Twenty-three Years & Still Running
The Wingfoot Express
Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
Table of Contents:
- GBTC Heart & Sole Road race Draws Record Field
- GBTC Boasts Record Turnout for Yankee Homecoming Races
- President’s Column
- GBTC Board Meeting
- Club Happenings
- Race Results
- GBTC Teams Place 6th And 7th In Grand Prix 5K Race
- GBTC’S Day at the Beach (around Cape Ann 25k road race)
- Member Profiles
- Chase Bank Corporate Challenge
- Welcome New Members!!
- Noble & Greenough 5K Cross-Country Meet
- GBTC Practice Attendees.
- What Athletes Need to Know about Creatine
- GBTC at Nike Wellesley 5 miler on July 10, 1997
- Salem Heritage 10K
- Eastern Masters Championships
- The Puzzlers
- The Trivia Corner
- GBTC Runner’s Guide…a good way to share your favorite runs with other GBTCers!
- Personal Notes: Members Networking for Jobs
- Testing running shoes
- Rattray address
- Melrose Coaching Position
- Bodyworks Cambridge
- Cross-Country Schedule
- Publication information
The 1997 Heart & Sole Roadrace took place on Thursday, August 14 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. For the second year in a row, we had picture perfect weather for the event with temperatures in the mid 70s. This year’s race drew a record number of participants with 265 runners toeing the line for the start. The overall men’s winner was Andrew Wilson, with a time of 15:53. The women’s winner was Debbie Mueller, with a time of 18:11. Complete results are available on the internet through The Running Network and Cool Running.
After the race, we had a terrific cookout in the courtyard of the Sheraton. Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and and lots of cold Budweiser were on the menu. Got anymore tickets, Dick?!
Following the cookout, the awards ceremony took place in the newly opened sports bar at the Sheraton, “Trophies.” A videotape of the start and finish of the race was displayed on all the televisions inside the bar during the awards. This was truely the highlight of the evening as many comments were heard as the runners watched themselves and their friends come up the long hill at the end of the race. As aways, I would like to thank the many GBTC volunteers that came out to help. Without you we would not be able to put on an event of this caliber.
Be sure to read about the Heart & Sole in the next issue of New England Runner as it will be featured as the “Road Race of the Month.” (And thanks to you Mike, for another excellent year as the Director of the Heart & Sole! -ed. note)
Newburyport’s hallowed mid-summer Yankee Homecoming Races are known for their traditionally hot temperatures and high-calibre competition. This year’s running, chosen as the USATF’s 1997 season 10-miler also may be remembered as the one that marks the resurgence of GBTC as a powerhouse contender on the long-distance circuit. With no less than 34 members running — 32 for the 10-mile and two for the 3-mile — the club had the second-largest contingent, behind only the nefarious B.A.A. Men’s Coach Tom Derderian’s fervent hopes for “a sea of red shirts” was at least partially fulfilled, as the two races marked the largest turnout of GBTC members to date this year. In all, 2211 runners finished the 10-miler and another 991 the 3-miler, the largest-ever field in the races’ 37-year history.
For the most part, both races were showcases of individual, rather than team, performance. Overall team placement, while impressive, tells only part of the story, as several GBTCers had outstanding times and/or posted PRs. The club’s Men’s Open Group took sixth out of 19 entries, and the Female Open Group eleventh out of 18. The Men’s Masters Group ran to a penultimate finish out of 17 entrants, and our Female Masters runners placed sixth out of 10 teams. The depth of individual GBTC talent was clear from the start, with especially impressive performances in the 10-miler from Jesse Darley (9th overall, at 51:00 flat, for a blistering 5:06 per mile pace), Jim Pawlicki (31st, in 53:34 at a 5:22 pace per mile), and Dave Allen (38th overall, at 53:54, for a 5:24 per mile). Each of the three also placed within the top ten for their age group. In fact, four club runners finished in the top 75, with the top seven GBTC men all posting sub-1:00:00 (i.e., sub-6:00/mile pace) times. Sixteen club runners crossed the finish line with a 7:00 per mile pace or better, including first female Claire McManus (599th overall, 1:09:52 for a 7:00/mile pace). In the 3-mile race, a pair of Melrose GBTC runners notched impressive times, with Tony Pallotta finishing 35th overall, in 17:52, for a 5:58 per mile pace, and Elizabeth Davis-Edward cruising to 86th place with a time of 19:47 on a 6:36 pace per mile. Both Tony and Elizabeth placed eleventh in their respective age groups.
Originally, when I heard we needed a fourth Master’s runner for the Lynn Woods 4 x 2.5 mile cross-country relay race, I said I would complete the team. After falling apart in the Falmouth Road Race three days before Lynn Woods, after falling apart in the Salem 10K one week before Falmouth, I was not too sure I had made the right decision. Lynn Woods are not my favorite trails anyway. Some are pretty poor with a lot of loose rocks. I had a job interview at lunch time, and decided when I got home that it was too late to eat my midday meal. It can be a tough commute. All the incentives were there. Unfortunately, they all appeared negative. I certainly wasn’t going to have much fun.
Was I wrong! I am glad I ran. The GBTC was well represented with seven teams. Inspired by our winning men’s and women’s open teams, it turned out to be a great time. It was fun trying to be competitive with the top Masters entries and the other GBTC teams. The added benefit of a relay allowed me to see the race develop on the three legs that I didn’t run. Also, since this course was predominantly out-and-back, I even got to catch glimpses of other GBTCers during my leg. And, cross- country is fun. It provides a nice break from the roads.
The Lynn Woods Relay reminded me of an old fashioned race. The cars pulled up and parked right at the start. There was a small registration table. The atmosphere was low key. They had a few photographs of runners from a previous year (featuring Karl Hoyt). When it was time to run, people went to the starting line and the race began with the two verbal commands, “Set.” “Go.”
