Wingfoot Express, May 1997

Twenty-three Years & Still Running

The Wingfoot Express

Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
May 1997

Table of Contents:


GBTC runners make 26.2 mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston

Geoff Groesbeck

A postcard-perfect day was the setting for the 101st B.A.A. Marathon, as more than 11,000 runners assembled along Hopkinton’s Main Street for the start of the world’s most hallowed road race. Among those toeing the start were 17 stalwart GBTCers, eight men and nine women who (supposedly) had spent the better part of the past several months training for this very event. The entrants ranged from cantankerous veteran Bruce “No, I’m Not Psyched” Bond, to recent Bostonian Michelle Parks, whose enthusiasm for her first Boston Marathon nearly had her walking — or running — on air.

Weather conditions mirrored those of last year, with the only drawback a persistent headwind (a decisive factor in the comparatively slower times posted this year), as temperatures hovered in the low fifties, with nary a cloud in the sky. Unlike the organized mayhem of last year’s 26.2 mile-long party, the 1997 Marathon was a more disciplined event, although the effervescent crowds en route kept the excitement at a fever pitch right up to the finish.

Although last year’s winners failed to repeat, to no one’s surprise, the men’s race was won and dominated by the Kenyans for the seventh straight year, as they took nine of the top fourteen spots, with the Mexicans claiming three of the first fifteen slots. The first American runner, Danny Gonzalez, was nineteenth overall. On the women’s side, Washington’s Kim Jones took ninth place in a race that saw runners from all six continents finish in the top ten.

For the GBTC runners, the pack was led by Cambridge’s Tom Cotter, who placed 96th overall, with a net time of 2:38:25. How fast is that? Well, besides handily qualifying for next year with a 6:02/mile pace, Tom’s time would have won him a number of previous Boston Marathons, right up to and including the 1931 race. Boston’s own Brian Hare was the second GBTCer, taking 710th place overall with a net time of 2:58:51. In addition to qualifying for 1998, Brian’s time would have earned him the 1909 Marathon trophy, too. Bruce Bond (3609 overall) and Chris Hussey (3608) tied for a third place aggregate finish for the team, each posting a 3:30:26 time.

The GBTC women upstaged the men, with the top four finishers all qualifying for the 102nd Marathon. Brookline’s Rania Abouhamad (4306) led, with a 3:32:47 net time, taking 583rd place for women overall, and she ran negative splits at that. Not far behind was Brighton’s Karen Crounse (4608 overall, 685th woman), with a 3:38:03 net time. Just behind her was Jean Smith, who posted a 3:40:55 net time, good for 4608th overall, 685th for women. Fourth GBTC woman was the indomitable Susan Richards, who posted a 3:44:59 net finish, took 5395th overall, and the 998th women’s spot. We can’t say for sure, but Sue’s impressive negative splits may have had something to do with her two-hour frolic in the medical tent at the finish.

Complete results for both men and women at the 1997 Boston Marathon can be found on page 5 of this newsletter.


President’s Column

Bruce Bond

Hello fellow GBTCers! Hope you are all doing well.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Boston Marathon. It was not a particularly good day for running with warm temperatures and a head wind the entire way. In spite of the conditions, a number of our members had excellent days and even established PRs. Kudos to you! Tom Cotter did not have his best time, but distinguished himself by cracking into the top 100. (Not bad for an old…… whoops!) A few of us had rotten days, myself included. Some days are good; some days are bad. You don’t want to have a bad day on the day of a race. That’s especially true for the marathon. Next year ….

Our cool spring makes me think it is payback for the mild winter. In spite of the weather, it appears as though more people are showing up at Tuesday practices. (We are back outside and have returned to our 7 PM start time.) It’s good to see everyone back honing your skills for racing. Running is a sport that allows year-round competition, but the racing schedule gets especially crowded this time of year. Track has begun. May 14, is the first Mini-Meet at MIT, while May 17 is the first Twilight Meet at Northeastern’s facility in Dedham. Also, the road racing schedule has blossomed with multiple selections each weekend.

I want to thank the volunteers at the May 4, Epilepsy Run. We had a good turnout and the race was once again well directed by Karl Hoyt. There was a strong westerly wind that made it a little uncomfortable for the course marshals, but we endured to keep the runners and walkers on course.

We will need everyone to volunteer at this year’s June 4, GBTC Relays. First time meet director, Ron Spangler, has been doing an excellent job preparing for the event. We would not want to let him down. You are also invited to run. This is a great event for those of you who have seen little or no track competition. The sprints and middle distance races are separated into sections based on time. For many of our members, the meet serves as an introduction to the sport. Nonetheless, the competition is a challenge at all levels.

