Wingfoot Express, January 1998

Twenty-four Years & Still Running

The Wingfoot Express

Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
January 1998

 


GBTC Teams Place 5th and 7th in Road Race Grand Prix Series

In a real turn around from the 1996 standings, the GBTC men’s open team placed 5th with 31 points in the 1997 Road Race Grand Prix Series sponsored by the USATF-NE. GBTC has been awarded a total of $225. The men’s team earned $150 and the women’s team $75 for their efforts in the race series.

There were 35 teams in the men’s open division. The GBTC male racers scored points in every Grand Prix race this season. Last year the men accumulated 7 points by participating in 4 events and ended up in 12th place.

The GBTC women’s team placed 7th out of 19 teams. They scored points for 6 of the 7 events for a total point score of 15. The total for the series last year was 7 points in 4 events for 11th place. This is a dramatic improvement over GBTC’s scoring and participation in 1996.

Congratulations to every GBTC runner who participated in any of the Grand Prix events. Bravo!! Let’s do even better in 1998. The men’s master’s team ends up in 12th place out of 26 teams. The men’s 50+ team is in 9th place out of 18 teams but 7 of the teams are also in 9th place with only 1 point. The women’s masters team with 2 points is tied for 11th place out of 15 teams.

The complete final results compiled by the USATF-NE office is enclosed with this edition of the Wingfoot.

Final Road Race Grand Prix Club standings:

Men’s Open TOTAL PTS
CMS 61
GLRR 53
BAA 45
WHIRLAWAY 45
GBTC 31
Women’s Open
BAA 58
CMS 53
GLRR 47
BRC 37
CSU 32
NMRC 15
WHIRLAWAY 15
GBTC 15

 


GBTC Women Win New England Cross Country Series

It’s official from the USAT&F office: Greater Boston Track Club women have won the New England Cross-Country Grand Prix for 1997.

The final standings for the women.

  • GBTC, 38
  • Winners’s Circle, 34
  • Central Mass Striders, 18

The GBTC men placed second.

  • Merrimac Valley TC, 35
  • GBTC, 28
  • Cambridge Sports Union, 24

Congratulations to all the GBTC women and men who participated! See results on page 10 for details

 


Veltri in National Cross Country Championships

Joanna Veltri participated in the National Cross Country Championships in Portland Oregon on December 7th. She ran extraordinarily well at the windy, cold, rainy, muddy, long, national cross country meet. See the places to know just how tough this race was. Note how far ahead of other local runners is Joanna’s time. Next year we’ll take a whole team to Orlando Florida!

70 30:07 Joanna Veltri Greater Boston TC
82 55 30:21 Mary Lammi Central Mass. Strdrs
91 61 30:34 Jennifer Lincoln Central Mass. Strdrs
98 64 30:45 Kelly Liljeblad Boston Running Club
101 66 30:57 Jill Gaitenby Boston Running Club
103 68 30:59 Sally Perkins Central Mass. Strdrs
116 76 31:29 Amory Rowe Central Mass. Strdrs

 


President’s Column

Gary Snyder

I have always enjoyed reading President Bruce’s columns, even with a bit of envy at his skill in conveying his enjoyment of and commitment to the club. Now, I find myself on the other side of the pen. Thank you, Bruce, for providing leadership through example for the entire club, the New England running community and myself.

Along with other board member, I begin 1998 with great enthusiasm and anticipation. 1998 is the Silver Anniversary of the Greater Boston Track Club and I am proud to serve this milestone year as its’ President. Recently, there has been a sense of excitement around the club which is evident in the atmosphere at races, meets, and workouts and is also infusing Wingfoot articles. The excitement is due in part to opportunities, new and exciting opportunities for improvement and growth. We can realize these opportunities if everyone participates in club activities. I encourage everyone to accept a role this year so that 1998 is a year to remember.

My personal vision for 1998 is two fold:

Membership: Presently, membership fluctuates between 150 and 175. In 1997 this level of membership was sufficient to stock team races and provide individual runners who were very successful. However, at many Grand Prix events our coaches scrambled to field a GBTC team for certain categories, sometimes substituting a less competitive runner at the last minute to “just to field a team.” A larger membership base would improve the racing situation as well as the workouts, the number of volunteers and the financial condition. I believe we should build GBTC membership to 200 during 1998.

Quality: The Greater Boston Track Club should be the BEST in the Boston area. We do not need to be the biggest, the fastest, the most competitive, or have the best parties to be a high quality club. We can attain a GREAT reputation by improving all aspects of Club activities such as workouts, coaching, meetings, finances, clothing, and events. We will know that the club is achieving its goals when people say “You run for GBTC, that’s a GREAT Club.” Improving quality simply requires focus and effort. I will work with the Board to provide that focus in 1998.

Finally, on behalf of the entire club I want to thank Bill Durette for his outstanding coaching of the women’s team. The club will miss Bill’s support and caring both on and off the track. The club will meet on February 4th to thank Bill.

 


GBTC Board Meetings

The next GBTC Board of Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. Board meetings are open to all GBTC members. If you are interested in attending, please call Betty Bourret at 781-397-8553.

(Letters to the editor are welcome. Your opinion is important! Please address all correspondence to: betty_bourret@immunogen.ccmail.compuserve.com or Greater Boston Track Club, ATTN: Wingfoot Express, PO Box 183 Back Bay Annex, Boston, MA 02117-0183.)

 


Club Happenings

GBTC Invitational Track Meet

The GBTC Invitational Track Meet will take place on

 

SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 1998

at the Harvard University track. Volunteers are needed all day.

 

Volunteers should contact Mike Urquiola at 617-933-3924 or urquiola@mediaone.net.

Volunteers are needed starting at 7:30-8:00 AM and continuing up until 4:30 PM, but this is flexible. If you have other commitments you can volunteer for half a day (8-12 or 12-4) or if you want to compete that can be accommodated as well. If you’ve done a specific task in the past that you would like to continue doing , please volunteer to do it! Please respond via email or phone.

1998 is the 25th Anniversary year for the Greater Boston Track Club. Let’s start the new year with a successful event.

For further information or comments, please call GBTC Meet “hot line” 617-282-5537 or E-mail Jim O’Brien, Meet Director, Jim-OBrien@Juno.com.

Long Run Schedule

Compiled by Frank Monkiewicz Please contact Frank if you are willing to sponsor a Sunday morning long run: frank@cambridgephoto.com or 617-868-9000, or 617-547-3434.

Jan 18 GBTC Track Meet no long run
Jan 25 Russ Miller 5 Ridge Rd. Sudbury 508-443-4739
Feb 1 Mike Turmala 37 Gurney St. Cambridge 617-491-7285
Feb 8 Carmen Danforth 38 Hillcroft Rd, Jamaica Plain 522-2981
Feb 15 Bob Ward 236 Rawson Rd. #5, Brookline 566-1734
Feb 22 Erin Cullinane 382 Riverway, #6, Boston, MA. 617-734-2943.
Mar 1 Hugh Jessup 56 Columbus St, Newton 244-1524
Mar 8 Sean Mullan 66 Katherine Rd. Watertown 926-5346
OR Stu’s 30K (18.6 miles) Road Race
Mar 15 Frank Monkiewicz 196 Lexington Ave, Cambridge 547-3434
Mar 22 Sara Smith 164 Pemberton St. Cambridge 868-6711.
April 5 Michelle Parks Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (617)787-8926
April 12 Elizabeth Golluscio 213 Harvard St. #2l, Cambridge 864-0207

Party

Come and join us to say good-by and good running to Coach Bill Durette. Join us to thank him for his years of coaching GBTC runners.

