Twenty Years & Still Running
The Wingfoot Express
Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
Table of Contents:
- GBTC Relays — June 5 — Volunteers Needed
- 100th Boston Marathon
- Running shorts … a few words from the editor
- Welcome New Members
- President’s Column
- The Athlete’s Kitchen: Vitamins, Minerals & Athletes
- Road Race Grand Prix ’96
- 1996 USATF-NE and GBTC Road Race Grand Prix
- New Racing Uniforms are Here!
- Lake Winnipesaukee Relays
- Track & Field Grand Prix
- Marathon Odessey
- Citius Altius Fortius: 100 Years Later
- GBTC’s Heart & Sole 5K
- Thank you, Volunteers
- Road Race Grand Prix ’96
- GBTC Running Camp
- Road Race Results
- Track Race Results
- GBTC Quality Survey
- Publication Information
The GBTC Relays has been sponsored by the Greater Boston Track Club since 1984. As a low-key meet, the GBTC Relays has served as the track and field debut for many local running club members. It is an all-comers meet stressing participation as much as competition, and has amassed a loyal following. The event has also attracted its share of top performers, including women’s Olympic hopefuls Kathy Franey, Alissa Hill, and Kristen Seabury.
Events range from the 100m dash to the 2-mile run. Additionally, there are 4×100 and 4×400 relays for men’s, women’s, and mixed gender teams. A long jump competition, held for men and women, is the only field event in the Relays. A children’s 40m dash is offered.
There are special Developmental Miles for men and women, that are limited to athletes with lifetime personal bests exceeding 5:20 and 5:50, respectively. All other events are open, with no age groups, and athletes (youth, open, masters, seniors) seeded based upon time. Men and women may run together in some events.
The first event, the Men’s Open Mile, begins at 6:00 PM. Entries close 10 minutes before the scheduled start of each event. The long jump competitors have three jumps to be taken any time after 6:30 PM.
The entry fee for this year’s GBTC Relays is $3 per athlete to defray meet expenses. The children’s 40m dash is free.
Volunteers are needed to help assure that the Relays maintains its high quality of service. If you have volunteered in the past, we would like to have your help again. If you haven’t helped in the past, please do so. We generally can use a few more people. Volunteers should report to Karl Hoyt as early as possible on June 5.
We also encourage all to participate in this year’s GBTC Relays.
The schedule of events is provided on below.
GBTC Relays (Schedule)
June 5, 1996
|6:00||Men’s Open Mile|
|6:08||Women’s Open Mile|
|6:15||Men’s Developmental Mile|
|6:15||Mile Racewalk (Run with developmental mile)|
|6:23||Women’s Developmental Mile|
|7:22||Youth 40 Dash|
|7:57||Men’s 4 x 100 Relay|
|8:01||Women’s 4 x 100 Relay|
|8:05||Mixed 4 x 100 Relay|
|8:11||Men’s 4 x 400 Relay|
|8:20||Women’s 4 x 400 Relay|
|8:31||Mixed 4 x 400 Relay|
Reports by participants in the running of the 100th Boston Marathon were exemplary. It was a fine day for runners and spectators.
To begin, sandwiched between two days of rain, the marathon was held on a sunny day. Although many runners became sunburned, the ocean breeze cooled temperatures significantly that the heat was not a problem. In fact, after the race many runners were thankful for the protection their mylar blankets provided on the trek back to the Boston Common.
Secondly, the logistics of the start, finish, and every mile in between, appeared to work smoothly. In spite of, or as a result of, the potential horrors related to the logistics of moving nearly 36,000 official runners and an unknown quantity of unofficial runners over narrow Massachusetts’ roads, the BAA came through with flying colors. On a local station’s coverage, one runner indicated he got to the starting line faster this year, even though he started much further back in the crowd. The volunteers did an excellent job. The spectators appeared well behaved.
Finally, who wasn’t thrilled by the men’s and women’s races? Uta Pippig’s determination to come back on Tegla Loroupe was inspiring. Moses Tanui led the Kenyan sweep with Ezekiel Bitok and favorite and three-time defending champion, Cosmas Ndeti, all breaking 2:10 against the headwind.