Although I often find myself thanking or recruiting volunteers for various events, remember it is your club and we are very interested in your thoughts, feedback, and requests to the board on the direction the club takes. On occasion, members provide suggestions or criticism about the club to me. It really helps to define where our attention should be placed, and I appreciate the input. Thank you.

I plan to be attending my first organized outdoor track workout soon. Grovel around the track with me. I could use the company. Please? Remember, safety in numbers!

Happy running!


Club Happenings

9th Annual Lake Winnipesaukee Relays
Saturday September 20, 1997
Funspot at Weirs Beach

The relay is an 8-leg, 66-mile race around the lake. The club has participated every year since the start. It’s a great race and one of the most enjoyable times on our social calendar. Once again, we will attempt to field several competitive teams as well as a fun team or two. Spectators, friends and family are also encouraged to join us — it is a fun time. As in past years, we will stay at the Samoset Resort Condos in Guilford, NH. Taking a pro-active stance this year, we have reserved 5 units which will be secured by a 50% deposit due by July 1. Each unit (personally inspected by Sandy Miller) includes three separate bedrooms and will accommodate at least 8 persons. Directions and other race details will be provided well in advance of the race date. The total cost this year (per athlete participating in the relay) is $80 which includes the application fee, two nights lodging at the resort, and Saturday night’s club sponsored dinner. Your $40 deposit is due by June 15! The balance is due September 15. Consider paying the total amount by June 15 in order to minimize the hassle and additional bookkeeping. Please make checks payable to Greater Boston Track Club and mail to:

Dick Nickerson
47 River St.
W. Newton, MA 02165-1853

By popular demand, and in order to provide a more enjoyable overall experience, we will assign rooms at Samoset in advance according to your individual requests following receipt of your total payment. First come, first served. If you would like an entire group in a condo, organize it now! Volunteers are needed to help orchestrate the Saturday evening festivities (food, entertainment, etc.) Please consider helping out as a means of giving something back to the club. Also, consider volunteering as a team captain, who recruits and organizes an 8-person team.

This event attracts 1200 to 1500 runners every year and is a splendid time to visit the lakes region. If you have any suggestions as to how we might improve upon this special event, do not hesitate to speak up and get involved.

If you have questions or require additional information, then please call Dick at (617) 965-3837.


GBTC Members

  • You ran a race and the person who just beat you or who you just sprinted past does not represent a running club.
  • You have an office friend who talks about running but needs a little encouragement.
  • You are running your favorite course and start chatting with a fellow runner who would like to work out with others. Ask them to join the GBTC. Until the end of August, the GBTC is sponsoring a special membership drive. Bring in one new member and receive a free GBTC short sleeve T-shirt. Please make sure the new member notes your name on their application.

Help GBTC register ONE new member (at least!) and you’ll get a free t-shirt! Do you have neighbors, friends, or family members who are runners? Bring them in…there’s something for everyone at GBTC.



The GBTC banner is missing!!!!!

Please help us find the banner! If you know anything concerning the location of the banner, please call Betty Bourret @ (617) 397-8553. It was last seen on Tuesday, April 1st at the MIT Outdoor Track. Thanks for your help!


Help Wanted!

GBTC is looking for a new editor/publisher for the Wingfoot. The Wingfoot is published once every two months, and it’s actually a lot of fun to put together. If you are interested in becoming the new editor and feel like you could creatively gather information and put it in newsletter form, please give me a call. You would be responsible for creating the next newsletter, which comes out at the end of July. I am willing to lend my Microsoft Publishing Software to anybody who is interested in taking this position. Please call Kristin Mattocks at 254-9272 for more information.


1997 GBTC Relays

No Record is Safe at the 1997 GBTC Relays!!

Ever wondered what it feels like to race around the oval in the Olympic Stadium, with 100,000 fans screaming your name, billions watching on worldwide TV, and the world record just 100 meters away? Well, after you run in the GBTC Relays you still won’t! You will, however, have a great time, and maybe get a little taste of that track-star feeling. Who knows, you might end up in a heat with Lynn Jennings (don’t be surprised – it’s been known to happen!). Or, you might have that grudge match you’ve been plotting for Da Coach during one of those 6×2000 cross-country season workouts. Whatever your motivation, and whatever your speed and experience level, the GBTC Relays is THE track meet for you.

This year’s meet is on Wednesday, June 4. Held continuously since 1984, the Relays provides a low-key track and field experience for over 100 runners, from clubs all over the Boston area. The meet is for both beginner and experienced athletes. Participation is encouraged as much as competition. However, the meet has historically attracted its share of top performers, such as Jennings, Kathy Franey, Cathy O’Brien, and Kristin Seabury. Spectators will enjoy both watching these elite competitors in action, and seeing the joy in the eyes of the 4-year-old toddling his way to the finish of the Youth 40 Dash in, of course, a PR.