 

Wednesday, February 4th
Crossroads Restaurant
405 Beacon Street, Boston
6:30 pm.

RSVP by February 1.

Sandy Miller (617) 923-0745
Karen Crounse (617) 783-9231
Doug Burdi (617) 628-2190
Dotty Fine (617)247-3804

BAA Marathon

The following runners will represent GBTC in the 102nd running of the BAA Marathon on April 20, 1998.

The lottery winners: Elizabeth Golluscio, Russ Miller, Jane Fiordalisi, Rachel Loughran, Garret Tingle, Sean Mullan, Stefanie Alfonso. Based on Service: Betty Bourret, Lisa Frank, Doug Burdi, Geof Grossbeck, Hugh Jessup, Michelle Parks, Mike Urquiola, Bob Ward, and Mike Wyatt Train long, train hard, run your best! Good Luck!

GBTC Embroidered Sports Tops for Sale

I have the GBTC embroidered sports tops in hand. Any woman in the club who is interested could have one on a “first come, first served” basis. I do have one extra medium top , and I could end up with 3 others. The tops are red and embroidered with the GBTC initials in white. They are Speedo brand. The cost is $15. Anyone interested should email me at jrapaport@bostech.com or call me at 781-224-8057(work), or contact me at the track workouts. Thanks , Jennifer Rapaport

Hotline for Members

Please note that in addition to using the club’s hotline for new member recruiting, it will also be used as a means of updating members on special notices such as long run schedules, upcoming Grand Prix events, changes in practice location (moving to the indoors), special events (Members’ night at the Thirsty Ear Pub), and other club business. The GBTC Hotline is 617-499-4844.

Track Workouts

GBTC club members are encouraged to attend the track workouts held at the M.I.T indoor track on Vassar Street in Cambridge, every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome at the track. Afterwards we socialize with pizza and beer at the Thirsty Ear pub. Bring a friend who is interested in running. It is a great way to entice them into joining the club.

NOTE: To attend the indoor track workouts you must inform Gary Snyder of your intent and mail a $40 check to the GBTC. The club is charged $40 per person by MIT for the use of the indoor track. When the check is received your name will be added to the track roster and you will be admitted on Thursday nights. There will be a guest pass available if you would like to invite a friend.

NOTE: GBTC is only allowed on the track at 7:30 pm. Please be warmed-up before 7:30. Be ready to run on the track at 7:30.

NOTE: There is an alternative track workout at the Reggie Lewis track at Roxbury Community College, (Roxbury Crossing T- stop on the Orange Line) on Tuesday nights at 7:00. To attend these workouts you must notify Coach Tom Derderian, (617) 846- 2902. The fee for use of this track is $60 for 3 months. The entrance pass may be obtained at the track on Tuesday by seeing Keith McDermott before 7 pm. Cards can also be bought on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 8 pm at the track office. This card allows you to use the track 6 days a week, 7am-10pm with some exceptions. There are lockers and showers. To use Reggie Lewis you must also have a USATF card ($15.00 / year). An application is enclosed with this Wingfoot or available from the USATF office, 617-566-7600.

1998 USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series

You must have a valid USATF card to represent GBTC in these races. The cost is $15/ year. An application is enclosed with this Wingfoot.

DATE RACE SITE
3-15-98 Law Enforcement Half Marathon Melrose, MA
5-2-98 CHIPS Challenge 5K Manchester, N.H.
6-13-98 Market Square Day 10K Portsmouth, NH
7-28-98 Newburyport 10M Newburyport, MA
9-7-98 Around Cape Ann 25K Gloucester, MA
10-4-98 Ro-Jacks 8K Attleboro, MA
10-25-98 Cape Cod Marathon Falmouth, MA

GBTC Warm-Ups

You will be green with envy when you see GBTCers wearing the new warm-ups. The suits are Bill Rogers-style nylon running outfits. They are windproof and water resistant (not waterproof.) The pants are black. The jackets are black with the red and white GBTC logo and colors. The jackets have detachable hoods.

The whole outfit costs only $55!!

You’ll be looking sharp in these threads and of course you’ll go much faster, too. Don’t be the last member to get one!

If you are interested or want more information call Mike Turmala@ 617-354-3454

City Runs

 

(Note change of night)

Not interested in track work outs? Training for a marathon? Then join the City Run group that runs from the MIT indoor track every Thursday night.

The City Run is offered as an alternative for those members not interested in doing a track workout but still desiring the fellowship of the club. Runs are on the river and through Boston, usually taking 45-65 minutes (moderate pace) and cover 6-8 miles. Afterwards we socialize with pizza and beer at the Thirsty Ear pub.

If you’re interested, meet at the MIT indoor track at 6:45 pm. If you have any questions call Susan Richards at (617) 437-6557.

Members Night

 

(Please note change of night)

The second Thursday of the month is Members Night. New and old members are encouraged to come and work out at the MIT track or take a run around the river, then join your fellow runners at the Thirsty Ear for pizza and beer for a mere $3.00. GBTC merchandise will be for sale and board members will be available to hear your much needed input on the club. If you are a new member use this night as an opportunity to meet other club members and introduce yourself to the coaches. For veteran members use this night to introduce a friend to the club or re-new old friendships. If you can only come to the track one night a month make it MEMBERS NIGHT!

 

February 12th, March 12th

 


Results

Ocean State Marathon

Tom Dererian

The Greater Boston men’s team gathered their highest placing in the New England Road Race Grand Prix on November 9th in the Ocean State Marathon run from Narragansett to Warwick, RI placing third by a heart-breaking 7 seconds.

MEN OPEN teams,

  • 1. 7:40:11 WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM
  • 2. 7:56:36 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
  • 3. 7:56:43 GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB
  • 4. 7:59:11 GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUNNER
  • 5. 8:14:55 BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
  • 6. 8:16:40 TRI-VALLEY FRONTRUNNERS
  • 7. 8:53:36 NORTH MEDFORD CLUB
  • 8. 8:59:50 CAMBRIDGE SPORTS UNION
  • 9. 9:10:16 MERRIMACK VALLEY STRIDERS
  • 10. 9:20:32 GREATER SPRINGFIELD HARRIERS
  • 11. 9:39:39 BOSTON RUNNING CLUB

In the marathon Jim Pawlicki ran a brilliant first marathon placing 11th. Tough old man Tom Cotter placed 20th. Jesse Darley and Arnold Seto reached the half way in 1:15 and 1:18. At 18 miles the wind and rain reduced them to walking. They gathered themselves and staggered to the finish. The GBTC team beat a lot of good teams including the Boston Marathon winning BAA team.

