The Wingfoot Express
Table of Contents
- Club Happenings
- Annual Meeting
- Weekly Workouts
- Holiday Party
- BOD Meeting Dec 8
- XC National Championships Dec 6th
- GBTC Harvard Invitational Jan 23rd
- NE Indoor Championships Feb 18th
- Grand Prix Road Race Series 2000
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Help out at the Holiday Party
- Volunteers needed for GBTC Invitational
- Support our athletes for the National Cross Country Championships
- Complimentary Marathon Applications
- MIT Indoor Track Cost
- Noble and Greenough Cancelled
- Is there an Ironman on the track?
- Welcome New Members
- LA Running
- Hello from Western Mass
- Guinness for Strength
- New Member Bios
- Meet Glen Mays by Tom Derderian
- Fall Marathon Stories
- “Robichaud nails Hartford Mrthn, qualifies for Boston. Ward pulls distance stunt again.”By Mike Olivo
- Cam Dauler Runs Chicago
- Mark Reeder at Bay State
- Mike’s Cape Cod Marathon story – “disaster at sea” metaphoric version
- Touring NYC by Foot by Erin Cullinane
- Nutrition News
- Road Results
- Cross-Country Results
- GBTC Runs Wild at New England Championships by Rob MacDonald
- Club Happenings
The club held its annual meeting at Ashdown House on October 12. The coaches’ awards went to Maria Sun for organizing the sprinters and to Bob Ward for racing and volunteering for nearly every club event. The track grand prix winners were Livvy Williams and Dave Cahill.
The new board of directors is comprised of Doug Burdi (Vice President), Dave Cahill, Melinda Casey(Public Relations), Erin Cullinane(Wingfoot Editor), Greg MacGowan, Sandy Miller, Jim O’Brien (Treasurer), Mike Olivo (Clerk), Jim Pawlicki, and Gary Snyder (President). After the meeting, members gathered at our favorite watering hold, The Thirsty Ear Pub, for more important business: pizza and beer.
Indoor Track at MIT: Tuesday’s at 7PM at MIT Indoor Track on Vassar Street, Cambridge. Members meet in the lobby by the hockey rink.
Indoor Track at Reggie Lewis: an advanced group will train at Reggie Lewis in Roxbury. Advanced means
“graduate level” runners. Those who have been on HS and College teams at the varsity level and are training to race indoor track.
Sprinters at BU: The sprint and jumping crew will train at BU with Dave Callum.
Coaches: Tom Derderian 617 846-2902, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Ron Glennon 617 773-6955, email@example.com
River Runs:Judy Gutry coordinates weekly Tuesday night river runs. Plan to meet Tuesday nights at 7:15 in the lobby at MIT’s hockey rink, which is in the same building as the track (upstairs). This is a run for everyone as we break into several groups according to time. No one will be running alone and EVERYONE regardless of your time is most welcome to participate. We’d love to see some new faces.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail Judy Gutry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-731-0152
December 12: GBTC Holiday Party will be held at the Muddy Charles, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Mass at 6PM. Parking on Memorial Drive. By T: Take Green line to Hynes Convention Center or Red Line to Kendall.
Please consider bringing a dessert or appetizer–contact Erin for more info at 617-789-4012 or email@example.com.
December 8: Board of Directors meeting 7PM at the Mt. Auburn Club, Watertown, Mass.
December 5: XC National Championships, Long Beach, Calif.
January 23: GBTC Invitational Indoor Track Meet, Harvard University Indoor Track. Contact Jim O’Brien at 617-282-5537 for more info.
February 18: New England Indoor Track Championships, Reggie Lewis Track
2000 Grand Prix Road Race Series:
1/2-marathon: Law Enforcement Half-Marathon, Melrose, MA – 3/12/2000
12K: Bedford Rotary 12K, Bedford, NH – 5/20/2000
10K: Market Square 10K, Portsmouth, NH – 6/10/2000
20K: Bedford Lions 20K, Bedford, NH – 6/25/2000
5K: Brewery Exchange 5K, Lowell, MA – 9/10/2000
8K: RoJack’s Run, Attleboro, MA – 10/1/2000
Marathon: Cape Cod Marathon – 10/29/2000
Looking for a committee to help organize the holiday party. Contact Erin for details at 617-789-4012 or seem me at the MIT track on Tuesday.
Volunteers needed for the GBTC Invitational. Please contact Jim O’Brien.
Support our athletes for the National Cross Country Championships in Long Beach, California Consider a small donation to help fund our athletes as they represent GBTC at this important event. You may send in a donation of your choice to ATTN: Donations, GBTC, P.O. Box 183, Back Bay Annex, Boston, MA 02117.Your support is greatly appreciated.
The GBTC teams to the National Club Championships in Long Beach California
will be composed of the follow splendid athletes:
Katie Carda (If she wishes and we can raise some more money)
Talk to these folks at track to find out how they are preparing for this exciting event!!
Complimentary Marathon Applications
As in previous years, the Board anticipates signing an agreement with the BAA to receive complimentary applications (qualifying standard has been waived) for the 2000 Boston Marathon. In return, the GBTC will agree to certain provisions including: (1) the applications will not be used for wheelchair athletes or athletes under the age of 18 years, (2) the applications may not be transferred to other parties, or sold, auctioned, used as awards, or distributed in any other manner, (3) runners must adhere to the noon start and cannot start the race prior to that time, and (4) that the GBTC will not allow or encourage athletes to run as unofficial or “bandit” runners.
Numbers will be made available to current members in good standing* and who have not already attained the qualification standard for their gender/age. As in previous years, the numbers will be awarded in two groups. The Board will give priority to GBTC runners that have shown high levels of club service. At least one-half of the numbers will be granted based upon the individual’s level of commitment and overall contribution to the club. The remaining numbers will be awarded by a lottery drawing.
*(membership dues must be paid and new members must have joined the GBTC prior to July 1, 1999)
If you are interested in being considered for a number, please send a note postmarked by November 30, 1999 to:
Greater Boston Track Club
P.O. Box 183,Back Bay Annex
Boston, MA 02117-0183
You may also deliver a note to any board member by Nov. 30, 1999
To be considered for service, include a brief outline demonstrating your past/present commitment to the club. This includes, but is not limited to:
hosting long runs, volunteering for GBTC’s road races, track meets, 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, committee work, seniority, recruitment, etc.
Only provide your name for the lottery. Those not selected based on club
service will automatically be included as a lottery candidate.
Winners will be announced at the holiday party on December 12, 1999
Board Members: Doug Burdi, Melinda Casey, Erin Cullinane, Dave Cahill, Jim Pawlicki, Mike Olivo, Greg MacGowan, Sandy Miller, Jim O’Brien, Gary Snyder
MIT Indoor Track Cost(from Gary Snyder)
The club has been approved to begin the indoor season on November 16th.
The cost is $35 per person, which the club will advance. MIT also requires a roster to be submitted so please let me know so I can include your name. Get the cash in via the usual methods.
Noble and Greenough Cancelled(from Karl Hoyt)
It was with careful thought and great displeasure that we canceled this year’s meet. The Noble & Greenough campus is under a major construction phase. The athletic fields and gym, from which we stage the start and finish, are one big hole. The outer woods loop has been cleared to install new athletic fields. The school official’s were nudging us to cancel this year’s event and after seeing the scope of the construction project we agreed with them. We are quite confident that next year, with the completion of the construction and the installation of a new cross-country course, we will again enjoy one of New England’s finest cross-country meets. Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, November
5,2000. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. Karl Hoyt
Is there an Ironman on the track?
