GTD Extended Summer Program

On July 21 the MIAA, which governs scholastic sports in Massachusetts, ruled that fall sports may not begin until September 14th. Tryouts and practices may not be held until that date.

In response, for athletes to maintain their conditioning fitness level from the end of the GTD summer program on August 16, we are offering an extended summer program.

The objective is to assure that athletes are healthy and strong when they begin high school sports on September 14th. The 4-week program will assure continuation of the summer's hard work with little to no risk of losing physical fitness or having a mental letdown.

Program Description

Week 1, August 17-23
► Athletes will have an opportunity to give body and mind a short break with a program from Coach Braz sent via email and implemented at a time and location chosen by the athlete.

Week 2, August 24-30
► Onsite will be available at Peabody High School.
Monday: 8:00 am for XC, 9:45 for All Sports
Wednesday and Friday @ 3:30 pm for all
► The objective is to maintain a mental focus and physical development that will be adjusted according to first 3 weeks of a normal in session school practice.
► The option to use the emailed guide only or be onsite continues.

Week 3, August 31 - September 6
► Onsite will be available
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday @ 3:30 pm
► The objective and goal remains -- a consistent mental focus and physical development targeting opening day. Assuring athletes don't lose focus and the Aerobic Fitness they have gained.
► The option to use the emailed guide only or be onsite continues.

Week 4, September 7-13
► Monday Is Labor Day and there is no onsite session. Use the emailed guide.
► Wednesday is Onsite @ 3:30 pm
► Friday - no onsite session. Use the emailed guide.
► The objective and goal for this week is the same as previous weeks but with a lighter physical presence onsite and flexibility to allow for mental rest.

Program Eligibility

► Onsite sessions in this program are available to athletes who were registered in the GTD summer program and have submitted a "Waiver/Release for Communicable Diseases including COVID-19" form.
► Athletes must submit a "Daily Health and Wellness Check/Participant Screening" form at each onsite session.
► Athletes who did not participate in the GTD summer program may register for the Extended Summer Program to receive the emailed conditioning program.

Program Registration and Fee

Registration is available at this link.
Please note that registration will close on August 16.
The program fee is $80.



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

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

Shane Braz

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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