Twenty Years & Still Running
The Wingfoot Express
Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
Table of Contents:
- 1996 Heart & Sole Road Race
- Running Shorts … a few words from the editor
- Announcements & Schedules
- President’s Column
- The Athlete’s Kitchen: Quick & Slow Carbs
- Mt. McKinley Expedition 1996
- Sandy Stresses at Samoset
- Lake Winnipesaukee Relays
- Volunteers Needed
- A Letter to the Editor
- Newburyport Yankee Homecoming
- It’s Emotional
- Road Race Grand Prix ’96
- Recruitment Reward Program for Current GBTC Members
- Welcome new members
- Sponsorship and Public Relations Volunteers Needed
- Bermuda International Race Weekend
- 1996 USATF-NE and GBTC Road Race Grand Prix
- GBTC Long Run Schedule (Runs begin at 9:00 a.m.)
- Running Camp – Review
- Road Race Results
- GBTC annual meeting
- 1996 Cross Country Schedule
- Cross Country Results
- Track & Field Grand Prix Results
- GBTC Quality Survey Results
- GBTC Apparel Collection
- Publication Information
[Figure: Frank Monkiewicz conquers Mt. McKinley.]
The 1996 Heart & Sole 5K Road Race was held on Thursday, August 15, at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. The weather was absolutely perfect — sunny and 79 degrees with low humidity — typical of the cool summer running we’ve had this year, and outstanding for the runners.
We had a record field of 235 entries, and the gun went off at 7:10 PM. The lead runners went through the first mile in 4:28 and the two mile in 9:25. The first place male was James Houston from London, England, with a time of 15:11. The first place female was former GBTC runner Sarah Tabbott with a time of 18:34. GBTC runner Bill Newsham won his division with a time of 16:17, and finished in sixth place overall. Bill and wife, (former GBTCer) Wendy, also won their division of the Sole-Mate couples competition.
The highlight of the evening was the post-race cookout in the courtyard of the Sheraton. We enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, an assortment of cookies and breads from the Big Sky Bread Company, and two kegs of beer. The awards ceremony was done by Karl Hoyt and me, utilizing a flashlight to read the results. A good time was had by all who attended.
My thanks to all of you who volunteered and helped to make this year’s race a success!
This edition of the Wingfoot has contributions from many members. I thank all of you. Keep up the good work. The next edition’s deadline for articles is November 17.
We’ve had news from members afar. Scooby Durham had his all Bermudan team at Lake Winnipesaukee. We went out to JT’s for spaghetti the night before the relay and his teammates imposed a zero-beer pre-race strategy. It may have worked. They finished 16th overall — 4 ahead of our men’s open team.
Bill Wright reported to Karl Hoyt that he ran for the first time (3 miles) in the 90 degree temperature of Pakistan. He has adjusted to left hand side driving in his Diahtsu Charade, but stands out in the crowd compared to the traditional Muslim dress. They were on a security alert due to the bombing of Iraq (Pakistan supports Iraq). Bill’s email is email@example.com.
Pam Duckworth made it to Lake Winnipesaukee from home in Colorado. She’s enjoying life in the West, has made a few trips East, and, with her busy schedule, has found it a little more difficult to do her normal training.
Chuck Ferguson emailed from Maryland to say that he and his wife took a short vacation at the Eastern Shore in MD and spent most of their time at Assateague Island which is famous for its wild horses (ponies). Petting of the ponies is not recommended — signs say some have rabies and may kick and bite.
Chuck is looking for a running club/partners and may have found a sub 2:30 marathoner for training. He has offered their house as accommodations for GBTCers running in the Marine Corps Marathon. Their address is 8721 23rd Ave. Ct., Adelphi, MD 20783, phone number (301) 431-0310, email chuckf@Glue.umd.edu.
Jim and Karen Rattray had their last traditional “island” style bash in Hingham on August 24 and headed to Durham, NC. Karen ran her first race, a 5K cross country affair on the University of North Carolina’s XC course (right behind their condo) … and was first woman! They survived Hurricane Fran, but went without power for some period of time. Jim uses his Duke address firstname.lastname@example.org as his primary email connection.
Katherine Simshauser appeared at the Lake Winnipesaukee Relay. She has contributed a letter (page 7) that may reflect a phase each of us has gone through in our introduction to running.
A social gathering honoring Jon Berit was held at the Eliot Lounge on August 1. The club gave Jon a new GBTC framed uniform and a glass cutter with instructions to use the cutter in case of emergency. Jon and Tona had a daughter sometime after my last correspondence with him on September 13.
Frank Monkiewicz has returned from Mt. McKinley, Alaska, and has contributed an article on a unique vacation.
Eamonn Browne has returned from a quick four weeks in Ireland and has passed along brother Jim’s greetings.
Dick Nickerson has informed us that congratulations are due to long-time GBTCer and newly wed Ivan Frantz and his wife Barbara. They honeymooned sailing in the Mediterranean. We wish the couple a long, healthy and prosperous life together. Ivan suggested to Dick that he would host an early long run followed by a dip in their pool at their new home in Hingham. We decided to wait for a warm summer day!
Sandy Miller will be running in her 20th Bonnie Bell/Tufts 10K. That’s every one! Anyone else?
Moulay Essakalli took a spill at the Governor Dummer 5K cross-country run on September 22. He had ice on it that evening when I spoke to him. Later he found out he had an ankle fracture. We wish him a speedy recovery.
- Review New Member Incentives on page 9.
- Review the Job Postings on page 10.
- October 6 — Lynn Woods 2.5/5M (XC Grand Prix).
- October 14 — Tufts 10K — Volunteers needed.
- October 22 — Annual Meeting. MIT Bldg. 6, Rm. 321, 7:30 PM.
