Wingfoot Express, November 1997

Twenty-four Years & Still Running

The Wingfoot Express

Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
November 1997



Gary Snyder, New GBTC President

At the first meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors, Gary Snyder was elected president of the Greater Boston Track Club. Long time president Bruce Bond is the new vice-president. Sandy Miller retains her position as clerk, as does the treasurer Jim O’Brien. Betty Bourret along with Karen Crounse as associate editor, will continue to publish and edit the Wingfoot Express, the GBTC newsletter. Susan Richards, though no longer on the Board ,will continue as Director of Public Relations. (See related article, page 2)


Young Blood Takes GBTC to Highest Grand Prix Team Finish!

Rojacks 5 Miler
October 5, 1997 Attleboro, MA

In the men’s open team competition the GBTC open men fulfilled their dreams by placing 5th out of 19 teams. Our young men in blood-red uniforms beat Whirlaway by 28 seconds. Our top guys, Jesse Darley, Arnold Seto, Deon Barrett, Jim Pawlicki, and Andy Rogovin, averaged about 5:10 per mile. All but Rogovin who is ten years + older than the others ran against each other in college. Rogovin will join the ranks of Masters next year.

In this 5 mile New England Championship Grand Prix with $2500 in prize money both our team-leading man, Jesse Darley, and team leading woman Jennifer Rapaport, blasted out to rapid first miles. Darley posted 4:40 and Rapaport ran close to 5:30. Both thereafter suffered in the unseasonable heat and humidity. Tom Guerrini and Mike Wyatt seemed to race relatively well in the sticky conditions. In the 1300 finishers, GBTC had 24 runners. Thanks to injured Doug Burdi for taking photos and cheering. (See Results Page 5)


GBTC Women Win!!

Over the rocky woods of Lynn GBTC cross-country women, Joanna Veltri, Julie Donohue, and Suzanne Wintrell beat the team from Winner’s Circle to win this second Grand Prix cross-country race. Veltri placed second to Whirlaway’s Gina Rocha. Gina’s husband Joe, running for Merrimac Valley, won the men’s race. The GBTC team of Jim Pawlicki, Deon Barrett, John Blouin, Chris Hussey, Tom Derderian, Brian Beaulieu, and Gary Snyder placed second to Merrimack’s 32 points witb 64, just one point ahead of the North Shore Striders.

Beaulieu ran his first race representing GBTC. John Blouin twisted his ankle, but continued. Deon Barrett is a new member. After the women’s race Chris Hussey was seen handing over their baby to his wife, Julie Donohue. It reminded me of a relay exchange with the baby being the baton. Most of the team ran together for a 53 minute cool-down run through the lovely autumnal woods.

Reported by Tom Derderian


Outstanding Track Performance Awards

Jim Pawlicki and Elaine Christy were awarded the outstanding track performance prizes at the GBTC Annual Meeting held on October 21. Former coach Jon Berit compiled, calculated the point standing according to some Hungarian tables and then awarded the prizes. The coaches awards were given to Joanna Veltri for her success in revitalizing the GBTC woman’s cross country team and Betty Bourret for her efforts in bringing GBTC back into the USATF-NE Roadracing Grand Prix Series. The awards were made by Bill Durette the women’s team coach. Men’s coach Tom Derderian cited Jesse Darley for his strong recruiting efforts for GBTC.


President’s Column

Bruce Bond

We just had our annual meeting and I want to thank all of our members who took the time to attend. The meeting attendance was up a bit. Count it as one more improvement in the club. As a result of the general membership’s and the board’s efforts, the club has enjoyed a prosperous year. In the last year, membership is up, as are participation, competitive performances, the number of events we are hosting, the bottom line performance of our events, and the overall club treasury. Each time we asked for volunteers, our membership responded. When we asked for participation in meets, GBTCers ran forward. Let’s continue with this high level of club enthusiasm into our 25th year in 1998.

I would like to commend the 1996-97 board members: Betty Bourret, Karen Crounse, Kirsten Keating, Kristin Mattocks, Sandy Miller, Jim O’Brien, Susan Richards, and Gary Snyder. It was a pleasure to serve on the board with them, and they helped to produce a great year. Many other individuals contributed throughout the year, but special recognition is due to the year-round efforts of Karl Hoyt with membership and volunteer coordination, as well as Mike Turmala with volunteer coordination and merchandise.

During election of new board members, twelve people were nominated for nine slots. That is also pleasing. A fully populated Board was thought to be one of the reasons for this year’s success. Even though we lost Kristin to graduate school and Kirsten to a career relocation to D.C., the work continued. About four years ago, being elected to serve on the GBTC board was also competitive. When more than nine were nominated, not everyone had the opportunity to be elected. In the ensuing years, until last year, the board numbered less than the nine maximum members allowed as written into the Club’s 1973 Bylaws. The work load on the individuals was much more tough in the interim years.

The GBTC is trying something new this year. Acting on a suggestion by Karl Hoyt, a quickly convened meeting of a majority of the 1996-97 directors was held in the midst of the 1997 Annual Meeting. The Bylaws were reviewed and the 1996-97 Board exercised its right to modify the size of the Board. For a one year trial basis, it was unanimously voted by the attending board members to allow the 1997-98 Board to comprise 12 members. The new Board of Directors consists of Betty Bourret, Doug Burdi, Tom Cotter, Moulay Essakalli, Dotty Fine, Karen Crounse, Sandy Miller, Jim O’Brien, Michelle Parks, Gary Snyder, Mike Urquiola and myself. Here’s to a continuation of a great year.


GBTC Board Meetings

The next GBTC Board of Directors meeting will be held on Monday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m. Board meetings are open to all GBTC members. If you are interested in attending, please call Betty Bourret at 781-397-8553.


Club Happenings

GBTC Holiday Party


Mark your calendars!! Save the date!!
Sunday Evening, December 14th , 5 p.m.
Crossroads Restaurant And Lounge
495 Beacon Street, Boston
(near the corner of Mass. Ave and Beacon Street)
RSVP by December 10th to Michele Parks @ (617) 787-8926
P.S. We need a few good people to bring desserts.

Special New Flash

GBTC has just received the okay from Harvard University for this year’s indoor track meet. The GBTC Invitational Track Meet will take place on SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 1998 at the Harvard University track. Volunteers are needed all day. You may want to compete as well as volunteer! 1998 is the 25th Anniversary year for the Greater Boston Track Club. Let’s start the new year with a successful event.

For further information or comments, please call or write: GBTC Meet hot line 617-282-5537 or E-mail Jim O’Brien, Meet Director,

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BAA Marathon – Complimentary Applications

The GBTC has signed an agreement with the BAA to receive 15 complimentary appplications (qualifying standard has been waived) for the 1998 Boston Marathon. In return, the GBTC has agreed 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.