Mike Olivo achieved Ironman status for completing the 1999 Grand Prix Race circuit. Congratulations Mike! When are you going to wear that sporty jacket to track?
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Michael DeCoste Duxbury, MA MO
Barrett Smith Somerville firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitch McVey Cambridge email@example.com MO
Laura Headrick Waltham firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Gutry Chestnut Hill FS
Glen Mays Jamaica Plain email@example.com
Rueben Carrizosa West Roxbury firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Harrison Somerville email@example.com
Alex Donnelly Brookline
Jeny Wegbreit Cambridge firstname.lastname@example.org
Nate Oyster Brighton email@example.com
Marcia Thomas Somerville firstname.lastname@example.org FO
Mark Tompkins Newport, RI email@example.com
Noah Kraut Cambridge firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Fitzgerald Waltham email@example.com
Rod Hemingway Somerville firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Lewthwaite Somerville email@example.com
Adam Towvim Cambridge firstname.lastname@example.org MO
Matthew Rhoades Cambridge email@example.com
Craig Zingerline Somerville firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Suda Boston email@example.com FO
For past two weeks I’ve been traveling, including 4 days in NY where I ran Central Park every morning. Beautiful to see early fall in dear old New England! Now, back, with a 3 day weekend, I got back to the dry Santa Monica Mountains and beach for two terrific long runs. On Saturday, I ran in what’s becoming on of my favorite places, Topanga
State Park, up a longish set of hills, past outcroppings, past lots of dry sages/bay trees/euclayptus, reaching the headwall of the first range of mountains from the ocean. Once on top, the view was immense. A thousand feet below was the surf. In far distance across the ocean, the outlines of the Channel Islands. In the other direction, the sprawl of
LA basin, swept clean by this year’s hot, 50 mph Santa Ana winds. Total silence. Lots of birds, hawks. Powerful site. Returned, enjoying the downhills, dodging rocks, passing mountain bikers, enjoying sunset colors, casting long shadow over sun hardened ridges. Total about 8-9 miles.
Then, Monday, afterwork, went to Santa Monica beach, flat, next to beach, surf, sun going down. LAers flock to beach for daily sunset rituals, but still empty and distant. S.M. Pier busy, neon ferris wheel keeping time in distance, terric urban space jutting into ocean, running easily about 12 miles through sunset and early dark.
You can contact Hugh at 10993 Bluffside Drive, Apt. 2218, Studio City, CA 91604.
Note from Editor: Hugh, your address has been updated and the Wingfoot is on its way!!
Hello from Western Mass
I just saw your web page and I am glad to see the GBTC is alive and well. I
am living out in Western Massachusetts working as an Educational Technology
Consultant for the Hampshire Educational Collaborative. It is a new job.
Prior to that, I was working as a third grade teacher in Amherst for 7
years. I have been running off and on during that time. Right now I have
started up again I think for good barring any injuries. I ran my first race
in a long time a few weeks ago considerably slowly than in my hey day. But
I enjoy running still especially through the woods of Conway. It was good
to see some of the old names – Sandy Miller, Dotty Fine, Jim O’Brien. All
my best. Come visit my personal web page at http://www.javanet.com/~jheffern/.
-John Heffernan, former GBTC member and President
Guinness for Strength
As some of you know I have relocated to Dublin, Ireland. I’m still working for Sun but my new contact information is:
29 Merrion Strand
011-353-012698185 (Home) (from U.S.)
011-353-018199176 (Work) (just 8199176 if in Dublin)
If you’re in Dublin, give me a call and we’ll grab a few pints of the real stuff!
Glen Mays: The Inside Story
Who is Glen Mays? Other than our current number 2 guy? What’s he done? He has a record. Here is his running biography as supplied to us by the Greater Boston Track Club publicity department. If you want to know the details you have to catch up with Glenn at practice and ask him…like why are you here in Boston? (He’s a grad student, but you can ask him about his field of study.)
Glen Mays Running Bio
Prep: RJ Reynolds High School (Winston Salem, NC 1984-88)
1987 NC High School 4A Cross Country Championships: 2nd place
(15:47 for 5k)
1988 3200m NC High School 4-A Outdoor Track Championships: 1st
College: Brown University (Providence, RI: 1988-92)
1990 Heptagonals Cross Country Championships: 8th place (2nd team
1991 Heptagonals Indoor Track Championships: 3rd place 14:21
1992 Heptagonals Outdoor Track Championships: 5th place 30:17
IC4A Indoor Championships Qualifier at 3000m and 5000m (1991,1992)
IC4A Outdoor Championships Qualifier at 5000m and 10,000m (1991,1992)
3000m indoors: 8:23
5000m outdoors: 14:21
10,000m outdoors: 30:08
Post-Collegiate Personal Records
1 mile road: 4:19 (Franklin Street Mile, September 1998, 8th place)
5,000m track: 14:21 (UNC Blue Heaven Invitational May 1998, 2nd place)
5,000m road: 14:24 (Pirate Chase 5k, November 1998, 2nd place)
8,000m road: 24:06 (Crazy Eights 8k, July 1998, 9th place)
10,000m road: 29:56 (Phoenix New Times 10k, November 1993, 12th place)
Half-marathon: 1:07:23 (Georgetown Half Marathon, August 1994, 2nd
Marathon: 2:27:13 (Greensboro Marathon, November 1994, 1st place)
1997 USATF Fall X-C National Championships: 88th place
1997 USATF Half-marathon Championships: 18th (1:09:14)
1998 USATF Fall X-C National Championships: 34th place (30:17)
1994 Colorado Road Racing Grand Prix: 1st
1997 North Carolina Road Racing Grand Prix: 1st
Fall Marathon Madness
We’ve had a busy fall running 26.2’s. Thanks for sharing your marathon stories with us.
“Robichaud nails Hartford Mrthn, qualifies for Boston. Ward pulls distance stunt again.”By Mike Olivo
With forty minutes to go before the start, the steady rain and 45 degrees
Fahrenheit made things look bleak for Nicole Robichaud’s shot at a 3:40
marathon. But with fifteen minutes to go, the rain which was forecast to
end mid-morning had its spigot shut off early. So she and the GBTC
contingent of runners ditched their extra duds at the gear drop-off and
headed for the 8 a.m. start of the Greater Hartford Marathon and Half
Marathon on Saturday, October 9, 1999. The wind slowed to a crawl and the
clouds held to overcast the course until it was three quarters over. When
the sun did come out, the breeze picked up and kept things cool.
So it was that Nicole kept her cool, despite a seven-lanes-down-to-one
construction traffic jam that delayed their arrival by more than an hour the
night before. Delayed to the hotel with the rude and slow staff. Oh well.
She didn’t get much sleep anyway without that second pillow she is used to.
And the 11:30 p.m. carbo loading consisted of a slight overload of some
pasty pancakes at the only place that was open around there at the time. If
they had pasta it probably would have been best to stay away from it anyway.