- October 27 — Boston Mayor’s Cup (XC Grand Prix)
- November 03 — HFC Striders 5K (XC Grand Prix)
- November 10 — Reebok/USATF-NE (XC Grand Prix)
In the last edition of the Wingfoot I spoke about the summer being a busy time of the year. It was, and it sure disappeared quickly. I mentioned the long daylight hours — now, we’re back to finishing our track workouts in the dark! Later in the Fall we will move to MIT’s indoor track. We usually do this in mid- to late-November. When we do, it will be included on GBTC’s hot line outgoing message (617-499-4844).
We had a very good volunteer effort in the Heart & Sole 5K Road Race. Thank you to all volunteers. We need more volunteers for the Tufts 10K. Considering this is the 20th anniversary run of the race (formerly Bonnie Bell), I hope the race directors are planning a gala affair. I expect a great race for our women to run, and for those not participating, to watch. As long as you’re watching, you might as well be a course marshal and help the GBTC add to its treasury.
At the Lake Winnipesaukee Relay the GBTC was represented by five teams, all of which performed well. Each team includes eight members, so this is one of the best attended club events of the year. The first-time participants I spoke to at the Saturday night dinner after the relay stated they had a good time and are ready to return next year. Of course, there are many members that continue to go back every year. Accommodations got a little tight on the Friday night before the relay, but positive steps have been taken with the condominium manager to assure that the GBTC will have the best selection of units in 1997.
Rather than general requests for volunteers for positions where we need assistance, Susan Richards has written job descriptions of specific responsibilities and estimates of time commitments. Please review the job postings and see if you are able to help us this year.
Of course, actively participating on the board of directors is an extremely important area that I would like everyone to seriously consider. Nominations and elections will be held at the annual meeting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 22.
We are also starting a membership drive headed by Lenia Ascenso. Details are listed in this Wingfoot. Until new GBTC Membership applications are printed, please be sure that new members note somewhere on their application that you referred them.
We received limited feedback on club satisfaction in our survey. Sandy has reported results on present and past members in this edition.
Nancy Clark, MS, RD
When it comes to pre-exercise eating, athletes were historically told to choose starchy complex carbohydrates, such as bagels, potato, and bread for snacks because these foods were thought to contribute to a stable blood sugar level. Sugary simple carbohydrates, in contrast, were thought to trigger a “sugar high” followed by a “sugar low” and a debilitating hypoglycemic reaction.
Times have changed. Today, we know that a carbohydrate’s effect upon blood sugar cannot be determined by whether it is a simple or complex carbohydrate, but rather by its glycemic response, that is, the food’s ability to elevate blood sugar. The glycemic response is influenced by many factors, including the amount you eat, fiber content, fat content or amount of added fat, and the way the food is prepared. For example, pasta has a lower glycemic response than bread although both are made from wheat, and sugar added to ice cream has a much lower glycemic response than plain sugar alone.
By knowing a food’s glycemic response, you can determine when you should eat a certain food. High glycemic carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, honey) quickly enter the bloodstream and are best to eat during or after exercise. They are readily available to be used for energy or to refuel muscles. Low glycemic carbohydrates (apples, lentil soup, yogurt, kidney beans) slowly enter the blood stream and are advantageous before exercise because they provide sustained energy. Low glycemic carbs may enhance your ability to maintain normal blood sugar levels during prolonged exercise.
The glycemic response partially explains why an energy bar with added fat or fiber can make claims about enhancing endurance. Any low glycemic food would likely have the same effect. Never-the-less, the right carb choices can enhance endurance if you will be exercising for more than 60 minutes, and also recovery time after hard exercise when you are depleted of carbs.
How much does the glycemic response really matter? In one research study, cyclists who ate low glycemic lentils before they exercised to exhaustion were able to pedal hard for 117 minutes, in contrast to only 97 minutes when they ate high glycemic potatoes. This could determine who wins or loses.
The following Glycemic Index (GI) list ranks different carbohydrates in terms of their effect upon blood sugar (based on 50 grams of carbohydrates; 200 calories). Here’s how some foods compare when glucose is assigned the value of 100. Most researchers report consistent values for the glycemic index, but with some foods, there was a wide range. This has been indicated by the numbers in parentheses. Note: You can lower the glycemic index of most foods by simply adding fat, such as cream cheese, peanut butter, margarine or cheese to bread, bagels, potato or other carbohydrate-rich foods.
Source: Foster-Powell. International tables of glycemic index. Am J Clin Nutr 62:871S-893S, 1995.
|HIGH Glycemic Index||GI|
|Vanilla wafers, Nabisco||77|
|Cream of Wheat, instant||74|
|Bagel, Lender’s white||72|
|Bread, whole wheat (65-75)||65|
|Soft drink, Fanta||68|
|Stoned wheat thins||67|
|Cream of Wheat, regular||66|
|Table sugar (sucrose)||65|
|Ice cream (36-80)||61|
|Rice, white long grain||56|
|Pound cake, Sara Lee||54|
|Rice, white parboiled||47|
|Spaghetti (no sauce)||41|
|Apple juice, unsweetened||41|
|Fruit yogurt, lowfat||33|
|Lima beans, frozen||32|
On July 1st, I was flown from Talkeetna, Alaska, onto the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier with seven other men and one woman. We landed, via two Cessna 180’s, on a strip of snow called “Kahiltna International Airport.” The elevation was 7,200 ft. and it was approximately 20 miles from the summit of Mt. McKinley, elevation 20,320 ft., the highest mountain in North America. It is also one of the coldest mountains in the world because of its proximity to the Arctic Circle. This year about 1,200 people attempted the climb and 400 made it to the summit. Six are still there.
