphill for I think about five miles, where it joins a dirt road which climbs several more miles to Buffalo Pass. I’ve actually never gone more than a couple of miles up the trail because after 15-25 minutes of running and walking uphill, I’m ready to turn around and run home.
The race was the Spring Creek memorial, held in honor of a woman who was hit by a jeep and killed several years ago while jogging on the dirt road adjacent to the trail in places. The race was organized by the woman’s family. One brother was the race director, another the course marshall, Mom made the food and Dad helped set up. Actually there were two races–a10-miler and a 3-miler. I opted for the latter, because I can’t remember when I last ran 10 miles. There were no more than 50 entrants in each race, including some participants who walked the 3-miler, including a few with their dogs, which seems to be the practice out here. (Another race I thought about entering a few weeks ago had a special division for runners with dogs.) The 10-miler was supposedly gruesome, and the director, when describing the route, promised that most runners would have to walk the single-track portion of the course after it crossed the drainage ditch and headed toward the Buffalo Pass Road and that the runners would get wet from the 13 stream crossings. From listening to post race war stories, I gather that most runners did have to walk on more than one occasion. However, the times were very impressive. The men’s winner finished in 64 minutes and change, while the women’s winner ran a 72 and change. Scott Tinley, of iron-man triathlon fame, was in town and ran the 10-miler. He finished 11th, which should tell you something!
My race started about 15 minutes after the 10-miler and went generally uphill for a mile and a half and then back. I’m not going to say much more about it. It was tough, and my time shall remain my secret. I finished in the middle of the pack, but I was not disappointed given my training. I was probably the first or second master and sixth or seventh woman.
What was wonderful about the race was that after the 3-miler finished, we waited for the 10-miler to finish and cheered the runners as they crossed the finish line. Then Mom served her brunch–a homemade fruit salad and quiche casserole, whole grain bread, orange juice and assorted pastries. Excellent food. Then the handing out of the t-shirts occurred for those who had opted to pay extra for the brunch and t-shirts. Because there were many more racers than anticipated, there were not enough t-shirts. Consequently, the race director distributed them first to the runners from out of town and then advised us locals that he’d make up more and we could pick them up next Friday in town. He also suggested that runners tell him if they’d prefer sleeveless or short-sleeved to the standard long-sleeve so that he could make people what they want. Then the raffle occurred–there were approximately 25 prizes including gift certificates from local restaurants and merchants. And then it was over. What amazed and delighted me was that there was no awards ceremony, no acknowledgment of who won or what the winning times were, and no one seemed to care. The race is part of a series of twelve races in town held between May 11 and October 5. Participants score points based on their place in their divisions and awards are given at the end of the season to the highest scoring participants who have raced in at least seven races. Like the Club’s Grand Prix Series.
I may or may not participate in some of the remaining races. This one appealed to me because it was a trail run on a trail I’m familiar with and it was short. One of the remaining races is a 5-miler UP the first half of a ski mountain or a 12-miler UP even higher and then part way down. There’s also a 10km at 10,000 feet in Rabbit Ears Pass. There’s nothing advertised as “flat and fast.”
I’ll try to write an article from time to time, and I hope I’ll see many of you on my trips to Boston.
I went out to jog a 5-mile race in JP on Sunday and found halfway through that I was the 9th woman.
As much as I wanted just to cruise through, I couldn’t knowing that I was close to placing. So, I tried a bit harder, passed a few women and came in 6th woman and first in my age group. It gave me some of the motivation I have been lacking and a lot of pleasure! Not bad for someone who runs once or twice a week for 25 minutes!
Chuck Ferguson to Tom Derderian
It was great to hear your news about the valor of the GBTC boyz at Middlesex Fells. I also fought through the rain and wind this weekend to earn my first victory. After running almost exclusively in New England championship races and in races with big fields this year, I decided to test my mettle on Saturday, Oct. 19th in a local event, the Firefighters 8K Run for ALS, at Greenbelt, MD. The 8K course wound through a national park (luckily on pavement, considering the soggy conditions) with plenty of hills. Although my time of 28:52 was far from my best 8K or 5 mile time, I led the field from the first footfall.
My strategy was to start with a fast first mile (5:11) on a downhill section and to hang on for the remaining four miles. That first mile opened up about a 150 m gap between me and my closest competitor that lasted throughout the race. The previous year’s winner dropped out after about a mile, showing signs of illness (perhaps from the cold weather that we have been having). I took home a trophy and a gift certificate for a weekend for two at the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel.