All numbers will be made available to current members, in good standing (membership dues paid), 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.The remaining numbers will be awarded by a lottery drawing.

If you are interested in being considered for a number, please send a note, postmarked by November 30 to:


ATTN: Numbers
Greater Boston Track Club
Post Office Box 183
Back Bay Annex
Boston, MA 02117-0183


deliver a note to any board member by November 30.

Include a brief outline demonstrating your past/present commitment to the club to be considered for the first group. This includes hosting of long runs, volunteer efforts for GBTC’s road races and track meets, volunteer work at other road races and events for which GBTC is paid a stipend, fund raising/development of sponsorship, active representation of GBTC in the running community, participation on GBTC teams, GBTC committee work, seniority, recruiting of new members, other club service, and so forth.

You need 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 14.

Board Members: Bruce Bond, Betty Bourret, Doug Burdi, Tom Cotter, Karen Crounse, Moulay Essakalli, Dotty Fine, Sandy Miller, Jim O’Brien, Michelle Parks, Gary Snyder, Mike Urquiola.

Track Workouts

GBTC club members are encouraged to attend the track workouts held at the M.I.T outdoor track on Vassar Street in Cambridge, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. Men and women run at the same time though they have separate workouts formulated weekly by the respective coaches. Everyone is welcome at the track. Afterwards we socialize with pizza and beer at the Thirsty Ear pub. Bring a friend who is interested in running. It is a great way to entice them into joining the club.

If you have any questions, call the coaches.

Men’s Coach: Tom Derderian (617) 846-2902

Women’s Coach: Bill Durette (617) 484-9262

GBTC Warm-Ups

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

The whole outfit costs only $55!!

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

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

GBTC Practice Attendees

Please take note that a college campus is not the most secure environment. A few years ago a member’s wallet was stolen at the indoor track, and recently a pocketbook was stolen at the outdoor track. Should you leave valuables in your car at MIT? Perhaps. Cars get broken into also on occasion.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, all is fine at the track. Do what you can to avoid being in the 1not leave valuables conspicuously lying around at the track. Perhaps keep your bag a few feet inside the chain link fence, rather than up against it where someone could reach over the fence. Your focus is elsewhere, but try to be alert and be on the lookout for strangers rifling through bags. I’m sure if you ask if you can help a stranger, they will either want and appreciate the help, or decide they would rather be elsewhere.

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 at the MIT outdoor track at 6:45pm. If you have any questions call Susan Richards at (617) 437-6557.

Members Night

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

November 11th, December 9th, January 13th

Hotline for Members.

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

The GBTC Hotline is 617-499-4844.


New England Cross-Country
Championships Franklin Park
Sunday, November 16th

Come and cheer your favorite GBTC cross-country runner!!


Road Race Results

Rojack’s 5 Miler

Team Results

Men Open

1. 2:03:18 CMS
2. 2:04:25 GLRR
3. 2:05:25 NBC
4. 2:06:17 BAA
5. 2:09:14 GBTC
6. 2:09:42 Whirlaway
7. 2:12:04 CSU
8. 2:13:13 Tri-Valley
9. 2:26:13 BRC
10. 2:28:01 Merrimac VS
11. 2:29:43 GSH
12. 2:29:57 RI Road Runners
13. 2:31:58 Wampanoag
14. 2:37:56 North Medford
15. 2:40:56 GNBTC
16. 2:55:49 U.S.P.S.
17. 2:58:35 Somerville RR
18. 3:12:20 Back of the Pack
19. 3:20:24 Sturdy Runaway

Men Masters 40+

1. 2:13:13 Tri-Valley
11. 2:49:22 GBTC, Masters

Women Open

1. 2:25:33 BAA
2. 2:26:43 CMS
3. 2:31:41 Whirlaway
4. 2:34:59 GLRR
5. 2:35:28 BRC
6. 2:37:50 Liberty
7. 2:43:21 CSU
8. 3:00:17 GBTC
9. 3:06:27 MVS
10. 3:28:00 Wampanoag
11. 3:38:10 GFTC

Individual Results

37 25:44 ARNOLD SETO
144 29:06 TOM GUERRINI
148 29:10 JAMES O’LEARY
171 29:43 BRUCE BOND
400 34:29 RUSS MILLER
435 35:19 JOYCE DENDY
538 37:38 ROBERT WARD
612 39:02 GARY SNYDER

Baystate Marathon

Sherm Wallen ran the whole marathon at Bay State in 3:12 to qualify for Boston for the 7th time.

Pru Corporate Road Race 5K

Weds 9/10 6pm

2nd Bill Newsham 16:36

Wrentham Crackerbarrel 5K

9/13 9am

8th Bill Newsham 16:21

Norfolk Harvest 5K

9/13 11am

4th Bill Newsham 17:15

Boston Parks 5K Open, Franklin Park

7th Bill Newsham 16:41

Cape Cod Marathon 10/26

Bill Newsham 3:08:55

Hanscom AFB 10K Bedford,Ma


Bill Newsham 34:18 1st

Watertown Allsports 5K Road Race

Joyce Dendy 20:56

  • 5th place overall for women
  • 2nd place in 30-39 age group (about 10 sec behind the 1st place woman)
  • 1st place female Watertown resident

Lake Winnie

Here are the results for the men’s open team at Lake Winnie

Time Rank
1 1:07:12 30 Jim O’Leary
2 1:21:16 86 Ray Boutotte
3 1:00:55 32 Jack Burke
4 24:29 17 Doug Burdi
5 1:12:24 39 Brian Hare
6 41:18 26 Dino Kostantopoulos
7 53:59 22 Mike Urquiola
8 29:09 23 Dave Burdi

Overall finish: 7:10:42 (27th overall, 15th men’s open)


In Hollis, NH, Geoff Grosebeck ran to 43 rd place in 1:24:48 for a half marathon.

On Oct 5th Joanna Veltri placed 8th overall and second woman in the Franklin Park open 5km cross-country race in 18:43.


Results Of The Wingfoot Survey

A questionaire about the Wingfoot was distributed at the Annual Meeting. There were 28 responses.

Part A. Do you read the Wingfoot?

Respondents chose either “I faithfully read each issue of the Wingfoot” or “I usually read the Wingfoot.” No one indicated “I never even look at the Wingfoot.”

Part B. The rating of current or suggested features of the Wingfoot. Highest possible score = 10.