We set up our tents, melted snow for hot drinks and arranged all of our equipment so that it would fit into our backpacks and onto sleds that we would drag behind us. That evening, everyone turned in at 5 PM so we could get up at midnight and begin the journey on the glacier when it was still cold. This made it easier to cross the many snow bridges that cover the crevasses along the way. We traveled roped together for the next four days making camps and sleeping during the day. When we reached camp four, at 11,000 ft., the weather had changed (there was a snowstorm the whole day) and it had gotten considerably steeper, so we cached our snowshoes and extra food. If the cache was not buried sufficiently, the only other living creatures on the mountain, big black ravens, would rip through the canvas bags and eat the food.
The next camp, Genet Basin, at 14,000 ft. marked the end of the approach and the beginning of the climb. Previous expeditions during the season had built a maze of snow walls to protect the tents from the wind, and igloos to cook in, so we moved into some empty ones and set up camp. A storm came in, (Denali creates its own weather) and pounded us for the next five days. To pass the time, we explored the “iglooplex” and came up with some interesting buried items in abandoned caches. Japanese soups, German sausages, Russian vitamins, everything frozen rock solid.
It finally cleared up and we slowly made our ascent up a 2,000 ft. headwall using fixed ropes to 16,000 ft. Whoa….this was steep! An avalanche swept by within 10 feet of me along the way. (I thought that I was in a movie.) At the top of the headwall, we made another cache, and went back to Genet Basin. (scary). The purpose of this, “climb high, sleep low” was to acclimatize.
The next day, the group went back up the headwall and up along the ridge to high camp at 17,200 ft. The ridge “trail” was one foot wide with the drop-off on one side of 3,200 ft and the other side about 6,000 ft. My heart was in my throat the whole way. Very hard at this point to take any photos. And very hard to breathe because of the thin air. Two steps, rest, breathe, step.
High camp was cold…cold..cold.. -20 degrees Fahrenheit without the wind. Everyone now had on all their expedition outerwear. The next day we rested and got ready for summit day. Up at 6 AM, we ate, roped up, and off we went. We reached Denali Pass, 18,200 ft and as we went over the ridge, the wind started to howl… time for the goggles and face masks. It was agonizingly cold. We gained some altitude but gusts of wind start knocking everyone over and we decided to go down.
Good thing we did….A fierce storm kicked up and we got back to high camp in a blizzard. I crawled into my tent at noon and never left it until the following day at 3 PM. To go outside was unthinkable. No one slept that night. The wind was making the tents flap away, sounding like machine-gun fire. Damn…
Another rest day. Most of the members had headaches or some form of altitude sickness, so we were a gloomy bunch. The following day, the sun was shining and we got up for one more try. This time we were lucky and managed to reach the summit ridge at 5 PM. Hooray.!! Twenty minutes later, after yet one more scary ridge trail, everyone from the expedition stood on the top of Denali…! What an exhilarating sense of accomplishment!
The way down took three days. At Windy Corner, 12,000 ft., the head guide fell 15 feet into a crevasse. He was okay. At 9,000 ft., the other guide fell 35 feet into a crevasse. He managed to climb out after 2 hours, had hurt his leg, was hypothermic, but otherwise okay. (Resilient type).
The plane finally circled over us at Kahiltna base camp on July 22nd and flew us back.
Done…been there.. even got a tee-shirt.. Aconcaqua is next when I get some money..
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 1899
Sandy Miller, Concierge
All the single males in one condo, all the single females in another condo, all the couples in one condo, all the folks with kids in another condo??? Or, all the folks running the first leg in one condo, the second leg in another, etc.??? Draw names at random for 2 person beds and assign rooms that way (including couples, for variety’s sake?)??? All people on the same team in one condo?? All close friends in one condo?? … Some combination of all of the above?
All I know is next year we will figure out who will bunk in which condo ahead of time, so that everyone will be clear on the set up. Dick Nickerson undoubtedly knew what was going on this year, as he had set up the condo arrangements, but he wasn’t there. I was sadly clueless, and as a result, a little tired/stressed/cranky in my efforts to find a bed for each person. My apologies to all for my somewhat colorful language (I have a much better vocabulary, and should have used more creative choices than expletive verse).
I have reserved 5 condos with muchas camas (many many beds) for next year (no obligation until next July). I have personally inspected all condos and they each have 6-8 beds (some of which are queen sized). They are the largest units available, 3 condos have 2 baths. We will have 6 more beds than we did this year, and it will cost less, since there will be one fewer condo. I have floor plans (showing layout, number and type of bed) and the phone numbers for each one. Anyone who wants may give me a call, so we can start planning. Among the ideas is that those who commit early may have their choice of accommodations also, we will probably appoint condo captains for each condo (to keep track of who is staying Saturday and will be eating dinner/organizing pot luck better, etc.). Team captains can stick to organizing their teams for the race.
The women’s masters had the strongest division finish, placing 3rd. The women’s open team was one place out of the medals in 4th. GBTC’s mixed open team placed 16 of about 31 teams.
Overall, our top team was the men’s open, which placed 20th (13th in their division), while the men’s masters finished 47th (12th of 20 in the division.)
Individual results are on page 13.
Even though there is uncertainty as to which weekend the Winnepesaukee Relay will be (it could be moved due to a conflict with an auto race), Terrie at the condo office will take care of us (Mr. Nickerson has been a good customer over the years, plus she and I are both the oldest kids in our families, so we will take care of you guys).
Monday October 14
Tufts 10k for Women
We need volunteers to act as course marshals for this annual 10k classic. Here’s your chance to help “behind the scenes” at one of Boston’s premier road racing events. We really do need your help, so call, Mike Turmala 491-7285, or sign up at track on Tuesday nights, look for the Tufts 10K sign up sheet.
July 24, 1996
Dear G.B.T.C. runners,
I have been missing my weekly attempts to keep up with the entrails of the “group for speed challenged women” ever since I moved here to America’s Garden State in January.