The GBTC was led by Tom Cotter in 2:42:50 and Carmen Danforth in 3:37:14. Master’s were led by Jean Smith in 3:56:50 and Mike Turmala in 3:56:31.
Its surprising to think that the Boston Marathon was only 6 weeks ago. I always enjoy the “war stories” after a major race. Most of the tales were happy and related to good races, PR’s, comebacks, or the pure enjoyment of participation in the year’s EVENT (assuming none of our members make the Olympics).
One story never really was told the way it was supposed to be told. Eamonn Browne had worked himself into top condition, and was GBTC’s first finisher in both the Stu’s 30K and the New Bedford Half Marathon. Although he would have been severely hampered by 30,000 people starting before him, resulting from his Open Division (lottery) number, he was ready to toe the line.
Unfortunately, Eamonn’s tibia succumbed to a stress fracture before Boston. Well into his scheduled convalescence period, Eamonn tried to walk the race with his cane and the support of an air-cast. His desire was to complete (walk) the race he had trained so diligently for over the winter. At three miles ! he realized better days were ahead and he shouldn’t set himself back any further. He had numerous companions at the first aid station who had fallen victim to similar injuries.
Jim Rattray reported that Frank Monkiewicz was the runner/actor who jogged into the Sheraton Boston Hotel ballroom for an advertising awards show on March 20. Frank doesn’t report being discovered. Andy Rogovin appeared in a post-marathon interview on Channel 4.
GBTC had a turnout of approximately 20 people to staff the running of the 5K Run for Epilepsy on May 19. The race organizer was pleased with the GBTC effort
About 35 GBTCers and significant others attended a dinner on the evening of May 23. Organized by Karl Hoyt and Eamonn Browne, the purpose was to pay back their wives for putting up with all the weekend long runs in preparation for Boston. Marathoners and non-marathoners both attended the event publicized at practice and over the email system.
Jean Smith hosted a going away party for Pam Duckworth, who will be relocating to Colorado. The April 28 potluck was well attended by many present and past GBTC friends. Attendees chipped in to buy Pam a new GBTC uniform and a duffel bag. We’re trying to keep one of our long-standing members involved in the club. Actually Pam will be spending one week per month in Boston. It’s already been requested that she makes sure that week coincides with the Lake Winnipesaukee Relays. It was wonderful to get to see everyone.
Remember, Bill Wright will also be collecting old running shoes for the Pine Street Inn at the June 5 GBTC Relays.
We have our first off-shore member. Bermudian, Scooby Durham, a friend and Boston Marathon house guest of Dick Nickerson joined the GBTC the day after the marathon. Scooby plans on running at Lake Winnipesaukee, but it may be an all-Bermuda team.
Thanks to all who provided information for this Wingfoot. The next edition’s deadline for articles is July 21.
The Marathon is over and competition is returning to the track and the shorter road races. Next on the club’s schedule of sponsored events is the June 5 GBTC Relays. Quickly approaching, is the June 9 USATF-NE’s Sports Museum Marathon Relay held in Cambridge.
For the former, I would like to encourage members to participate in the Relays both as a runner and as a volunteer. Since Jim Rattray has resigned as the meet director, I would rather have extra volunteers in order to mitigate the impact of this transition. Jim has been helping me to prepare for the meet, but it all comes down to doing a good job on Wednesday, June 5. Please support your club. Members will be going to the Thirsty Ear Pub on MIT’s campus after the meet. It will be a good time to catch up on old friends and make new acquaintances.
The board is still interested in a volunteer to become the Meet Director for the Relays. The position entails preparation during the three months prior to the event, historically held the first Wednesday night in June. The most critical elements are reserving the track with MIT, coordinating with the USATF-NE office and obtaining their sanction, and getting application forms printed and distributed. Beyond that, the Meet Director can determine the type and magnitude of any meet modifications to be recommended to the board of directors. Please call me if you have interest.
The June 9, Sports Museum Marathon Relay which was a GBTC and USATF-NE Grand Prix race has been dropped from the Grand Prix. Apparently there was a problem in acquiring the proper permits. It is too bad. From my experience with the Lake Winnipesaukee, Cabot Trail, and the 3×3 cross-country relays, this could have been a very fun time.