Race Results 9.5
Club Happenings 9.8
Member Profiles 9.1
Nutrition 8.6
Puzzlers 5.3
Runner’s Guide 8.8
President’s Column 9.4
Articles on races. 9.3
Running, general interest articles 9.0
Nonrunning, general interest articles 6.7
News about members 8.9
Coaches: comments/training tips 9.6
Board meeting activities 8.4

Part C. Overall rating = 8.6 Highest possible score = 10

Part D. Is it worth the cost? 27 replied “yes” 1 said “no” convert to an e-mail newsletter (only 35-40% of the meebers have e-mail)

Part E. Additional Comments

  • Post monthly long run spots with contact names.
  • Use more photographs, graphics and cartoons.
  • Use fewer words
  • Include optional workouts for non-track days
  • Include injury prevention articles
  • Include a blank membership form.
  • Have a web version (We do!)
  • Include more local running news, non-GBTC events
  • Do more member profiles
  • Include running shoe evaluations (2 requests)
  • Include the e-mail, hot-line and website contact info (it is here!)
  • Include elite runner results
  • Include more articles on what members do besides run


Welcome New Members!!

Kifle Alemu Cambridge MO
Susan Wiseman Winchester FO
John Wiseman Winchester MO
David Allen Waltham MO
Carol Matson Lexington FM
Erin Cullinane Waltham FO
Suzanne Whitnell Tewksbury FO
Davis Pan Arlington MO
Joseph Markey Waltham MO
Deon Barrett Canton MO
Melinda Casey Malden FO
Timothy O’Brien Watertown MO
Steven Wells Aberdeen, WA MO
Adrien Grise Arlington MO
Michael Traub Cambridge MO
Mary Ellen Brandis Newton FO


USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series

Betty Bourret

I’m looking at the current USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Racing individual and team standings. I just got them faxed over from the USATFoffice. It is so impressive! GBTC is all over these printouts! Here are the standings after 6 events.

The GBTC men’s open team is in 5th place out of 34 teams…they have scored 3 or 4 or 5 points for all 6 events for a total of 24 points. Last year the men accumulated 7 points by participating in 4 events and ended up in 12th place. CMS, GLRR, BAA and Whirlaway are ahead of GBTC. The women’s open team is tied for 6th place with 2 other clubs out of a total of 19 teams. GBTC has scored 1, 2 or 3 points for every event for a total of 15 points. The total for the series last year was 7 points in 4 events for 11th place. Again BAA, CMS, GLRR are ahead of the women as well as CSU,and BRC. The women are in a tie with Whirlaway and North Medford.

The men’s master’s team is tied at 10th place out of 26 teams. The men’s 50+ team is in 9th place out of 18 teams but 7 of the teams are also in 9th place with only 1 point. The women’s masters team with 2 points is tied for 11th place out of 15 teams.

WOW!! Jesse Darling is in 2nd place in the Individual standings! He has 22 points and Craig Fram who is in first has 47. Jennifer Rappoport is in 26th place for the open women’s category. Claire McManus is in 19th place for the 40+ women. Dottie Fine is also in 19th place in the 50+ group. Stay tuned! Final standings in the January issue of the Wingfoot.


GBTC Half-Marathon Results

Lowell, Oct 19, 1997
Grand PrixUSATF-NE Half-Marathon Championship
Reported by Tom Derderian

I counted 24 Greater Boston Runners in the results. These runners are a large percentage of our membership. To see them in the top open roadrace of the week confirms that GBTC is on track to race all-comers. Racing at the highest levels is what a competitive club is about and these GBTC runners met the challange! Congratulations! Jesse Darley took fourth in this race and moved to #2 in the male individual Grand Prix standings. He is well on his way with his other GBTC marathon teammates to outstanding performances in the Ocean State Marathon on November 9th. This race is our team1s highest Grand Prix placing yet, 5th. The marathon will be better. Mambu baddu! (that is Swahili for best is yet to come.)

Jim Pawlicki averaged 5:25 per mile to run the finest the long distance race of his life. Jesse1s former MIT teammate Arnold Seto took third for the club.

Karen Crounse led the women’s team to 6th place.


1. GLRR 4:08:08
2. CENTRAL MASS 4:15:20
3. BAA 4:18:03
5. LIBERTY AC 4:26:59
6. GBTC 4:53:38



1. CENTRAL MASS 5:53:48
2. GLRR 5:55:05
3. WHIRLAWAY 5:55:25
4. BAA 5:56:33
5. GBTC 5:57:11



1 SCOTT CODY 1:06:46
91 BRUCE BOND GBTC 1:21:26
216 BILL TURNER 1:28:33
314 COLUM CREED, GBTC 1:33:12
357 BOB HUNTLEY 1:35:01
613 DOTTY FINE GBTC 1:45:50


Member Profiles

Karen Crounse

Carmen Danforth

Carmen grew up in Romania and moved here with her husband and son when she was about 20 years old. Her first challenge was to learn English which she did through various means including attending English conversation classes at a synagogue, reading, watching television and finally, by taking business classes in college. With some business classes completed, she took a position in an insurance office.

The running life of Carmen Danforth began about 13 years ago in this insurance office. While working there, she met a woman who ran during her lunch hour. Carmen, a strictly weekend runner at that point, joined this woman and slowly built up her mileage. One thing led to another and she started running on her own. While running at 5:30am, she met another runner who encouraged her to join a running club, the Silk City Striders. Although dismayed by the orange uniforms, she eventually joined and was enveloped by the small running community. The club ran together often with Tuesday and Thursday night and Saturday morning workouts. Despite her move to Massachusetts, Carmen still maintains close ties to the Connecticut club, catching up with the members yearly at the Lake Winnipesaukee Relays.

While completing her course work in business administration, Carmen enrolled in a drawing course. Her enjoyment of this class lead to others and eventually, a change in major. She applied and was accepted to the Massachusetts College of Art where she focused on 3 dimensional ceramics and clay sculpture. She graduated from Art School and teaches art classes to both children and adults. Her love of the human figure combined with her enjoyment of physical activity led her to a new goal of graduate school in Physical Therapy. The link between art and physical therapy is clear to her – they are both ways of expressing the body. Carmen currently takes science classes on her way to her new academic and career goal.

Back to running. Carmen ran her first marathon (as well as her first half-marathon) in 1988 in New York and qualified to run Boston in 1989. Along with New York and Boston, she has run the East Lyme Marathon in Connecticut, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Providence Marathon and the Vermont City Marathon. She joined the GBTC in 1993 and has been a welcome addition to the women’s open team. Carmen enjoys the longer distances, usually running each mile with amazing consistency. This year, she has had a solid summer of racing including the Sugar Bowl 5 Miler (35:03) and, most recently, an outstanding performance in the Baystate Half-Marathon (1:37:55). Her next goal is the upcoming Ocean State Marathon where she’s aiming to break her marathon PR of 3:27.