Aside from the four pit stops she took during the race Nicole kept a steady
pace throughout the course, although probably not by watching the designated
pacers. The one with “3:35” printed on the back of her fluorescent yellow
singlet was only about 30 meters ahead of the guy with “3:40” on his. And
he was about 400 meters ahead of the one showing a “3:30” target pace.
Fortunately, Nicole trained well and knew what she was doing. She kept on
going even during the time she lost control of her left leg. She figured
that as long as it was still moving forward and back she would let it do its
thing. And she paid little attention to the pain in her left hip that
developed in the last miles, as she cruised to a 3:36:01 finish amongst the
cheering crowds and great live jazz band that echoed through Buschnell Park
in downtown Hartford.
Meanwhile, Bob Ward was preparing another surprise for his doctors. When he
told them he had run 25 kilometers (15.6 miles) in the race Around Cape Ann
on Labor Day, they told him, “You can’t run such long distances so soon
after your heart and stomach operations last April and May.” Bob only asked
if that was their official medical advice or a figurative expression of
surprise. When he told them he had just run a 10.7 mile leg at “Lake
Winnie”, including a five-mile hill at the end, their shocked response lead
Bob to conclude that his doctors were definitely not runners. They would
find it hard to understand that his stomach actually feels better on the
days he runs.
Using his noteworthy accomplishment – but last place finish of leg 1 – at
Lake Winni as a motivator, Bob prepared well, doing his carbo loading before
Friday night’s jammed trip to CT and sleeping like a lump on a log through
the night. When the gun went off he was at the start with the crowd of 3000
runners to put together his half marathon session of a little over two
hours. He placed in the top 3/4 of the field, making mince meat of nearly
300 of the 1245 athletes who finished off that 21.1 km stretch of road.
Do you think that Bob will eventually get his doctors to join the Club?
By the time noon rolled around the sun was warming up the park. Runners got
to lay on the grass while they ate the post-race chow, children were busy
playing in the playground, and parents were telling their squirming kids to
be patient while waiting in line to ride the historic carousel that will
glide them along as they look out the windows of the round, wooden building
that sits amongst the trees in the park.
329 Robichaud Nicole Medford 29F F2029 17/ 96 3:36:01 8:14
948 Ward Robert Brookline 57M M5059 73/ 86 2:10:14 9:56
Cam Runs Chicago
By Cam Dauler
At the request of our coach, here is a brief account of Sunday’s Chicago
Marathon through the eyes of a so so peformer. Woke up at 5:00 to a full
moon and a surprising amount of activity in the streets for a Sunday
morning. Shared a cab to the start with fellow marathoners Karen and Bill
from Texas and California respectively. Spent the hour before the start
searching for the most crowded areas to stay warm. Climbed through the gate
to my designated start area, an area supposedly reserved for those of us
with seeded numbers, only to find hundreds of runners not meant to be there,
forcing me 40 seconds from the starting line. First mile spent shuffling
to a 7:30 split, about a 1:40 slower than goal pace. Gradually made up for
lost time and made it through eight miles in 47:57 or so. Shortly
thereafter saw Jim Reardon graciously supporting my efforts, very nice
surprise. Continued at sub 6:00 pace and at about fifteen or so caught
sights of a few BAA runners and immediately felt at home. Becoming annoyed
with the obnoxious 1980’s colors radiating from their singlets, I passed
them. Started talking to a guy who recognized the GBTC uniform. He
explained how he used to run for us and asked if Tom was still coaching. He
said he was now living in Chatanooga. Not particularly in the mood to chat,
I bid farewell and took his advice to follow his teammate just ahead who was
aiming at a 2:35 as I was. And so 2:35 it was, followed by some beers in
the company of some college buddies and some very sore legs. Look forward
to seeing you guys at practice.
Mark Reeder at Baystate
By Mark Reeder
It was still dark as I waited outside my apartment for my friend Charlie to
take me to the Bay State marathon.
Two planets glowed in the predawn sky.
One was Venus, lovely and asleep upstairs, where I had just been.
Now I faced Jupiter, who leered blue and malevolent.
It was warm and damp, even at 6am.
Not wanting to give even the appearance of mocking the Big Fella,
I started conservatively, and the race went as follows.
mile 1 6:04 (warming up)
mile 2 5:52 (I find myself next to a guy named Joe. It’s his first marathon.)
mile 3 5:54 (we talk about the heat. He’s been training under Barbour.)
mile 4 5:56 (even at this slow pace, I feel barely comfortable.)
mile 5 5:55 (Joe tells me about Barbour’s “Salazar Workout”: 10
miles alternating 30 sec above and below marathon pace.)
mile 6 5:43 (that didn’t feel too good.)
mile 7 5:57 (a few small hills)
mile 8 5:45 (coming off them)
mile 9 5:54 (flat, easy, wave to Pete Hammer, who is spectating)
mile 10 5:52 (Joe’s friends tell him he’s going too fast, but he looks strong to me.)
mile 11 5:56
mile 12 5:54
mile 13 5:54 (halfway in low 1:17. Eat last of three goo’s.)
mile 14 5:53 (seems I have never run any pace other than this one.)
mile 15 5:54
mile 16 5:55 (can we do this forever?)
mile 17 5:58 (uh oh)
mile 18 6:05 (Joe pulls away.)
mile 19 6:04 (try to catch Joe)
mile 20 6:17 (those small hills again)
mile 21 6:08 (try and fail to catch another fading guy)
mile 22 6:24 (Entering the Valley of the Shadows. You may begin negotiations.
Switch from gatorade to water, since water tastes so
good right now.
mile 23 6:20 (I promise this will be my last marathon)
mile 24 6:40 (appalled by this split, I resolve to speed up. And I do,
until just before 25, when
CRAMP! Now showing, a simultaneous double feature!
Upstairs, a reeling cowboy, shot by Bad Guys.
Downstairs, hamstrings play the shower theme from Psycho.
I gasp, halt, and try to stretch. The vulture van is upon me in
seconds. Jupiter is driving. Wanna get in? No! I try to run. A reprise
of cramps, and I stop again. The van is following me, clearly leering,
though I am too preoccupied to look. Sure you don’t want a ride? I
guess Jupiter works for a towing company. Get thee behind me! I totter
to the next aid station and drink a lot of gatorade.
mile 25 6:51 (Not as bad as I thought. I feel better, and begin to run again,
as hard as I dare, since if I don’t break 2:40 I’ll
have to fill my goo pockets with pebbles and toss myself
into the Merrimack.)
last mile+365 7:18 (six minute pace again, easily, with no more
distress. go figure.)
Total time 2:38:36 8th overall, first geezer.
Sore, but not wrecked afterwards. A bit disappointed in the time, but
ready for xc now.
Mike’s Cape Cod Marathon story – “disaster at sea” metaphoric version
Neither dreary nor glum, but a wispy, spooky mist it was that hung on the docks as the pillage-red flags of our fleet floated aloft. After our division’s brief huddle at the harbormaster’s headquarters we headed to the starting area, the cannon sounded, and we were off, three of our ships holding a flanked position through the first half-day. We then broke formation and proceeded with our mission assignments.
My ship set sail with a somewhat damaged spar from the last two explorations and lacking provisions due to spoilage in the hold. As it were, we carefully followed Admiral Derderian’s instructions to ease the sheets and spill some wind if necessary in order to keep her at 8 knots, which we did splendidly. For a fortnight or so. Sixteen days into the journey the initial shortfalls began a debilitating effect. Could not repair the damage midstream. After 18 days at sea we shipwrecked.
