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Registration for the 2020 GTD Cross-Country Program is closed

2020 Summer Program

The GTD Cross-Country conditioning program began on June 22 and continues to August 16.

All participants receive a weekly, day-by-day progressive conditioning outline that includes circuits and links to videos that demo the circuits.

Each week, on Sunday and Thursday early evening, Coach Braz holds an optional group Zoom meeting to describe and assess the week's program. Coach Braz also is available for one-on-one Zoom meetings with athletes and parents.

Beginning on Wednesday, July 8, working with State and City of Peabody guidelines, onsite sessions are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

Before attending onsite sessions, all athletes must receive from Coach Braz an Information/Guidelines document, a Waiver form that must be signed and given to GTD staff once, and a Health Screening form that must be given to GTD staff before each onsite session.

Registration is available on the GTD Personal Coaching form. Scholastic athletes registered on this form for the summer are placed in the Cross-Country program. The program fee is $200.


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

Dawn McGrath
► Peabody High distance coach. Former Track & Field Head Coach at St. Mary's (Lynn)
► Holds the following certifications: USATF-L1, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Certified Interscholastic Coach
► Has competed in road racing, track, and cross country. In 2014-2015, won the 3K (35-35 age group) at Master's National Indoor Track & Field Championships
► Between ages 38 and 42, ran the following PRs: Mile/road: 5:33, 3K/track: 11:01, 5K/road: 18:45, 10K/road: 39:35, Half-Marathon: 1:25, Marathon: 3:18
► After a professional career in public education, Dawn switched to coaching, where she found a natural link between education and her passion for all things running, fitness, and wellness related. She works with clients of all ages to help them realize that a healthy balance is attainable. and sustainable. For more, go to Well Together Now.

Emily DeMarco
► Ran at Ipswich High School
► Won 2 divisional outdoor state championships -- mile in 2014 and 2-mile in 2015
► 3rd place in division 2 xc championship, 2016
► PRs 5:02 mile 10:55 2 mile
► Set 5 school records, named Cape Ann League Runner of the Year twice, won 5 league titles
► Currently studying and running at Boise State University (Div. 1)
► Majoring in psychology with future plans of becoming a forensic psychologist

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

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.

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

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.
Athletes receive a week-by-week progressive training outline.

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.








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