So why don’t you give it a try. Get set and go! There is a full cross-country schedule. It should be fun to participate, and I think this is going to be an excellent year for both the men’s and women’s teams. There will be conflicts with the Road Race Grand Prix. For instance, the 3 x 3km cross-country relay race at Franklin Park is September 6, while the 5K Road Race Grand Prix in Lowell is September 7. You may have to pick and choose, but even with these conflicts, you can fit it into your schedule. Set. Go.
The next GBTC Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21, at 7 p.m. Board meetings are open to all GBTC members. If you are interested in attending please call Betty Bourret at 781-397-8553.
GBTC Annual Meeting
Please plan to attend the GBTC’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 7 PM. We expect to reserve a room at MIT and will inform you when the location is finalized. During the meeting you will be updated on the status of the club, hear from our event directors, and be given inspirational speeches by our coaches. We will have elections for the Board of Directors. Then join us at the Thirsty Ear Pub for a social.
You should consider running for the Board. Its function is to set the goals for the club, manage the day-to-day activities to best accomplish those goals and enrich the experience of the members. The Board oversees all aspects of the club including operational, financial, and social responsibilities.
USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix Series
Get ready for Ro-jacks!!!
Get ready for the Marathon and the Half Marathon!!!
|October 5||8K||Attleboro, MA||Ro-Jacks|
|October 19||13.1M||Tyngsboro, MA||Bay State Half Marathon|
|November 9||26.2M||Narragansett, RI||Ocean State Marathon|
We have had great showings for all the races in the Grand Prix Series so far. Applications in this Wingfoot.
The GBTC USATF-NE Club Number is 016
Fall Long Run Schedule
Compiled by Frank Monkiewicz (email@example.com).
|Sept. 14th||Sherman Wallen, 56 William St., W. Newtonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sept. 28th||Ann King, 18 Sawyer Rd., Wellesleyemail@example.com|
|Oct. 12th||Elizabeth Golluscio, 213 Harvard St. #2L, Cambridgefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Oct. 26th||Michelle Parks, 1957 Commonwealth Ave., #5, Brighton||787-8926|
Please contact Frank if you are willing to sponsor a Sunday morning long run this fall! (617-868-9000, or 547-3434.)
Lake Winnie runners: Directions to Samoset at Winnepesaukee.
From I-93 North, take Exit 20, left off exit. Rt. 3 North/Rt. 11 East (Laconia) Follow Rt. 3/11 approximately 6 miles to the Belknap shopping Mall (which is on the left side of road). Turn right off Rt. 3/11 just beyond the Mall (Rt. 11 Laconia By-pass) and follow the Bypass to the end. Take Rt. 11 East and proceed about 5 miles (straight through the lights at B Mae Dennys) past Elacoya State Park to Samoset (on left side of the road just after you pass the little gas station/store on the right). Check the map at the entrance directing you to your GBTC Condo number. DON’T FORGET TOWELS. POT LUCK ON SATURDAY. Contact Michelle Parks @ 787-9026.
Tufts 10K Party
Tufts 10K Post-Race Party
Monday, October 13
at Dottie and Bill Fine’s
321 Dartmouth Street, Apt. 3, Boston
Just a 1/2 mile from the finish line
Pot Luck… bring your favorite dish.
All runners, volunteers, GBTCers and friends of GBTCers are invited! Please RSVP 617-247-3804 or see Dottie at the MIT track on Tuesday nights.
Lake Winnipesaukee Relay Runners
You are late! Your deposit of $40 (or pay the total cost of $80) was due a long time ago. Wake up! Get your act together! Send in your deposit now! Make checks payable to Greater Boston Track Club and forward it to:
47 River Street
W. Newton, MA 02165-1853
GBTC Membership Drive
The GBTC membership drive will close at the end of September. Bringing in one new member earns you a free specially designed GBTC short sleeve tee-shirt. This is a one time printing of this unique tee. The tee-shirts will be presented at the annual meeting on October 21.
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
Warm-ups were ordered and are on their way. You will be green with envy when you see GBTCers wearing these togs. 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. 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 Kirsten Keating @ 617-489-7230.
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.
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.
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! September 9th, October 14th, and November 11th.
Call For Volunteers
Monday, October 13
We need many volunteers for this annual race through Boston and Cambridge. Call Bruce Bond to volunteer @ 617-275-4982
Sunday, November 2
GBTC-Noble and Greenough Cross-Country Race.
Please plan ahead!!! This is the first year of our involvement in this race, and so lets do it right!! Call Karl Hoyt @ 242-3446 if you can help out.
Do you have a race result you’d like to report? Send it to us….it doesn’t have to be a personal best. It’s nice to see the wide range of race distances and races our members compete in. We would love to include YOU in this section!
Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile
Thursday, 27 July 1997
|Jesse Darley||9th overall||51:00|
Yankee Homecoming 3 Mile
Thursday, 27 July 1997
Summer Racing from Cape Cod
|July 29||Conservation XC Series #6||Dennis, Ma.||2.5mi.||16:15||1st [Course Record]*|
|August 5||Conservation XC #7||2.5mi.||15:30||1st [CR]*|
|August 12||Conservation XC #8 (last of the series)||2.5mi.||15:27||1st [CR]*|
|August 17||Bridge to Bridge Swim/Run||Harwich, Ma.||.8mi swim/5K run||48:00||3rd woman/1st division|
|August 23||Fresh Pond||2.5mi.||15:51||3rd woman|
|August 2||Irish Pub||5.25mi.||30:27||11th/4th div.|
|August 5||Conservation XC #7||13:20||5th|
|August 9||The Brew Run||5.25mi.||29:44||15th/3rd|
|August 12||Conservation XC #8||13:20||9th|
GBTC finishers: Around the Cape 25K (15.65) Road Race
Monday, 1 September 1997
|Jim Pawlicki||5th overall||1:32:29|
Brewery Exchange 5K 9-7-97
Bay State Results
GBTC runners placed first, second and third in the Bay State Games Final at MIT on July 19th. Jim Pawlikci won the 5,000 meters in 15:58.10. Bill Newsham placed 2nd in the mile with a 4:33.95 Kevin Russell placed 3rd in the 100 meters with a 11:28 Dave Sullivan placed 8th in the 800 in 2:17.85 Entry to the meet depended upon qualifying at a regional meet earlier in the season.