Held on to floating debris, occasionally getting jabbed by wrecked lumber and bitten by fierce fish. Had to make it to the start of the 10k regatta at the 20th parallel, so I kept a feeble paddling going, stopping to drift only when hyperventilation threatened or to ride an imposing wave. Needless to say, when I reached that parallel I did not begin the jaunt with all sails set and sheets trimmed taught. Rather, I luffed along in the gray and melancholy waters. Nothing, however, come hail nor high water was going to keep me from the treasured blacksmith’s apron that awaited my return to the mouth of the falls.
At the 23rd mark the voice of a buoy’s bell brought my attention to the
sight of land. I resolved myself to a continuous paddling, however slight. As a lighthouse appeared and moved past me, the wind had grown to a good clip. The whitecaps taunted menacingly, but I resolved that their pulse would easy my conscience and steady my pace. When arrived the 25th parallel, after enduring the sight of so many ships passing me, I cast off the wreckage that had kept me afloat and began to swim for shore.
As I realized that I would survive this last feat of inspiration I broke into what felt like a full stroke. In the numbness that had finally, gratefully set in, it felt as if I was doing seven minutes per nautical mile, although in fact I later calculated that it was more like eight. I must have overtaken an entire squadron in that last leg, including no less than five warships just before the finish.
And well worth it it was, with the welcoming committee at hand and reveling in their fortitude as well. The capers at the Cape could not cloak our content nor quell our cheerfulness and congeniality.
Touring NYC by Foot
By Erin Cullinane
The alarm sounds at 4:50 a.m. waking me from a restless slumber. I turn on
the tube and watch NY1 News while I stuff old sweats and thermals into the
plastic UPS bag. I peer outside my 20th story window to a calm, dark city.
Still stuffed from the previous night’s carbo-laden dinner, I start fueling
up on H2O, reluctantly eyeing my cinnamon raisin bagel. I make a pact with
myself not to touch another carbo-rich product for weeks. The weather report
was favorable: 46 degrees, sun and wind. Good enough for shorts, a long
sleeve Polo jersey 🙂 and a white Coolmax T-shirt. I pinned my number (2212)
to my shirt and then scrawled my name on the back of my shirt with a black
ball point pen. Around 5:45, I decide to take care of the most important
matter of the morning: coffee. In the elevator, I join two perky runners
holding a cup of joe. “Where’d ya get the coffee?” I ask. “Take left out of
the hotel, then about 1/2 block up on 6th Ave you’ll see a small deli that
appears to be closed–but it’s not.” Seconds later I found myself chatting
with a runner from Memphis in Angela’s Rock ‘N Roll Deli, where “We love
good food and rock ‘n roll” Apparently, the owner has run NYC and opens the
joint at 4:30 am on race morning. Smart thinking. I grab a large one and
head back to the hotel for final preparations.
I meet some friends of some friends behind the New York public library at
6:45 a.m. I chat with Ned who hails from Twenty-nine Palms, Ca. This was his
first marathon. Minutes later, I’m joined with Angela, Kristen, Steve and
Angela’s Dad. We walk to the buses. Marathon volunteers shout “Are you
ready? Let me hear you” Cheers ripple through crowd. “I can’t hear you” More
cheers a few octaves higher resonate the streets of mid-town Manhattan.
“This is it,” I say to myself as I climb aboard the coach en route to Staten
In the distance, the Verrazano-Narrows bridge slowly emerges from the
horizon, greeting me like an insidious ogre.The double-decked, six-lane-wide
roadway, 228 ft above mean high water at midpoint, is supported by four
cables hung from towers 690 ft high and is the world’s second longest
suspension bridge spanning New York Harbor from Brooklyn to Staten Island.
This 1,298-metre main span is the highest point in the course. Did I mention
I hate bridges? Indiana Jones hated snakes. I hate bridges.
We get off the bus. Runners wearing yellow plastic PowerBar dresses prance
around the Athletes Village trying to stay warm. It’s windy and cold, but
sunny. 400 Port-A-Johns await 30,000 guests. We find a patch of grass aside
a tent already jammed with runners. The sun on my back feels great. I check
my watch. 7:40 am. Three and a half hours to kill. Bummer. I put on my
gloves and my hat and get comfy. Amazingly, the next few hours pass faster
than I expected. I read 3 People mags, hit the bathrooms 4 times, hand my
plastic bag to the UPS people, and head to my corral. Unfortunately, my last
minute urge to release my bladder causes me to miss my corral line-up. I end
up joining the men and women “back of the packers” (wearing numbers
beginning with X). Men and women run separately and are grouped by color
(men= blue or green, women=GBTC red), according to predicted race time. Men
and women who can’t bear to run apart can run together BEHIND the women.
This is where I end up. My predicted time was 3:52. I braced myself for a
slower than snails start. I lied to myself saying, “that’s ok.”
I huddle with the crowd of runners, squinting and staring at the looming
bridge in the distance. “Just don’t look over the edge, ” I kid myself. We
sing the national anthem. A cannon blast is fired. The race starts. I stand
in place for 4 minutes, still staring at the bridge. I ask a fellow runner,
pointing to the bridge, “Are we going that way?” His reply, “All the way,
honey.” Finally we start to move. I start my watch at the start, six minutes
after the gun fired.
I get so caught up in the excitement, that I actually forgot I was on the
bridge—until I hit the center. Suddenly, my stomach grows sick. I stare at
the big green sign that reads “Brooklyn 1 Mile” and focus until we start to
descend. I am so focused that I don’t see the Mile 1 timer. I do feel like
the shaking bridge will decombust at any moment. Suspension bridge, huh?
First stop: Brooklyn.
Having never been to Brooklyn, I was pretty excited for a visit. The
official clock at Mile 2 said 20:23. Drat! I kidded myself into thinking the
hordes of runners would filter out soon. I had these wishful thoughts until
Mile 8 when I finally picked up the pace without having to weave in an out
of people. Turning the corner onto 4th Ave, studly, dark Italian men wearing
black leather coats welcomed us to Brooklyn. People in the crowds were so
happy to see us, and so proud of their city. Magnificent, colorful flags
representing Peurto Rico, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, adorned the streets. At the
10K point, the chip records my official time: 1:03:22 (averaging a
10-minute/mile pace). Still slow. Still difficult to find a comfortable pace
with the congested street of runners.
Mile 8 appears. I suck down a GU and grab some water. I feel great.
Mile 11 passes through Williamsburg, a largely Hasidic Jewish section.
Suddenly the noise and cheering subside. I spy cryptic Hebrew signs and
temples. Unfortunately, my Yiddish is not as good as it used to be, so I
wave at the Jewish children and head towards Queens.
Mile 13 appears before the Pulaski Bridge. At the half, my time is 2:01:33.
I’m making progress. My goal is to break 4 hours. I feel strong.
I’m running through New York’s largest borough for a few miles, and again
I’m welcomed by local pride. Energy is mounting every step I take.