GBTC Ocean State Marathon results:

  • 1. 2:20:15 Tesfaye Eticha, Ethiopia
  • 2. 2:20:56 Francis Wanderi, Kenya
  • 3. 2:25:41 Nivaldo Filho Whirlaway
  • 11. 2:33:35 James Pawlicki, GBTC
  • 20. 2:40:27 Thomas Cotter, GBTC
  • 24. 2:42:41 Jesse Darley, GBTC
  • 33. 2:50:23 Peter Schworm, GBTC
  • 40 2:53:18 Chris Elgar GBTC (New Recruit)
  • 52. 2:57:18 Arnold Seto, GBTC
  • 81. 3:02:50 Tom Guerrini, GBTC
  • 89. 3:04:03 James O’Leary, GBTC
  • 92. 3:04:15 Bruce Bond, GBTC
  • 101. 3:05:49 Sandeep Patel, GBTC
  • 186. 3:16:54 Alex Caracuzzo, GBTC
  • 554. 3:52:40 Karen Crounse, GBTC
  • 788. 4:21:0 7 Michelle Parks, GBTC
  • 854. 4:33:20 Hugh Jessup, GBTC

1067 finishers from 1500 entrants. Many runners did not finish. Congratulations to all the GBTCers who raced!

Run For New Year’s Day

1-1-98, Waltham, MA.

Very cold, breezy, hilly. 375 finishers.

  • 1. Jason Burke 21:40
  • 2. Suzanne Walmsley 22:26 BRC
  • 3. Chris Hussey 22:35 GBTC
  • 4. Bill Newsham 22:41 GBTC
  • *18.Hank Gediman 23:54 CSU

Notes: -Suzanne Walmsley passed me at 2 miles and continued to bury me. She’s tough! -Bill could easily bury me but was very kind on this day.

*Good guy Hank Gediman now has his 47th win in the 50+ division and has until February to make it 50 race division win’s in one year!

-Chris Hussey

GBTC Thanksgiving results

New GBTC runner Dara Zall ran second in the women’s division in the Ocean Spray downtown Boston 5 miler in 30:49. She’ll be a great addition to our women’s team.

Brian Beaulieu beat his long time friend Jason Euzukonis for the first time in 7 years by passing him in the latter stages of the Andover, MA Feaster Five. Brian ran 28:37. In the Feaster 5K Adrien Grise ran 18:25, Jennifer Rapaport ran 18:35 and new 800 meter man Ben Pease ran 19:24.

YMCA Globe Santa 5K+ Road Race

West Roxbury, Ma.

130 runners. $1100+ for Globe Santa! 35`F and windy!

  • 1st overall men Chris Hussey 17:00
  • 1st overall woman Julie Donohoe-Hussey 20:39

Yuletide Stride 5 Miler

12-7-97

  • Dottie Fine 37:42 First Senior

GBTC Season-to-date Track Performance List

200 meters
Kevin Russell, 22.35, Ist place, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97

400 meters
Kevin Russell, 50.76, relay leg, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
Eric Sherry, 52.74, open, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
Adrien Giese, 53.73, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97

800 meters
Bill Newsham, 2:04.17, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
Adrien Giese, 2:09.17, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97

Mile
Brian Beaulieu, 4:47.59, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
Tom Derderian, 4:56.07, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97

3,000 meters
Tom Derderian, 10:06, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97

4X400 relay
3:57 Russell, Sherry, Giese, Derderian

 


Kevin Russell: Hero of Harvard

Tom Derderian

During 1997 Greater Boston had teams in all the Grand Prix road and cross-country races so for this first indoor meet I wanted a track relay team, but from the outset, I knew there were problems. First, one of the five potential members defected to the BAA. That left four men capable of racing 440 yards in the mile relay. They were Kevin Russell, a long-time GBTC runner making a revival with a plan to move up to the 800 meters, young Eric Sherry,18, of Woburn, Adrien Giese who had won the mile in the Bay State Games, and Ben Pease, a recent graduate of Miami Ohio. I worried about each guy, but for a different reason.

Russell, last competed in the Bay State Games where he placed 3rd in the 100 meters, but pulled up lame in the 200 semi and could not continue. At Harvard I worried that he might do the same in the 200. Sherry is young and plagued with all the blessings and problems of being young. Giese is strong and dependable having come off a reasonable cross-country season, but unused to running a 4X4 relay. Would he drop the baton, run out of his zone, or flub the hand off? I worried. All I wanted is for a GBTC team to finish and appear in the final results.

At the track Eric ran well in the open 400 with a 52 and Adrien Giese ran what for a miler off a cross-country season is zippy, 53. Kevin won the 200 meters looking splendid in his Greater Boston singlet. It was heartwarming to see a GBTC runner winning. Kevin Russell seemed to do so with ease and grace. He made a 22 sec 200 look easy.

But where was Ben Pease? Time passed. The relay was the last event of the meet, but no Ben. Eric Sherry had seen Ben in line at the movies to see Scream II. Was he too frightened to show? The meet moved along with smoothness and got 45 minutes ahead of schedule. The announcer called for relay teams to check in. You have to have 4 different runners present to check in. No one else from the team remained to fill in but me. So for the first time in my life, I entered a 4×4 relay. During my 30 years running track for good reason no one had ever asked me to run on a relay team. But I hoped Ben would arrive like the cavalry to save me. I hoped to the last second. Kevin ran lead off leg in the fastest second. He snatched the immediate lead. Clearly he was the class of the field. He handed the baton and a big lead to Eric Sherry. Eric kept the lead and handed off the Adrien Giese.

I had a fit. I did not want to get the baton in the lead of the entire race! I hadn’t realized that our team was so good. I looked to the door for Ben Pease to rescue me from humiliation. (I had to do it because I am so cheap that I didn’t want to waste the $10 entry fee) I got the baton in the thick of things.

Runners flew by at the speed of light. I didn1t go 100 meters before I ran in last place. On my second lap I saw Ben Pease come in the door. As I finished people politely applauded. GBTC went from first to last. We did actually officially finish a team. So we accomplished that goal. But I would rather have done it with a real sprinter instead of a gray hair old coot who never was a sprinter, and never will be, a sprinter.

 


GBTC Ironrunners

USATF-NE has just annouced the “Ironrunners” from this year’s Road Race Grand Prix Series. There are seven (7) GBTC runners listed. To qualify as an “ironrunner” each runner had to complete the 7 designated Grand Prix road races. Distances vary from 5K to the marathon with the series first race in March to the last race in November. These are indeed special runners. Congratulations to

 

Bruce Bond
Karen Crouse
Tom Guerrini
Hugh Jessup
Jim O’Leary
Michelle Parks
James Pawlicki

These runners will receive special awards from the USATF-NE .

 


Thankgiving Day Race in Stoneham

Mike Uriquola

I was looking for a low key race on Thanksgiving Day and found it. Eschewing the crowds at Feaster Five and Ocean Spray, I lined up with 40 – 50 other brave souls at Spot Pond in Stoneham. After a careful analysis of my competition I figured I’d be a cinch for the top 10. Taking off at my usual 6 min pace for a 5 miler, I quickly found myself in second place on the shoulder of the leader.