Sugarbowl 5 miler
Claire McManus 31:51, 12th female, first masters
Marathon Sports Nike 5 Miler
Greater Boston had a terrific showing!
|73||Jennifer Rapaport (4th women)||30:01|
5 mile Brew Run
in Brewster MA on Saturday August 9,
High Street Mile
Jennifer Rappaport raced in the High Street mile in Newburyport placing 53rd over all and 6th woman with a personal best of 5:13!
about 7 miles of rocky trails under a clear blue sky. August 2, 1997
Recent results from Masters runner Russ Miller
8/10 Massachusetts Triathlon, Sharon, MA
Distance: 0.5 mi swim / 12.2 mi bike / 4.4 mi runTime: 1:30:11
Place: 133/425 overall; 4/11 in 50-54 group
8/17 Marlborough Triathlon, Marlborough , MA
Distance: 0.5 mi swim / 11 mi bike / 3.6 mi run Time: 1:17:24
Place: 40/123 overall; 2/8 in 50-54 yr.group
Little Compton RI
on July 12, about 4.8 miles
Pat Poletta 5 mile
in Newburyport on July 11th
Chris Faddis, 30:56
(From T. Derderian’s e-mail 9-8-97)
27 members of the GBTC competed in the 3rd annual Brewery Exchange 5K USATF-NE championship race hosted by the Greater Lowell Roadrunners in Lowell, MA on September 7, 1997. The open GBTC men placed 6th out of 17 teams and the women placed 7th out of 10 teams. The top GBTC finishers were Jennifer Rapaport placing 9th in a blazing sprint wherein three runners finished in three seconds. She ran 5:47 per mile to set a new personal record. Her 17:57 ran under the course record of 18:03. Joanna Veltri gave notice that she will be a force to be reckoned with on the Gran Prix cross-country circut starting at Govenor Dummer on Sept 21.
Jesse Darley led the men in 12th place. He had won the MIT alumni cross-country race on the day before. His doubling should help his marathon aspirations. Coach Derderian voiced his pleasure with the turnout and the results.
The big club news of the day is Andy Rogovin’s first 1997 Grand Prix appearence for the club this year. He ran second on the team teaching 22 year-old Jim Pawlicki that 39 year-old men can move. John Blouin and Chris Hussey turned in great performances to be our 4th and 5th men.
The poor old men on the GBTC men’s master’s team placed 13 of 13 teams.
Many thanks to Doug Burdi for supporting the teams in Boston and in Lowell. Everyone runs better because Doug has his camera. We wish him good healing so he can join us in uniform.
Gloucester’s legendary Around Cape Ann 25K Road Race was the setting for GBTC’s final summer outing, although it was anything but a day at the beach for the 11 fearless (naive?) souls who ran it. It was an odd day to start with: None of the elements could decide quite what to do, and so, at various intervals, the sun shone, the rain fell, and the wind blew, but never enough to dispell once and for all the lingering humidity, the only constant factor in the 64th annual running of this brutal race.
Oh, unless you count the hills….
More than 75% of the USATF-certified course is given as “upward elevation,” which means roughly 13.5 miles of undulating hills, climbing slowly upward most of the time, with only two or three decent downhill stretches. For those who find a half-marathon’s worth of uphill running not quite enough, there’s also the (in)famous hill at 15.3 miles, the steepest one of them all, and less than 2/5ths of a mile from the finish line. That the hill is abutted by a graveyard speaks for itself.
Nonetheless, eleven stalwart GBTCers —- along with 670 other runners —- rose to the challenge. Inspired first by the sight of a GBTC jersey anonymously hung from a porch at mile four, they then were treated to a litany of motivational epithets from Men’s Coach (and 1976 winner) Tom Derderian, who, after running the first five miles with the team’s top two finishers (Jim Palwicki and Jesse Darley), opted for the hard way out by bicylcling the remaining 10.65 miles. Those who claim Armenian leprechauns do not exist obviously have yet to see the orange helmet-clad coach bicycling along the roads of Cape Ann….
Finish line observers were treated to a rare “split personality” sight: Crossing the line in 5th place overall (1st in his age group), with a time of 1:32:29 for a 5:58 mile, was Beverly’s wunderkid Jim Pawlicki, who suddenly morphed into (an anonymous) Jesse Darley as well. No, you won’t see JD’s name next to Jim’s in the finish results, but he was there, finishing at exactly the same time and pace!
One measure of the course’s difficuly is that only 7 runners finished in a sub-6:00 pace, and only 87 (including GBTC’s Tom Guerrini and Bill Newsham) in under 7:00/mile. Tom Guerrini in particular ran a great race, finishing ninth in his age group and looking for all the world as though it was his usual weekend jog, whilst Alex Caracuzzo and Geoff Groesbeck stayed awake long enough to finish with respectable 7:06 and 7:08 paces per mile. On the women’s side, Claire McManus once again was the flag bearer, finishing 180th overall and 3rd in her age group, with a 1:55:49 finish, or 7:28 per mile.
