XC Edge Merrimack Valley
Have a great 2018-19 school and sports year
See you in the Summer of 2019

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

Cross-Country Session Photos

2017 season
2016 season

GTD Cross-Country Staff

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

Merrimack Valley Staff
Fred Doyle, GTD Merrimack Valley Program Director
Coaching Career
- Swampscott HS - 1976-1982, 1985 Head Coach Boys & Girls XC and Indoor Track
- Coached 7 Boston Globe All-Scholastics in XC and 2 in Track
- Named as Coach of the Lynn Item 25 year Anniversary team
- Clinician for Mass State Track Coaches Learn By Doing Clinics and Coaches Clinics
- Currently coaching at Tewksbury HS
Professional Career
- Nike Inc. - 25 years - last 8 years as Director of Running Commerce
- Saucony, Inc - 8 years - VP of Field Sales & Director of Running Market Development
Running Career
- Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier, 1980
- Won Great Northern Marathon, U.K., 2:19:34
- Personal Best Times - Mile-4:05.4, 2-Mile-8:46.2, Steeplechase-8:54.2. 5000-14:18.7

Peter Fortunato
- Tewksbury High boys xc head coach, 2012 - present
- coached xc team to 2012 Div 3 state championship
- coached xc team to All State qualification every year (2012 - present)
- 2012 Lowell Sun Coach of the Year
- ran at UMass/Amherst
- Personal Best Times - Mile-4:11, 2-mile-9:02, 5k-15:03, 5k steeplechase-9:17, 800m-1:53

Erik Taber
- Dracut High Head Coach, XC and Track & Field
- 3 times MVC XC Coach of the Year (Girls: 2013, 2014 and Boys: 2015)
- Lowell Sun Coach of the Year (2013)
- Coached All American in 800m (2014 All-State Record Holder)
- 3 Straight Girls XC teams to All-State Meet (2012-2014)

Joy Doyle, GTD Merrimack Valley Business Director
- Teacher at Greater Lawrence Technical School
- Coached girls xc, indoor and outdoor track at Salem (MA) HS (7 years)
- Massachusetts Track & Field official

Dave Smith
- GTD Director

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.

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.

6-week Onsite Program
The optional 6-week program includes 18 sessions with disciplines that support an athlete’s existing summer training program.

What's it like at an early morning xc conditioning summer session?

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 Doyle 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.

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 $205 for the Comprehensive program and $180 for the onsite-only program.
The program is not pro-rated.
Refunds are not available.








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