It is not an understatement to write that you changed my life in a meaningful and, I hope, permanent way. My athletic experience before G.B.T.C. was limited at best, largely by fears forged through the experience of being emotionally tortured as a short, 160 pound teenager. Unhealthy habits gradually gave way after high school and I began jogging several miles a week at age 24. When I came to my first G.B.T.C. workout in April 1994 at the suggestion of Nancy Clark, I could not break 2:00 for a 400. It poured rain the first eight Wednesdays I showed up, but I kept coming back because I wanted to become like you– a “real” runner. My long term membership was sustained by my futile desire to someday see Dottie Fine and Sandy Miller become old, slow and beatable by me.
Another reason you couldn’t get rid of me was the great coaching. More than any other individual, Bill Durette is responsible for what my mother calls my “obsessive, narcissistic, running thing.” The limits of this patience knows no bounds. Tom Derderian had a special gift for silently indicating that I was a spineless feeble loser if I didn’t fully complete one of his agonizing torture rituals.
You helped me gain patience and humility, give up pride and self-consciousness, and endure more pain than I thought was possible. You gave me the good runs that make the bad ones worthwhile.
I am still not fast, but I no longer consider myself slow. My times have continued to improve and last month I won my first trophy by winning 20 – 29 in a 5K. I belong to North Jersey Masters Track and Field Club (but I still wear my old red satin disco G.B.T.C. singlet with in races because I like how the armholes hang down to my waist), which gives me the opportunity to occasionally be obliterated by a little old lady who is the top American female runner in the 65 – 69 age group.
Our club is going to Lake Winni…however you spell it and I hope to see some of you there. I’d love to run with you, either on a relay team or for a workout. I’ll harass Bill for the details. With fond wishes,
10 Mile USATF-NE Grand Prix and 3 Mile Chuck Ferguson
It couldn’t beat Atlanta, but Newburyport served up big races to highlight its Yankee Homecoming festival. Perhaps enticed by the lull in Olympic track and field coverage on July 30th and inspired by the Olympics, a record number of 2360 runners toed the line for the USATF-NE 10 mile championship, while 998 runners competed in the 3 mile race. In the ten and three mile races, 2033 and 874 finished. The runners seemed unfazed by the new start and finish for the ten mile course, whereas some expressed disappointment that the 5 km course was shortened to 3 miles. Contrary to Robert Frost’s poem about people turning their backs to land and gazing out to sea, the people of Newburyport, which is famous for its whale watching, had good reason, to a runner’s mind, to turn landward and cheer New England’s finest runners charging through their coastal city. While in years past spectators refreshed overheated runners with a multitude of garden hoses, this year’s weather stayed in the low 70’s with relatively low humid ity.
Several GBTC runners took advantage of the cool weather by running fast times and by setting P.R.’s. New member Tom Guerrini, a novice at the ten mile, cruised through the distance like an seasoned veteran, powering across the line in 58:15. Coach Tom Derderian’s workouts have not been squandered on Jim O’Leary. Jim flexed his track muscles by posting a P.R. of 1:03:19. I couldn’t help but wonder if Michael Johnson’s spirit possessed Jim or at least Jim’s car which was parked on Johnson Street. Looking ecstatic after her run, Karen Crounse, GBTC’s top woman finisher, set a P.R. of 1:08:56, well under 7 min/mile. Although master’s runner Dick Nickerson has been recently dining on a diet of 20 mile training weeks, he ate up the course in a respectable 1:11:25. With only a sex change operation preventing me from being the fourth woman finisher, I ran stride for stride with third place finisher Kelly Liljeblad of BRC and established a P.R. Kelly edged me by less than a second to run 57:46.
In the three mile race, Joyce Dendy and Timothy Hanke, a Newburyport resident, proudly represented GBTC. Although Timothy hasn’t run a race in 21 years, he had a big smile over his 20:15 time and 91st place finish. I hope that we see more of Timothy and his enthusiasm in future races and GBTC events.
Congratulations to the GBTC women for fielding scoring teams in both the open (14th place) and master’s (6th place) divisions. Unfortunately, the men came up one short for an open division team. Dick Nickerson ran as our sole men’s master.
In other ten mile race action, Jerry Lawson, competing for team Nike, flew from San Francisco to blast through the course, living up to his team’s namesake, to win in 48:45 (4:53 mile pace). Fourteen seconds later, Art Smith of Cambridge grabbed second place. Two BAA women fought for first and second place; Mary-Lynn Currier hung on for a 13 second victory in 57:09 over Julie Peterson. No surprise considering Mary-Lynn’s and Julie’s effort, BAA easily won the women’s open division. The team from Liberty claimed first in the women’s master’s and senior’s divisions. Dominating the USATF-NE grand prix, CMS crushed their competition in the men’s open and master’s divisions, while CSU proved to have better experience in the men’s senior’s division.
GBTC runners were pleased to receive the support of Mike Turmala and Tom Derderian. Mike, a one-man cheering section on his bicycle, popped up along the course like the Cheshire cat at opportune times, providing needed encouragement. Sporting a Marine Corps haircut, Tom could have passed for either the running guru that he is or a road warrior as befitting his “Total War” philosophy.
Susan L. Richards
The world I live in always has me running and I run to live in this world.
Decisions crowd me and structure the walls of my stress and I run and it helps.
I feel free from making decision, from even thinking decision, and I run and I think of nothing and everything.
I dream, I invent, I create, I fantasize, I run and I run hard to imagine and I do.
I pass another runner, I’m quicker, I’m stronger. My run propels me, not my legs, to a sense of power.
Possessed of the wind, gazelle like, I float, cool air on my face invites and energizes, and I run faster than I am aware.
I think of the next block, next race, next curve in the road, next few minutes, next song in my walk man, next….
Then it is done; and my feet carry my brain, my run carries my soul.