Events range from the 100m to the 2 mile run. Additionally (as you’d expect from a meet with Relays featured prominently in its name!), there are 4×100 and 4×400 relays for men, women, and mixed-gender teams. There are special Developmental Miles for men and women (this is the event that first attracted your humble scribe to the Relays, and, eventually, to join the club). These events are limited to athletes with lifetime personal bests no faster than 5:20 and 5:50, respectively, for men and women. All other events are open, with no age groups. Finally, there is one field event at the Relays – the long jump.

To help this event run smoothly, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! About 25 warm bodies (brains recommended, but not necessarily required!) are needed to handle such tasks as set-up, registration, scoring and timing, long jump, youth dash coordination, and results tabulation. Volunteers will generally need to show up at 5 PM, but some of these tasks don’t begin until later for those with work commitments. And if you’d like to run an event or two, no problem. We’ll find something for you to do that doesn’t interfere with your races.

To volunteer, contact Karl Hoyt (242-3446) or Ron Spangler (577-0700 x246 days, 625-9033 eves.,

Whether you help out, compete, spectate, or do all three, we hope to see you at the MIT track on June 4th for the GBTC Relays.


City Runs

Not interested in track work outs? Training for a marathon? Then join the City Run group that runs from the MIT outdoor track every Tuesday 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 downstairs at the MIT outdoor track at 6:45 pm. If you have any questions call Susan Richards at (617) 437-6557.


Race Results

(everything from 800 meters to 41,920 meters!!!)

Merrimack River Trail Run (10 miles)

2. Jesse Darley 1:01:07
48. Jack Burke 1:13:00
76. Chris Faddis 1:18:05
79. Karl Hoyt 1:18:42
131. Russ Miller 1:26:03
144. Claire McManus 1:28:57

Tufts Snowflake Track Meet (5K)

21. Tom Derderian 17:11

Winner’s Circle Bar 4-Miler

6. Jennifer Rappaport 23:47

GFTC Terrible Ten

11. Bill Newsham 59:03
63. Claire McManus 70:30 (5th female)

Terrapin Trot 5K (University of MD)

4. Chuck Ferguson 16:18 (PR)

Middleboro 10K

4. Bill Newsham 35:09

Doyle’s Pub 5 Miler

10. Chris Hussey 27:55
18. John Delaney 28:44
76. Claire McManus 33:16
112. Dick Nickerson 34:45
264. Marianne Dimascio 39:15

Fred’s Half-Marathon

1. Bill Newsham 1:15:06

Winchester 5 Miler

10. Jennifer Rappaport 31:05 (1st woman)

James Joyce Ramble (10K)

17. Andy Rogovin 34:20
18. Bill Newsham 34:36
28. Tom Guerinni 36:26
268. Dick Nickerson 44:58

Walter Childs Memorial Marathon

8. Jim O’Leary 3:08:16
33. Kristin Mattocks 3:42:47

Stoughton 5K

1. Andy Rogovin 16:02

1997 BAA Boston Marathon

96. Tom Cotter 2:38:25
710. Brian Hare 2:58:24
3609. Bruce Bond 3:26:47
3608 Chris Hussey 3:29:40
4306 Rania Abouhamad 3:32:47
4608 Karen Crounse 3:38:03
4911. Jean Smith 3:40:55
5321. Geoff Groesbeck 3:44:05
5395. Susan Richards 3:44:59
5821 Michelle Parks 3:51:58
6179 Lisa Frank 3:50:53
6964 Frank Monkiewicz 4:03:35
7796 Elizabeth Golluscio 4:19:17
7795 Carles Serra-Pages 4:19:27
8160 Hugh Jessup 4:30:10
8576 Betty Bourret 4:43:24

Note: Times listed above are chip times. Since it took people varying amounts of time to reach start line, each person’s listed finishing place and time do not necessarily correlate to those of their fellow runners.

Sixth Annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon (13.1M) Woodstock to Quechee, VT

127. Geoffrey A. P. Groesbeck 1:27:48
226. Lisa E. Conboy 1:32:28
899. Michelle Parks 1:50:57

MIT Mini Meet Men’s 800 Meters

1. Tony Palotta 2:09

Northeastern Twilight Meet #1 (3km)

1. Jesse Darley 8:51:09

Northeastern Twilight Meet (1600 meters)

10. Jesse Darley 4:35:41

Northeastern Twilight Meet (800 meters)

Bill Newsham 2:02:98
Jesse Darley 2:11:66

Gloucester Backshore 5-miler

9. Jack Burke 29:38
20. Karl Hoyt 31:54
21. Geoff Groesbeck 32:05
221. Nea Hoyt 41:25

Great Bear Run 5K

2. Bill Newsham 16:51

Do you have a race result you’d like to report? Send it to us….it doesn’t have to be a personal best and you don’t have to have received hardware for your efforts. Its nice to see the wide range of race distances and races our members compete in. We would love to include YOU in this section!