Mile 15: I enter the Queensboro bridge and coast up a moderate incline. This
was the longest stretch of the course. I thought this bridge would never
end. Again, my fear found me and I just stared straight ahead and ran under
the rust colored metal grating. Without the warmth of the sun in this
enclosed metal chamber, I froze. I put my gloves back on, hoping this would
end soon. I pass Mile 16. I hear cheers, knowing Manhattan is lurking around
I round a corner onto 1st Ave, the highlight of this journey. My spirit is
lifted. First Ave stretches before me. The excitement builds. I look for my
friends at Mile 18, between 94th and 95th Streets. I can’t find them. I keep
running. I pass the Poland Springs hydration zone where little pine trees
dot the sidewalk. A block later, I’m handed a soaked sponge from a race
volunteer at the Sponge Station and begin to wipe the flaky salt off my
face. The numbered blocks escalate as my pace increases. Mile 19 takes me to
Spanish Harlem, around 120th Street. La Bamba is blaring and the crowds are
nuts. This is awesome!
A short trip through the Bronx takes me to Mile 20. The clock says 3:00:10.
Only a 10k left. I can finish under 4 hours.
At Mile 22 someone yells, “It’s only 4 miles” I start to get tired. My legs
get stiff. I grab water, spilling it all over me. Chills run down my body.
My inner thighs are raw and chaffed. The toes on my right foot ache. I can
feel my right sock slip and slide, probably from stepping in puddles at the
water stops. My head pounds. My lips are cracked. My nose runs. I’m drained.
I try to convince myself not to stop. I thought about dying here, but I’d
get trampled on, so I continue to run.
I enter Central Park, climbing up the steep road. This is when hill training
comes in handy. The road curves and twists in this verdant wonderland. More
cheers sound. I recall running down this stretch the previous day with
Angela and Pam Chang to practice my “visualizing” “Was it working?” I
wondered. More curves, and more mile markers appear. The end is near as we
run along Central Park South. The crowds are wild, their sonic yells help
pull me along.I pass the St. Moritz Hotel where I stayed. I enter the park
again and speed towards the finish. Crossing the Finish line, I stomp on
the mat about ten times to make sure my time gets recorded (insanity). I
stop my watch at 3:47:09. Not to shabby. I’m done.
Special thanks to all my friends who made the trek to the Big Apple, and who
cheered me on. I still can’t belive I drove home to Boston that night.
Nutrition News from ADA
By Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D.
With more than 70,000 members, the American Dietietic Association is the nation’s largest group of nutrition professionals. Some of the research completed by these members was presented at ADA’s annual convention (10/99). Here are some highlights that might be of interest to you.
SPORTS SUPPLEMENTS: Creatine, a supplement reported to enhance recovery during repeated bouts of intense exercise and help build muscle, is particularly popular among sprint-type sports such as rowing. Yet, not everyone responds to creatine. A West Point study with 18 members of the crew team suggests that consumption of 0, 5 or 10 grams of creatine per day resulted in no significant differences among the three groups. Everyone improved similarly with faster rowing times, reduced body fat, and increasd body mass. This study reminds us that hard work and good nutrition “works” and that athletes can excel without ergogenic aids.
Androstenedione, a steroid hormone, is a precursor for testosterone-the male hormone associated with increased musculature. Andro has been heavily marketed as an “all natural” performance enhancer. A survey at the Student Recreation Center/Texas Tech University suggests about 20% of the 121 males who completed the survey had or were using andro. Unfortunately for the health of many of these athletes,”all natural” does not mean “safe” or “without harm.” Altering testosterone levels is risky.
WEIGHT: Weight and body image are big issues among most people who exercise. These issues can start at an early age. For example, even fourth grade students have a preferred body type. A study of 166 African American and 55 white students from eight urban public schools in the Baltimore, MD area suggests cultural preferences exist. That is, black students preferred a larger (yet healthy) figure as “ideal” as compared to the white students who selected a smaller figure. The study points out the need to 1) learn more about the factors that influence a young child’s body size preference, and 2) evaluate how these preferences can potentially influence the epidemic of obesity (and eating disorders) that is plauging ourselves and our children.
Body image is a significant issue not only among women, but also among men. A survey of 200 high school male athletes and 340 non-athletes suggests only 4% of the athletes but 10% of the non-athletes struggled with body image. The athletes felt more content and satisfied with their bodies. These results suggest participation in sports may enhance body image in male athletes–and provides yet another reason for us to keep our kids active!
BODY FAT: If you are very thin and have had your body fat measured using bioelectrical impedence (BIA), you may have been given wrong information. BIA has low accuracy compared to a highly accurate research method (whole body potassium counting). Yet, because BIA is inexpensive and easy to perform, it is very popular.
A very low calorie intake can lead to energy conservation in athletes. That is, in a study with 28 elite female gymnasts, the gymnasts who reported the lower calorie intakes had the higher amount of body fat compared to those who reported higher intakes (1,300 vs 2,200 cals). Either the larger gymnasts underreported food intake, or they conserved energy due to the perceived “famine.”
The lower energy intakes were associated with lower intake of several nutrients, including iron and calcium. What this means is, if you are eating very little and maintaining your weight, you might want to consider eating more–if not to better nourish your body, then to boost your metabolic rate.
AMENORRHEA: Female runners who have irregular or no menstrual periods often believe that running keeps their bones strong. Wrong! The bone mineral density of runners with irregular menstrual cycles is lower than that of runners who have regular menstrual cycles. Hence, they are at higher risk for stress fractures.
If you are a woman who is amenorrheic (that is, lacks regular monthly menstrual periods), you need to get good medical follow-up. Otherwise, you may soon end up with stress fractures, to say nothing of depression because of the psychological toll associated with injury. Plus, you shouldn’t ignore the long-term consequences of early osteoporosis.
MORE EDUCATION NEEDED: Nutrition education for athletes is important both to enhance performance and to invest in future health and well-being. A survey of college football players indicates 80% of 21 college football linemen believed that vitamins were good sources of energy. (Wrong! Vitamins function like “spark plugs”; they are not a source of energy.) More than 70% believed that bread and potatoes are fattening and should be avoided when trying to lose weight (Wrong! These carbs supply the energy needed to fuel muscles. They become “fattening” only when eaten in excess with too much butter.)
Volleyball players also need nutrition help. Among nationally ranked female volleyball players, only 8 of 21 met the recommended protein intake, and 50% reported restricting energy to control their weight. Five reported being amenorrheic and 12 reported “irregular” menstrual cycles–both red flags for inadequate nutrition.
A study of “vegetarian” college students suggests some may be at increased risk for eating disorders. Eliminating meat can be a politically correct way to eliminate calories and fat. True vegetarians eat adequate protein via tofu, nuts, beans, peanut butter and other plant foods. Non-meat eaters simply live on pasta and bagels, with inadequate protein and fat.