I assumed I’d gone out too fast and decided to relax and stay with the first guy, a quick glance around and no one is with us, weird. About two miles in we hit a moderate hill, I hit the top feeling fine, my running partner is not so fine he sounds like he needs an inhaler. Being an unmerciful guy, I decide to go hard, fortunately the biggest hill on the loop is around the corner and I shook him quickly. Now I’ve got 3 miles to go, and I’ve never led a race since high school, I don’t even remember what it is like to run alone in a race. All of my worst fears start to jump into my head, I went out too fast, everyone is gaining on me, I’m just a pretender up here in front. Fortunately none of it was true, and probably caused me to push harder. I finished first 1 minute ahead of the second place finisher, and it felt cool, even if it is only for a tiny meaningless race which no one will remember but me. BTW time was 29:05 for 4.8 miles about 6 minute pace.

Our favorite specialty running store owner, Tony Palotta, who is also an 800 meter runner, was kind enough to organize this low key event in Stoneham. It reminded me of the old time races where the race was for the runners rather than some charity or another. No entry fee, lots of good cider, donuts and bagels, and even some leftover T- shirts. What a bargin.

 


Member Profiles

Written by Karen Crounse

 

Sara Smith

When I first met Sara, I was drawn in by her friendliness, warmth and depth. A member of the GBTC since the beginning of last summer, she immediately became an active member, volunteering at various events and running not one, but two legs in the Lake Winnipesaukee relays. Her perseverence and wonderful attitude has been a welcome addition to the women’s team.

Sara grew up in Seattle surrounded by family, including her Mom and Dad, two brothers, grandparents and various dogs. College brought her to the east coast, where she attended Brown University, majoring in cultural anthropology. After graduation, she worked at the Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles, followed by the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. A lover of nature and the outdoors, Sara also worked for a rafting company that sponsored trips through the Grand Canyon, traveling with the company on two trips.

If that’s not enough adventure, Sara found herself back at school in Seattle, attending the University of Washington for graduate studies in Anthropology. Her research focused on Nigerian textiles and the language of Yoruba, a language spoken by a cultural group in Nigeria. Her interest in textiles was peaked during her undergraduate years when she lived in Mexico with her great aunt, an artist who collects Native American textiles and masks. As part of graduate her studies, Sara traveled to Nigeria. She also lead a high school bicycle trip in Zimbabwe, where she biked for three months.

After completing graduate school, Sara decided that she enjoyed researching and working to create educational exhibits for museums. She applied and received a grant to preserve her grandfather’s photo collection containing photographs from the turn of the century. Through a conference, she made connections and freelanced to help create an interpretive center for King County, the county in which Seattle is located. She moved back to the east coast, Cambridge, in particular, where she now works for a company, planning, researching and designing museum exhibits all over the country. Her recent projects include work on a new music museum on Seattle, an Aquarium in Long Beach and various exhibits for the National Park Service.

Where does running fit in? Sara has been running three miles, three times a week since 10th grade. Although she loves to bike, hike, ski and generally enjoys the outdoors, she has never played sports competitvely. She decided to push herself physically and made the commitment last summer to complete a fall marathon. She joined the GBTC to help her prepare, as well as to meet other runners. Sara’s training went according to schedule and, last fall, she finished the Marine Corps Marathon feeling proud, happy and confident. Although she is currently recovering from a stress fracture, she is looking forward to her next marathon.

Sara’s goal for running is to keep running, and incorporate long runs into her regular regime. As with all of us, she is hoping to improve her speed, but staying healthy for life is more important. She speaks of running as very peaceful, reflecting on “long country runs on the weekend.” Other core elements of Sara include country music and a love of swing dancing and dogs. In fact, she hopes someday to own a dog. In addition, now that her running goals are under control, her next life goal is to sing with a group of people. I know that I, for one, can’t wait to hear her.

 


The Puzzlers

Created and edited by Karen Crounse

 

Zeno’s Paradox

Achilles is racing against a tortoise. Achilles can run 10 meters per second, the tortoise only 5 meter per second. The track is 100 meters long. Achilles, being a fair sportsman, gives the tortoise a 10 meter advantage. Who will win ?

 

Answer

One Solution: When Achilles begins, he is 10 meters away from the tortoise. After 1 second, he runs 10 meters, but the tortoise runs 5 meters, so the distance between them is 5 meters. After the next 1/2 second, Achilles runs 5 meters, the tortoise runs 2.5 meters, so the distance between them is 2.5 meters. After the next 1/4 second, Achilles runs 2.5 meters, the tortoise 1.25 seconds, so the distance between them is 1.25 meters. After the next 1/8 second, Achilles runs 1.25 meters, the tortoise runs .625 meters and theh distance between them is .625 meters. Continuing along this vein of reasoning, althought the distance between them becomes infinitely small, Achilles never catches up to the tortoise. How can this be?

Another Solution: Calculating the solution mathematically, Achille’s reaches the tortoise in 2 seconds, and passes him to win the race.

The Moral of the Story: Just in case, don’t give anyone a head start. You never know when Zeno could be in the crowd…

 


Ode To The Ocean State

Due to pressure at the Thirsty, I have broken down and decided to bore the ENTIRE CLUB with my account of Sunday’s devastation, commonly referred to as the Ocean State Marathon (written Monday morning)

here i am
molded to a computer chair
not wanting to rise,
to cringe
so i sit, wasting time, writing mass email messages i’ll face the pain later.

why the pain, you ask?
jesse’s first marathon, i answer.
yesterday.
The Ocean State Marathon.
Naragansett to Warwick, Rhode Island. A piece of advice:
choose your marathon in a state with at least one significant dimension (width, length, doesn’t really matter).
this avoids the shock of opening a road atlas and discovering: I’M RACING HALFWAY ACROSS THIS FU-DIPPIDEAN STATE!

just make the best of it

saturday dinner at bertucci’s
what is this? my 4th or 5th carbo-loading meal? even i am reaching my pasta limit
angel hair sprouting from my head.
my Greater Boston Track Club team drags its collective belly back to the Comfort Inn.
the remote clicks and clicks as we listen to one smiling geek
after another warn small crafts of the gale-force winds in
Naragansett Bay. you might disagree, but i probably qualify as a
small craft.
so off to slumber with visions of headwinds and cold rain flooding our heads.

just make the best of it

marathon morning
the Comfort Inn spangled flag points stiffly to the south-west. at least i know the direction to the starting line.
i’m the designated driver this morning. bad choice.
i repeatedly resist the urge to swerve in front of oncoming traffic. the easy way out.
my coach’s hand hovers above the wheel. ohhhh, my back, i whine
no sympathy
we arrive at Naragansett High School safely.
murmers of negative splits and polypro wind their way through the porta-pot line.
i wait my 20 minute turn for a 3.5 second release of (euphemistic) nerves. an 8 minute warmup and vaseline slathering session
and we’re ready
to begin (i’m still talking about the marathon).
ready to make the best of it

the first six miles are conservative, full of nervous energy i resist the urge to fly away along the windy coastline.
up the hills, a small pack breaks away. just my pace, i think, as i follow.
at 9 miles, “just my pace” becomes, “what was I thinking”
i back off as we crest the 10 mile mark, the high point of the course. Jim moves up to my shoulder and we begin to cruise.
now i am breaking the wind, something i hoped to avoid. no choice anymore, though.

at 15 i am feeling great.
smooth, even miles.
i pull away from Jim and move towards two specks ahead of me.
feeling good
17 miles
hmmmmm
hello hamstring
ah, don’t worry about it jesse, just a temporary thing
i replace thoughts of withering muscles with Freddy King tunes.