Interested in competing in your FIRST triathalon?? There’s a great article in this month’s New England Runner by Ironman winner and local triathlete Karen Smyers on how to prepare for your first triathalon. It includes a training schedule and good advice from a woman who has mastered the triathalon. Interested in doing some volunteer work for the club? It would really help us out, and it will give you the opportunity to meet some new people. Also, remember the more volunteer work you do, the more likely it is you’ll get a marathon number from the club! Its never too early to start!


GBTC’s Amory Rowe scores winning goal in World Cup Lacrosse Championship

…an account of the World Cup Championship by Amory Rowe

Kristin, our fearless editor, recently asked me to take a few minutes to put together a brief history of my trip to Japan with the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Team. Although I am an English major and am indeed embarking upon the trek to earn my Ph.D. in American Literature this fall, I am going to defy all my schooling and instincts, given the little time I have, and simply recount the story with no attention to style, narrative, or voice. May all my former and future professors please excuse this mangling of our language.

The World Cup Championship takes place every four years at a site determined six years ahead of time. All lacrosse playing countries are invited, but not all attend due to lack of funds and playing experience. The 1997 World Cup was hosted by Edogowa City, Japan and featured seven teams: Australia, Canada, England, Japan, Scotland, the U.S., and Wales. Out of the past four World Cups, the US has won three, including the most recent, and Australia has won one. Seeing as lacrosse has yet to be included in the Olympics, the World Cup is viewed by all as the pinnacle of our sport.

It took nearly two years to select the team that would represent the US in Japan. Tryouts were opened to any and all, and about 60 of the country’s finest players accepted the challenge. After whittling down the numbers over the course of the fall and winter, the final team of 16 was notified in early March of their selection to the National Team. This left us roughly a month to gel as a team and to organize our lives enough to leave the country for three weeks. After three exhibition games (and wins) against Division I College Teams over the end of March and early April, the team moved down to Norfolk, Virginia for a grueling week of training camp. We endured three sessions a day while living three to a hotel room and surviving mainly on Powerbars and Gatorade supplied by the local 7-11. At the conclusion of the camp, we had 24 hours to fly to our respective homes, pack our bags, and reconvene with the team at the San Francisco International Airport.

We landed in Tokyo mid-afternoon on April 19, a week before our first game. We spent the next six days adjusting to the food, the time change (Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of EST) and the lack of space. Due to the premium on space in Tokyo, the hotel rooms are much smaller than we were accustomed to, so thank god I packed lightly and my roommate measured in at 5’2 and 115 pounds. We had two practices a day that week, and spent a lot of time in our hotel hallway playing Scrabble and poker with yen (which was dangerous seeing as we never did figure out exactly what the exchange rate was between the yen and the dollar).

April 27th finally arrived and opening ceremonies were held in front of a packed stadium full of fans. The Japanese did a wonderful job hosting the entire event; their attention to detail and their enthusiasm for both the sport of lacrosse and celebrations in general combined to make it clear that Japan was indeed the ideal site at which to hold the World Cup.

The game schedule was organized so that every team played each other once. After those two games, the two best records advanced to the finals, and the next two best played for the bronze. We had three games in a row, a day off, and then three more games and we knew immediately that our two toughest games were on days one and three, against England and Australia, respectively.

Much to our surprise and dismay, we lost our first game against Australia, 4-6. This loss put us under pressure to win the rest of our games by a significant margin in order to ensure us a place in the gold medal round.

The next day, we beat Wales handily 13-2. By the third day, our legs were beginning to feel the toll of consecutive days of competition. With only 16 players (two of which are goalkeepers), we had only three substitutes. Even so, we were able to beat England, 7-5 in a rough game that all of us were glad to put behind us. We used our rest day to sightsee and tried to stay off our feet as much as possible in order to preserve whatever energy we might have had for the next set of matches.

Our next three games against Canada, Scotland and Japan were far easier that our first three. I think we beat those teams something like 12-3, 11-2, and 13-2. The only other big news was that Australia defeated England, so we were guaranteed a rematch versus Australia in the finals.

A lot of coaches will tell you that beating the same team twice in a short span of time is a difficult task. Our coaches certainly did; they claimed we had learned from our mistakes the first time, that we hadn’t played a good game the first time and that Australia had played their best, and that when all else failed, we always had our revenge to fall back on. With all of that in mind, we took the field fairly confidently on May 4th to face our biggest international rival in the finals of the World Cup. Yes, we were extremely nervous.