Nancy Clark, MS, RD, nutrition counselor at Boston-area’s SportsMedicine Brookline, is author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 2nd Edition (available by sending a check for $20 to Sports Nutrition Materials, 830 Boylston St #205, Brookline MA 02467 or via www.nancyclarkrd.com
Medfield Road Race 5 Miler 9/18
1st Bill Newsham 26:36
Harvard Pilgrim 5k, Providence, RI
3rd. Deon Barrett 14:52 4:47pace 8th USA
11th Lake Winnipesaukee Relay Weirs Beach, NH, September 25, 1999
At the Lake Winnipesaukee Relay, the GBTC masters women’s team finished second and the GBTC open
mixed team finished third. The club had a total five teams running in this 66-mile relay race, a major tradition for
3 24 GBTC MIXED 2 OPEN MIXED 100 7:37:35
18 90 GBTC MIXED 1 OPEN MIXED 99 8:41:38
2 86 GBTC WOMEN 40+ WOMEN 40+ 102 8:33:36
50 128 GBTC MENS OPEN OPEN MEN 98 9:47:48
11 43 GBTC MEN 40+ MEN 40+ 101 7:49:49
Rojack’s 8Km, Attleboro, MA
GBTC Men 3rd, win $200, women 7th
Oct 3, 1999, Attleboro, MA NE Grand Prix 5 mile Championship-The Greater
Boston Track Club Men’s team placed 3rd winning $200. The team placed a
dozen men under 27 minutes and a baker’s dozen in the top 100. All men ran
well. Our women’s team suffered from colds with Livvy Williams and Payal
Parekh dragging themselves off their sick beds to represent the team. Their
loyalty and sacrifice are appreciated. Good to see Gregory Putnam back racing.
RoJacks 5 Mile October 3, 1999
23 24:50 4:58 21 18-39 Deon Barrett
28 25:06 5:01 25 18-39 Glen Mays
31 25:14 5:03 28 18-39 Mark Tompkins Greater Boston
34 25:18 5:04 31 18-39 Ethan Crain Greater Boston Track
38 25:32 5:06 35 18-39 Jesse Darley Greater Boston Track
45 25:47 5:09 40 18-39 John Blouin Greater Boston
50 25:55 5:11 45 18-39 Gregory Putnam Greater Boston Track
63 26:29 5:18 56 18-39 Mark Reeder Greater Boston Track
65 26:33 5:19 58 18-39 James Pawlicki Greater Boston
72 26:47 5:21 60 18-39 Bret Van Poppel Greater BostonTrack
73 26:48 5:22 61 18-39 Arnold Seto Greater Boston
75 26:52 5:22 62 18-39 Ben Nephew
88 27:32 5:30 67 18-39 Greg MacGowan Greater Boston Track
142 29:17 5:51 13 18-39 15 F Christina Manolatou Greater Boston
175 30:26 6:05 98 18-39 Doug Burdi Greater Boston Track
178 30:28 6:06 38 40-49 Bruce Bond Greater Boston Track
216 31:12 6:14 32 18-39 35 F Maura McDonald Greater Boston
258 32:13 6:27 56 40-49 Brad Stayton Greater Boston Track
271 32:42 6:32 42 18-39 52 F Katie Carda Greater Boston Track
281 33:04 6:37 120 18-39 Ken Ross Greater Boston Track C
282 33:06 6:37 121 18-39 Michael Olivo Greater Boston Track
285 33:11 6:38 50 18-39 61 F Livvy Williams Greater Boston Track
370 35:26 7:05 63 18-39 85 F Payal Parekh Greater Boston Track
377 35:40 7:08 143 18-39 Calvin Williams Greater Boston Track
445 37:20 7:28 23 40-49 102 F JudyRomvos Greater Boston Track Cl
545 39:56 7:59 10 50-59 131 F 491 Dotty Fine Greater Boston Track
569 40:41 8:08 138 40-49 Richard Jones Greater Boston Track
572 40:46 8:09 91 18-39 141 F 1014 Erin Cullinane
664 43:07 8:37 76 50-59 871 Robert Ward Greater Boston Track
894 Finishers 28 GBTC
Tufts 10k for women, 10/11
29 36:46 5:56 10 20-29 Christina Manolatou
58 40:17 6:30 12 40-49 Claire McManus
61 40:31 6:32 22 20-29 Livvy Williams
97 42:09 6:48 32 20-29 Payal Parekh
196 44:54 7:15 79 30-39 Joyce Dendy
203 45:00 7:15 81 30-39 Kerry O’Donovan
222 45:18 7:18 73 20-29 Dung Nguyen
273 46:12 7:27 106 30-39 35 1039 Laurie Knapp
303 46:38 7:31 102 20-29 Tiffany Thompson
319 46:52 7:34 109 20-29 Erin Cullinane
354 47:22 7:38 144 30-39 Carmen Danforth
552 49:29 7:59 205 30-39 33 5733 Gwyneth Catlin
788 51:24 8:17 300 30-39 30 4281 Alyssa Duffy
858 51:57 8:23 30 50-59 Dotty Fine
860 51:58 8:23 31 50-59 53 Joyce Lyons
17th Annual Apple Fest Half Marathon
Hollis, NH, October 9, 1999
4/61 F2529 1:43:29 7:54 ERIN CULLINANE 27 F 1365 BRIGHTON MA
36/78 F3034 1:59:24 9:07 MELINDA CASEY 33 F 1311 WATERTOWN MA
30/49 F4044 2:01:23 9:16 PAMELA CHANG 42 F 1379 BOSTON MA
60/78 F3034 2:11:23 10:02 DEBRA BRENDEMUEHL 31 F 1349 ARLINGTON MA
Baystate Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, 10/17/ 99
Great day for spectators. A little too warm to run a Marathon.
BayState Marathon Results
1 RUSTY SNOW 1/93 M1829 WATERTOWN MA 2:25:42 5:34
8 MARK REEDER 1/226 M4049 BRIGHTON MA 2:38:36 6:03
269 MARK HICKMAN 47/93 M1829 BRIGHTON MA 3:32:48 8:07
BayState Half Marathon Results
1 ADAM STUHLFAUT 1/123 M1829 SOMERVILLE MA 1:08:49 5:15
70 KEN ROSS 21/230 M3039 ROXBURY MA 1:28:35 6:46
234 CALVIN WILLIAMS 84/230 M3039 BELMONT MA 1:39:04 7:34
262 CLAIRE MCMANUS 3/114 F4049 JAMAICA PLAIN MA 1:40:11 7:39
291 RUSS MILLER 17/90 M5059 SUDBURY MA 1:41:58 7:47
322 CARMEN DANFORTH 29/251 F3039 BRIGHTON MA 1:43:18 7:53
779 ROBERT WARD 60/90 M5059 BROOKLINE MA 1:59:48 9:09
Chicago Marathon, 10/24/99
The GBTC’s own Cam Dauler ran 2:35:16 at Chicago, placing 136, 5 places
ahead of Catherine Mc Kiernan.
Halloween Hustle 5K, Newton, MA–10/30/99
5. Greg MacGowan 16:29 (5:19)
New York City Marathon, 11/7/99
Erin Cullinane 3:47:02
Simon Fun Run, 5-miler Phoenix Park Dublin, Ireland 11/7/99
Sean Mullan 37:20
Ocean State Marathon, 11/14/99
504. 3:35:28 8:13 Carmen Danforth
Home Depot Cross Country Invitational, Rochester, NY 10/10/99
Corse 8km grass, rolling easy hills.