18 miles
road construction
hello other hamstring
hello quad
hello other quad

i don’t check my split at 19.

just make … …. .. it

i stop and stretch
this boy has hit the wall
it took several hours to work that stucco imprint off of my face. Jim streaks by me.
“What’s the deal?”
“I’m done,” I say, “finish strong.”
hope he heard me ok, considering the Doppler Effect.

remember those days in the sandbox?
digging tunnels, building HUGE hills for our Hot Wheels? Well we pretended they were huge.
Yesterday they warnt pretend.
small inclines bordered on ridiculous.
i tried not to cross the lines in the road, for climbing those built up paint layers felt like summitting McKinley.

Seven miles of “good job. you can make it!” starts to wear on you. one guy actually understood my plight:
“only 1 1/2 miles more and this disaster will be over.” did i mention i slowed down quite a bit?

well i finished.
somewhere around mile 21 i vowed never to run another marathon.

next week i start training for Boston ’98.

well, this message is turning into quite an endurance event itself. thanks for bearing with me.
I hope everyone is safe and warm.

as always,
jesse

(Jesse Darley was inspired to write this after running 2:42:41 to place 24th in his first marthon at the Ocean State Marathon.)

 


What Athletes Need to Know About Nutrition and Injuries

Sad but true, being injured is part of being an athlete. Not surprisingly, injured athletes have numerous questions and concerns about nutrition as it relates to healing. Often, they attempt to pump their bodies with super nutrition, similar to pulling out the fire engine in an emergency situation. While enhanced post- injury nutrition does not result in rapid healing, eating well every day of training is a wise bet. That way, if you do get injured, your body will already be in great nutritional shape. The following article answers the nutrition questions injured athletes commonly ask. Hopefully, you are healthy and don’t need these tips. But when and if your injury comes, you’ll know the best nutritional attack.

Q. “I broke my leg in a skiing accident. If I start drinking more milk will the bone heal quicker?”

A. No. Most bones take 6 to 10 weeks to heal. Period. Extra calcium will not speed the process. But adequate calcium is important; be sure to eat at least 3 calcium-rich foods per day (cereal/milk+lunch/yogurt+dinner/milk). Hopefully you have already invested in optimal bone health by feeding your body plenty of calcium pre-injury. The teen years are particularly prime times for enhancing bone strength. (Unfortunately many teens drink more Coke and Pepsi than milk.) Thoughout your lifespan, be sure to maintain bone strength with a strong calcium intake. This advice goes for men as well as for women. Few men recognize that osteoporosis can be a problem for men who live older than 70 years.

Q. “Should I start taking vitamins to help recover from knee surgury?”

A. You do need good nutrition to enhance postsurgical healing. But vitamins are only one little piece of the nutritional picture. Minerals such as iron and zinc enhance healing, as does protein. Your best bet is to first eat wholesome foods; they can supply the nutrients you need. Given that many breakfast cereals, snack foods, and energy bars are vitamin-fortified, you may already be consuming far more vitamins than you acknowledge. Reading food labels can give you helpful information about the amount of vitamins in your standard food choices. Instead of rushing to buy vitamin supplements, first buy piles of colorful vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach. (One small stalk of broccoli provides the recommended intake of Vitamin C, a vitamin that enhances healing.) Other vitamin- rich foods include oranges and all citrus fruits, kiwi, and cantaloupe; mineral-rich foods include lean meats, yogurt, and milk. Hopefully, you have been routinely eating these foods pre-injury so your body is already in great nutritional shape.

Q. “My stress fracture hasn’t healed in 6 months. Could my vegetarian diet be slowing the healing process?”

A. Unlikely, if you are eating a balanced vegetarian diet that is rich in tofu, beans, nuts, and other plant proteins. But if your vegetarian diet is simply a meatless diet that lacks alternate proteins, YES! The deficiency of protein-and the companion nutrients iron and zinc-may not only slow healing, but also may have triggered the poor bone health that preceeded the stress fracture. Among active women, protein deficient “vegetarian” diets (such as the bagel & pasta diet) can contribute to amenorrhea (loss of the menstrual period). This results in reduced bone density and a higher risk of stress fractures. Note that amenorrheic women runners have a 4.5 times higher risk of getting stress fractures than do their regularly menstruating peers. If you are concerned about the adequacy of your vegetarian diet, your best bet is to get a nutrition check-up with a registered dietitian. (Call 1-800-366-1655 for a referral to a sports nutritionist in your zip code area.) This nutrition professional will be able to help you consume not only enough protein, but also iron, zinc, and calcium-all nutrients involved in bone health. Hopefully, you’ll do this before you get a stress fracture!

Q. “I’m afraid I’ll gain weight now that I’m injured and can’t exercise the way I like to…”

A. According to weight control theory, the more you exercise, the more you’ll eat ; the less you exercise, the less hungry you’ll be and the less you’ll eat. But life factors easily confound this simple system and some athletes do gain weight because they eat for reasons other than hunger. For example, an injured athlete who meets up with his teammates for dinner (after they have worked out) may eat just as much as they do-which could be 600 excess calories for him. Many active people equate weight gain with lack of exercise, but I often equate it with stress. That is, weight gained with injury generally relates to injury-created stress and unhappiness. Injury is a good time to learn that your body won’t get fat on you. If you eat when you are hungry and stop when you are content, you won’t gain weight. Just be sure to use food for fuel, not for entertainment or lifting your spirits. (Note: you may gain some weight if you are very underweight-but you’ll also get healthier.)

Important: do not severely restrict your food intake when you are injured. Your body needs adequate nutrition to heal your injury. Eliminating healthful foods hinders the process. Be wise!

Nancy Clark, MS, RD provides personal nutrition consultations at Boston-area’s SportsMedicine Brookline. Her Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 2nd Edition is available at bookstores. Or, send a check ($20) to Nutrition Materials, 830 Boylston St.#205, Brookline MA 02167.

 


Cross country

GBTC at USATF-NE Cross Country Championships

Boston, MA

November 16, 1997 in snow and mud. Joanna Veltri shined in the cold muck to GBTC stardom on this day. She ran fiercely against CMS nemisis Amory Rowe. Jennifer Rapaport ran a terrific race to slop into 19th place. Dung Nguyen showed great promise for coming track performances with her strong finish close to the experienced Julie Donohue. The GBTC women won the Cross-country Grand Prix by beating Winner’s Circle in this race.

Women’s 6017 Meter Results

1 Lynn Jennings Nike 20:48.00
12 Amory Rowe CMS 23:28.00
13 Joanna Veltri GBTC 23:33.00
19 Jennifer Rapaport GBTC 24:05.00
67 Julie Donohue GBTC 27:13.00
69 Dung Nguyen GBTC 27:22.00
83 Susan Richards GBTC 28:56.00
89 Cynthia Hastings GBTC 32:50.00
91 Melinda Casey GBTC 36:04.00

Women’s Open Team Results

1 Central Mass Striders Total time: 1:58:49.0
2 Boston Running Club 1:59:39.0
3 Boston A.A. 2:04:17.0
4 Liberty A.C. 2:06:53.0
5 University at Albany 2:08:42.0
6 Greater Boston TC 2:11:09.0
7 Winners Circle RC 2:13:28.0
8 Cambridge Sports Union 2:14:58.0

Men’s Open 9855 Meter Results

Only great and courageous runners showed up to run 6 miles through snow and muck. The ankle deep mud had been churned up by 8 previous races. Deon Barrett let the GBTC men in a tactally brillant race eating up ground on his nemisis Dave Gagnon of Merrimack Valley. Soon to be master Andy Rogovin proved his toughness as he slopped past many fustrated mud splattered youngsters. Adrien Grise looks like he is getting a good back ground for indoor track. New Memeber Brian Beaulieu ran his best race yet in representing the club. Dino wandered around after the race in shock that so many runners could run so fast in such difficult conditions. Dino placing in the penultimate position his now the honnor of being the worst of the best. In your typical road race Dino would have beaten a couple of thousand runners. But here in this New england Championship, he beat one guy. Dino, welcome to the elite! Tthe men’s team took second in the New England X-C Grand Prix.

