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To sign up for the 2022 GTD Cross-Country Conditioning Program

1. Go to the sign-up form to register (send form via Internet or mail)
2. Go to program payments to submit payment via Internet (or mail payment with form)


When and Where

Comprehensive Cross-Country Program
2 Weeks Offsite Prep
► June 20 -- July 3
6 Weeks Onsite Conditioning
► July 6 -- August 15

Onsite-only Cross-Country Program
6 Weeks Onsite Conditioning
► July 6 -- August 15
[Onsite sessions begin Wednesday, July 6 and end Monday, August 15.]

Onsite Training Days
Monday + Wednesday + Friday
8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Onsite Location
Peabody High School
485 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA



Sign-up form

Payments page


Register by June 12

Register by June 12 to receive the 2-week prep guideline. The goal of the prep guideline is to build muscle and aerobic-cardio conditioning.

If you have any questions or would like to express interest in the program, please send us an email.



GTD Cross-Country Staff

GTD Program Director
Fernando Braz
Go to this page for information about Coach Braz.

Dave Smith

► GTD Director


Peter Cirafice
► Peabody High distance coach
► competitive runner and triathlete for over 30 years
► completed 34 marathons (2:39PR)
► completed over 200 triathlons, including 7 Ironmans (4 in Europe, 1 in Canada, and 2 Kona World Championships)
► completed over 100 duathlons (including 3 World Championships in Switzerland)
► PRs include 4:37 mile, 9:47 2 mile, 15:53 5K, 33:09 10K, 73:45 half-marathon, 10:10 Ironman
► expertise in blending nutrition, yoga, cross-training to develop HS athletes


Colette Madore
► Central Catholic cross-country head coach; indoor/outdoor distance coach
► cross-country coaching since 2003; track coach since 2011
► named Cross-Country Coach of the Year for 2016 by Lawrence Eagle-Tribune
► competitive runner for many years; completed 9 marathons


Sue Kiley
► Andover High School cross-country head coach for boys and girls
► Coaching Certifications: RRCA Distance Coach, VDOT O2, USATF Cross Country Specialist
► Co-owner of BTB Boston, which provides personalized coaching of distance running
► Began competing in running at age 13 on the track and cross country teams at her middle school. Continued competing on high school and college teams. Since then has raced from 5K to marathon. In track, loves mid-distance.
► Racing PRs (all under the guidance and coaching of Coach Braz): 5k 18:50, 5 Mile 30:46, 10k 39:14, Half Marathon 1:26, Marathon 3:19


Shannon O'Connell
► 4 year GTD athlete
► Ran track 4 years and cross-country 3 years at Peabody High School; coached by Coach Braz and Coach Cirafice
► Going into junior year at Colby-Sawyer College, majoring in nursing
► Set Colby-Sawyer's 5k(18:55) and 6k(22:45) cross country school records freshman year
► 2019 GNAC cross country rookie of the year and team MVP
► Ran 5k PR (18:40) and first 10k (38:48) during solo time trials in spring of 2021



Comprehensive 8-week Program

GTD’s 8-week comprehensive program is for collegiate, high school, and middle school student-athletes who are training for the fall cross-country season.

The program includes training guidelines for 56 days. The first 14 days are off-site, and the next 42 days of daily training include 18 onsite sessions.

Your training can be coordinated with your coach’s existing team summer program.

Onsite session disciplines include core, circuits, base building, plyometrics, resistance training, threshold work, technique and form, concentration, focus, and racing strategies.

The comprehensive program is 8 weeks of progressive training.
To supplement the onsite sessions, athletes in the comprehensive program receive a week-by-week progressive training outline.

Athletes will train with appropriate peer-level groups.


Frequently Asked Questions -- and Answers

Question -- Can someone miss time in the program and still participate?
Answer -- Yes. The program has the flexibility and ability to implement conditioning to those who miss onsite sessions. Please tell Coach Braz when you will miss a session so that you receive a conditioning model to stay on track with the program's progressive discipline.

Question -- Will the program continue to offer conditioning during the non-supervised days?
Answer -- The Comprehensive program provides a weekly conditioning guideline that includes off-site training.
Note -- For some athletes, if not many, captain's practices may be on Tuesday and Thursday. If this is the case, the captain's practices will take precedence over the GTD workout for those days.

Weather Questions --
What if it's really hot? We're on. Bring plenty of water.
What if it rains? If there's lightning, we get off the fields. If it's only rain, the athletes have a perfect opportuity to train their minds and bodies to compete in the rain (real life). We're on.
Go to this link for an example.

Question -- Who do I pay? If I miss time, is the program pro-rated? Are refunds available?
Answer -- You may pay online at this link, with a check made out to GTD, or in cash. The fee is $210.
The program is not pro-rated.
Refunds are not available.


Objectives

Agility

Balance

Cardio

Flexibility

Form

Technique

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