This win gave me a great confidence boost. I thank you and GBTC for getting me to this point.
Carles Serra-Pages to Susan Richards
Thanks Susan and congratulations to you for qualifying for Boston.
It was cold!!!! — mainly before the start and in the open areas in Manhattan. I wasn’t concern about the time, but I guess it would be quite challenging anyway try to run faster when you have all the time people around that most of the time made you slow down. The water stops, and even worst the Gatorade stops were a jungle!
I was running with a guy that works with me and that we’ve been running together these last months, and he wanted to go faster the last five miles. The problem is that I run out of energy about four to go and despite we kept passing people, many were walking, I was dreaming about stopping!!!! Anyway I kept following the guy to the end and I really feel happy and “rested” when I saw the finish line.
Just back from running around Southern CA over the holidays. Got a chance to show the GBTC colors in a couple of local races in the San Diego area and had more than my share of chances to do some punishing hill workouts. It was a little like spending a week on the stair stepper. Flew out to San Diego Saturday 11/23, the following morning
I got up and headed just north of the city to Vista for a hilly 10K and a 7:30am start(yikes!); fortunately my body was still on EST.
Finished 1st in 35:41 (no thanks to a brutal 7 minute 4th mile, in fact the 4th mile was so steep the guy leading the race on a bicycle gave up and stopped). The following day I went for a nice cool run around Mission Bay in the city. Temp was in the 60s and 70s most of the time.
Tuesday me and the wife headed up to Laguna Beach where we drove up into Laguna Hills for a 5 mile run in the foothills on some fire access roads with great views in all directions. The next 3 days I ran from Torrey Pines beach UP into Torrey Pines Park and along the ocean cliffs down to Black’s beach and back. Many of the hills were a good 1 Mile long and STEEP but were always rewarded with a great ocean view and refreshing breeze. I was surprised to find so few people in such a scenic place to train in the AM, but I wasn’t complaining.
Wednesday night I hunted down the local running only store (‘Movin Shoes’) out on Mission Blvd. in the bay. It’s kinda like a small Marathon Sports. The first thing I noticed upon entering the store was some photos of a visit by Billy Rogers to the store in ’94 hung on the wall, as well as many running boom dated pictures similar to the Eliot wall. Cool place.
Sat 11/30 I entered the Hard Rock Cafe 5K in La Jolla, a rather ‘late’ 8am start. This was an extremely popular event attracting about 2 thousand entrants and had its share of short but steep hills as well, including one ‘character builder’ at 2.5 as the MC of the race was quoted as saying. I went out with the lead men in a 4:37 1st mile (What the hey, you only live once) but coming off my longest run of the week the day before, found myself fighting off the lead woman by the end, finishing 18th in 16:48. Some dude from Angola won in 14:40. The 1st female was right behind me in 16:52. It’s always fun wearing the GBTC singlet out of town , except I always feel a little bit like I’m expected to come charging off the starting line like Al Salazar or something.
See you at the track.
Up to 6 of 10 complimentary numbers to next year’s 101st running of the BAA Marathon will be awarded to current members, in good standing (membership dues paid), based upon the individual’s level of commitment and overall contribution to the club. This includes hosting of long runs, volunteer efforts for GBTC’s road races and track meets, volunteer work at other road races and events for which GBTC is paid a stipend, fund raising/development of sponsorship, active representation of GBTC in the running community, participation on GBTC teams, GBTC committee work, seniority, recruiting of new members, other club service, and so forth. The remainder of the numbers will be made available by lottery.
If you are interested in being considered for a number, please send a note (postmarked by December 16) to: ATTN: Numbers, Greater Boston Track Club, Post Office Box 183, Back Bay Annex, Boston, MA 02117-0183, or deliver a note to any board member by Thursday night, December 19. Board members are listed on page 3. Winners will be announced in early January.
Somerville Highlander Mile
Fenwick 5K Footfest
Johnny D’s 5K Road Race, Somerville, MA
|1.||Elaine Christy||18:29 (5:57) (17th overall?)|
Fresh Pond 2-1/2 Miles
Thomas Mitchell Memorial 5-M, Jamaica Plain, MA
|6.||Marianne DiMascio||38:40 (7:45 pace) (1st, 30-39 age group)|
Applefest Half Marathon
|145||Russ Miller||1:32:36 (17th 45-49)|
Tufts 10K, Boston, MA
10/14/96 (from the Boston Globe)
Fresh Pond 5 Miles, Cambridge, MA
Firefighters 8K Run for ALS, Greenbelt, MD.