1 Mike Donnelly NB/C TC 31:15.00
63 Deon Barrett GBTC 34:37.00
89 Andy Rogouin GB TC 36:01.00
93 Bill Newsham GBTC 36:28.00
97 John Blouin GBTC 36:45.00
05 Adrien Grise GBTC 37:37.00
110 Brian Beaulieu GBTC 38:38.00
120 Mike Uquiola GBTC 39:24.00
121 Chris Hussey GBTC 39:29.00
134 Dino Konstantopoulos GBTC 44:39.00

Men’s Open Team Results

1 Reebok Enclave Total time: 2:40:15.0
2 Central Mass Striders 2:42:43.0
3 New Balance/Coastal TC 2:42:33.0
4 Atlanta TC 2:47:26.0
5 Boston A.A. 2:49:31.0
6 Greater Lowell RR 2:52:16.0
7 University at Albany 2:55:38.0
8 Boston Running Club 2:56:32.0
9 Merrimack Valley Stride 2:55:56.0
10 Cambridge Sports Union 2:59:05.0
11 Greater Boston TC 3:01:28.0

Men’s Masters 7935 Meter Results

Big master’s news is that Dan Dillion is back running for GBTC. Dan was on the GBTC team in 1979 that won the National Cross-country championships with an all-time low score. That team included Alberto Salazar, Bobby Hodge, Greg Myer, Randy Thomas, while olympians Pfitzinger and Bickford did not score for the team…neither did yo coach who as a mere 2:19 marathoner was the worst guy on the team. Dillion has run 28:04 for 10,000 and made 8 USA world cross-country teams and placed 12th in the world. Perhaps GBTC can field a splendid masters team next year with Dillon and Rogovin.

1 John Barbour Greater Lowell RR 27:28.00
23 Tom Derderian Greater Boston TC 30:40.00
25 Dan Dillon Greater Boston TC 30:49.00
41 Bruce Bond Greater Boston TC 33:27.00
50 Karl Hoyt Greater Boston TC 35:41.00
58 Gary Snyder Greater Boston TC

Middlesex Fells 5km HFC

On the same day at a almost the same time the GBTC men’s and women’s cross-country teams raced in the Middlesex Fells 5km HFC race in Stoneham, MA with the women winning and moving into first place in the Grand Prix cross-country standings. 5 km cross-country

Men

  • 1. Joe Rocha, Merimac Valley, 15:49
  • 6. Deon Barrett, GBTC, 16:34
  • 8. John Blouin, GBTC, 16:43
  • 18. Adrien Grise, GBTC, 17:17
  • 21. Chris Hussey, GBTC, 17:36
  • 31. Brian Beaulieu, GBTC, 18:12
  • 35. Mike Urquiola, GBTC, 18:22
  • 40. Jack Bruke, GBTC, 18:54
  • 50. Dino Konstantopoulos. 20:40
  • 55. Ted Bowen, GBTC, 20:31
  • 72. President Gary Snyder, 24:42

Women

  • 1. Joanna Veltri, GBTC, 18:39
  • 2. Jennifer Rapaport, GBTC, 18:42
  • 13. Julie Donohoe, GBTC 22:25
  • 15. Rachel Schanor, GBTC, 23:51
  • 16. Cynthia Hastings, GBTC, 24:02

A few details about the race: by Mike Urquiola

  • The conditions were cold, wet, muddy and fairly miserable, what you would typically expect for any self respecting cross country race. There were a number of puddles, slips, and a few falls.
  • I had a great battle with Henry Finch from CSU who edged me by 1 sec at the finish after 2 miles of give and take. I edged him by 1 sec at the Mayors cup.
  • Deon thought the race was 5 miles not 5k so he started his move just as the finish came upon him.
  • Joanna beat arch nemesis Roche from Whirlaway.
  • Jennifer finished a mere 3 seconds behind, X-country wonder Joanna, proving that she has not quite given up the reins of top GBTC woman.
  • Dino awoke 25 min before the start and jumped on the starting line with no warm up and a bleary eyed look after a night of gallivanting with his chums.
  • Sandy has been nominated the official Clothes Holder of GBTC…do Ihear a second ?
  • I confidently took Dino, Joanna, and Jennifer on a long cool down after the race on a trail, I explained, that I knew well, only to realize 27 min into the run that I didn’t know where I was and made the somewhat humbling decision (both as a trail finder and member of the male species) that we should turn around. This really was a tremendous turn out on a rotten day, the goals on this day were first to get out the door, second to not get injured and lastly to finish respectably. And luckly everyone who competed was successful.

The official team scores for the HFC 5km

Men:

  • Merrimack Valley, 29
  • Cambridge Sports union, 61
  • GBTC, 84
  • North Shore Striders, 96

Women:

  • GBTC, 141
  • Liberty 149
  • Winner’s Circle, 173

 


GBTC Grand Prix Final Standings

Stu’s 30K, Newburyport 10M, Salem 10K, Brewery Exchange 5K, Lake Winnipesaukee Relay, Ro-Jacks 8K, Bay State 1/2 Marathon, Ocean State Marathon

Mens Open

  • JESSE DARLEY 57
  • JAMES PAWLICKI 54
  • BILL NEWSHAM 27
  • PETER SCHWORM 25
  • JAMES O’LEARY 23
  • THOMAS COTTER 22
  • TOM GUERRINI 21
  • ARNOLD SETO 15
  • BRIAN HARE 15
  • DOUG BURDI 14
  • ANDY ROGOVIN 13
  • JOHN BLOUIN 12
  • MICHAEL URQUIOLA 12
  • ALEX CARACUZZO 11
  • JACK BURKE 10
  • DINO KONSTANTNOPOULOS 10
  • MICHAEL WYATT 10
  • MOULAY ESSAKALLI 10
  • DEON BARRETT 7
  • CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY 7
  • STEPHEN NATHANS 6
  • SANDEEP PATEL 6
  • GEOFFREY GROESBECK 2
  • CARLES SERA-PAGES 2

Mens masters

  • BRUCE BOND 76
  • TOM DERDERIAN 28
  • MICHAEL TURMALA 17
  • KARL HOYT 10
  • JIM O’BRIEN 10
  • BILL DURETTE 10
  • SHERM WALLEN 10
  • BOB HUNTLEY 8
  • FRANK MONKIEWICZ 8
  • Mens seniors
  • HUBERT JESSUP 65
  • ROBERT WARD 54
  • RUSS MILLER 30
  • GARY SNYDER 24
  • BOB SULLIVAN 20
  • DICK NICKERSON 10