1 Rebenciuc, Sandu 30 Unattached 5:02 25:01.24
4 Mays, Glen Greater Boston T.C 5:04 25:11.93 2
5 Barrett, Deon Greater Boston T.C 5:04 25:16.01 3
6 Clark, Brian 23 Syracuse Chargers 5:06 25:21.96 4
7 Weeks, Scott 27 Syracuse Chargers 5:07 25:27.56 5
8 Tompkins, Mark Greater Boston T.C 5:08 25:32.46 6
9 Crain, Ethan Greater Boston T.C 5:08 25:34.72 7
10 Darley, Jesse Greater Boston T.C 5:08 25:35.96 8
19 Pawlicki, James Greater Boston T.C 5:19 26:27.09 17
23 Nephew, Ben 25 Greater Boston T.C 5:21 26:39.90 21
82 Derderian, Tom 50 Greater Boston T.C 6:18 31:19.90 66
140 runners in the race
Here is exactly how GBTC ranked.
Genesee Valley Park – Sunday 10/10/99
Event 1 Men’s 8,000 Meter Run
MEN’S TEAM SCORES
Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 5 *6 *7 *8 *9
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1 Greater Boston T.C. 26 2 3 6 7 8 17 21 52
Total time: 2:07:11.08
Franklin Park Developmental 5km, October 17, 1999
Kids 2 kilometers
Jane Starbuck Derderian, age 10, 8:20 for 37th place out of 71.
(projected to 5 km comes out to 20:50, so old GBTC ladies watch out)
Glen Mays, 15:51
Deon Barrett, 15:52
Rich Voliva, 17:14
Mitch McVeigh, 18:51
Tom Derderian. 19:01
Christina Manolatou. 19:04
Nevin Katz, 19:16
Katie Carda, 20:10
Payle Parekh, 20:16
Kerry Suarez, 21:35
Mark Tuttle, 21:59
Kerry O’Donovan, 22:27
Cynthia Hastings, 23:11
Mayor’s Cup, Franklin Park, Boston, MA
GBTC women in Mayor’s Cup 1999
Last year first GBTC woman finished 46th, this she finished year 14th
followed by our second team member in 23rd. But the club had a weak team
with the fifth runner being master Claire McManus. Only Payal Parekh and
Cynthia Hastings returned from last year’s team. Great races by Manolatou
and McDonald! The club thanks all the women who came to race. Some did so
overcoming great personal complexities. It was important that each of you
were there. Thanks to Maria Sun for jumping in at the last minute for
insurance. Livvy Williams came to cheer but could not race because of an
14 13/63 18:26 5:56 CHRISTINA MANOLATOU 27
23 21/63 18:44 6:02 MAURA MCDONALD 25
48 44/63 19:58 6:25 PAYAL PAREKH 26
58 52/63 20:31 6:36 KATIE CARDA 26
67 8/14 21:08 6:48 CLAIRE MCMANUS 42
71 59/63 21:53 7:02 MARIA SUN 27
77 12/14 23:11 7:27 CYNTHIA HASTINGS 42
79 13/14 24:19 7:49 ELIZABETH SPELMAN 40
84 3/3 25:20 8:09 DOTTY FINE 55
GBTC 6th place team, out of 9 teams, 7th in 1998
1. SYRACUSE CHARGERS 18:21 18:27 18:29 18:37 18:42 (
18:53) ( 19:05) = 1:32:36
6. GREATER BOSTON 18:26 18:44 19:58 20:31 21:08 (
21:53) ( 23:11) = 1:38:47 CHRISTINA MANOLATOU, MAURA MCDONALD,
PAYAL PAREKH, KATIE CARDA, CLAIRE MCMANUS, MARIA SUN, CYNTHIA
GBTC Men Beat Syracuse Chargers But Get Stomped by the BAA.
Glen Mays ran a brilliant race placing 19th to lead the team. He also hosted a brilliant postrace party in his nearby apartment. Navy man Mark Tompkins conducting his own brand of surface warfare ran out to an aggressive first mile stride for stride with Glen under 4:40. Deon Barrett, our early-season team leader, ran 3 seconds behind Tompkins.
Jesse Darley, our team leader in this race last year, filled in for wasp victim Crain in the fourth spot. It was heroic school teacher Gregory Putman who fell and finished bleeding GBTC red blood from a gash on his leg and sealed the all-important fifth man spot for the team. Jim Pawlicki shadowed him. Old man marathoner Mark Reeder followed Pawlicki only a week after the BC math professor raced the Bay State Marathon. Reeder placed third in the
Then came Greg MacGowan in the midst of the young new guys.
Much appreciation to all the GBTC fans who came to watch such as Jon Berit, Dick Nickerson, Jim O’Brien,
Noah Kraut, Hattie, Jane and the rest.
Thanks to Coach Ron Glennon for being there for everyone. And thanks to Ron for repeatedly helping me put up and take down and move the club banner after the race sponsors noticed that we had placed it higher and in more
shimmering light than they had placed theirs.
19 19/127 24:47 5:01 GLEN MAYS 29 GREATER BOSTON
28 27/127 25:04 5:05 MARK TOMPKINS
31 30/127 25:07 5:06 DEON BARRETT 26
34 33/127 25:18 5:08 JESSE DARLEY 26
70 67/127 26:21 5:21 GREGORY PUTNAM 29
72 69/127 26:29 5:22 JIM PAWLICKI 25
74 3/26 26:36 5:23 MARK REEDER 40
81 77/127 27:02 5:29 RICH VOLIVA 22
85 80/127 27:23 5:33 ROD HEMINGWAY 23
86 81/127 27:24 5:33 GREG MACGOWAN 33
97 89/127 28:08 5:42 ROB MACDONALD 20
111 98/127 29:17 5:56 NATHAN OYSTER 22
128 107/127 30:23 6:09 CRAIG ZINGERLINE 21
132 109/127 30:36 6:12 MITCH MCVEY 27
136 111/127 30:56 6:16 BRADLEY LEWTHWAITE 22
137 4/8 31:02 6:17 TOM DERDERIAN 50
140 112/127 31:12 6:19 NEVIN KATZ JR 22
144 114/127 31:23 6:22 KEVIN LOHNER 24
162 123/127 34:36 7:01 MIKE OLIVO 39
164 124/127 36:09 7:19 MARK TUTTLE 37
172 finishers (far more starters)
6. GREATER BOSTON 24:47 25:04 25:07 25:18 26:21 ( 26:29) (
26:36) = 2:06:37 GLEN MAYS, MARK TOMPKINS, DEON BARRETT, JESSE
DARLEY, GREGORY PUTNAM, JIM PAWLICKI, MARK REEDER
Country Club 5 km classic cross-country , Metheun, Mass. 11/7
A small but important team of GBTC men travelled north to compete in the
Country Club 5 km classic cross-country run. Run they did and well. The
very hilly course over varied footing slowed all runners. These were some
of the GBTC “new guyz” Results below. No doubt they looked very stylish in
their new uniforms.
6 RICHARD VOLIVA GBTC 16:53 5:26
15 BRADLEY LEWTHWAITE GBTC 17:46 5:43
23 MITCH MCVEY GBTC 18:10 5:51
27 CRAIG ZINDERLING GBTC 18:29 5:57
40 NOAH KRAUT GBTC 18:54 6:05
New GBTC cross-country woman, Meg Mitchell, picked up her GBTC racing
shirt from Sandy Miller on Tuesday evening. She and Marcia Thomas got their
new GBTC racing shirts.
A little running history about Meg Mitchell:
She started running about seven years ago and has been running road races on and
off for about five years. She has run a little bit of cross country (in 1995 she ran New England Cross Country as a member of the New Balance team her fiancee, who was in charge of the team at the time, needed a fifth person).