We were even more nervous when Australia jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes. Our coach is a screamer, and I was worried she was going to have a heart attack. By half-time, we had tied up the game on a penalty shot with about ten minutes left in the first half, and an outstanding team effort with only 7 seconds left in the half. The second half passed by scoreless. The first overtime period consisted of two-three minute halves, to be played out in their entirety. Still no one scored. So the refs reset the clock to three minutes to begin the first sudden death overtime period. Remarkably, our team was relatively calm. Despite the fact that Australia was the more experienced squad, they seemed increasingly frantic with each minute, while our team settled into a rhythm and cadence that we hadn’t experienced before. About two minutes into sudden death, Australia committed a defensive foul, which gave our best player, Cherie Greer, a penalty shot from 11 meters out, dead center in front of the goal. The crowd was screaming, our team was screaming, and Australia was screaming. I don’t know how she heard the whistle to begin play. She took it in a few steps and shot low…and the goalie just saved it with her left foot. “Oh no!” I thought. And then the ball bounced out of the crease and landed right at my feet. All I had to do was pick it up, turn around and face the goal, and simply put the ball around the keeper. It really wasn’t a very pretty goal, but I’ll take it. And that’s how the U.S. earned their fourth World Cup!

My mom was there, camera in hand, and took forty rolls of film. Yes, forty rolls of mostly 36 exposure. So if anyone wants to see pictures, I’ve got quite a few. Many, many thanks to everyone in the club. You all were very supportive, especially Bill, who guaranteed me a spot on the team by getting me into shape, and Elaine, who talked me through my bi-weekly anxiety attacks while alternately dragging and chasing me through seemingly endless repeat 400’s this winter. See you all at practice!!!


Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers for the following events:

1. Wednesday, June 4th. GBTC is hosting the GBTC relays at the MIT track. Its a fun evening of competition and hopefully nice weather to enjoy the races. We definitely need many volunteers to make this evening run smoothly. Also, you can take a break to compete in an event, if you’d like! Please call Karl Hoyt at 242-3446 to sign up to volunteer that evening.

2. Sunday, November 2th (plan ahead!!), GBTC will host the Noble and Greenough cross-country race. This is the first year of our involvement in this race, and so lets do it right!! Let Karl Hoyt know (242-3446) if you’re available.


Member Profiles

…what you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Amory Rowe

As long as you just read about her adventure in Japan, you might as well know the rest about Amory! Not only is Amory an amazing lacrosse player, she is also one of the best female runners in GBTC. In her last indoor mile this year, she pulled off a 5:02 mile, an improvement from her initial indoor mile this year of 5:30ish. She has never run on an organized track or cross country team before coming to GBTC, and indeed admits to running on the “off season” to stay in shape for lacrosse and field hockey. As a high school student at St. Paul’s Academy in New Hampshire, she played field hockey, lacrosse, and ice hockey, but when she arrived at Princeton to begin her undergraduate studies, she dropped ice hockey for the sake of some additional free time and rest. While at Princeton, Amory majored in English, with a minor in American Studies. After graduation, she briefly moved to California to teach high school, but the rigors of flying from coast to coast to make the US National Lacrosse team proved to be too intense, and she moved back to Massachusetts. Upon her return, Amory was the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Harvard. When she was in the thick of tryouts for the US Team, she decided to turn down another year of coaching at Harvard, and has since been keeping busy by writing articles for the Boston Chronicle, waitressing, and applying to graduate school. All of this hard work and flexibility has proved to be rewarding, as Amory not only made the National Lacrosse Team, but was also accepted to the Ph.D. program in English at University of Oregon in Eugene. Looking into the future, Amory hopes to become a professor or writer with her Ph.D. While we are all thrilled that Amory is going to pursue her dreams, we’re saddened by the fact that she won’t be around anymore to wear the GBTC colors and run circles around us on the track. She will, however, continue to run those circles around us until the end of August, so be sure to wish her well on her accomplishments and on her future plans!! We’ll certainly miss her.

Jim Pawlicki

As Amory Rowe is one of the standouts of the women’s team, Jim Pawlicki is one of the young, new standouts of the men’s team. Jim has been running under the guidance of Tom Derderian at Salem State College for 4 years, and now Da Coach has lured him down to Boston for more track repeats and daunting e-mail messages of workouts to come. Although Jim’s favorite race distance is probably the 5K (he has a personal best of 15:52!!), he is currently beefing up his training for his first marathon, which will be the Ocean State Marathon. During his four years of track and cross-country at Salem State, he had a number of athletic accomplishments, with the pinnacle being the first place runner at the Mass State College Cross Country race this past fall. Its a dream he had for many years, and achieved his goal in his last collegiate cross-country season. In his free time, Jim loves to play both street and roller hockey, and enjoys running in the woods behind Endicott College in Beverly (which is where he lives….in Beverly, not the woods!). Finally, Jim has just graduated with a degree in business, with a concentration in management, so if anybody knows of a job for Jim in the business field, pull him aside at track and let him know! He would appreciate any contacts or leads you might have. Jim competes for GBTC in the men’s open division.