Women’s Open

  • KAREN CROUNSE 68
  • SUSAN RICHARDS 52
  • MICHELLE PARKS 50
  • CARMEN DANFORTH 26
  • JENNIFER RAPAPORT 20
  • REBECCA PADERA 20
  • BELINDA CRAGO 20
  • JOANNA VELTRI 18
  • JOYCE DENDY 17
  • SARA SMITH 13
  • DUNG THI NGUYEN 10
  • SUZANNE OWEN 10
  • KRISTIN MATTOCKS 8
  • JULIE DONOHOE 7
  • LISA FRANK 6
  • HEATHER MOORE 4
  • ELIZABETH GOLLUSCIO 1

Women’s Masters

  • CLAIRE MCMANUS 30
  • JEAN SMITH 28
  • SANDY MILLER 20
  • KAY MCDONALD 10
  • JUDY PRUIT 10
  • RACHEL SHANOR 10
  • LIZABETH BOURRET 8

Women’s Seniors

  • DOROTHY FINE 30
  • JOYCE LYONS 10

 


GBTC Track And Field Grand Prix

Jon Berit

The following are the current stats for the 1997/98 Track and Field Grand Prix. The points for the performances in parenthesis are obtained from the 1992 Hungarian Tables in use by the IAAF. There are no points for the 55m dash or 600m. The winner of the series will be the highest total of their top 15 performances for both men and women.

MEN

200m
Russell 894(22.35), 824(22.8)

400m
Sherry 734(52.74)
Giese 685(53.73)
Bowen 467(58.65)
Reardon 465(58.70)

800m
Newsham 686(2:04.17), 665(2:05.12)
Sherry 624(2:07.05)
Giese 581(2:09.17)

1000m
Giese 744(2:37.84)

1500m
Derderian 494(4:34.60)

Mile
Beaulieu 569(4:47.59)
Derderian 495(4:56.07)

3000m
Pawlicki 665(9:09.76)
Floyd 640(9:14.77)
Reardon 603(9:22.43)
Newsham 462(9:54.0)
Derderian 413(10:06), 337(10:26.14)

WOMEN

200m
Miller 378(35.72)

1000m
Zall 600(3:28.37)

1500m
Veltri 849(4:47.70)

I will start maintaining the stats beginning with the Harvard meet. Please e-mail me results, preferably with FAT times. I do not need places only performances. In the past, I have included meets that are open to everyone with no entry restrictions, ie Harvard INV, Brown meets, Dartmouth Relays, GBTC Indoor, NE champs, open meets at BU. I don’t include the Boston vrs New York meet because that’s by invitation only, nor do I include the out of the way meets at the end of the season, like the Maine TAC meet. However, if the majority think I should include everything, please drop me a line.

Jon Berit (Jon.Berit@haledorr.com)

 


The Coach’s Corner

The Magic of the Mile

Tom Derderian

The mile race is the magic middle of distance running. From the marathoner to the 800 meter sprinter the mile is the measure. The mile combines speed and endurance into one event. To race the mile you have to have trained your speed abilities by training your anaerobic, cellular energy delivery systems as well as your aerobic, mitochondrial, energy systems. The mile is the biological best, or maybe the worst, of both worlds: you gotta be fast and you gotta be strong. Speed and strength is key in every running event from 800 meters to the marathon but in the mile, they balance. That is why I think that mastering the mile is essential to success in all other running events up to the marathon. If you want to race faster from 800 meters to the marathon, you must start by training to race a faster mile.

The Extremes of the Mile

Tom Derderian

Since the mile race is the magic middle of distance running it pulls together the extremes of racing. Those extremes are what we will visit in training. We will train to run with the patience of a marathoner, cool, cruisin’, mellow and we will train with the full flight, fright, and fight of the ferocious long sprinter. We are training to race which takes a great deal of illogic, risk, and aggression. If I were a personal trainer trying to get you in shape to feel good and look good in a bathing suit for your winter vacation on a Caribbean island, our training would be logical, safe, and mild. (You would also pay me a lot of money.) But we are training to beat the runners from other clubs. Who cares how we look?

For most GBTC runners training until February 1st will center on learning to run a fast mile. The key date for showing off your mile racing ability will be January 18th at the GBTC invitational at Harvard. If you want to race faster from 800 meters to the marathon, you must start by training to race a faster mile.

Successful racing is as much a matter of attitude as it is of fitness and pace. In 600’s you can practice running fast but relaxed as you would in the early stages of any race. Conserve energy. Learn to use only the muscles and movements necessary. In the 300 you pull out all stops and run fast and hard and learn to live through the discomforts. These are the feelings you’ll have in a race when you surge or sprint. Understanding these discomforts enables you to beat the other runner.

Hard training is safer off a larger mileage base. Today’s training depends on what you have been doing for the last 6-8 weeks. If the answer is little or nothing, then hard training today will result in failure to adapt, thus rendering today’s effort a waste of time. So before you try to run hard intervals on the track get your distance base. To help with your distance base you can go out along the river with the city runners then come into the track to jump into one or two of the intervals that you can use to become familiar with a faster pace. After you have a full distance base you can join in for an entire interval workout.

Remember: hard interval training without a proper distance base will only be fruitless torture.

Track schedule

What follows is the GBTC indoor track schedule. It is a terrific series of meets. They range from all-comer development meets and our own meet in which all club members of any ability are welcome to restrictived world-class meets. In terms of mile time the elite meets will require that you be close to a 4 minute miler before allowing your entry. Those meets we should go to watch since they will attract world-class fields. See me if you have interest in any of the development or open meets. We can talk about events, training, and transportation. We should aim to have our best performances at the USAT&F New England Championships at Brown on Feb 8th and our largest number of participants in our own meet on Jan 18th.

Greater Boston Track Club Indoor Track Schedule:

  • Jan 18, GBTC Meet, Harvard, Cambridge, here we need a sea of red shirts
  • Jan 31, Feb 1, Terrier Classic, Boston University (Men Sat, Women Sun) Fast track!
  • Feb 8th, USAT&F New England Championships at Brown, here we should have maximum participation
  • Feb 14th, Valentines Invitational, Boston University, this meet will give you an an excellent chance to run quickly on a super fast track.
  • March 27-29, National Masters Championship, Reggie Lewis, Boston, Andy Rogovin’s big day!

Elite meets:

  • Jan 24, Commonweath Invitational, Harvard
  • Jan 30, Boston Indoor Games, Reggie Lewis Track
  • Feb 20, Commonweath Invitational, Reggie Lewis

Message from Reza Rahman

The club received the following message from Reza Rahman, who ran with and for the club until quite recently.

From: socrates@WarpLink.com
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 11:12:13 -0800 Subject: hello to everyone!!!

hello,

It’s been a while that I have left Boston, and since then I have been traveling, from Asia to Europe. It was a lot of fun!! I have been to France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Barcelona, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, and of course, Bangladesh – to see my folks. After a few months of traveling, I was tired and exhausted. Currently, I am living in St. Catharines, near Niagara Falls, Canada. I have recently started working for a non-profit organization called, Brain Injury Community Re-entry. I am their Clinical Social Worker. I do mostly individual and family counseling with ABI (Acquired Brain Injured) population.