Carmen’s long term running goal is to remain healthy so she can run for her whole life. She promotes the benefits of running which include enjoying the wind, feeling free and allowing life to be put into perspective. I think these are benefits that we can all relate to as runners.

Jim O’Leary

I began my conversation with Jim O’Leary with a discussion of his work. Jim is a field engineer currently working on the construction of the Central Artery. The goal of the project is to put the upper deck of Route 93 underground, making the traffic flow more efficient while creating a more aestheically pleasing city. The project is expected to take another three years. Prior to this project, Jim spent one and a half years working on the 3rd Harbor Tunnel. Although Jim is very low key about it, I must have said about three times to him, “You built the tunnel?” Needless to say, I may have lost some focus on the rest of the interview.

Jim started running in April of 1992 as an addition to his regiment of lifting weights. Within a year he had built up his mileage and ran the Boston Marathon in 3:50, competing as a bandit. By the next year, his training lead to further improvements. He completed the Marine Corps Marathon in 3:19. Jim joined the GBTC a year and a half ago and has made even more tremendous improvements in his running. He welcomes the experience of racing and notices his added strength and endurance. Training with others in the club has also boosted his performance.

In addition, he credits Tom Dederian for recruiting strong runners and for encouraging him and others to compete. Jim believes the “half the battle is showing up” motto; he has not missed any Grand Prix events this year. The consistency and determination have paid off in huge PR’s in every event, including 5:03 for 1 mile, 17:10 for 5km, 27:55 for 5 miles, 1:19:55 for a half-marathon and last year, 3:06 at the Hartford Marathon. His next race is the Ocean State Marathon where he is hoping to break 3 hours.

Training has been particularly difficult lately because, in addition to building highways during the day, Jim attends Worcester Polytech nights on his way to a Masters in Civil Engineering. He currently takes two courses, with five more remaining. The hectic school schedule has pushed some of his runs to late in the night. In addition to school, Jim is in the Navy Reserve where he works one weekend a month, two weeks a year.

Jim running goals include more PR’s including a 4:50 mile, sub 36:00 10km and a sub 2:50 marathon. He hopes to be more involved in cross country racing and the indoor track. He follows the wise words of Tom Dederian when he emphasizes that his improvement in shorter distances will positively affect his longer runs. After so much improvement in such a short time, Jim seems to have many more fast races within him. And, with his determination and focus, I am sure he will find them all.


E-Mail addresses for GBTC’s new elected Board of Directors

Tom Cotter and Dotty Fine are on the board but not on this list because they don’t have email addresses


Boston to New York By Bike!

Michelle Parks

Boston to New York AIDS Ride 3-why did I decide to do it? It was a challenge, a great cause, and I had the encouragement and support of friends from GBTC-Betty, Kristen, Lisa, Karen, Elizabeth, Mike, Jean, and many more!

First a little discussion of my training, or lack thereof. I unfortunately had an extremely time-consuming job over the summer that prevented me from biking for six solid weeks (6/20-8/4), which left me approximately 6 weeks to train to ride 250 miles. Not very intelligent and I wouldn’t have dreamed of trying this if I weren’t already in decent aerobic shape from running. However, I realized that my endurance running would not directly translate into endurance biking. All in all I trained VERY little and the three weeks before the Ride I didn’t touch my bike once. (In all honesty I found it very difficult to juggle biking with training for the Grand Prix races, all complicated by the start of a new job.) Needless to say, biking lost out. So when Day One of the Ride arrived, I went to the start worried about my ability to complete the ride on my minimal training, about my safety during the ride, and about possible mechanical problems with my bike. Looking around at other people I noticed that I was literally the ONLY person crazy enough not to have on padded biking shorts. What was I thinking??? There were 3,200 cyclists, all looking much more prepared than I! Opening ceremonies lifted my spirits as I found out that we riders and crew had raised over 8 million dollars through the Ride!! The most moving part of the ceremony followed. A bicycle without a rider, meant to represent all of the AIDS victims that could not be there with us, was very slowly walked through the crowd of cyclists. Many of us were moved to tears, thinking about all of the young people who have died from this terrible disease. I think this moment gave me the motivation, courage, and determination that would carry me through the next three days. Finally around 8:00 a.m. Day One we started the Ride!

Leaving Boston was uneventful. Mike was on Beacon St. cheering me on. There were pit stops about every 15 miles, perfect timing for filling up empty water bottles. The first 50 miles were relatively easy, gentle, rolling hills. I was thinking, this is easy… However, the last 45 of the day were a killer! Climb after climb we trudged up. (I did break down and walk on a couple of the very steepest inclines.) The last 15 miles took more willpower than I even knew I had. Marathons also require willpower, but I have never gone into a marathon as unprepared as I was for the Ride. Luckily, I had more emotional willpower for the biking as I felt I would be letting myself as well as others down if I didn’t make it. Another factor was that in spite of all the cyclists around me, I was a little lonely. In running, you can easily run side-by-side and chat, but cycling two abreast is dangerous so conversation was all but impossible. I also saw Lisa and Jean only briefly while riding. Regardless, I made it to camp around 6 p.m., had dinner, took a hot shower, and went straight to bed.

The next morning I started out at 7:30 a.m. after waking up at 5 a.m. Day Two was a little more kind to the legs. Only a few major inclines, then mostly rolling terrain. The worst thing that happened on Day Two occurred at Pit Stop 3-the lunch stop. I was STARVED by the time I got there, so when I arrived I dumped my bike and made a beeline for the food. However, when I returned to find my bike (out of about a thousand other bikes) I could not for the life of me find it. About 20 minutes later our very own Betty Bourret, the lunch pit manager and personal cheering section for GBTCers, finally located it for me and I was again on my way. I made it to camp in Bridgeport, CT by 5 p.m. Saturday night, had a nice meal, a hot shower and then some entertainment. So far, so good…

Sunday morning, Day Three, I got up at 4:30 a.m. to make sure I made it to New York City on my own. Surprisingly, I was only a little saddle- sore, in spite of my lack of padded cycling shorts. However, my legs were definitely stiff and protesting over the lack of training. But once on the bike they loosened up pretty quickly. Day Three was relatively easy terrain-wise, but it was by far the most nerve-wracking day. First of all, I was stung three times by a bee inside my lower lip…OUCH!! Then we went through the Bronx on a HUGE street and had to deal with lots of traffic and traffic lights. Not fun. It took us 3 hours to go 21 miles!! I could have run faster than I was riding! But finally, I made it to New York in one piece with no bike problems, lined up with all the other cyclists, and rode en masse down 8th Avenue. What an incredible experience! I highly recommend it, although with more training than I had. I didn’t really have any trouble finishing, but I think it would have been more pleasant had I at least trained a little more on hills.