The Rebecca Padera Story
as reported to Karen Crounse
Becky’s running career began in Janesville, Wisconsin, where she ran track and cross-country in high school. Her favorite distance in track was the 1/2 mile, but her real enjoyment came from running in the woods during cross-country. She wandered slightly off the running track (get it?), joining the tennis team her senior year. In college, the running bug caught up with her again through a college course titled, “Jogging and Fitness.” The instructor gave the students a list of 20-30 running routes around beautiful Lacrosse, Wisconsin country. Becky was inspired once more!
She moved to Boston finishing her undergraduate work at Boston College and received a Masters in Education from Suffolk University. Following graduation, she began working at Arlington Catholic High School as a guidance counselor and cross-country coach. She also coaches track in the spring. Her running became more focused by her desire to provide a role model for the athletes she coached, as well as her desire to fulfill her goal of completing the Chicago Marathon. As part of her training, she joined the GBTC to get support with speedwork, intending on remaining a member only until the marathon was complete.
She completed her first marathon in Boston qualifying time (!), but unfortunately was injured during her preparations for Boston. Although “enjoy” is a strong word, she decided to “stick with” speedwork and thus, the club. Despite being a member for just over a year, Becky has been active in club events including cross-country meets, Grand Prix races and the Lake Winnipesaukee relays. In fact, she comes to Lake Winnipesaukee this year as the captain of the Women’s Open Team.
Becky truly enjoys working with kids. Coaching has allowed her to know her students on a more personal level. She created a summer running camp for the cross-county kids, loading them into the largest van I have ever seen to take them to various New England locations. Runs included World’s End in Hingham, Walden Pond and the Concord Meadow Lakes Reservation. The summer camp culminated with a race in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Her commitment and caring about her students shines through her stories about them and her efforts to involve them in the joy of running.
That joy also surrounded Becky’s husband, Bobby Padera. Frequently referred to as “Bobby Padera, Marathon Runner,” Bobby joined the Galloway Program, coached by Bill Durette, and in the spring completed the Boston Marathon. Both Becky and Bobby look forward to running the next Boston. Despite Bobby’s serious training, Becky’s favorite ice cream is “Chubby Hubby.”
Becky can be seen Tuesday nights flying around the track, and leading the fantasy discussions of “only doing half of the work out.” Despite the discussions, she has never not completed a track session. She is a person that finishes what she starts. This fall, she is looking forward to representing the GBTC as a member of the cross-country team. We are certainly happy to have her on the team!
Most everyone knows Karl in some way whether they realize it or not. And, Karl knows everyone, at least in name.
Karl joined the GBTC in 1988 as a former high school cross-country and track 2-mile runner. After a break from running in college, he joined the club when he decided to rejoin the running forces. The structured environment of the track workouts and the camraderie of the team was just what he needed. Under Coach Jon Berit’s guidance and later Tom Dederian’s, Karl shattered his running goals, one being to break 40 minutes for 10 km; his current PR is 36 minutes! Karl has run the full range of distances, from the mile on the track and the cross-country distances to the marathon. He most recently completed, and completed well, the 100th Boston Marathon.
Karl and his brother own a 90 year old family business selling leather tanning oils. The business, Karl, his wife Nea and son Mather reside in Charlestown. Karl has been a resident of Charlestown for 11 years. A true runner, when asked why he likes Charlestown, he emphasized the Charles River for running, the great road racing and the indoor tracks. His favorite food is also pasta.
Karl has a side career with Marathon Tours, a company that provides tours to runners. With Marathon Tours, he has traveled to Bermuda, London, Iceland and Antarctica, where he won the first Antarctica Half-Marathon! Little did I realize that we had an international celebrity among us in the GBTC. The trip to Antarctica required a two day boat trip from Argentina, passing through the Drake passage through choppy waters on an erie day. It sounds like an amazing experience, all in the name of running!
Some ask what they may do for the club, when I talked to Karl, I thought…what doesn’t he do for the club? Karl was president when I joined in 1993 and I vividly remember him being the first person to really know me by name (without yelling at me to go faster, as least). He is the membership committee chairman, managing the database of the club membership. He is also involved in most club events as the volunteer coordinator, although he is primarily responsible for the Epilepsy Run and the Floating Hospital Run. And, if that’s not enough, he has assumed a new role this year as Race Director of the Noble and Greenough Cross-Country Race. The race is November 2nd; mark your calendars and help volunteer.
In the short term, Karl will run his first cross-country season as a master runner this fall. In the future, Karl and Nea are already looking forward to their next big trip to New Zealand when they both plan to run the Millennium Marathon, January 1, 2000. Although Mather, at 14 months, is quite an active walker, there are no plans at this time for him to run along with his parents.
July 17, 1997
Here are the volunteers. We were seeking 30 and we got 34 which earned the Club $900!!
Thank you. Thank you
- Bruce Bond
- Tony Brady
- Doug Burdi
- Alex Caracuzzo
- Elaine Christy
- Karen Crounse
- Gina Daley
- Carmen Danforth
- Bill Durette
- Anna Eisengart
- Moulay Essakalli
- Dottie Fine
- Lisa Frank
- Rob Giddings
- Sue Goldman
- Brian Hare
- Karl Hoyt
- Julie Ivangi
- Hugh Jessup
- Kristen Keating
- Ann King
- Ann Leano
- Rachel Loughran
- Maggie McDonald
- Laura Meadors
- Dick Nickerson
- Susan Richards
- Tom Richardson
- Maura Sheehy
- Gary Snyder
- Mike Urquiola
- Steve Vaitones
- Bob Ward
- Mike Wyatt
The same people volunteer everytime we ask for volunteers. It would really help us out, and it will give you the opportunity to meet some new people if you volunteered the next time.