15th Police Chase 5M, Boston, MA
19th Cape Cod Marathon
|248.||Susan Richards||3:45:14 PR (36/213, 30-39)|
Niagara 5 Mile, Upton, MA
Lynn Dare 5K
Rafferty’s 5 Mile, Marshfield, MA
27th New York City Marathon, New York, NY
|16,026||Carles Serra-Pages||4:26:35 (PR & 1st Marathon)|
Essex Turkey Trot 8K
Longfellow Run for the Art 5 Miles, Wayland, MA
|11.||Russ Miller||33:47 (6th, 40-49)|
Metheun Country Club Classic 5K
Franklin Park, 09/07/96
TRACCS Team Challenge 5K
Franklin Park, 11/23/96
Yankee Runner 5K, Governor Dummer Academy
Biefield, MA, 09/22/96
Lynn Woods, 10/06/96
On this sunny, crisp Sunday eleven Greater Boston men and three Greater Boston women plunged into the 2,200 acre municipal park in Lynn, Massachusetts for a fine race organized by the North Shore Striders.
The men’s course thrust up from the level of [another] Walden Pond (a man-made reservoir c. 1871) named after Edwin Walden a mayor of Lynn to the base of a 35 foot field stone tower on top of Burrill Hill built in 1936 as part of a W.P.A. project, then down rolling rocky hills close to Dungeon rock where Hiram Marble came in 1851 to search for pirate treasure and around Canadian hemlock groves to the steep trail to the 70 foot steel tower build in 1929 on top of Mt. Gilead. No runner found balm there. Then down through narrow trails studded with small glacial erratic boulders and Precambrian bedrock to the lowlands parking lot and its rag-tag finish line.
The women’s 2.5 mile course dealt mainly with the boulders and bedrock. After the race Andy Rogovin and family hiked off to find pirate treasure.
The women did better than the men: All finished in the top ten. The GBTC team finished second. Liberty Won.
|5.||Lisa Conboy||16:40, (1st 20-29)|
|7.||Joyce Denby||17:25 (3rd 30-39)|
|2.||Cambridge Sports Union||55|
|5.||North Shore Striders||110|
Boston Parks 5K, 10/13/96
At the Boston Parks 5km on October 13th, cross country new GBTC member Marc Mangiacotti proved that he will be a valuable asset to the club as he finished right with GBTC stalwarts Bill Newsham and Andy Rogovin. They ran about 16:40-50. Yo coach ran about a minute back. We also picked up another new member, Joe Kelley, thanks to Andy’s recruiting. Kelley ran between Yo coach and the fast guys.
|??.||Tom Derderian||no time|
HFC Middlesex Fells 5K, 10/20/96
The Diluvian Boyz
Our men’s cross-country team plotted to go to the Middlesex Fells with their strongest team and knock off the North Shore Striders. They did. Congratulations to all the men who made it possible by first showing up despite the hellacious storm and second completing a race that Noah would have shunned.
Rain fell so hard that yo coach starting building an ark. He wanted to fill it with two competitors in each track event. Really. It rained so hard that people tried to enter the race with kayaks and life jackets. Event organizers tried to relocate the rowing regatta on the Fells course because there was more water than in the Charles.
Vicious streams tumbled down the race course so vigorously that they churned up white water. The haybales along the course made dams in the path forcing the runners to jump out of deep water, over the soaked bales, only to plunge again into deep water. Slippery mud lurked at every turn. Still our boyz sloshed through.
|Greater Lowell RR||61|
|North Shore Striders||111|
|Cambridge Sports Union||132|
Mayor’s Cup, 5K women, 8K men
Franklin Park 10/27/96
Quick results collected and reported by Tom Derderian. I am pleased that every man who said he would come to race did so. I am pleased that nearly every man ran well.