P.S. After it was all over, I picked up my running shoes, ran Lake Winnepesaukee the next weekend, and have not touched my bike since. 🙂 (The other GBTCers: Jean Smith, Lisa Frank, and Kristin Mattocks, successfully completed the Boston to New York Aids Ride 3 as well. For information on the September, 1998 Boston->NY Aids Ride 4, call the Boston Ride Office @ 617-859-8282.)


On The 6-Mile Mark At The Tufts 10k: You’re 96.77% There, Ladies!

Geoff Groesbeck

As one of the first GBTC volunteers to arrive at the Tufts 10K, I was told by volunteer coordinator Mike Turmula that I could choose from any of the responsibilities doled out to the Club. How cool was that? Naturally, being the kind of guy to put others first, I opted for the choicest assignment: monitoring the 6-mile split.

Clad in my lurid purple “Tufts 10K Volunteer” tee-shirt, I waited until just before the 12:15 p.m. start and then made my way over to ground zero – Bolyston Street at 135.735′ before its intersection with Charles Street. Not having my slide rule with me, I decided not to challenge the USATF’s ruling that mile six was indeed 135.735′, and not – God forbid – 135.734′ from the intersection. We all know what a difference one one-thousandth of a foot can make in a 6.2-mile race….

That worry aside, I began to fret that perhaps the chronometre would not synchronise itself with the others, or, even worse, not go on at all. Lo and behold, my worst fears were realised. 12:15 came and went, and the clock remained set at 0:00. Visions of hundreds, nay, thousands, of angry females approaching mile six without the benefit of a split time filled my head. And it would all be my fault! Should I try to start the clock myself? What if my watch was off? Fortunately, at that very moment a remarkably calm Five Star Race Systems employee came by, looked at the chronometre, then at me, then at his watch, flicked a switch and walked away. As if by magic, the clock set itself aright, much to my great relief. Now all I had to do was watch and wait. Apart from bullying a few sullen skateboarders off of the course and trying to explain to some spectators why they could not await the onslaught of 4,500 runners seated in lawn chairs in the middle of Boylston Street (“But it’s my daughter/wife/sister/mother/girlfriend running!”), nothing of consequence happened for the first half hour or so. “Not bad,” I thought, “it beats picking up plastic Dixie cups, anyway.”

A few minutes later I was treated to the sight of eventual repeat winner Gladys Ondeyo of Kenya and the USA’s Kim Jones (at 39, Jones is 17 years Ondeyo’s senior) tearing up the asphalt in the final stretch. Although Ondeyo won, it was by a scant three seconds, and from my vantage point, it was by no means a given, even with less than a quarter-mile to go. Watching the elite runners come blazing by was a real privilege, to say the least, and from the looks on their faces, they hardly needed me holding a sign to tell them how close they were to the finish.

The real treat, however, was watching the GBTC runners come into sight. O.K., so maybe I wasn’t the most impartial mile monitor – a charge levied at me by more than one observer – but it’s impossible to surpress a yell of encouragement when you see your teammates round the bend and go for the final kick. In retrospect, however, I’m not sure yelling “You’re 96.77The lithesome Dung Nguyen was the first to cross the marker, running the last few yards in a steady, graceful style, much to the envy of her more exhausted-looking sister runners. Less than 45 seconds later came Susan Richards, running what by all accounts was an incredibly focused race. (Hey, Susan, that was me yelling “Susan”, not “Sue”!) Next came Joyce Dendy, who easily won the award for the biggest smile.

Up to about this point, I was keeping pretty close tabs on how many runners had crossed the six-mile point and their times, but everything changed after the 45-minute mark. Little did I realise that by that time less than one-twentieth of the field had reached the split! Even less did I realize how many would stream past in the next 15 minutes alone. And my arms were already tired from holding that damn sign….

At 45 minutes, about 250 runners had passed six miles. At the 60-minute mark, almost 2450 had, nearly a ten-fold increase in only 15 minutes! When I finally called it a day at the 90-minute mark, with my arms feeling like lead (better my arms than my legs, at least, I reasoned), all the runners had finished and the walkers were pouring in, totalling something like 4,350 finishers. And there were still more to come, with 4496 crossing the mile marker, and 4495 finishing. (One runner fainted at exactly the six-mile mark, only to be helped back to consciousness by another GBTC volunteer.)

The highlight for me? Well, apart from a marriage proposal from one runner deleriously happy to discover she’d reached the six-mile point, seeing the GBTC women runners turn in a sterling performance topped the bill. Plus, not one of them made fun of my tee-shirt.


What Athletes Need to Know about Lunch

“I’m hungry for lunch by 10 AM. I try to hold off until noon, but I don’t always last that long…”

“I generally exercise during lunchtime and then just have some juice afterwards. By 3 o’clock, I’m starving!!!”

“Are those instant lunches such as Cup of Noodles any good?”

For active people who are continuously fueling up for workouts and refueling afterwards, lunch is the second most important meal of the day. (Breakfast remains the first “meal of champions.”) Lunch refuels the muscles of people who exercise in the morning or at noon, and fuels up the muscles and boosts the blood sugar of afternoon exercisers. Given that our bodies tend to get hungry at least every 4 hours, athletes who eat breakfast at 7:00 or 8:00 am are certainly ready for lunch by 11:00 o r 12:00. And those who eat breakfast at 6:00 am are ready by 10:00!

Ideally, you should eat according to hunger, not by the clock. After all, hunger is simply your body’s request for more fuel. When your body has processed breakfast, hunger tells you it needs more food again to function well. If you’ve eaten too little in the morning, you can easily be ready for lunch at 10:00. The concern then arises: If you devour lunch before noon, what will you have left to eat the rest of the day? The solution is simple: A second lunch at 2:00. For a nation of lunch limiters, two lunches may seem a novel idea. But why not? Adequate midday fuel truly invests in a higher energy afternoon.

In general, when you plan your day’s intake, try to divide your calories evenly: 25and dinner OR 30with these fueling patterns, you’ll eradicate afternoon sweet cravings, pre-dinner hungry horrors, and post-dinner dietary disasters!

Despite the importance of lunch, logistics can be a hassle. Here are some tips for planning a power lunch.

Brown bagging it: All brown-baggers quickly tire of the what-to-pack-for-lunch dilemma. Hence, most of them end up packing the same food every day: yet-another turkey sandwich, salad, or bagel. If you’re tired of the same stuff, consider these suggestions:

Assemble a lunch with at least three types of food that total at least 500 calories (if you are on a reducing diet) to 800+ calories. (Use the calorie information on food labels or a calorie guide.) This means bagel + yogurt + banana, or salad + turkey + pita. Just a bagel (300 cals.) or a salad (200 cals.) is too little fuel. You’ll end up craving sweets.

