Bill Rodgers, Greg Meyer, Coach Bill Squires Led Celebration Honoring 40th Anniversary
of Greater Boston Track Club; Tommy Leonard’s 80th Birthday
To kick off Boston 2013, Saucony brought together the legends of Boston running to
share an evening of memories and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Greater Boston
Track Club, the history of Boston running and offer a toast to the future.
In 1973, Coach Bill Squires became the first coach of the Greater Boston Track Club, an organization that would dominate the world of marathon running. Forty years later, many
of the legends he coached along with other standouts in the world of distance running will
come back to join him in celebration of the club’s great American legacy.
Tommy Leonard, the infamous bartender from the legendary Eliot Lounge, founder
of the Falmouth Road Race and the inspiration for Boston’s Tommy Leonard Bridge, celebrated
his 80th birthday at the event at Dillon’s on Boylston Street just footsteps from
the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
In attendance at the event were:
· Bill Rodgers: Four-time winner of the Boston and New York City marathons, and
one of the first members of the Greater Boston Track Club.
· Greg Meyer: The last American male to win the Boston race in 1983 and a former
member of the Greater Boston Track Club.
· Coach Bill Squires: Founder and coach of the Greater Boston Track Club as well
as some of the greatest U.S. marathon runners in history, including Bill Rodgers, Greg
Meyer, Dick Beardsley and Alberto Salazar.
· Coach Bob Sevene: His career includes coaching Joan Benoit Samuelson to a gold
medal in the 1984 Olympic Marathon. He was a founding member, ultimately transitioning
to a coach, of the Greater Boston Track Club.
· Joan Benoit Samuelson: Two-time winner of Boston, she went on to win the marathon
at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Samuelson will also run Boston in 2013,
celebrating the anniversary of her 1983 victory.
· Kathrine Switzer: American author, television commentator and marathon runner,
Switzer is best known as the first woman to run Boston as a numbered entry in 1967.
· Jacqueline Hansen: Official starter for the 2013 Boston Marathon, Jacqueline won
the 1973 race and set world records in the marathon in 1974 and 1975.
· Bobbi Gibb and Sara Mae Berman: The grand marshals for the 2013 Boston Marathon,
Gibb and Berman are legendary women runners. Gibb was the first woman to successfully
complete the race in 1966, prior to the official participation of women in the event.
She went on to win again in 1967 and 1968. Berman won the unsanctioned women’s race
from 1969 to 1971.
Tommy Leonard: Running guru, infamous Eliot Lounge bartender and legendary
member of the Greater Boston Track Club, Leonard is the founder of the Falmouth Road
Race. With a bridge named after him in Boston, Tommy continues to be recognized internationally
for his hospitality and kindness.
Other American legends and alumni members of the Greater Boston Track Club in
attendance includes: Bob Hodge; Fred Doyle, Mark Duggan; Dick Mahoney; Randy
Thomas; Mike Roche and more.
Pull Out Quote: American marathon legends gather on the eve of the Boston Marathon
to toast race history.