Men — 17th team
Team Scoring: 487 (77 93 97 109 111 113 120)
Dedham, MA 11/03/96
The scoring was a bit muffled but in the end we came out victors. Thanks to the gritty performances by Bill Newsham (10th overall), Chris Hussey, Tom Guerrini and Chris Faddis the Red and Black took the crown. CSU had four ahead of us but one of them was a master thus they scored as a “mixed open.” Terry McNatt one the men’s individual and Lynn Jennings blazed minutes ahead of the women’s field.
Franklin Park: Cool and muddy 11/10/96
Men’s Masters 8K
Women’s Open and Master’s 6K
Women’s Open Team–6th
|86.||Claire McManus||26:12 (Master)|
|107.||Kay McDonald||30:12 (Master)|
|108.||Sandy Miller||30:18 (Master)|
|109.||Dotty Fine||30:20 (Master)|
Men’s Open 10K
|07||Brown University Open||Providence, RI||9:30 AM||Bob Rothenberg||401-863-2054|
|14||Harvard Open||Cambridge, MA||10:30 AM||Roland Davis||617-495-2218|
|19||Brown All-Comers||Providence, RI||8:00 PM||401-863-2054|
|26||Brown All-Comers||Providence, RI||8:00 PM||401-863-2054|
|02||Brown All-Comers||Providence, RI||8:00 PM||401-863-2054|
|04||Levine Classic (Brandeis)||Waltham, MA||2:00 PM||Bruce Bickford||617-736-3653|
|05||NJ USATF Chmp.(Lehigh)||Bethlehem, PA.||11 AM (w) 1 PM (m)||908-296-0006|
|09||Brown All-Comers||Providence, RI||8:00 PM||401-863-2054|
|10||Dartmouth – Masters||Hanover, NH||Carl Wallin||603-646-2848|
|12||Dartmouth Relays – Open||Hanover, NH||Carl Wallin||603-646-2848|
|12||SMAC All-Comers (Smith)||Northhampton, MA||4:30 PM||Bill Durkee||413-586-0687|
|19||GBTC Invit. (Harvard U.)||Cambridge, MA||Jim O’Brien||617-282-5537|
|25||Com’wlth Invit. (Harvard)||Cambridge, MA||Bill Clark||617-647-1221|
|25-26||BU Terrier Classic||Boston, MA||617-353-2911|
|26||SMAC All-Comers (Smith)||Northhampton, MA||4:30 PM||Bill Durkee||413-586-0687|
|31||Boston Indoor Games||Boston, MA||7:00 PM||Mark Wetmore||617-536-7030|
|**||Brown Masters Meet||Providence, RI||** Will Not Be Held This Year **|
|08||BU Valentines Meet||Boston, MA||617-353-9111|
|09||USATF Sub-/Masters||Hackensack, NJ||10:30 AM||908-296-0006|
|16||14th Boston/NY (BU)||Boston, MA||1:30 PM||617-566-7600|
|21||Metro USATF (Armory)||New York, NY||212-227-0071|
|22||Maine USATF (Bowdoin)||Brunswick, MA||1:00 PM||207-443-6171|
|23||USATF NJ (F. Dicken. U)||Hackensack, NJ||10:00 AM||908-296-0006|
|28-01||USATF Nationals||Atlanta, GA|
|07-09||World Indoor Champ.||Paris, France|
|09||USATF Eastern Masters (Armory)||NYC||212-227-0071|
|16||SMAC All-Comers (Smith)||Northhampton, MA||4:30 PM||Bill Durkee||413-586-0687|
|21-23||USATF Masters Nationals||Boston, MA||617-566-7600|
|22||CT USATF Champ. (Yale)||New Haven, CT||Bill Mongovan||203-322-1964|
|Reggie Lewis||200m||banked||6 lanes|
|Boston U.||200m||banked||4 lanes|
This is the only place to purchase your GBTC gear. Some items may be limited editions — when they are gone, they may never come back. Other items may be currently out of stock. We will order them as soon as we approach the minimum quantity amounts. Make sure you have your sweatshirt, a must for year-round wear. Add a hat and a bag to finish off the package.
A note on the official GBTC uniforms — The red singlet is only half of the uniform. The official uniform is when the singlet is matched with black shorts. Your taste in shorts may not be the same as the club’s inventory. Then, find the black shorts you like best. But remember, don’t just do half the job.