Re-acquaint yourself with peanut butter. In this era of fat-free foods, peanut butter has lost it’s shelf space. I consider peanut butter to be a great food for athletes-even dieters-because it “sticks to the ribs” and keeps you fueled for the whole afternoon. Yes, it may be have more calories than a standard turkey sandwich, but the satisfying peanut butter allows you to nix excessive afternoon snacks that contribute excess calories to your day’s intake. Yes, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter has about 16 grams of fat. But this fat can fit into your day’s fat budget (about 50 grams fat for a dieting female athlete; 70 grams for an active man).

Pack planned-overs from dinner and heat them in the microwave oven. Homemade foods are nutritionally preferable to many instant lunches. A Cup of Noodles, for example, is little more than 2 packets of salt, one tablespoon of fat, refined white flour, and very little protein or nutritional value. A better instant lunch would be the cups of instant bean meals, such as Knorr’s Hearty Lentil Soup, or Fantastic Food’s Rice & Beans. These offer more protein, fiber, other nutrients-and are a simple way to eat wholesome beans.

Fast food lunches. When you’re grabbing lunch at a quick service restaurant, look for the lower fat options, such as the BK Broiler chicken sandwich without mayo + milk (450 calories, 11 gm fat); Taco Bell’s chicken frajita wrap + a diet soda(460 cals, 12 gm fat); 2 slices Domino’s pizza (500 cals, 18 gm fat). For dessert, eat a piece of fruit you tucked in your pocket before leaving home.

Hot lunches: If you are lucky enough to have a cafeteria at work or be included in a business lunch, take advantage of the hot meal option. Enjoying a nice dinner at lunch: 1) fuels you for an energetic late-afternoon workout, 2) simplifies the “what’s to eat for dinner” routine; you’ll feel less hungry and will be content with a sandwich 3) reduces the hungry horrors you’d otherwise fight if you skip lunch or “holdoff until dinner.” (Why hold off? You are going to eat the calories eventually; honor hunger and eat now!)

Lunch for dieters: Because many weight-conscious people deem meals as “fattening, ” dieters commonly skip or skimp on lunch. As one overweight walker commented, “I ‘m fat, so I don’t deserve to eat lunch.” Sad statement, but never-the-less common in our society. Once she gave herself permission to fuel her body appropriately (sandwich, yogurt, fruit) for lunch, she discovered the benefits of eating this meal: more effective at work, less hungry in the afternoon, less likely to raid the refrigerator the minute she arrived home, and better able to lose weight and enjoy exercise. She, like most active people, learned lunch works!

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, nutrition counselor at Boston-area’s SportsMedicine Brookline, is author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 2nd Edition ($20, 1997) and The NYC Marathon Cookbook ($23). Send check to Nutrition Services, 830 Boylson St, Brookl!ine MA 02167.



GBTC at first Grand Prix circuit cross-country race

Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, MA, Sept. 21.

Flying over the first field, Greater Boston’s Joanna Veltri valiently leaped for the lead in the women’s 5K. Veltri had heard that a year at Governor Dummer cost as much as a year at her college, Harvard. But she was not thinking about economics and class structure at that moment. Gina Rocha immediately challenged her for the lead. Together they entered the woods. They navigated over roots and ruts and emerged together. Rocha, running for the Whirlaway club that had not brought a full team, put the pressure on Veltri at half way. While leading, Rocha ran off course. Veltri, a woman of fair play as well as speed and thought, called her back onto the course. Rocha went on to win. With the individual title settled, the team score, however, was not. Three runners from the Winner’s Circle running club raced ahead of GBTC’s Julie Donohoe. Donohoe took 7th and Cynthia Hastings 9th to place the women’s GBTC team in second. Ann Leano, age 35, ran her first cross-country race since high school in Ohio.

Cross-country racing is a team sport. In today’s race the men in red wanted to beat the men in black, the Merrimack Valley Striders. This feud has been ongoing. We expected the race to look like a dual (duel?) meet between the blood and the black. But we were all in for a surprise. Men in white stood pressed together at the starting line. These men were the white knights of yin and yang, their clean uniforms trimmed with orange and blue, the Cambridge Sports Union. They hadn’t come to this meet last year. On their uniforms they displayed the light/dark circle that is the symbol of the spiritual opposites, yin and yang. They didn’t call themselves a club, or runners, or striders, but something more ominous, a union, yet one with a respect for the ambiguous. The men in red hung back in the early sprint across the playing field. Jesse Darley’s shoe came untied. Or more accurately yo coach’s shoe came untied because Jesse had borrowed them since he had decided that the dry course did not need spikes. The men in black charged to the front led by Jose Rocha, Gina’s husband, and Dave Gagnon. Gagnon and GBTC’s Jim Pawlicki had had many battles in their college races when they ran for Westfield State and Salem State. But while the black shirts charged and the red shirts hung back, the Union hung on, ambiguous only in spirit. Jesse Darley emerged from the woods in the lead with Rocha in tow. Pawlicki had moved on Gagnon leaving him gasping. New GBTC runner Arnold Seto, late of MIT, rolled along in the top fifteen with the hard traveling John Blouin. In the south woods of the campus Darley put the big move on Rocha. With shoelaces flying Darley sprinted in for the win. B lack, red, and white uniforms flew into the finish in a squall.

From the scores below you can see how painfully close the men in red came to winning this first 1997 Grand Prix cross-country race.

Results: Men
1. Jesse Darley, 15:49
4. Jim Pawlicki, 16:15
11. Arnold Seto, 16:52
13. John Blouin, 16:59
34. Mike Urquiola, 18:29
40. Dan Oberlander, 19:29
43. Kevin Russell, 20:11
44. Eric Sherry, 20:12
Results: Women
2. Joanna Veltri, 19:21
7. Julie Donohoe, 22:06
9. Cynthia Hastings, 23:07
14. Ann Leano, 25:51
Team scores:
Cambridge Sports Union, 55
Merrimack Valley, 57
GBTC, 60
North Shore Striders, 81
Greater Lowell Road Runners, 103
Winner’s Circle Running Club, 136

(Reported via e-mail from Tom Derderiam 9-22-97)

Lynn, MA

Sunday, October 12, 1997-Lynn, Ma.