Current standings as of October 1, 1996, up to and including the Newport 1/2 Marathon
|1. O’Leary||1. Jessup||1. Ward||1. Richards||1. McDonald (tie)|
|2. Hare||2. Monkiewicz||2. Crounse||1. Pruit (tie)|
|3. Hoyt||3. Derderian||3. Danforth||3. Smith, J.|
|4. Oberlander (Tie)|
|4. Guerini (Tie)|
One event remaining: Cape Cod Marathon, October 27, 1996 (508) 540-6959
For the past few months the board has been looking for ways to increase our club membership. Any feedback from you will help us to serve you better. (If you have not done so already, give one of the board members a call or write to discuss anything you would like about the club or would like to see happen in our club.) In the meantime, we have developed a new incentive program for those of you who are spreading the word about the GBTC and bringing aboard new members. The success of this program depends on your direct involvement. Here is how it works.
Wingfoot Publicity! Publicity! Publicity!
We all like to see our name in lights or at least in printed material. As a reward to you, for each new member you bring to us, we will publish your name along with the new member’s name in the Wingfoot. As it works now, new members are listed are listed in the Wingfoot, but we would like the opportunity to thank you as well. So, don’t delay, start recruiting those new members today! Our goal is to have someone sponsoring a new member for each edition of the Wingfoot.
New GBTC T-Shirts!!
All current members who bring in 3 new members will receive a new, FREE, GBTC T-Shirt with our new logo. This is our way of saying “thanks” for keeping our name alive!
This is the beginning of a few of the rewards we would like to offer you for bringing new faces to the club. Any questions or ideas may be directed once again to the Board. We will answer any questions you may have regarding this new program.
|Tom Guerrini||E. Boston||MO|
Correction: In the June Wingfoot express we incorrectly listed the first names of two of our new members. Our apologies to:
The GBTC board of Directors has created two special liaison positions to assist the organization with its growth in membership and financial security. Both positions require only a few hours a month of time and attendance at board meetings quarterly. We are also seeking a long run coordinator. If you are interested in any of the following positions please contact Bruce Bond at (617) 275-4982 or Susan Richards at (617) 437-6557 for more information.
- Special Assistant for Sponsorship (expected commitment 4 – 8 hours per month):
This individual will seek out and approach companies who may be interested in sponsoring all, part of, or donating merchandise or money to the GBTC or a GBTC event. The duties would include:
- Developing general sponsorship of the club from companies. For example a company may provide money for uniforms or warm ups in return for their name or logo being prominently displayed on the clothing.
- Coordination of sponsorship for our three main events; Heart & Sole, Indoor Invitational, and Outdoor Track Meet. Working closely with the board and event coordinators, this individual would help to find sponsorship for the track events and food or merchandise donations to the road race.
- Maintaining and obtaining relationships with vendors of running gear, food, water, track & field services, and nutrition aids.
- Special Assistant for Public Relations (expected commitment 2 – 4 hours per month):
This individual would look for opportunities to promote the GBTC to both runners and the community at large. Working closely with the board and the Special Assistant for Sponsorship, responsibilities for this position would include the following;
- Coordination of the promotion of GBTC events in magazines, news papers, running publications, etc. Including getting coverage of events by the media.
- Looking for opportunities for the club to promote itself and get greater visibility. For example through co-sponsorship of an event for a local charity or community event.
- Promoting membership in the club and distributing membership applications to local health clubs, universities, and chamber of commerce.
- Long Run Coordinator (expected time commitment 4 hours per month between September 1 and April 30):
This individual will seek members to host long runs during the Fall and Spring marathon seasons, maintain the long run schedule, handle conflicts, facilitate in directions and recruiting attendees. Responsibilities for this position include the following,
- Talk to members and develop schedule of hosts. Coordinate with GBTC board and race calendar to avoid conflicts with longer Road Race Grand Prix events.
- Publish list at practice and provide to Wingfoot editor.
- Remind hosts one to two weeks in advance in run. Have hosts prepare written directions regarding location and parking, and provide or have host provide same at practice.
- Assist host with an accurate count of attendees.
Running’s best kept secret is just around the corner, January 17 – 19. Bermuda, one of the most beautiful places on earth and surely the most civilized, is the location for this mid-winter race weekend.
On Friday evening, the Bank of Buterfield hosts the mile invitational races, always a good take. On Saturday, the International 10K and fitness walk starts at 10AM. The marathon and half-marathon begin at 9AM on Sunday.
Deluxe packages for 4 days and 3 nights are available for around $749. (recommended for first time visitors) through Marathon Tours. Budget-minded runners can take advantage of Delta’s dream vacation package for around $400. A limited number of spaces will be available for those interested in staying with our Bermudan friends, GBTCer Scooby Durham and others. It’s going to be a great time! And remember, when its 20 degrees here in Boston, temperatures on the island are in the 70’s.
For more information, or a race application, contact Dick Nickerson at 965-3837.
|09/29/96||Half Marathon||Newport Federal||Middleton, RI|
|10/27/96||Marathon||Cape Cod Marathon||Falmouth, MA|
|October 06||Sunday. No long run.|
|Abington Colonial 1/2 Marathon and Lynn Woods (XC Grand Prix).|
|October 13||Sunday. Open. Volunteers? Also, Bay State Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.|
|October 20||Sunday. Dick Nickerson. 47 River Street, Newton. 617-965-3837.|
|October 27||Sunday. No long run.|
|Cape Cod Marathon (RR Grand Prix) and Boston Mayor’s Cup (XC Grand Prix).|
|November 03||Sunday. Susan Richards. 221 Massachusetts Avenue #1010, Boston. 617-437-6557.|
|November 10||Sunday. Sandy Miller. 51 Chapman Street, Watertown. 617-923-0745.|
|November 17||Sunday. Frank Monkiewicz. 395 Broadway L2G, Cambridge. 617-354-6703.|
|November 24||Sunday. Open. Volunteers?|
|December 01||Sunday. No long run. End of Thanksgiving weekend.|
|December 08||Sunday. Open. Volunteers?|
Camp was Cool!