- GBTC Singlets: A must for one-per-year or one-per-week competitors. This Malden Mills hi-tech fabric breathes and feels dry in all weather. GBTC’s new logo in black and white and black side panels, complete the racing look. (Men’s and Women’s Sizes S,M,L) $20
- GBTC Shorts: Made from nylon, these black, full-split shorts are excellent on the track, trails or roads. Retaining no moisture, they are comfortable in all weather. They contain an elastic and drawstring waistband, as well as an internal key pocket. (Men’s and Women’s Sizes S,M,L) $15
- GBTC Briefs: All black briefs offer no wind resistance. Made from lycra, these briefs complement the racing singlet. (Women’s sizes S,M,L) $15
- Singlets and Shorts/Briefs: Buy the entire uniform and save $5. $30
- Long Sleeve T-Shirts: The 100% cotton shirt that is ideal for running eight months a year, and casual wear too! Red with GBTC’s new logo in white on the front and traditional logo on the back. (Unisex Sizes M,L,XL). $12
- Short Sleeve T-Shirts: 100% cotton like the long sleeve T-shirts, the short sleeve version is also red with GBTC’s new logo in white on the front and traditional logo on the back. (Unisex Sizes M,L,XL). $10
- Gloves: made of 100% cotton, in athletic grey with red lettering. They are so inexpensive that every runner should have several pairs (Sizes S,L). $3
GBTC Order Form
Name __________________________ Item 1__________________________ $ ________ Size Item 1 S M L XL Item 2__________________________ $ ________ Size Item 2 S M L XL Item 3__________________________ $ ________ Size Item 3 S M L XL TOTAL $ ________
Make Checks payable to the Greater Boston Track Club. Please return form to Mike Turmala to process your order.
|December 14||Indoor track meet at Harvard|
|December 15||Holiday Party at the Crossroads|
|December 16||BAA Marathon Number Request Postmarked|
|December 19||BAA Marathon Number Requests Delivered to Board Member|
|January 19||GBTC Invitational (Please run and volunteer!)|
|January 17-19||Bermuda Race Weekend|
Sunday, January 19
We need volunteers to help with our indoor track meet at Harvard, beginning at 8:00 AM. If you want to compete, you are welcome to take off from work to warm up and race. With sufficient volunteers, people may be able to work either a morning or an afternoon shift.
The meet begins with a 4 x 1-Mile Relay at 9:30 AM. There is a full complement of events with sprints, hurdles, middle distance, distance, weight events, and jumps. The last event, the 4 x 440-yard relay is scheduled for 4:20PM.
Thanks to our own cyber-wizard, GBTC member, Mark Tuttle, our email membership list is growing quickly. Currently we have 67 out of 142 members hooked up via the Internet. If you have an e-mail address and are not receiving club postings, then please register with me, Karl Hoyt. Tel. 617-242-3446 or zap me at email@example.com
(Runs begin at 9:00 a.m.)
|December 01||Sunday.||No long run.||End of Thanksgiving weekend.|
|December 08||Sunday.||Russ Miller||Sudbury||508-443-4739|
|December 15||Sunday.||Sherman Wallen||West Newton||617-964-0094|
Note: Please telephone long run host to let them know you are attending, plan the course, and plan for the post-run social.
Subsequent dates are open. If you would like to host a long run please call Lisa Conboy at 617-262-2270 (H) or 617-664-6653 (W).
|Ameila Free||Jamaica Plain||FO|
Sunday, December 15 at 6:00 PM
Crossroads Ale House
495 Beacon Street, Boston
(Corner of Mass. Ave and Beacon)
RSVP: Karen 617-349-4144 (8:30 – 5:30)
The Wingfoot Express a publication of the Greater Boston Track Club.
|Board of Directors|
|President||Bruce Bond||(617) 275.4982|
|Vice-President||Karen Crounse||(617) 783.9231|
|Treasurer||Jim O’Brien||(617) 282.5537|
|Clerk||Sandy Miller||(617) 923.0754|
|Board Member||Betty Bourret||(617) 397.8553|
|Kirsten Keating||(617) 489.7230|
|Kristin Mattocks||(617) 723.7971|
|Susan Richards||(617) 437.6557|
|Gary Snyder||(617) 536.6797|
|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
The Wingfoot Express is the newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club, Inc. Publication is semi-monthly. Any material submitted for publication will appear at the discretion of the editorial staff. Please send any inquiries or material for publication to:
Greater Boston Track Club
ATTN: Wingfoot Express
Post Office Box 183
Back Bay Annex