We have included the membership survey in this edition of the Wingfoot, in case you did not respond to the April request. Especially for those of you who are not active workout participants, this is a way for you to be heard. The board values your input. Further, if anyone has comments, suggestions, or concerns not covered by the survey, please contact one of your board members.
Regarding practices, our coaches would very much like to see you at the workouts, regardless of your level of fitness. They will adjust the program based upon you conditioning and needs. Many members feel they have to get in shape to do the workouts. It helps, but I find attending the workouts is a good way to get into shape.
Nancy Clark, MS, RD
Vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as fruit and vegetable replacers, abound in today’s nutrition market-place. Their advertising claims are impressive, but can pills really enhance your health and performance? Are problems associated with taking nutritional supplements? Do athletes have a higher need for vitamins? These are just a few of the questions that sports-active people commonly ask. The following information provides some food for thought to help you decide the role of supplements in your own personal sports diet.
One basic question is: Who should take supplements to prevent nutritional deficiencies? People who should take supplements include dieters who eat less than 1,200 calories per day (in contrast to athletes who eat 3,000+ calories with abundant vitamins and minerals), people who eliminate certain food groups from their diets (such as vegetarians who might have a low intake of iron and zinc, or people who can’t drink milk and might have a diet low in calcium), and women who might become pregnant (they need extra folic acid to prevent certain birth defects).
Believe it or not, a diet that contains a variety of wholesome foods can provide all the vitamins and minerals athletes need to support good health. The American Dietetic Association’s position stand on vitamin and mineral supplements (Jan 1996) strongly recommends food for nourishing your body. To date, neither the ADA, nor any other major health association or government agency endorses the routine use of supplements. But they all endorse eating plenty of fruits and vegetables–the “all natural” form of vitamins and minerals. They also recognize the need for increased nutrition education to teach people how to eat appropriately, even if eating on the run.
There’s little question that foods will nourish you better than supplements. That’s because foods contain many health-protective substances such as phytochemicals, fiber and yet unknown compounds that seem to protect against heart disease and cancer. Even the value of the pills that can supposedly replace fruits and vegetables is questionable–can a pill really capture the complex interactions of little known / yet unknown substances in food?
Nutrition is an ever-changing science including much we don’t know. That’s why taking supplements, if you choose to do so, should be in addition to eating well. The “I take a vitamin pill for breakfast because I eat cookies for lunch” philosophy is short-sighted. So is the story “I don’t like to drink milk, so I take calcium pills instead.” Granted, taking a vitamin or mineral in a pill is better than eating none, but pills are not the answer to protecting health. Most nutrients work in combinations and in the optimal balance found in natural foods. For example, milk contains far more than just calcium–it contains a myriad of nutrients that are integral to bone health. Bones need all these nutrients–not just the calcium in a pill. Whole foods protect whole health.
Because the athletes who take vitamins tend to be the nutritious-conscious ones who are least likely to need them, a second question arises: If you have an adequate diet, are there benefits to taking additional supplements? Yes, peace of mind. Yes, possible protection against heart disease and cancer with vitamin E, and perhaps even protection against some athletic injuries. Because the health benefits of E are associated with an intake of 100 to 400 IUs of E (an amount too difficult to get through a standard diet), a supplement might be a wise idea. But vitamin studies with athletes show no performance benefits with taking supplements. Studies also show that athlete’s blood levels of vitamins are similar to non-athletes, suggesting that exercise does not deplete body stores.
Are there dangers to taking supplements? Yes. Although not common, the medical literature reports vitamin overdoses among people who self-prescribe too many B vitamins (supposedly thought harmless even in high doses). Even “natural overdoses” can happen, as in the case of people who eat an abundance of carrots and their skin turns yellow (a warning of too much beta-carotene). But otherwise, natural overdoses are very unlikely. More likely than not, you will flush excess vitamins down the toilet.
In comparison to vitamins, mineral overdoses are worrisome and taking too many minerals can create serious imbalances. For example, an abnormal amount of zinc (>200 mcg) interacts with iron, magnesium, nickel, copper, chromium, cadmium and lead, plus decreases the good HDL cholesterol and impairs immune function. Many athletes are taking copious minerals without even knowing it. That’s because many brands of sports bars, such as PowerBars and PR Bars, are fortified with 100% of the RDA for iron, zinc and chromium. If this is your case, and if you are also eating highly fortified breakfast cereals such as Total and Just Right plus taking a multi-mineral supplement, you might want to re-evaluate your nutritionprogram. You may be creating problems; nutrition professionals have yet to fully understand the impact of abundant minerals on overall health.