For those of you who missed it, the annual GBTC running camp was on August 24th at my house in Belmont. The past two years the camp weekend was in western Massachusetts in the Berkshires where the bear and the bobcat roam the trails on the lookout for runners who have strayed from the pack (not necessarily the old, but definitely the weak). This year, camp was in the somewhat tamer Boston suburbs. Fortunately, there is several acres of woods and fields around my house to run through and simulate a western Massachusetts experience. We started the day with a forty five minute run. It just does not feel like camp without loosing someone in the woods. We tried our best but we just could not shake anyone loose. Ginny Dionesotes twisted her ankle and for a minute it looked like she might get left behind but she stubbornly hung on.
Everyone returned muddy and wet from the hurricane rains; was it Edouard? Having only one bathroom in my house we solved the dirty, smelly runner problem by diving into my neighbors luxurious heated swimming pool during the height of the down pour. It was fun to mingle in the warm, steamy pool after the cold, wet run. The secret to running a good camp, whether it is for adults or kids, is to have the next activity appear more interesting than the last, otherwise, you we would never have gotten people out of the pool. You guessed it, by now everyone was hungry.
After the swim we walked back through the woods to my house for brunch. There was an abundance of delectable foods furnished by the runners. David Yip, who spends half his week in San Francisco, flew in that morning with a sumptuous quiche. Rania Matar indulged our limitless runner’s appetites with gourmet breads including a chocolate bread. Nancy Clark wowed us with Dunkin Donuts, just kidding, but I know she likes them.
After everyone was fed and in warm comfortable clothes we settled in the living room for two presentations, the first on strength training by Linda Randall who is a fitness coordinator and consultant with the Waltham Family YMCA and a presentation by Nancy Clark on nutrition. Linda asked everyone if they are weight training and everyone raised their hand except Bruce Bond. Bruce later confided to me, in absolute confidence of course, he was shocked to learn he was the only person attending who was not lifting weights at a gym and he thought maybe he should start.
Linda has a lot of experience as a personal trainer and a great deal of academic knowledge about fitness training as well. She succinctly answered many questions people had about how they can improve their strength training to benefit their running and she demonstrated some excellent stretches for the hamstrings and back.
If you have never been to a presentation on nutrition by Nancy Clark you are missing something special. Each time I have listened to one of her talks on nutrition I have come away with a new way of looking at and dealing with food that is much more positive and healthy. Nancy stresses the importance of using food to “fuel” your body so it is supplied with the nutrients it needs. Eating three meals a day balances your caloric intake so you do not get hungry and tend to overeat. Nancy emphasizes the importance of eating breakfast to achieve that balance. Since the camp I have been really enjoying a hearty breakfast every morning and I feel better throughout the day and tend not to overeat, as was my habit when I got hungry. I know it sounds simple, but their are lots of and it is simple, we tend to complicate things by not eating breakfast and running a calorie deficit all day.
After the presentations people stayed a while and chatted and we had everything wrapped up by about three o’clock. It was an agreeable way to spend the morning and afternoon. I had fun. It was an easy event to host and people learned some things that will help them be better athlete’s.
There seemed to be some sentiment that we should do this again, so let me know if you would like to and we will plan another event and invite other professionals in the running community to join us. I am certainly willing to do this more often. I am thinking about a seminar on marathon training. I would like to thank Linda and Nancy for their wonderful presentations and everyone who attended for making it a success.
Fresh Pond 5.0 Miles
Fresh Pond 2.5 Miles
Newburyport Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile
|109||M30-34||27||Chuck Ferguson||57:46||5:47 PR|
|119||M20-24||12||Tom Guerrini||58:15||5:50 PR|
|261||M25-29||38||Jim O’Leary||1:03:19||6:20 PR|
|556||F30-34||25||Karen Crounse||1:08:56||6:54 PR|
Newburyport Yankee Homecoming 3 Mile
Cape Ann 25K
|4(?).||Claire Mcmanus||No Time|
|?.||Hugh Jessup||No Time|
20. GBTC Men’s Open (13th Open Men)
|Leg 1||1:14:27||Karl Hoyt|
|Leg 2||1:06:51||Erwin Ramaekers|
|Leg 3||1:01:04||Jim O’Leary|
|Leg 4||24:07||Dan Oberlander|
|Leg 5||1:04:00||Doug Burdi|
|Leg 6||42:01||Colum Creed|
|Leg 7||53:59||Brian Hare|
|Leg 8||28:27||Jack Burke|
|Total Time:||6:54:56||(6:18 pace)|
47. GBTC Men’s Masters (12th Men 40+)
|Leg 1||1:21:46||Jack Devine|
|Leg 2||1:18:05||Jerry Soloman|
|Leg 3||59:34||Bruce Bond|
|Leg 4||31:30||Bob Ward|
|Leg 5||1:16:51||Russ Miller|
|Leg 6||44:56||Alan Fierce|
|Leg 7||52:03||Bill Okerman|
|Leg 8||29:30||Bill Durette|
|Total Time:||7:34:15||(6:54 pace)|
60. GBTC Women’s Open (4th Open Women)
|Leg 1||1:15:21||Elaine Christy|
|Leg 2||1:16:45||Karen Crounse|
|Leg 3||1:09:29||Claire McManus|
|Leg 4||29:33||Rosemary O’Connor|
|Leg 5||1:21:08||Becky Padero|
|Leg 6||45:54||Kristin Mattocks|
|Leg 7||57:52||Sue Roelofs|
|Leg 8||33:45||Joyce Dendy|
|Total Time:||7:49:47||(7:08 pace)|
103. GBTC Mixed (16th Open Mixed)
|Leg 1||1:22:23||Rick Jones|
|Leg 2||1:19:00||Paul Debitetto|
|Leg 3||1:22:26||Hugh Jessup|
|Leg 4||29:36||Ginny Dionesotes|
|Leg 5||1:22:04||Susan Richards|
|Leg 6||47:42||Margaret Fitzgerald|
|Leg 7||Carles Sera-Pages|
|Leg 8||Marianne DiMascio|
|Total Time:||8:28:40||(7:44 pace)|
114. GBTC Women 40+ (3rd Women 40+)
|Leg 1||1:23:21||Judy Romvos|
|Leg 2||1:27:49||Kay McDonald|
|Leg 3||1:12:37||Nancy Clark|
|Leg 4||32:14||Judy Pruitt|
|Leg 5||1:37:11||Michelle Gorang|
|Leg 6||50:48||Jean Smith|
|Leg 7||1:04:29||Pam Duckworth|
|Leg 8||40:33||Sandy Miller|
|Total Time:||8:49:02||(8:02 pace)|
Tuesday, October 22 7:30 PM
MIT Building 6, 3rd floor, Room 321
ALL members, please attend!!
