With the 2016 competition season now underway, the formerly New Balance Boston Track Club is proud to announce they will now be known as the Battle Road Track Club. The shift comes in collaboration with longtime sponsors New Balance assuming the New Balance Boston moniker as part of its project to assemble a new group of TNB athletes who will call Boston home. With New Balance’s help and support, BRTC will continue its mission to provide opportunities to talented post-collegiate athletes looking to push themselves while still maintaining the responsibilities of other life commitments like school, work, and families. Under the new banner, the club will continue to foster the tradition of excellence among its membership that it has since its original inception.
When looking for inspiration for this new chapter, the club looked to a local landmark steeped in history and a monument to the type passion that drives runners to always seek personal improvement. The Battle Road Trail is such an important part of American History and local pride, but also a pillar of the greater Boston running community. A favorite training spot of this and other groups in the area, the miles of serene country paths are a symbol from the past of the type of spirit, dedication, triumph, and sacrifice required to achieve success within the sport.
Battle Road TC kicked off the year and new identity with an outstanding performance from former UNH standout Keely Maguire who turned in a 1:13:49 half marathon in Jacksonville, FL on January 3rd. Good enough for 4th place in a stellar elite field, the time also qualifies her to join teammates Katie DiCamillo (Providence College) and Alexandra “Sasha” Varanka (Quinnipiac) at the US Olympic Trials Marathon on February 13th in Los Angeles. There they’ll have the opportunity to battle against over 200 of the nation’s top Olympic hopefuls.
Look for the familiar faces in green to return to action in force at the GBTC Invitational at Harvard on January 24th and the following weekend at the Terrier Invitational at BU. Follow the team through each step of our journey on www.battleroadtc.org or via our social media outlets. We’re excited to see you at the races.
Welcome to the revolution, and to Battle Road!