Sunday, November 2,1997
The GBTC/Noble&Greenough X-Country committee met last month, in an informal “face to face”with school officials and former meet organizers. Representing GBTC were; Bruce Bond, club president, Karl Hoyt, newly appointed meet director, Jack Burke, men’s cross-country representative, and Joanna Veltri, women’s cross-country reresentative. A broad base of issues were discussed in order to prepare for the upcoming meet, which GBTC will take over as host and official organizer. Please remember to mark your calendars for this one, we will need volunteers and participants to make this meet sucessful. Anyone interested in serving on the organizing committe should contact Karl Hoyt @ 617-242-3446
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 1%. Be prepared. Do not 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.
Nancy Clark, MS, RD
For years, athletes, coaches, and sports scientists alike have searched for “legal” ergogenic aids that will enhance performance with no harmful side effects. The search has culminated in creatine–a naturally occuring compound found in man that enhances the ability to do repeated bouts of intense exercise. Although creatine may “work,” its presence creates other concerns, such as an uneven playing field and promotion of the “play sports to win” philosophy. What happened to “sports for fun?” The following article offers some food for thought regarding creatine and sports.
What is creatine and what does it do? Creatine exists in muscles as creatine phosphate, a compound essential for generating energy during anaerobic exercise. High creatine levels enhance recovery during repeated bursts of exercise. People who take creatine commonly gain, on average, one to four pounds. The weight may be extra water held in the muscles, an increase in mucle mass, or both. “Weight gain varies from person to person” reports BJ Baker, strength trainer for the Boston Red Sox. Athletes with low creatine stores (often vegetarians or low meat eaters) often show the biggest response.
Are there harmful side effects? Because creatine is “natural” most athletes deem it safe. Creatine has been studied for 20 years; to date, there have been no documented side effects. Anecdotally, you might hear rumors about increased muscle cramps (likely due to dehydration not creatine) and pulled muscles (perhaps due to the rapid increase in strength and power–too much, too soon without the muscles, tendons and joints being able to gradually adjust to the increased workload). “We’ve had athletes stop using creatine because of cramping and muscle problems,” reports Chris Rosenbloom, RD, sports nutritionist at Georgia Tech Univ.. But conscientious researchers have seen no such evidence in their studies. The bigger problem may relate to the changes in physique. Baker warns his baseball players to stay focused on their sport, and not switch their mindset and workouts to that of a bodybuilder. “I see guys spending more time in front of mirrors, admiring their new muscles.”
Which athletes are using creatine? Creatine has been shown to be most effective in sports involving repeated bouts of exercise–weight lifting, football, soccer, hockey, basketball, rowing. Creatine helps improve the quality of, and recovery from, repeated bouts of hard training, as well as promotes muscle growth which may, in turn, enhance gains in strength and power. “Just about every athlete wants to jump on the creatine bandwagon,” comments Rosenbloom. “Incoming college freshman love creatine because it helps them bulk up quickly so they can compete with the older players.” Many female athletes, however, tend to shy away from creatine due to it’s weight-gain effects. Potential weight gains also concern athletes such as wrestlers , light-weight rowers, and others in weight-restricted sports.
What’s the best dose? Dr. Rick Kreider, exercise physiologist and researcher at Univ. Memphis suggests raising muscle creatine levels with 20 grams creatine (or more precisely 0.3 grams/kg body weight) taken in 5 gram doses, four times per day for 7 to 9 days (as a powder mixed with juice). Then follow this loading dose with a maintenance dose of 3 to 5 grams creatine/day. Despite knowing a prescribed dose, many athletes believe if some is good, than more is better. Are there dangers to creatine overdosing? Will the body adjust to a sustained high creatine intake and reduce it’s effectiveness? How much does creatine cost? The cost of creatine is coming down as popularity and brand competition increases. At Georgia State Univ., the athletic department supplies it to all athletes who want it. If you’re buying it yourself, expect to pay about $3/day for 20 grams, $0.75/day for maintenance, or about $35 per month–what you might spend on sports drinks or energy bars.
Should you or your child take creatine? Provacative question. For young team players, perhaps the parents should meet and make a group decision. After all, if one player takes creatine, the others will want to, too. Will this “magic bullet” undermine efforts to teach a strong work ethic and athletic improvement via proper fueling and dedicated training? Is “win at any price” the message coachers are conveying to their athletes? Can/should society put more emphasis on playing sports for enjoyment ? Will taking creatine lead the way to taking steroids and other performance enhancing drugs? Or, is creatine loading as acceptable as carbohydrate loading? Is it simply an additional way to help athletes train well and get better gains?
Food First. The foundation to top sports performance remains breakfast, lunch, healthful snacks, and adequate fluids that fuel you for stellar workouts. Before any athlete contemplates taking creatine, s/he should first have a nutrition check-up. To find a sports nutritionist in your zipcode area, call the American Dietetic Association’ s referral network (1-800-366-1655). Or visit their website (http://www.eatright.org). You’ll always win with good nutrition.
Nancy Clark, MS, RD, nutrition counselor at Boston-area’s SportsMedicine Brookline, is author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 2nd Edition ($20) and The NYC Marathon Cookbook ($23). Send a check to Sports Nutrition Materials, 830 Boylston Street, Brookline MA 02167.
GBTC Rocks Lynn Woods Relay, Great Start for Cross-Country
GBTCs cross-country season began with a bang at the Lynn Woods Cross-Country Relay last week, on Wednesday, August 20, 1997 at 6pm. Quite a show of force both in sheer numbers and, of course, speed, GBTC was represented by three open mens teams, three open womens teams, and one mens masters team. The entire group congregated before the 10-mile relay (4 x 2.5 miles) for a team picture as an intimidating sea of red singlets–a force soon to be reckoned with.