Chromium is one mineral of particular concern. Chromium is supposed to help burn fat and build muscle, but these claims have not been proven in well-respected studies with athletes such as football players and men starting a strength training program. Meanwhile, concerns are being raised about potential dangers with chromium supplements. Excess chromium may contribute to anemia (which hurts athletic performance) and chromosomal changes. Meanwhile, chromium sales are skyrocketing among athletes eager for a quick fix.
The safest bet for optimal nutrition is to chow down on nature’s powerhouses: broccoli, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, melon, oranges and other citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi and bananas, lean meats, beans and legumes, lowfat dairy foods, and unrefined grain foods. If you don’t eat these foods every day, at least eat bunches when you do eat them! They are proven health protectors.
Nancy Clark, MS, RD, is director of nutrition services at Boston-area’s SportsMedicine Brookline and author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook ($18) and her nutrition guide for runners The NYC Marathon Cookbook ($23) . Both are available by sending a check to Sports Nutrition Materials, 830 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 02167.
Riverside 8K Championship, Agawam, MA
We arrived in torrid heat such as we had not experienced since August of 1995. Doug Burdi, Jim O’Leary, Chad Nausbaum, Chuck Ferguson and I pulled in to the big parking lot at Riverside Park and immediately saw two vans full of Merrimack Striders. Hoards of BAA runners greeted us as the steam rose off the tarmac. Greater Lowell runners sported new uniforms of a darker and more serious green. The Boston Running Club Phoenix reared up looking for road kill.
We were only five in face of a huge field. We had no margin for error to finish a team in the Grand Prix. Our guys suffered in the heat. Never before have so many owed so much to so few as these GBTC members carried the club banner into war. They deserve citations. Chuck Ferguson lead the charge with a 5:06 first mile. O’Leary ran 5:30. Burdi and I ran 5:25. Each of us slowed after the first mile, but we all finished to preserve our team standing. Chuck continued to lead our team, finishing in 27:56, followed by Doug, me, Jim and Chad.
(see Road Race Results, p 7)
|06/09/96||Marathon Relay||N.E. Sports Museum*||Boston, MA|
|07/30/98||10 Miles||Yankee Homecoming||Newburyport, MA|
|08/10/96||10K||Bridge of Flowers||Shelburne Falls, MA|
|09/14/96||Various Legs||Lake Winnipesaukee Relay||Weirs Beach, NH|
|09/29/96||Half Marathon||Newport Federal||Middleton, RI|
|10/27/96||Marathon||Cape Cod Marathon||Falmouth, MA|
*Note: Dropped from the Grand Prix. Reported that permits were not acquired.
They look and feel fast. Improve your 10K time by a minute*. Buy the new GBTC Racing Uniform!
- Singlet $20
- Shorts/Briefs $15
- Singlet with Shorts/Briefs $30
Mike Turmala is carrying the inventory and selling it at Tuesday night practices. If you need to make other arrangements, please call a board member or Mike.
*Note: Management does not guarantee the uniforms will improve times. Please see your coaches.
It’s not too early to start thinking about the 8th Annual Fred Brown Lake Winnipesaukee Relay to be held on Saturday, September 14.
It is a fun weekend for runners, friends and families. Eight runners form a relay team that cumulatively run a 67-mile course around the lake. Individual legs range from 4 to 11 miles. Competitions are held in open, masters and seniors age groups, and men’s, women’s, and mixed-gender divisions.
The Relay can be a very serious, hard-fought competition, or a fun run. There is room for all.
We rent condos for the weekend, run on Saturday, have a group meal and social Saturday night, and enjoy slow Sunday morning before returning to our homes.