St. Catharines is a beautiful place to live. It’s surrounded by lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Niagara-on-the-lake has some beautiful running trails, fresh fruit farms, and vineyards. Aside from its scenic beauty, Niagara-on-the-lake produces a large quantity of fine wine. Pace of life is very slow compared to Boston. I have joined a little running community, and we are in the process of setting up some long distance runs on Sundays. “Because of the escarpment on the south, and the lake-effects, we enjoy relatively warmer weather!” ..at least, that’s the word among the running community.

Anyway, if you are coming up this way, please contact me. We do have a fall marathon – Niagara Falls Marathon. The course runs along some beautiful trails, and finishes at the base of the horseshoe, right around the corner from the majestic falls. Please keep me posted aabout GBTC, perhaps VIA e-mails…..

Cheers, Reza 🙂

 


The Holiday Party

Comments by S. Claus

The party was well attended by both recent and long time GBTC members. The beer flowed, the food was consumed and everyone appeared to have a good time. The names of the Iron People in the USATF-NE were announced and everyone applauded. GBTC warmup vests were awarded as special awards to the Club Grand Prix winners These vests were so nice, that folks wanted to order some but of course, theirs will not say GBTC Grand Prix winner! GBTC Prez, Gary Synder, thanked both coaches for their efforts in 1997 and presented each with a check of appreciation. He also thanked Bill Durette for his years of support and coaching for GBTC. The final team standings for the USATF-NE Grand Prix and Grand Prix X-C were announced. People got to see the tee shirts designed for those members who have recruited new members of GBTC, as they were handed out to several folks who have been recruiting. And then the beer flowed, the food was consumed and everyone appeared to have a good time.

 


Letters From Bill Durette

Dear GBTC Runners:

For some time I have anguished with the decision about whether or not to continue as the women’s coach for the GBTC. I have decided to leave the position because I do not feel that I have enough time to devote to the club to adequately serve all your needs and meet my own comittments. It has been a difficult decision because I have enjoyed the job, particularly the friendships that have developed and working with you to improve your running. The board has taken steps to advertise the position and anyone interested should let them know.

Thank you, Bill Durette

Dear GBTC Members:

As you know, I announced to the club several weeks ago that I was leaving as a coach. At the Board’s request I agreed to stay on until a new coach could be found so that there would be a smooth transition and some continuity for you. For those of you who were at the track last Tuesday, December 11, you know that I announced that evening it was in effect my last night coaching for the club. Gary Snyder told me in the lo bby before practice that the Board of Directors requested that I step down as coach by the end of the month of December. I was also informed that the track will be closed next week and during the following two weeks practice is not expected to be held due to the proximity of those dates to Christmas and New Year.

I am concerned that some of you may have wanted to discuss your running, other matters,or just had the opportunity to say good bye before I left. If given the opportunity I would have preferred to have had more time to prepare myself and you for this transition. If I may be of any help to you please send me an e-mail to which I will respond or feel free to give me a call at home at 617-484-9262.

Bill Durette

 


Personal Notes

Claire Mcmanus

Hi all,

I finished the marathon in Dublin in a time that reflects preciselythe type of training season I have had: 3h 35m. So it wasn’t exactly gallant but I knew that before I even lined up for the race so I was resigned to it – and pleased that the bloody thing was over. I had 98 messages to read this morning after vacation- half of them must have been from GBTC – so I am well informed. Hopefully I will see you at XC on 11/16 – or better still at Doyle’s afterwards.

claire mcmanus (Reprinted here from e-mail message 11-13-97)

Susan Meyer

Date: Tue, 18 Nov 97 (e-mail message reprinted)
From: “Susan Meyer” <Suealyce@classic.msn.com>
Subject: Running

I am a runner from New York and I have stumbled on extraordinary sports nutrition products that you may be interested in. If so send me your address and I will forward a catalog to you. The company is IDN and the supplements, protein bars, gycogen bars and fluid replacement products really work better than anything else I’ve used. S. Meyer

Runners Challlenge

Tri-Sports Promotions sponsors a year long Triathlon and Duathlon Challenge where participants send in finished race distances each month. At the end of the year, athletes are placed in levels based on total miles completed. Each participant will receive a wooden plaque based on the level obtained and also a certificate of participation. We have been asked to provide a “Runners Challenge” for 1998 where total race miles completed are used to determine level achieved. There will be a $20 registration fee but no additional charge for the plaque or certificate of participation. For more info. e-mail at assetm@worldnet.att.net Bill Davis

Davis Pan

Davis Pan (pan@crl.dec.com) and his wife had a baby: “Cecelia and I are happy to announce the birth of our son, Alexander Jeffrey Pan. He was born at 12:31am, on January 4, 1998, weighing in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. His mother and father are both exhausted, but deliriously happy.”

The Million $ Bonus

The New Balance athletic shoe company has extended through the 1998 calendar year the offer of a million dollar bonus to any American runner who can break the men’s or women’s marthon national record. The records are 2:08:47 for men and 2:21:21 for women. If both a man and a woman break the record in 1998 they will each win $1 million.

 


Club contacts

The GBTC USATF-NE Club Number is 016.

The GBTC Hot-line number is (617) 499-4844.

The GBTC mailing address is: Greater Boston Track Club, PO Box 183, Back Bay Annex, Boston, MA 02117-0183.

To change your information (i.e., address, phone number, etc.) on the GBTC membership roster, send a note to Karl Hoyt at the GBTC address listed above or contact him via e-mail at karlhoyt@compuserve.com.

 


E-Mail addresses for the GBTC Board of Directors

Tom Cotter and Dotty Fine are on the board but not on this list because they don’t have email addresses. Additionally, the phone numbers of the directors and coach are listed on page 2. Please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the board with your questions, suggestions and concerns.

 


Publication information

The Wingfoot Express, a publication of Greater Boston Track Club

  • Editor in Chief and Publisher: Betty Bourret
  • Associate Editor: Karen Crounse

Board of Directors

  • President, Gary Snyder, (617) 536-6797
  • V. President, Bruce Bond, (617) 275-4982
  • Clerk, Sandy Miller, (617) 923-0745
  • Treasurer, Jim O’Brien, (617) 282-5537
  • Karen Crounse, (617) 783-9231
  • Betty Bourret, (781) 397-8553
  • Michelle Parks, (617)787-8926
  • Doug Burdi, (617) 628-2190
  • Dotty Fine, (617)247-3804
  • Moulay Essakalli, (617)576-6220
  • Tom Cotter, (617)576-1167
  • Mike Urquiola, (617)933-3924

Event Directors

  • GBTC Invitational: Jim O’Brien, (617) 282-5537
  • GBTC Relays: Ron Spangler, (617) 720-2376
  • Heart and Sole 5K: Mike Turmala, (617) 491-7285

Coach: Tom Derderian, (617) 846-2902

Director of Public Relations: Susan Richards, (617) 437-6557

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. Publication is semi-monthly. Any material submitted for publication will appear at the discretion of the editior. Please send any inquiries or material for publication to: Greater Boston Track Club, ATTN: Wingfoot Express, PO Box 183, Back Bay Annex, Boston, MA 02117-0183.