USATF-NE Grand Prix events in bold face.
- 6 BPR All-Comers Meet, Franklin Park, 9:30 AM, Open 5K, $2, 617-566-7600
- 6 Lynn Woods 2.5/5 Mile, Lynn, MA, 9 AM, North Shore Striders, Mike Page, 508-927-4203
- 13 BPR All-Comers Meet, Franklin Park, 9:30 AM, Open 5K, $2, 617-566-7600
- 20 BPR All-Comers Meet, Franklin Park, 9:30 AM, Open 5K, $2, 617-566-7600
- 27 Boston Mayor’s Cup, Franklin Park, (USATF East Regional Championship), 5K-w, 8K-m, 617-566-7600
- 3 HFC Striders 5K Tune-Up, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham, MA, 11 AM, Dan Hart 617-320-0396
- 3 Noble & Greenough 5K, Dedham, MA, 10 AM-m, 11 AM-w, Dick Pierce, 617-326-7247
- 10 Reebok/USATF-NE Championship, Franklin Park, Open-10K, Women-6K, Mstr Men-8K, 617-566-7600
- 17 Little Rhody Runaround, Burlington Park, Charlestown, RI, 7.8M, Virginia Kurdziel, 401-377-4084
- 23 Tracs Team Challenge, Franklin Park, 9:30 AM, 5-runner coed team scoring, 617-964-7802
- 1 Andover Thrif-t-Way 6K, Andover CC, Noon, Jack Rembis, 508-687-1469
Blue Hills Trail Run 7.2
Greater Euro-Style 3x3km Cross Country Relay
These times and places come from the official results. I know there are some mistakes such as the official results placed my Salem State women in 2nd because the computer read 13:04 as 3:04, so that team was not second and the GBTC women were really 10th not 11th. Some of our people may have run other legs so the names and times do not match. (Tom Derderian)
|25th||29:27||1st Masters – 2 sec ahead of CSU|
|Matt Flinders ? Maybe Chris City?||9:26|
|Chris City/ Flinders?||no time?|
Govenor Dummer 5K
09/22/96, Men’s Open
|1.||Greater Lowell, 52|
|2.||North Shore Striders, 63|
|3.||Merrimack Valley, 67|
|4.||Greater Boston Track Club, 71|
The following are the final stats in the Track and Field Grand Prix for the 95/96 season. The points for each performance in parenthesis are obtained from the 1992 Hungarian tables. There are no points for the 55m, therefore only the performance is listed. The winner of the series is the one with the highest total of their top 15 performances. The standings follow.
|Fisher||514(25.65), 457(26.0), 570(25.10), 535(25.2)|
|800m||Newsham||734(2:02.0), 750(2:01.28), 738(2:01.8)|
|Okerman||663(2:05.2), 676(2:04.6), 670(2:04.9), 724(2:02.42), 675(2:04.65), 736(2:01.91)|
|Bowen||457(2:15.7), 455(2:15.80), 469(2:15.0)|
|Berit||265(2:27.9), 310(2:24.71), 340(2:22.7), 294(2:25.77) 343(2:22.51)|
|mile||Newsham||746(4:29.09), 757(4:28.0), 794(4:24.5)|
|3000m||Newsham||633(9:16.3), 588(9:25.60), 670(9:08.8), 699(9:02.97)|
|Hussey||467(9:52.80), 485(9:48.4-converted mark)|
|Hernandez||432(10:01.2), 284(10:41.7), 377(10:15.3)|
|Long Jump||Fisher||623(18’5 3/4″), 696(19′ 8″)|
|400m||Miller||551(72.49), 520(73.7), 531(73.35)|
T&F Grand Prix Final Results
—- Are you getting what you want? (versus “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – Rolling Stones)
Despite persistent badgering, I received only 15 responses from current GBTC members (total membership is approximately 140) to the survey the Board formulated to see how to better meet the needs of the membership. This may be interpreted as … you folks who did not respond are basically happy with status quo/bang for buck/life in general?? The survey was distributed at track workouts, and was also included in two additions of the Wingfoot. Sooo, if you are reading this and cannot recollect the survey, you have not been thoroughly reading your Wingfoot … committing to memory all of the nuances of our club activities (shame on you).
From this admittedly limited sample, the following conclusions may be drawn:
- You feel you are getting your money’s worth for your due’s expense.
- Coaching, track workouts and social are the most important features of GBTC (though a number of folks suggested that we may want to work to improve/increase social functions).