The men’s top team (Greater Boston International: Kifle Alemu, John Blouin, Jim Pawlicki, Jesse Darley) smashed the competition with a 52:16 overall victory. The womens top team (GBTC Womens A: Amory Rowe, Joanna Veltri, Joyce Dendy, Jennifer Rapaport) dominated the women’s results with a win of 63:52. Maintaining the impressive trend, the men’s masters team (GBTC Oldies: Karl Hoyt, Bruce Bond, Tom Derderian, Russ Miller) blasted through the course in 64:53 to finish third. Not to be outdone, GBTC had more in store for its expectant spectators, fielding two additional womens teams and two mens teams, all of which maintained the day’s excellence.
The Lynn Woods Relay is exciting not only because of GBTC’s impressive performance, but also because it marks the inspiring beginning of an exciting cross-country season. Although many seasoned harriers graced the course last Wednesday, there were more than a few novices running as well. This was particularly significant for the women’s team, since interest in cross-country had waned over the past couple of years. Part of the dilemma is that cross-country seems to be the lesser-known cousin to track & field and road-racing. However, as true harriers know and attest, that hardly means that this lesser-known cousin is soft-spoken. Quite the contrary, cross-country elicits the primal instincts of any runner.
Upon leaving the starting line and vanishing into the woods, cross-country departs from conventional racing, shedding its spectator-sport shackles, leaving high-tech glorified track surfaces or weathered pavement of road racing, and getting down and dirty on rough trails. Above all, cross-country demands that race-time killer instinct that runners cultivate so preciously. Endless hills, vicious weather, and varied courses render course times practically useless, which leads the sport to consist of sheer person to person competition instead of a race with the clock. Running cross-country works positively to make all runners more aggressive racers, no matter what their favorite aspect of the competitive running arena. Whether to improve your running on the roads or on the track, or just for the love of those trails, check out cross-country this fall . There was never a better time than the present to get off the track for a while and hit the woods.
MEN’S OPEN Teams
|1.||GREATER BOSTON INTL||52:16|
|2.||MVS OPEN A||52:48|
|4.||NS STR OPEN A||55:50|
|5.||MERRIMACK VALLEY STR||55:54|
|6.||SALEM STATE A||56:41|
|7.||WINNERS CIRCLE RC||57:28|
|8.||GARY LEVITT ENTERTAI||58:00|
|9.||GBTC HAMMER TEAM||59:44|
|14.||GBTC OPEN B||64:10|
|23.||NS STR OPEN B||86:37|
WOMEN’S OPEN Teams
|1.||GREATER BOSTON TRACK||63:52|
|6.||NS STR WOMENS A||72:51|
MEN MASTERS Teams
|1.||NS STR MASTERS A||61:47|
|5.||GAC ULTRA MEN||67:36|
LYNN WOODS Individuals
1. GREATER BOSTON INTL
10. GBTC HAMMER TEAM
17. GREATER BOSTON TRACK Women Blue
9. GBTC OPEN B
21. GBTC OLDIES
37. GBTC YELLOW
42. GBTC GREEN
GBTC Mens and Womens Road Race Grand Prix
Intra-Club Leaders (Stu’s 30K, Newburyport 10M, Salem 10K)
|7 (tie)||John Blouin|
|7 (tie)||Peter Schworm|
|2 (tie)||Tom Derderian|
|2 (tie)||Bob Huntley|
|2 (tie)||Frank Monkiewicz|
|3 (tie)||Russ Miller|
|3 (tie)||Bob Sullivan|
|5 (tie)||Belinda Crago|
|5 (tie)||Kristin Mattocks|
Winthrop 5 Miler
Cynthia Hastings placed second in the women’s division of the Point Shirley, Winthrop 5 miler running 35:36. Her daughters Jane and Hattie got excited in the concurrent 2.5 mile walk and ran the whole way in 22 and 27 minutes. They are ages 8 and 6, but were dissapointed when officials would not give them first and second place prizes for beating all the walkers.
(T. Derderian e-mail 7-11-97)
Only Moses could have parted the sea of red that flowed from the field of Greater Boston runners at the Nike Wellesley 5 miler on a beautiful summer evening. The first five minute mile saw a wave of a dozen runners crest the hill with Jesse Darley and Jim Pawlicki riding the curve of the posh Wellesley streets.
John Blouin followed with the tall guys, Bill Newsham and Peter Schworm. Tom Guerrini and Steve Nathans pursued them. Doug Burdi agonized along the tree-line streets and Sandeep Patel cruised with a bemused expression on his face. Jim O1Leary looked monstrous next to the smaller runners who struggled at his side. In contrast Alex Caracuzzo seemed jovial, Karen Crounse happy, Russ Miller pleased and Jennifer Rappaport worried. Dotty Fine looked normal.
By four miles, passed in 20 minutes, Steve Kempainen and Jesse Darley had broken from the pack. A couple of runners later Pawlicki and Van Townsend broke away from the flock. Suddenly at one of the jagged turns Kempainen ran off the course. Darley reached out to him and hauled him back on. A lesser man may have let his competition run off course with out comment, but Jesse has a generous heart. Unfortunately Jesse had not the killer instinct and Kempainen nailed him in the sprint by one second. They ran 24:48 and 49. Pawlicki ran in 6th in 25:57. Newsham placed 16th. Jennifer Rappaport ran 30:01 for 4th place.
At the Salem Heritage days 10 km New England USAT&F championship the Greater Boston men’s and women’s teams placed 6th. It was indeed hot and we all suffered, except perhaps Jesse Darley and Jim Pawlicki who danced around in delight because they were so pleased with their performances.