Welcome New Members!

Kathryn Cree Cambridge FO
Christine Fournier Cambridge FO
Colum Creed Watertown MO
Michael Wyatt Boston MO
Mary Hannon Hyde Park FO
Dennis Ryan Lawrence MM
William Cockerall Boston MO


Women’s team event

Finally!!!! Another women’s team run and social gathering!!

We had so much fun at our last women’s run and brunch, we decided to have them more often! Bill leads us in a gentle and easy run through the woods around his house, and we follow that up with a dip in the pool, brunch, and a guest speaker!

Its a great way to get to know the other women on the team. Come one, come all…we don’t care how fast you run!!!!

  • Where: Coach Bill Durette’s house, 132 Mill Street, Belmont, MA
  • When: Saturday, June 28th…..8:30 am (be on time or you’ll miss the run!)
  • What to bring: Running clothes, shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, swimsuit, and something to share for brunch….bagels, fruit, coffee cake, juice, Poptarts, cereal, etc….Be Creative!!

Call Bill Durette for directions at 484-9262.


The Athlete’s Kitchen

Nancy Clark

Severely restricting fat intake…a good idea or not?
DIETARY FAT & ATHLETES: A change of heart
Copyright Nancy Clark, MS, RD

“I haven’t eaten red meat for years…I want to have a more healthful die t.” … “I love peanut butter but I don’t eat it any more…I’m trying to eat less fat.” … “Losing weight seems like a healthful thing to d o. But the scale doesn’t budge no matter how little fat I eat.”

Today, a common dietary mistake made by well-meaning athletes relates to the avoidance of fat “for health reasons.” I routinely counsel athletes who are restricting dietary fat, in particular their intake of meat, cheese, butter, and salad dressing–all in the name of improving their health and/or lowering their body fat. This seemingly worthy cause often backfires. Ironically, the athletes who restrict their diets the most tend to create other problems: reduced performance and poorer health due to inadequate intake of protein, iron, zinc, and calories. Here are two such examples:

Lisa, a runner, reported she was a vegetarian for “health reasons.” She had eliminated red meats, chicken, and fish from her diet, and had replaced these calories with more low fat carbohydrates, specifically lots of bagels and pasta. She failed to add alternative sources of protein, retorting “I don’t like tofu. Beans make me gassy. And I hate milk.” Her meatless diet was lower in fat and cholesterol, but it was also unbalanced, less healthful, and deficient in high quality protein, as well as iron, zinc, and calcium. No wonder she reported fatigue, lingering colds, and poor recovery from workouts.

Kevin, a cyclist who had a low blood cholesterol level and no family history of heart disease, was very lean and had no medical reasons to severely restrict his fat intake. Yet, he eliminated fat “for health reasons ,” cutting out peanut butter, butter, salad dressing, and chips. Because he failed to replace those fat calories with carbohydrates, his inadequate calorie intake contributed to loss of strength, stamina, and endurance. No wonder he complained about unwanted weight loss, weakness. He also missed eating his favorite foods.

These examples represent just two of the numerous athletes who come to me wondering about the role of fat in both their daily sports diet. Their big nutrition question is, Should I eat fat–or avoid it for health reasons?

Appropriately, this question was highlighted at a recent sports nutrition conference sponsored by SCAN (the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition division of the American Dietetic Association). Speaking at the St. Louis meeting, Dr. David Pendergast from the University of Buffalo reported that fat is not only an important source of fuel for athletes but fat can also improve the level of “good” (HDL) cholesterol.

Dr. Pendergast studied runners who typically ate an extremely low fat diet (16% of total calories). They (fearfully) added more fat back into their meals: initially to 30% of total calories (as recommended by the American Heart Association), and then to 42% of total calories (a very high fat diet). The runners not only improved their running endurance by 14 %, but also experienced positive changes in blood lipids that reduced their risk of heart disease; their good HDL cholesterol actually jumped about 20 mg/dl. Their immune system status also improved. Although the runners had been maintaining their weight, their very lowfat diet had too few calories to optimally fuel their needs. As the runners increased their fat intake, they also significantly increased their calorie intake (from 1,700 to 2,700 calories for the women, and from 2,300 to 3,300 calories for the men). To their amazement, their weight and body fat stayed the same. This suggests their bodies had been compensating for their previous restricted calorie intake by conserving energy (as can be experienced with a lower basal metabolic rate, general lethargy apart from purposeful exercise, nagging hunger, and chronically cold hands and feet).