Dick Nickerson has agreed to organize the Relays again this year. If you are interested in participating on a team, or would like to help him, please call him at 617-965-3837, or email him at email@example.com
Jon Berit and Bill Newsham are collaborating on the Track & Field Grand Prix. The spring meets which will count for scoring include:
|5/18||Northeastern Metro meet #1|
|5/25||Northeastern Metro meet #2|
|6/1||Northeastern Metro meet #3|
|6/5||GBTC Relays at MIT|
|6/8||Northeastern Metro meet #4|
|6/29||NE Championship/Masters meet|
|7/13||Bay State Games Finals|
Bill will collect/request all results from these meets and forward them to Jon. Jon will use the new 1992 Hungarian tables to calculate the point totals.
If you compete in any of these meets, please report your results to Bill Newsham at 508-785-8038 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who says watching the Boston Marathon is easy?
My initial plan to take a day off to watch the Marathon was preempted by work. It was an 11 a.m., must-attend, customer event at the Westin Hotel, Copley Place. Big screen TVs to watch the marathon … brunch and coffee … must wear a suit and heels. How to be on the Newton hills to best cheer on my GBTC teammates? I decided to stay through the start of the Marathon, mingling with our customers and explain that I had 20 teammates running who needed my support on the hills (I did score some points with this approach, in the process becoming the resident semi-expert on the marathon).
The day’s agenda was simple: Park at my Waltham office (by the commuter rail at Brandeis). Take the commuter rail to Porter Square. Switch to the Red Line to Park Street. Switch to the Green Line, to arrive as close to Copley Plaza as possible (Arlington … a few blocks circuitous walk, what with the majority of streets around the finish area already blocked off at 10 a.m.). Watch the start. Bid adieu to our customers. Change into running gear in the ladies room and dump my suit into the backpack. Hop back onto the T to Pam Duckworth’s house, to briefly attend a marathon party.
The first hitch occurred when I walked out of the Westin. The entire finish area from Copley Plaza up to Kenmore Square reproduced a scene from the movie “Soylent Green” (sp?). It was a madhouse. Rather than attempt to catch the T, I jogged to Pam’s. At Ms. Duckworth’s, I said “hi” to Pam, Dotty Fine, Cindy Derderian, and GBTC alumni: Sandy and John MacNamara, Don Callahan … and just missed seeing Barbara Sauer (in town from Buffalo for the Marathon festivities). I then jumped on the Green Line out to Walnut Street in Newton … ran to Comm Ave … fruitlessly looked for the GBTC banner (which wasn’t set up). I did run into Jean Smith’s husband, Dennis, but couldn’t find any other GBTC spectators.
So, heading west on Comm Ave., I found a group of enthusiastic folks … the Boston Hash House Harriers (yes, I nominally belong to this rather strange bunch). The Hashers have a unique concept for a marathon at the 18 mile mark … they call it a “beer check”. As HHHs are a world-wide cult, their customs are shared by all chapters. Each marathon-running Hasher was required to stop and chug a beer (or dump it over his/her head), before going further in the Marathon (note, in deference to the event, we are talking a very small amount of beer … still!). Next to the HHH was the relatively “normal” CSU crowd … a few of whom I know from more than a few post-race parties. I hung out there for a while, until Frank Monkiewicz, Bob Ward and Hugh Jessup passed by … all of whom were in good shape and enjoying the experience.
I ran over to Dick Nickerson’s party to say “hi” to Wendy Newsham, Kay McDonald and Joan Bernard. I only stayed a few minutes before finishing my day’s run back to my car, another 2 1/2 miles away (the backpack by that time was getting very heavy).
After driving into MIT, I walked across the bridge to the Crossroads. There I congratulated a few folks from out of town, who had finished the Marathon and were entitled to one free beer with their finish medal.
Then, it seeming like a week had easily passed by in one day, I returned to Cambridge for a massage. While I didn’t see any of the Marathon lead pack, it was quite a day.
Since the first modern Olympic Games were staged in Athens, Greece in 1896 the event has grown and the performances have improved impressively. Below is a table comparing the size and scope of the Games in 1992 and 1896, followed by the gold medal performances in 1992 and 1896.
Then and now
|Athens 1896||Atlanta 1996|
|Athletes||311 (0 women)||10,768 (about 3,700 women) expected|
|Olympic Stadium Seating||60,000||85,000|
|Ticket Prices||12-25 cents||6-600 dollars|
|Cost of Facilities||$120,000||$500 million|
|Funding||Giorgios Averoff, and ticket sales||TV rights, merchandise, sponsors, ticket sales|
* From the “Olympic Torch” as published by the United States Olympic Committee.