6. GREATER BOSTON MEN’S OPEN
|31:49||33:23||34:47||35:11||37:00||( 37:10)||( 37:48)||= 2:52:10|
|JESSE DARLEY,||JAMES PAWLICKI,||DAVID ALLEN,||WILLIAM NEWSHAM,||STEPHEN NATHANS,||TOM GUERRINI,||SANDEEP PATEL|
6. GREATER BOSTON WOMEN’S OPEN
|44:16||44:45||46:30||47:56||49:03||( 51:05)||= 3:52:30|
|CLAIRE MCMANUS,||KAREN CROUNSE,||SUSAN RICHARDS,||MICHELLE PARKS,||REBECCA PADERA,||CARMEN DANFORTH|
Dave Sullivan traveled north to Orono, ME for the Eastern Masters championship. He won three events in the 30 year-old category: 400 meters first place, 1:01:68, 800 meters, 2:17.1, 1500meters 4:52.95. Congratulations to Dave Sullivan.
Created and edited by Karen Crounse
The September Brainteasers
- Tom Dederian and Bill Durette face each other in the same lane of a very long skinny road. They are 20 miles apart, each moving at a speed of 10 miles per hour. A fly on Bill’s nose wants to fly back and forth on a zigzagging path between the coaches until they meet. If the fly goes 5 miles per hour, how far will it have traveled when Tom and Bill collide?
- After track practice one Tuesday night, Bruce Bond opens the door to his house in time to hear one chime of his grandfather clock. A half-hour later it strikes once. Another half-hour later it chimes once. Still another half-hour later it chimes once. What time did Bruce get home?
- There are three runners on Sara Smith’s Franklin Park Cross Country Team. The first runner is a woman named Rebecca who has brown eyes. Everyone calls her Becky. The middle leg runner is a woman named Suzanne. Everyone calls her Susie. The runner on the last leg has green eyes and creates Museum Exhibits. What is her first name?
- While they are running so fast, Jesse Darley and Jim Pawlicki often try and stump each other with wacky questions. During the Around Cape Ann 25K Race, Jesse asked Jim, “Which is larger – the number of all seven-letter English words ending in ING, or the number of seven-letter words with I as the fifth letter?”
- Thinking that maybe these brainteasers enhance running more than 100 mileage weeks, Tom Dederian decides to try the technique on others on the team. During the pre-practice pep talk, Tom recites, “A deaf-mute walks into a Marathon Sports. To let the salesperson know he wants to buy running shoes, he points to his feet and starts running in place. The next customer is a blind man. How does he let the salesperson know that he needs a gortex jacket?” Answers to this month’s Puzzle Page brainteasers are found somewhere in this issue of the Wingfoot.
Here are the solutions to this issue’s puzzle page…
- Since both Bill and Tom move faster than the fly, the fly can never get off Bill’s nose. It travels 10 miles.
- Bruce arrived home to hear the last chime of 12:00. The clock struck again at 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30. It could only have been Member’s Night for Bruce to stay at the Thirsty Ear so late.
- The runner on the last leg is named Sara.
- Jim was unsure at first, but picked up the pace and focused. Finally, he realized that the number of words with I as the fifth letter is much larger because it includes all the words ending with ING. Jesse also picked up the pace and focused on coming up with a new puzzle. For everyone’s information, Jesse came in 5th and Jim came in 6th.
- Doug Burdi was the first to respond to Tom. The blind man says, “I need a gortex jacket.” Although the men’s team liked the idea of weekly brainteasters, they chastised Tom for giving them such an easy one to solve.
Submitted by Sandy Miller
Who is the former GBTC member, whose recent book is on the NY Times Best Seller List, and is being read on the beach by notables such as Hillary Clinton??
Answer: Sebastian Junger, author of “The Perfect Storm”, who belonged to the club back in the 1984-1985 timeframe. He was one of our faster runners.
Submitted by Sandy Miller
Submitted by Sandy Miller
I actually have a number of “favorite routes” depending on what kind of shape/mood I’m in! As a REAL training run (to get into shape for Lake Winnepesaukee), my favorite run has to be up Trapelo Road from Mill Street/Waverley Oaks Road in Waltham to Smith Street (“up” being the operative word for Trapelo Road), where I take a right and then go right onto Concord Ave. Straight along Concord Ave. and take a right onto Mill Street, run past Bill Durette’s house back to Trapelo Road. If you’re really in good shape for hills, run it the other way (UP Mill Street first). Or if you’re a total masochist, you can add in Belmont Hill by staying on Concord Ave. going beyond Mill Street, and then turn right onto Pleasant Street/Rt. 60 (after running over the hill) back to Trapelo Road. There is a parking lot in the park on Waverley Oaks road just off Trapelo, for those who might just want to drive over for this little loop (I usually run it from my house, with some variations).
Distance?: without Belmont Hill, about 71/2 miles (with Belmont Hill, closer to 9 miles). Oh, and although there is a bit of traffic on Trapelo Road, it is a fairly scenic run.
Jim Pawlicki just graduated with from Salem State with a B.S. in Business (cum la ude) and a concentration in management. He is seeking an entry level position in areas including inside sales (retail or non-retail), finance, credit and collecti ons, bookkeeping, and a management trainee program. Jim can be reached at 508-927 -4874.
Bruce Bond just completed a Fellowship Program with the Massachusetts Software Council. He is seeking a marketing & sales or program/product management position with a software, communications or other hitech firm. He has a B.S., S.M., and Sc. D. in engineering and nearly 20 years experience in program management, marketing , and business development. His career includes a Fortune 100 company, start-up company, and consulting experience. Bruce can be reached at 617-275-4982 or email@example.com.
Subject: Testing running shoes
Hello, I was wondering if you guys were interested in testing running shoes for Reebok. I am in the wear test department and we use athletes all over the country to test our shoes. We are always looking for high mileage runners, who can evaluate our shoes. We use sample sizes 7,9,12 (men) 5,7,9 (women). All we ask is that you test Reebok shoes only, complete the questionnaires, fill out the logs, and get the shoes back to us on time. For doing this, you will receive a thank you gift (another pair of shoes) within 6 weeks. We have testers that have been testing for 10 years, and can’t remember the last time they bought a pair of shoes. If you or anyone in the club is interested, you can E-mail me or call our 1-800#. The number is 1-800-334-3169, ask for Bill Macri. I am in the office between 8:30-5pm.