Since then she has run two marathons (Rhode Island in 1996 and Boston last year; 3:28 and 3:26
respectively). For 5Ks her personal best is 19:13 and for 10Ks it’s 39:20.
7 MEG MITCHELL GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB 21:04
Glen Mays led men placing 13th. Christina Manolatou, women, placing 14th. She ran her personal best mile,
5:25, on the way to 6 km.
GBTC Runs Wild at New England Championships
Runners were treated to a classic New England November day at the USATF New
England Cross Country Championships held at Franklin Park. Gusty winds and
cold temperatures, combined with a soft, yet manageable course showed why
Cross Country is not just runner versus runner, but runner versus whatever
nature greets them with.
The Greater Boston Track Club had an excellent presence in all three of the
races, with 37 members participating in the Championships.
The Men’s Masters were first to take the starting line on Playstead Field.
Mark Reeder, resident club mathematician, led the “experienced” crew. He
calculated his moves and subtracted runners on the 8k course in 26:34,
earning 9th place overall. Reeder was followed by “Yo fearless coach”, Tom
Derderian, fighting his way to finish in 30:43. Bruce “007” Bond stealthy
made his way through the wilderness loop, while Brad Stayton and Rich Pierce
completed the scoring for GBTC Men’s Masters. Together, the elder men placed
6th in the 7 team field.
The Women’s 6k race followed the Men’s Masters event. From the gun, the
GBTC women stormed the fields and the trails in search of PR’s and, for the
top five, an opportunity to run at Nationals in Los Angeles.
Surging past a runner in the final 100 yards, Christina Manolatou recorded a
time of 22:01 and a 14th place finish overall. “I wish I had started my
kick sooner” explained Christina when asked about her blazing finishing
“I didn’t feel as good as I did at the Mayor’s Cup”, explained Maura
McDonald, who finished second among GBTC women. Maura completed the course
in a time of 23:00. Livvy Williams and Megan Day also ran well, finishing
in 23:45 and 24:06 respectively. Earning the final spot on the “Big Red”
Jet to L.A. was Payal Parekh. Payal ran a very smart race, passing runners
in the final 3k, finishing the 6k course in 24:11. As a team, the GBTC
Women placed 6th overall.
In the Men’s open 10 kilometer race, the GBTC men made their mark in the
park, sparking a 4th place finish.
“I felt a little tired after two (miles), but recovered in the final two”,
said Glen Mays of his race performance.
Jim Pawlicki, who ran a strong race, thought that it was a tough day and
explained, “I was wasted after the 2nd time up Bearcage (Hill).”
Mays led the GBTC men, securing a 13th place finish overall in a time of
30:56. Deon Barrett followed Glen, in a time of 31:35.
Deon noted that he felt good during most of the race, but thought his race
strategy lacked an intelligent start. “Today was definitely one of those
days”, said Deon, “I just went out too fast.”
Jesse Darley finished 35th, while Jim Pawlicki and Arnold Seto completed the
Men’s group of five that will head out west for Nationals.
“I have family out in California, so it will be nice to visit and they can
see me run”, explained Barrett.
The club was well represented in the Championships and, though the weather
was gloomy and windy, the swarm of red jerseys in Franklin Park made this a
proud day to be part of the Greater Boston Track Club.
Rob MacDonald – GBTC correspondent
USATF New England XC Championships
Franklin Park, Boston MA – Sunday 11/14/99
Women’s 6,017 Meter Run
1 Kristin Beaney 26 Central Mass Striders 20:22.00
14 Christine Manolatou 27 Greater Boston TC 22:01.00
33 Maura McDonald 25 Greater Boston TC 23:00.00
43 Livvy Williams 25 Greater Boston TC 23:45.00
46 Megan Day 25 Greater Boston TC 24:06.00
47 Payaj Parekh 26 Greater Boston TC 24:11.00
53 Katie Carda 26 Greater Boston TC 24:24.00
60 Kerry Suarez 25 Greater Boston TC 25:15.00
63 Meg Mitchell 27 Greater Boston TC 25:21.00
65 Marcia Thomas 26 Greater Boston TC 25:35.00
73 Cynthia Hastings 42 Greater Boston TC 27:39.00
75 Kerry O’Donovan 38 Greater Boston TC 28:05.00
77 Jean Smith 48 Greater Boston TC 28:12.00
81 Elizabeth Spelman 40 Greater Boston TC 29:38.00
83 Dotty Fine 55 Greater Boston TC 31:41.00
85 Andrea Goodman 50 Greater Boston TC 33:08.00
87 Judy Gutry 52 Greater Boston TC 33:36.00
WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES
6 Greater Boston TC 146 Total time: 1:57:03.0
3. Greater Boston TC 61
WOMEN 50+ (3 score)
2. Greater Boston TC
USATF New England XC Championships
Franklin Park, Boston MA – Sunday 11/14/99
Event 3 Men’s 9,855 Meter Run Open Men
1 Ben Noad 23 Boston A.A. 29:45.00
13 Glen Mays 29 Greater Boston TC 30:56.00
27 Deon Barrett 26 Greater Boston TC 31:35.00
35 Jesse Darley 26 Greater Boston TC 31:58.00
49 James Pawlicki 25 Greater Boston TC 32:50.00
51 Arnold Seto 24 Greater Boston TC 33:05.00
56 Rodney Hemingway 23 Greater Boston TC 33:13.00
57 Gregory Putnam 29 Greater Boston TC 33:19.00
65 Ben Nephew 24 Greater Boston TC 33:51.00
68 Greg MacGowan 33 Greater Boston TC 34:00.00
71 Richard Voliva 22 Greater Boston TC 34:21.00
73 Bret Van Poppel 30 Greater Boston TC 34:39.00
75 Cam Dauler 28 Greater Boston TC 35:06.00
80 Bill Newsham Greater Boston TC 35:40.00
88 Nathan Oyster 22 Greater Boston TC 36:30.00
92 Mitch McVey 27 Greater Boston TC 37:23.00
95 Ted Bowen 34 Greater Boston TC 39:17.00
97 Nevin Katz Jr. 22 Greater Boston TC 39:42.00
98 Dino Konstantopoulos 34 Greater Boston TC 40:22.00
101 Mark Tuttle 37 Greater Boston TC 46:01.00
4 Greater Boston TC Total time: 2:40:24.0 105
Mark Reeder just turned 40 and took advantage of his youth to place 9th.
Bruce Bond suffered for the team to race only a week after his Cape Cod
Marathon. To fill out the team, sprinter Rick Pierce just back form surgery
on his ruptured achilles tendon, limped the course in last place. His
effort is somewhat like President Gary Snyder’s of a few years back.
USATF New England XC Championships
Franklin Park, Boston MA – Sunday 11/14/99
Event 2 Men’s 7,935 Meter Run Master
1 Mark Donahue 40 Central Mass Striders 25:03.00
9 Mark Reeder 40 Greater Boston TC 26:34.00
46 Tom Derderian 50 Greater Boston TC 30:43.00
53 Bruce Bond 47 Greater Boston TC 31:57.00
56 Brad Stayton 42 Greater Boston TC 32:13.00
73 Richard Pierce 45 Greater Boston TC 38:28.00
6 Greater Boston TC Total time: 2:39:55.0 Average: 31:59.0
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