A Century’s Difference
|Event||1896 Athens Gold||1992 Barcelona Gold|
|100m||12.0 (Thomas Burke, USA)||9.96 (Linford Christie, GBR)|
|400m||54.2 (Thomas Burke, USA)||43.50 (Quincy Watts, USA)|
|800m||2:11.0 (Edwin Flack, AUS)||1:43.66 (William Tanui, KEN)|
|1500m||4:33.2 (Edwin Flack, AUS)||3:40.12 (Fermin Cacho Ruiz, ESP)|
|Marathon||2:58:50 (Spiridon Loues, GRE)||2:13:23 (Hwang Young-Cho, KOR)|
|110m Hurdles||17.6 (Thomas Curtis, USA)||13.12 (Mark McKoy, CAN)|
|High Jump||1.81m (Ellery Clark, USA)||2.34 (Javier Sotomayor, CUB)|
|Pole Vault||3.30m (William Welles Hoyt,USA)||5.80m (Maxim Tarassov, EUN)|
|Long Jump||6.35m (Ellery Clark, USA)||8.67m (Carl Lewis, USA)|
|Triple Jump||13.71m (James Connolly, USA)||18.17m (Mike Conley, USA)|
|Shot Put||11.22m (Robert Garrett, USA)||21.70 (Michael Stulce, USA)|
|Discus||29.15m (Robert Garrett, USA)||65.12m (Romas Ubartas, LTU)|
|Swimming (100m Freestyle)||1:22.2 (Alfred Hajos, HUN)||49.02 (Alexander Popov, EUN)|
Stay tuned. We need volunteers for GBTC’s Heart and Sole 5K Road Race held on Thursday night, August 15, in Needham. Please contact Mike Turmala or Susan Richards if you know of potential sponsors.
Since the 17-day, 1996 Atlanta Olympics will be half over by the time the August Wingfoot is published, I decided to include a brief review to get us ready.
The Olympics began in Ancient Olympia in 776 BC and were revived in Athens in 1896. Ten nations fielded competitors in that first modern Olympics: Australia, Britian, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Sweden and the United States.
Opening day ceremonies for Atlanta are July 19. The Olympic torch, began its US 84-day, 10,000-person cross-country journey to Atlanta on April 27. It was first carried by 1960 Olympic decathlon champion, Rafer Johnson, from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics – and handed to Gina Tillman, the granddaughter of Jesse Owens — four gold medal winner in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I believe it is supposed to follow the Boston Marathon course along its circuitous journey to Atlanta.
The Atlanta Olympics will be the largest ever, due in part to the increased number of countries representing eastern Europe.
For the third consecutive year, GBTC directed the Epilepsy 5K on Sunday, May 19. Our club is responsible for start, finish, results, and course logistics. The Epilepsy Foundation hires GBTC for the technical aspects of putting on a road race. This year 117 entrants took part on a lovely day along the Charles River.
I would like to thank those who volunteered their time and expertise. I apologize if I left anyone out. Karen Crounse, Ron Spangler, Mike Urquiola, Bruce Bond, Sarah Rankin, Brian Hare, Bill Durette, Ann King, Tom Richardson, Dick Nickerson, Carmen Danforth, Sandy Miller, Jim O’Leary, Jim O’Brian, Mike Turmala, Rezwan Rahman, Nea Hoyt, Hugh Jessup, Bob Ward and Annie.
|1. Ferguson||1. Derderian||1. Ward||1. Crounse||1. Smith, J.||1. Phelan|
|2. Burdi||2. Monkiewicz.||2. Nickerson||2. Richards||2. McDonald|
|3. Spangler||3. Jessup||3. Danforth||3. Miller|
|4. Hoyt||4. Pruit|
Bill Durette is planning to modify the running camp this year to allow more members to attend. His intent is to move the location closer to Boston and schedule one full day of events, including: a morning run, afternoon run, technical presentations, and meals.
As we experienced pastoral Berkshires settings the past two years, Bill plans off-road or bucolic, rural road running. At this time the date is not fixed, but it may be moved from August to September. The camp will continue to be participant-subsidized, with a price reduction caused by the change in venue.