- Using a scale of 1-5 (with 1 being “not so hot” and 5 being “really great”), the coaching quality was overwhelmingly well regarded (8 folks gave it a 5, and 4 gave it a 4). The quality of the Wingfoot got six 5’s and five 4’s (there was a comment that we need to get results out on a timely basis — note that the Wingfoot is published every other month). The GBTC Indoor Meet at Harvard got high marks as well. The Heart & Sole got more 4’s than 5’s. The GBTC Relays (outdoors at MIT) got more 4’s and 3’s.
- The Sunday long runs need fixing. The majority of answers were 3’s, with comments that Sunday a.m. might not be the best time for everyone (how about Saturday a.m.?)/attendance has been falling off (there are a number of folks who have broken off for trail runs which got one “5”).
- Also in need of improvement, based on the survey, is GBTC participation at races. We need to make a greater effort to organize teams for events (in larger numbers), based on comments submitted.
- Other comments: would be good to have a second track workout on a weekly basis, or a hill workout; start workouts on time (editorial note, that seems to be happening now that it’s gotten colder?!?); team seems to be losing good runners; we need more talented runners; we need to organize club strategies for different upcoming races and events; perks for top runners; can we get team jackets?
Oh, the composition of those who did take the time to answer: 9 men and 6 women, most have been members for 2 or 3 years (but 3 respondents have been members for 17+ years!), most are training for the roads/middle distance/x-c/marathon. We did have one field event person respond (he justifiably feels neglected, and will not renew, as field events have not been a focus of GBTC).
In addition to current members, I chose a fairly random sample of 20 former members. Former members can offer us a unique perspective on the value of a track club. It appears that the primary reason folks leave GBTC is that they have moved from the area (I know this to be the case by looking at the names on the lapsed member list). I did receive 6 responses to the 20 surveys (not bad by survey research standards, actually). One respondent informed me that she had, indeed, just renewed her membership. The Postal Service returned one, since the forwarding to the West Coast had stopped for this former member. The other 4 respondents had the following answers to why they left GBTC:
- Respondent A: distance from home to workouts, family considerations (illnesses, new baby). Said that Karl Hoyt made her (and the friend that joined at the same time) feel welcome (thanks Karl!).
- Respondent B: “I was looking to run with 7-8 min. pace on long runs to train for spring and fall marathons” (group runs were not convenient). Track was too many turns for long distance training. This respondent did give a “5” … “really great” for Tom Derderian’s coaching, however.
- Respondent C: intends to return to GBTC .. job conflict prevented attending workouts (also rated coaching a “5”)
- Respondent D: no longer runs competitively due to running injuries. The social and coaching aspects are the most important benefit of belonging to the track club for this person.
Note: none of the four have joined another track club (though I do know of a couple of former members who have done so).
If anyone is interested, I will be tabulating the results into a chart (haven’t done so, yet).
This is the only place to purchase your GBTC gear. Some items may be limited editions — when they are gone, they may never come back. Other items may be currently out of stock. We will order them as soon as we approach the minimum quantity amounts. Make sure you have your sweatshirt, a must for year-round wear. Add a hat and a bag to finish off the package.
A note on the official GBTC uniforms — The red singlet is only half of the uniform. The official uniform is when the singlet is matched with black shorts. Your taste in shorts may not be the same as the club’s inventory. Then, find the black shorts you like best. But remember, don’t just do half the job.
GBTC Singlets- A must for one-per-year or one-per-week competitors. This Malden Mills hi-tech fabric breathes and feels dry in all weather. GBTC’s new logo in black and white and black side panels, complete the racing look. (Men’s and Women’s Sizes S,M,L) $20
GBTC Shorts- Made from nylon, these black, full-split shorts are excellent on the track, trails or roads. Retaining no moisture, they are comfortable in all weather. They contain an elastic and drawstring waistband, as well as an internal key pocket. (Men’s and Women’s Sizes S,M,L) $15
GBTC Briefs- All black briefs offer no wind resistance. Made from lycra, these briefs complement the racing singlet. (Women’s sizes S,M,L) $15
Singlets and Shorts/Briefs- Buy the entire uniform and save $5. $30
Long Sleeve T-Shirts- The 100% cotton shirt that is ideal for running eight months a year, and casual wear too! White with GBTC’s new logo in red on the front and traditional logo on the back. (Unisex Sizes M,L,XL). $12
Short Sleeve T-Shirts- 100% cotton like the long sleeve T-shirts, the short sleeve version is also white with GBTC’s new logo in red on the front and traditional logo on the back. (Unisex Sizes M,L,XL). $10
Gloves- made of 100% cotton, in athletic grey with red lettering. They are so inexpensive that every runner should have several pairs (Sizes S,L). $3
GBTC Order Form Name __________________________ Item 1__________________________ $ ________ Size Item 1 S M L XL Item 2__________________________ $ ________ Size Item 2 S M L XL Item 3__________________________ $ ________ Size Item 3 S M L XL TOTAL $ ________
Make Checks payable to the Greater Boston Track Club. Please return form to Mike Turmala to process your order.
The Wingfoot Express a publication of the Greater Boston Track Club.
|Board of Directors|
|President||Bruce Bond||(617) 275.4982|
|Vice-President||Susan Richards||(617) 437.6557|
|Treasurer||Jim O’Brien||(617) 282.5537|
|Clerk||Sandy Miller||(617) 923.0754|
|Board Member||Lenia Ascenso||(508) 741.1823|
|GBTC Invitational||Jim O’Brien||(617) 282.5537|
|GBTC Relays||Ron Spangler||(617) 720.2376|
|Heart & Sole 5K||Mike Turmala||(617) 491.7285|
|Men’s Distance||Tom Derderian||(617) 846.2902|
|Women’s Distance||Bill Durette||(617) 484.9262|
|Club Hotline Number||(617) 499.4844|
GBTC Web Page: http://www.gbtc.org
The Wingfoot Express is the newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club, Inc. Publication is semi-monthly. Any material submitted for publication will appear at the discretion of the editorial staff. Please send any inquiries or material for publication to:
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