This study clearly negates the “eat fat, get fat” myth that is popular among weight-conscious athletes. The subjects’ weight stayed the same regardless of almost tripling their fat intake! Yes, excess calories of fat can promote obesity in unfit people who are genetically predisposed to obesity, but athletes who balance energy intake and expenditure do not get fat when they eat fat.

This study does not mean you should abandon all fat restrictions. Diet is very powerful and can elicit strong effects on your heart health. Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton from Penn State University, a speaker at the SCAN conference, recommends each individual consult with a registered dietitian for a “fat prescription” appropriate for the persons’ genetic history of heart disease and personal blood lipid levels. For most healthy athletes, a likely target is to reduce total fat intake to 25 to 30% of daily calories (about 50 to 80 grams of total fat/day), and saturated fat intake to 10% or less of total calories. This means eating less fat from meats and cheeses, and instead choosing fat from olive oil, nuts, and tofu.

The bottom line: You can and should balance an appropriate amount of fat into your daily diet. You just need to target a value that’s appropriate for your health profile and activity level. To find a SCAN sports nutritionist in your area who can help you, simply call the American Dietetic Association’s referral network at 800-366-1655.

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, counsels individuals at Sports Medicine Brookline in the Boston area. For additional advice, get Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 2nd edition ($19). Send check to Sports Nutrition Materials, 830 Boylston St., Brookline MA 02167.


GBTC Runner’s Guide

…a good way to share your favorite runs with other GBTCers!

Do you have a favorite place to run…an uncrowded, scenic path someplace, where you don’t get run over by rollerbladers and where there are few cars and even fewer growling dogs? Do you know a great hillyway to get your heart rate up? Do you know a fantastic trail run at Breakheart or in the Middlesex Fells or….? Whether you are new to the area or have lived here all your life, it is always fun, exciting and sometimes challenging to find a new enjoyable place to run.

Let’s share some of our favorite places. Let’s create a GBTC Running Guide. Every edition of the Wingfoot, will highlight a new and different place to run. Please follow the format below and send your suggestions to Wingfoot, c/o GBTC, PO Box 183, Back Bay Annex, Boston MA. 02117-0183.


Breakheart Reservation (Saugus)

…as described in “Running In and Around Boston” by Greg Wilmore

Breakheart Reservation is a wonderful mecca of quiet trails and newly paved roads (closed to cars much of the year) that lies within Saugus. You can run for miles on trails where you will see nobody, or you can run on the run and pass by an occasional walker or bike-rider. In the winter, the reservation is virtually empty and is a wonderful place to run, cross-country ski, and walk. Give this place a try someday after work…I guarantee you’ll love it. Probably best to avoid on hot summer days when many people use the reservation for picnics and kiddie bicycle instruction.

Directions: To reach Breakheart by car, take Route 1, exit at Lynn Fells Pkwy (south), and turn right onto Forest Street. The run begins at the Park Headquarters. Check out the map at the Park Headquarters to note all the trails . The three main roads in the park, which all connect, are Pine Tops Road, Elm Road, and Hemlock Road. You really can’t get lost if you stay on the roads. The loop is 3 miles, with additional miles added on by a second loop or jumping off onto one of the many trails. This is a GREAT place to try trail running. The trails are fairly smooth and wide.

Note: This is a fairly hilly run, both on trails and on the road. Restrooms and water are available at Pearce Beach and Kasabuski Rink. Water is available at Park Headquarters.


Book Review

Betty Bourret

There’s a new book out for runners and it is terrific. It’s called Running In and Around Boston by Greg Wilmore. This is a user friendly guide to a variety of running paths ( roads and trails!) in the Boston area. There are detailed maps with explicit route directions, description of facilities, degree of difficulty and hints for the best views. Greg Wilmore has spent 4 years researching these routes and it shows. There are routes in Lynn, Saugus, Concord, Lexington, Framingham, Wellesley, Milton, Hingham, et cetera, et cetera. This is the resource for finding a new place to run this summer.

$9.95 a copy in some local bookstores (Coop) or by contacting Ouizel Books, 24 Langdon Street, #2, Cambridge MA 02138. There is a $2 postage/handling charge/book for mail orders. MA residents add 5% tax.



The Board of Directors likes to recognize the efforts of members who go the extra mile for the club. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the May 4, 4th Annual FunRun/Walk for Epilepsy a success. Remember, the GBTC has given special consideration in the awarding of complimentary Boston Marathon applications the past two years to the members who have demonstrated exemplary service.