If you know of a particularly pleasing location, have training topics you would like to see addressed, or would like to help in the planning, please call Bill.
There will be an update in the August Wingfoot Express.
Charbo’s Run 5 Mile
|6. Eamonn Browne||27:05|
|7. Tom Cotter||27:33|
Fresh Pond 5-Mile
|1. Mariam Fein-Cole||35:16|
Saucony 5000 Road Race
|680||3/ 3||Rosemary Phelan||68||43:09||13:54|
|Place||Name||Overall Time (gun to finish)|
(Former GBTCer Bill Rodgers came in 1253rd place at 2:53:23.)
Rollin Irish 1/2 Marathon, Essex, Vt.
Dover Police Chase 5 miler
Harvard, MA 5-Mile
Riverside 8K Championship, Agawam, MA
USATF-NE at MIT
* Tom’s Salem State athletes & GBTC training partners
|2.||Chuck Ferguson||9:42. PR|
It was wonderful meet for runners and spectators at Northeastern’s track in Dedham on Saturday, May 18th. GBTC runners ran well in the open events and watched a super meet in the invitational events. The invitational 10,000 opened with a first mile under 4:30….wow! Wicked, awesome mile.
The board of your track club is interested in your opinion in how GBTC can better meet your needs as a runner. Given the diversity of interests within our club, this may prove to be a challenge. The results of this survey will be printed in a subsequent Wingfoot! (by the way, we need help for the Wingfoot … any aspiring editors out there??).
Please answer any or all of the following questions (please use the reverse side for any additional thoughts you may have):
Do you feel you are “getting your money’s worth” for your annual dues (if not, please list what would improve GBTC’s value to you)?
Would you be willing to pay more for more services which are not presently available (if so, please list those items)?
What aspect of belonging to GBTC is most important to you (e.g. Wingfoot, Social, Long Runs, Track workouts, Coaching)?
On a scale of 5-1 (5 being “really great”, 3 being “neutral”, and 1 being “not so hot”), how would you rate the following?:
Sunday group long runs? ____
The quality of the coaching you’ve received? ____
The quality of the Wingfoot? ____
The social activities (Christmas Party, parties after races, Thirsty Ear/Muddy Charles Pub gatherings after workouts)? ____
GBTC team participation at area races? ____
The GBTC Indoor Meet at Harvard U. … If you were a volunteer? ____, If you were a participating athlete? ____, If you were a spectator? ____ Any suggested improvements?
The Heart & Sole 5k Road Race … If you were a volunteer? ____, If you were a participating athlete? ____, If you were a spectator? ____ Any suggested improvements?
The GBTC Relays – Outdoor Meet at MIT … If you were a volunteer? ____, If you were a participating athlete? ____, If you were a spectator? ____ Any suggested improvements?
If you have ever contemplated leaving GBTC, why? Do you see anything that other area track clubs offer that would be a valuable addition to GBTC?
Would you like to volunteer to help out (Wingfoot, processing entries for GBTC Relays in June, Social Committee, Sponsorship Committee, etc.)?
Any other concerns or suggestions?
How long have you been with GBTC? ___, What events are you training for? ___________
Are you … Female ___, or Male ___?
Please return completed survey to a board member, or mail to Sandy Miller. Her address is: Sandy Miller, 51 Chapman Street, Watertown, MA 02172.
The Wingfoot Express a publication of the Greater Boston Track Club.
|Board of Directors|
|President||Bruce Bond||(617) 275.4982|
|Vice-President||Susan Richards||(617) 437.6557|
|Treasurer||Jim O’Brien||(617) 282.5537|
|Clerk||Sandy Miller||(617) 923.0754|
|Board Member||Lenia Ascenso||(508) 283.2647|
|GBTC Invitational||Jim O’Brien||(617) 282.5537|
|GBTC Relays||Bruce Bond||(617) 275.4982|
|Heart & Sole 5K||Mike Turmala||(617) 491.7285|
|Men’s Distance||Tom Derderian||(617) 846.2902|
|Women’s Distance||Bill Durette||(617) 484.9262|
|Club Hotline Number||(617) 499.4844|
GBTC Web Page: http://www.gbtc.org
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