Women – 3.25 miles
1 Gina Rocha Whirl 19:40
2 Joanna Veltri GBTC 20:08
6 Julie Donohue GBTC 23:14
10 Suzanne Whitmere GBTC 25;52
1 Winners Circle 15
2 Gr.Boston 18
3 No.Shore Striders 24
Men 3.7 miles
1 Joe Rocha MVS 18:46
5 Jim Pawlicki GBTC 19:44
6 Deon Barrett GBTC 19:47
14 John Blouin GBTC 20:34
18 Chris Hussey GBTC 20:54
21 Tom Derderian GBTC 21:28
25 Brian Beaulieu GBTC 22:38
26 Richard Tabbut NSS 23:01
33 Gary Snyder GBTC 28:58
1 Merrimack Valley Str 32
2 Gr.Boston TC 50
3 North Shore Striders 51

GBTC Men and Women Teams Rank High in Grand Prix Cross-Country Series

GBTC men’s and women’s teams are each only 1 point from the top of the New England Open Grand Prix championships with 2 races remaining. Standings after Mayor’s Cup are as follows:


  • Merrimac Valley Striders, 20
  • Greater Boston Track Club, 19
  • North Shore Striders, 14
  • Cambridge Sports Union, 13
  • Greater Lowell, 12
  • New Balance Coastal, 10
  • Central Mass Striders, 8
  • Boston Athletic Association, 6
  • Boston Running Club, 5
  • Winner’s Circle, 4


  • Winners’s Circle, 23
  • Greater Boston Track Club, 22
  • North Shore Striders, 14
  • Central Mass Striders, 10
  • Boston Running Club, 8
  • Boston Athletic Association, 7
  • Greater Lowell, 6
  • Liberty Athletic Club, 4
  • Cambridge Sports Union, 2

GBTC at Mayor’s Cup on October 26, 1997

Men’s (almost 8km)

  • 36. Jesse Darley 24:21
  • 99. Deon Barrett, 25:47
  • 104. Jim Pawlicki, 25:54
  • 128. Tom Cotter, 26:20
  • 138. Andy Rogovin, 26:34
  • 142. John Blouin, 26:39
  • 163. Adrian Grise, 27:16
  • 172. Chris Hussey, 27:38
  • 179. Marc Mangiacotti, 27:53,
  • 184. Tom Derderian, 28:10
  • 202. Mike Urquiola, 28:58
  • 234. Dino Konstantopoulos, 32:16

Women’s 5km

  • 27. Joanna Veltri, 18:03
  • 32. Amory Rowe, 18:18
  • 43. Jennifer Rapaport, 18:36
  • 99. Julie Donahoe, 20:47
  • 116. Cynthia Hastings, 22:20
  • 123. Dotty Fine,

GBTC Men’s Team placed 12th

GBTC Women placed 9th

GBTC at the Nobel and Greenough 5 km cross-country

November 2, 1997 Dedham, MA


Veltri wins!

GBTC’s Joanna Veltri won the Nobel race in 18:17 by powering away from her competition over the last mile. Veltri took the lead at the gun, surrendered it briefly in the first mile, then blasted away. Her teammate Jenifer Rapaport finished bloody, muddy, but unbowed in third place. The GBTC women’s team won.

  • 1. Joanna Veltri, 18:17
  • 3. Jeffifer Rapaport, 18:54
  • 7. Julie Donohue, 21:26
  • 24. Dotty Fine,
  • 25. Judy Romvos, 24:26
  • 29. Wendy Newsham, 25:37
  • 35. Melinda Casy, 26:46
  • 43. Jane Firordglisi, 30:16


Men’s 5 km, Deon and Dino bracket GBTC field.

In a field of 142 runners the GBTC men placed between 4th and 44th and scored a combined time for the top five runners of 1:09:68 to 1:05:26 to place second to the Cambridge Sports Union. Many GBTC runners who are preparing for next week’s Ocean State Marathon sat this one out.

  • 1. Jon Waldron, CSU, 16:02
  • 4. Deon Barrett 16:21
  • Four time world champion Lynn Jennings placed between Deon and Chris
  • 12. Chris Elgar, 17:00
  • 19. Jack Burke, 17:53
  • 20. Tom Derderian, 17:54
  • 22. Brian Beaulieu, 18:17
  • 28. Tony Pallotta, 18:32
  • 31. Mike Urquiola, 19:00
  • 35. Eric Sherry, 19:09
  • 44. Dino Konstantopoulos, 19:35

Franklin Park Oct 18, 1997 Cross-Country

1 Mike Donnelly New Balance/Coastal 14:46
18 Marie McMahon Unattached-Prov RI 16:54 1F
19 Adrien Grise Gr Boston TC 17:02
23 Michael Urquiola Gr Boston TC 17:59
24 Joanna Veltri Gr Boston TC 17:59 2F


GBTC Grand Prix Standings

Through Seven of Eight Events: Stu’s 30K, Newburyport 10M, Salem 10K, Brewery Exchange 5K, Lake Winnipesaukee Relay, Ro-Jacks 8K, Bay State 1/2 Marathon

Men’s Open Division Points
1 Jesse Darley 50
2 James Pawlicki 44
3 James O’Leary 23
4 Tom Guerrini 21
5 Bill Newsham 20
6 (tie) Arnold Seto 15
6 (tie) Brian Hare 15
8 (tie) Thomas Cotter 14
8 (tie) Doug Burdi 14
10 (tie) Peter Schworm 13
10 (tie) Andy Rogovn 13
Women’s Open Division Points
1 Karen Crounse 57
2 Susan Richards 51
3 Michelle Parks 41
4 Carmen Danforth 25
5 (tie) Jennifer Rapaport 20
5 (tie) Rebecca Padera 20
7 (tie) Joanna Veltri 18
7 (tie) Belinda Crago 18
9 Joyce Dendy 17
10 Sara Smith 12
Men’s Master Division Points
1 Bruce Bond 66
2 Tom Derderian 28
3 Mike Turmala 17
4 (tie) Karl Hoyt 10
4 (tie) Jim O’Brien 10
4 (tie) Bill Durette 10
4 (tie) Sherm Wallen 10
8 (tie) Bob Huntley 8
8 (tie) Frank Monkiewicz 8
Women’s Master Division Points
1 Claire McManus 30
2 Jean Smith 28
3 Sandy Miller 20
4 (tie) Kay McDonald 10
4 (tie) Rachel Shanor 10
4 (tie) Judy Pruitt 10
7 Lizabeth Bourret 8
Men’s Seniors Division Points
1 Robert Ward 54
2 Hubert Jessup 45
3 Russ Miller 30
4 Gary Snyder 24
5 Bob Sullivan 20
6 Dick Nickerson 10
Womens Senior Division Points
1 Dorothy Fine 30
2 Joyce Lyons 10


Lake Winnipesaukee Relays

GBTC Women’s Masters team gets Third

GBTC women’s Master’s team put together the usual pack … Leg 1: Clair McManus (1:26:16), Leg 2: Kay McDonald (1:29:32), Leg 3: Dotty Fine (1:18:34), Leg 4: Judy Pruitt (33:53), Leg 5: Joan Bernard (1:37:10); Leg 6: Sandy Miller (59:51), Leg 7: Jean Smith (1:03:52), Leg 8: Rachel Shanor (36:30). Our team placed third in the over 40 women’s category, and was 138th team overall. Our time was 9:05:38, an average 8:29 per mile pace (behind Winner’s Circle with 8:29:27 and Ghost of Pease with 7:45:10). Top performances were put in by Jean Smith, who was 86th person time-wise on her leg, and Rachel, who was 100th on hers.