Bruce Bond
Karen Counse
Marianne DiMasico
Hugh Jessup
Bill Durette
Anna Eisengart
Ann King
Chris Faddis
Dottie Fine
Sandy Miller
Elizabeth Golluscio
Brian Hare
Frank Monkiewicz
Michelle Parks
Karl Hoyt
Nea Hoyt
Jim O’Brien
Susan Richards
Tom Richardson
Mike Urquiola
Sherman Wallen
Bob Ward


GBTC Warm-up outfits for sale

A chance to shop without leaving your home!!!!!!!!

GBTC is in the process of ordering warm-up suits, and we are currently TAKING ORDERS!!!!!! These suits are made by Bill Rogers (not himself, but his apparel company), and they will be approximately $55 for an entire suit. These are nylon suits that are windproof and water resistant, but not waterproof (no gortex, here). The pants will be all black, and the coats will be primarily black, accesorized nicely with red and white here and there. The coats have hoods. We are going to put in a large group order, and if you are interested, please call Kirsten Keating at 489-7230, or send her the order form located at the back of this Wingfoot. The money is ABSOLUTELY DUE BY JULY 1st, so don’t hesitate!!!!!!

You’ll be looking sharp in these threads, and rumor has it that these suits make you go faster, too.


Jacket Size: Small, medium, large, extra large
Your size_____________________________

Pants Size (same as above)
Your size_____________________________

My name:______________________


Phone Number:__________________

Please send this form, along with a check for $55.00 made out to GBTC, to:

Kirsten Keating
62 Marlboro Street
Belmont, MA 02178

If you are confused or have questions, please call Kirsten at (617) 489-7230.


USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix Series

July 29 10M Newburyport, MA Yankee Homecoming
August 10 10K Salem, MA Salem Heritage Days
September 7 5K Lowell, MA Brewery Exchange
October 5 8K Attleboro, MA Ro-Jacks
October 19 13.1 Tyngsboro, MA Bay State Half Marathon
November 9 26.2 Narragansett, RI Ocean State Marathon

Start getting ready for the Yankee Homecoming race!!! We had a great showing for Stu’s 30K, the first event of the Grand Prix Series. Let’s try to have even more runners involved in this 10 mile race!!!

Additionally, there will be a marathon relay event in conjunction with the Cape Cod Marathon on October 26th in Falmouth, MA. The relay will consist of 5 legs between 3-7 miles each for a total of 26.2 miles. Scoring will not apply to the overall Grand Prix team scoring.


A note from our friends in North Carolina

Editors note: Long-time GBTC members Karen and Jim Rattray moved to North Carolina last summer because Jim had accepted a job offer at Duke University. They would be happy to hear from old GBTC friends, and their phone number is listed below…

Karen and Jim Rattray (and Timmy and Jennifer) continue to enjoy their new life in the South. Both have hooked up with the new Cardinal Track Club in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Karen is treasurer and Jim is helping the club put together its first race, a road mile on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street on Saturday, September 21. The weather has been tremendous in North Carolina, but it’s already 95 degrees and it’s only May! The big news is 6th row seats for Jimmy Buffett in June! The Rattrays are also putting the finishing touches on their new home in Carrboro (the “hot” side of Chapel Hill) and hope to move in by July. They may also be taking a family “drive” north and hope to see GBTC friends if they make it. They can be reached at 919-942-9460 (home), 919-613-8017 (Jim at Duke) or



The following members have been accepted to graduate school and will be beginning their programs this fall. If you see them, wish them well in their upcoming endeavors!

Karen Crounse Harvard Masters degree in education
Amory Rowe University of Oregon Ph.D. in English
Margaret Fitzgerald Rhode Island School of Design Masters degree in landscape architecture
Kristin Mattocks Yale Masters degree in public health

Congratulations also to Jack Burke, who is finishing his Master’s degree in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education!!


Publication information

The Wingfoot Express a publication of Greater Boston Track Club

Editor in Chief and Publisher Kristin Mattocks
Board of Directors
President Bruce Bond (617) 275-4982
Vice-President Karen Crounse (617) 783-9231
Treasurer Jim O’Brien (617) 282-5537
Clerk Sandy Miller (617) 923-0754
Board Member Betty Bourret (617) 397-8553
Kirsten Keating (617) 489-7230
Kristin Mattocks (617) 723-7971
Susan Richards (617) 437-6557
Gary Snyder (617) 536-6797
Event Directors
GBTC Invitational Jim O’Brien (617) 282-5337
GBTC Relays Ron Spangler (617) 720-2376
Heart and Sole 5K Mike Turmala (617) 491-7285
Men’s Tom Derderian (617) 846-2902
Women’s Bill Durette (617) 484-9262
Club Hotline Number (617) 499-4844

GBTC Web Page

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 editor. 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