The Rattrays have finally settled in their new home in North Carolina. Karen, Jim, Timmy and JJ can be reached at 505 Cates Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-4632.
Has anyone ever wished to be a coach for a high school team??? If yes, now’s a chance for you. Melrose High School is looking for an assistant coach to help out with the boys and girls team and the head coach asked me to find a few interested people. I volunteer once a week for free, but this job would receive a paycheck. Requirements are daily practices from roughly 3:30-4:30 and and runs for approx. 1-1.5 hours each day. Meets are on Saturdays. The season begins after Thanksgiving and ends approx. at the end of March. If anyone is interested let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the head coach. You can either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 781- 662-0091.
Hi from Bodyworks
Please forward to your members, and include in any newsletter this invitation to join one of America’s most famous Yoga & fitness professionals, David Swenson, for an invigorating Yoga weekend! David is best known for bringing Ashtanga Yoga into mainstream America. He began practicing at the age of 13, has studied in India and has been teaching world wide since 1977.
Ashtanga Yoga (which emphasizes strength and flexibility) is on the cutting edge as a discipline for managing today’s lifestyle demands. David will focus on vinyasa–the non-stop flowing movement and postures that connects one Asana (posture) to another. This is not only an excellent cardiovascular workout, but increases joint flexibility and releases tight tendons and ligaments.
This workshop is open to all levels of practice including beginners. Friday evening will be a demonstration, a short lecture followed by an introductory practice. Saturday and Sunday will focus on the Primary Series of movements. Within the sports community Power Yoga is being recognized as an alternative to crosstraining and enhancing performance in all sports.
Experience this fabulous weekend session Sept. 12-14 in Cambridge, MA.
Single Session Fri. only $39
Weekend session Fri., Sat., Sun. $149
Fri Sept 12th 7pm – 9:30pm
Sat Sept 13th 9:30am – 12:30pm 2pm – 4:30pm Sun Sept 14th 2pm – 4.30pm
Registration: Contact Cambridge Bodyworks, 329 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02139 For more info call 617-868-3777
- 12 Bernie McLane Invitational, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH Teams only. W-5K @ 3pm, M-5Mile @ 4pm. Barry Harwick, (603)646-2540
- 20 Boston Cross Country Festival, Franklin Park, Boston.11 a.m. Women’s 5K, Men’s 8K. College, club runners only. (617)566-7600
- 21 Yankee Runner 5K, Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield MA. 10 am. 2.5K youth, 5K Masters & Open races. Peter Southam (508) 462-7653 or David Abusamra, (603) 778-6276 7-9 p.m.
- Oct 4 Division III National Invitational, Franklin Park, 10:00 a.m.
- Oct 5 Boston Parks/USATF-NE Development races, Franklin Park, 9:30 a.m. 1.2 mile age under-14, 5K open $2 adult/.25 youth. (617) 566-7600.
- Oct 12 Lynn Woods 2.5 (women) & 4 Mile (men) Lynn MA, 10 am. Mike Page (508)927-4203
- Oct 12 Boston Parks/USATF-NE Development races, Franklin Park, 9:30 a.m. 1.2 mile age under-14, 5K open $2 adult/.25 youth. (617) 566-7600.
- Oct 19 Boston Parks/USATF-NE Development races, Franklin Park, 9:30 a.m. 1.2 mile age under-14, 5K open $2 adult/.25 youth. (617) 566-7600.
- Oct 26 Boston Mayor’s Cup, Franklin Park, Boston 10 am. Age 8-14 race 1.2 mi/3K, 15-18 5K, Women 5K, Men 8K. USATF East Region Championship, and team competition. Open to all Hosted by Boston Parks & Rec and USATF-NE. (617) 566-7600.
- Nov 1 Mass State College Conference Champs, Westfield State.
- Nov 2 Nobles & Greenough 5K XC Run, Dedham MA, 10 a.m. (617) 326-7247
- Nov 9 HFC Striders 5K Tune-up, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham MA, 11am. Dan Hart (617) 320-0396
- Nov 15 NCAA District I National qualifier. Franklin Park.(worth watching??)
- Nov 16 REEBOK USATF-New England Cross Country Champs, Franklin Park, 10 am. Women 6K / Men 10K / Masters Men 8K. (617) 566-7600.
- Nov TBA Little Rhody Runaround, 7.8 mile xc, Burlingham Park, Charlestown RI. Virginia Kurdziel (401)377-4084.
- Nov TBA TRACS XC Team Challenge (5K- 5 runner mixed teams) Franklin Park (617)964-7802
- Nov 29 Footlocker Eastern Regional, New York. (212)720-3752.
- Nov 30 Thrif-T-Way 6K XC, Andover MA Country Club, Noon, Dave Labrode
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||Bruce Bond||(617) 275-4982|
|Vice-President||Karen Crounse||(617) 783-9231|
|Treasurer||Jim O’Brien||(617) 282-5537|
|Clerk||Sandy Miller||(617) 923-0754|
|Public Relations||Susan Richards||(617) 437-6557|
|Board Member||Betty Bourret||(617) 397-8553|
|Kirsten Keating||(617) 489-7230|
|Gary Snyder||(617) 536-6797|
|GBTC Invitational||Jim O’Brien||(617) 282-5337|
|GBTC Relays||Ron Spangler||(617) 720-2376|
|Heart and Sole 5K||Mike Turmala||(617) 491-7285|
|Men’s||Tom Derderian||(617) 846-2902|
|Women’s||Bill Durette||(617) 484-9262|
|Club Hotline Number||(617) 499-4844|
GBTC Web Page http://www.gbtc.org
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