Thanks to all who participated and made this run fun!


Lake Winnipesaukee Relay Races: Funny and Memorable Vignettes

Sandy Miller

There were a number of memorable moments for those GBTC members who ran at Lake Winnipesaukee. The following, in no particular order are a few of those items: Moulay Esskalli trying to get Lizzie Durette to teach him some French (watch out Lizzie . I think you are being duped!)

Hugh Jessup had a bit of a come upance on the hill (“wall”) on leg 3, he wisely decided to walk up at a brisk pace. As he was in this process, he was passed by a young woman who was also walking. While one might think that this would have had a deleterious effect on Hugh, he pointed out that he does not worry about people half his age who pass him .and besides, he did pass the woman in the last mile of leg 3!

The report that Claire McManus, Rachel Shanor and Dino went swimming on Sunday at 8 am after a short run (gee, didn’t these folks drink enough on Saturday night?). Response to the report: well, Claire is a swimmer, Rachel is crazy and Dino is a bit crazy too??? I saw the group of 8 or so GBTC folks head out on the run, but went back to my condo to brew some really strong coffee.

Terry at the condo office was grateful that we let them know about various items in need of fixing at condos. FYI the microwave at the clubhouse works, but apparently requires more than a Ph.D. to operate . they will provide written instructions next year!!! The hot water heaters in 2 condos were accidentally left off, the hot water running out problem is a factor of too many people taking showers too quickly (those of you who are homeowners will understand the capacity of a water heater).

How come Rachel got flannel sheets? Did anyone else?

I was reading to Jean Smith’s daughter at the exchange point for leg 8. It had gotten suddenly colder and Sam and Amelia would not get out of the car when we saw Jean running in . the kids said “that’s all right, we can see her from here”. Smart kids. Then just to make Jean’s day, we couldn’t find Jean’s car keys after Rachel left to run leg 8. We had the 3 way collective brain meltdown. Joan Bernard, Dotty Fine and I were in my car when Rachel left the keys for Jean’s car in the back seat of my car. Somehow it did not register that “I hate to leave the keys in Jean’s car” was connected to leaving the keys elsewhere. I was turning blue after running leg 6, Joan had frozen stiff and couldn’t move, Dotty was semi- starving. Oh well, we drove out on the course and asked Rachel where the keys were and drove back to Jean’s car.

Good news: the remaining lasagna was frozen and did reappear at the post-Tufts’ 10k get together at Dotty Fine’s home!! Better news . the lasagna was eaten and will not reappear at the Christmas/holiday party in December!


Lake Winnipesaukee – Areas for improvement

Sandy Miller

In the interest of continuing improvement of the quality of service we provide for the Club, the following are areas which may be improved for future Lake Winnipesaukee relays. These were put together as a result of my conversations with several participants:

Team captain guidance/team organization/logistical organization – We need to have the legs and logistics arranged for each team (i.e. before Friday night). We need to secure a complete team of 8 for each team that is strong and ready to compete for the open teams and have complete teams for each “fun” team (weeks before heading up to Lake W). Among the possibilities to help this work better would be to have a team captains’ meeting weeks ahead of time (mandatory attendance). Dotty Fine and I would be willing to share our strategy and tactics for (1) managing to have a complete team of 8 (not always easy to do), (2) how to make Friday night less stressful and (3) pitfalls of team logistics and how to hopefully avoid them.

Food – Better organization for dinner on Saturday . with a little effort we could do a pot of mild sauce (vegetarian) and pasta for arriving folks on Friday night . with a little more advance thought we could have avoided the reheating of food confusion (how to work microwave, bring smaller pans).

Water on course/support for runners – Would be nice to have a “roving car” for all teams to provide that support . may need more than one, since teams spread out after the first 3 legs. This would mean some people who do not run the relay would be involved as support.

Arranging for use of clubhouse for team meeting Friday night – Terry at condo office says that would be no problem. This way, those in the condo who wanted to sleep before midnight would not be disturbed.

Expectations of folks coming up – The expectations of GBTC members running at Lake W need to be revisited. There are the mutually exclusive goals of (1) keep it reasonable expense-wise for the younger members who do not have a ton of disposable income and (2) getaway weekend for couples. Goal this year was to provide a bedroom for all couples or couples with kids . also to have a bed for each single person, with a priority given to those who paid early to room assignments, which for the most part, we managed to achieve. The major problem is uncertainty on numbers of folks staying at Samoset until the very last minute (the Club loses money if we rent too many condos). We need to balance numbers of people with numbers of beds, which is hard to do if we don’t know who will be there. The team captains MUST do a better job of finalizing team numbers earlier.

Things that did go better than previous years .Having phone numbers for each condo in all condos. Looks like the pick up and drop off of runners at each leg went smoothly.

NOTE: Samoset housekeeping found a pair of earrings in unit 114 or 119 and sent to Dick Nickerson. owner can call Dick to claim same (617 965-3837).


Contact information

The GBTC USATF-NE Club Number is 016.

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

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

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


Marathon Woman Saves Aviators

From the AvWeb newswire at

Two men injured in a Sunday morning plane crash in the Pecos Wilderness, 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe, were lucky the camper who witnessed the crash happened to be a marathon runner. The crash of the Beech Baron burned Scott Sterritt, 31, and Robert Coleman, 48, over about 10 percent of their bodies. Lynn Bjorklund ran to the crash scene, then six miles to the nearest phone, then guided rescuers back to the scene.

She is “literally the hero,” said Rick Goodman, search and rescue resource officer for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. The two men were listed in satisfactory condition at University Hospital in Albuquerque, officials said.


Publication information

The Wingfoot Express a publication of Greater Boston Track Club

Editor in Chief and Publisher: Betty Bourret

Associate Editor: Karen Crounse

Board of Directors

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

Event Directors

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


  • Men’s: Tom Derderian,(617) 846-2902
  • Women’s: Bill Durette, (617) 484-9262

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

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 editior. Please send any inquiries or material for publication to: Greater Boston Track Club, ATTN: Wingfoot Express, PO Box 183, Back Bay Annex, Boston, MA 02117-0183.