The Greenwich Track Club began its inaugural season on April 1, 2007. The club is open to athletes in grades K through 12 who have a passion for running or may wish to improve their athletic performance in other sports. Runners of all abilities are welcome!!! The aim of the GTC is to provide an outlet for all youngsters who love to run or who want to enhance their performance in other sport activities. We are proud of all our young runners and what they have accomplished.
Beginning in 2012, the Greenwich Track Club answered the demands of many adults in the community and started to offer adult running sessions. Similar to the youth programs, the Adult Running Program is open to runners and athletes of all levels.
| Bill Bogardus, GTC Director
Bill is the Director of the GTC and an elementary school Physical Education Teacher in Greenwich, CT. He received the honor of being selected as the 2007 Teacher of the Year. Through many running and endurance events, such as the Iron Man Triathlon, Bill strives to instill value and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle into his students and athletes. He participated in Track & Field as a youth and has been participating in local events throughout his entire life. Bill has completed numerous marathons, including the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon with his wife, Jenn, to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bill’s philosophy is not about winning and losing, but rather participating with full effort and having fun. In addition, Bill is an Adjunct Professor at Manhattanville College, Personal Fitness Trainer, and the Race Director of the Greenwich Kids Triathlon and Save the Children MiniMarathon. Bill is a USA T&F Level 1 certified coach.
|Pam Kelly, Coach
Pam is excited to coach with the GTC where she can combine her enthusiasm and love of teaching with her enthusiasm and love of running! She is a local kindergarten teacher and has been involved with running the Greenwich Kids Triathlon for the past 10 years. Each year Pam takes part in as many races as her schedule allows. She completed her first half marathon in fall 2009 and hasn’t stopped training since.
| Karen Newman, Coach
Karen has been coaching and counseling children for over 20 years and she is very excited and honored to bring her energy, experience, love of children, and wealth of knowledge to the Greenwich Track Club. Karen is a USAT Level 1 certified coach with a Masters Degree in clinical Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian with an additional certifications in Childhood and Adolescence Weight Management. This All American Triathlete and 7 time USA World Competitor is also a cancer survivor. She believes that life’s greatest challenges can become one of life’s greatest blessings. Karen spends most of her time giving back to the world….empowering people to live each day as a gift, to give back to the world and to NEVER give up their dreams. Karen qualified for this years Team USA and will compete at the Triathlon World Championships in Auckland New Zealand and again at the Worlds in London and the senior Olympics next year.
|Emmy Stocker, Coach
Emmy has been a competitive runner and endurance athlete for over 25 years, and ran her first of 100-plus marathons/ultras in 1982. Emmy consistently places in her age group (we won’t say which age group!), and was 5 times nominated for age group runner of the year for NYRRC. “Running is a source of personal satisfaction, and helps keep my mind and body going”. Emmy is a former Assistant Editor for a fitness magazine, and a freelance fitness writer. She is an assistant coach for the WLF charity running team. Emmy is excited to work with the Greenwich Track Club kids, and help them have fun and improve their fitness, positive outlook and enjoy the process of training, no matter what level they are.
|Dave Bruni, Coach
Dave is the GTC strength and conditioning coach. He is also a certified personal trainer. Dave teaches elementary physical education in Greenwich and has coached football at Greenwich High School for many years before joining the GTC coaching staff. Dave’s philosophy focuses on making the workouts fun, but challenging enough to push each participant to their fullest potential. He also feels the athletes should know what they are doing and why they are doing it, so he often takes the time to explain this to the kids in an engaging, educational way.
|Rebecca Roman, Coach
Rebecca has been involved with coaching young athletes since her days playing Division 1 field hockey for the University of Rhode Island and spending her summers coaching various collegiate camps in the Northeast. She grew up in Old Saybrook, CT where she participated in the CT State Games in track and field hockey, was an All State medley sprinter on the state champion indoor and outdoor high school track teams and a repetitive All State and Regional High School All American field hockey player. Ms. Roman is a current US Field Hockey Association Level II development coach, an avid road race/marathon runner & continues to train and compete in field hockey. Rebecca enjoys coaching and mentoring young athletes both on and off the field through various camps and clinics in the region. She is currently pursuing her personal trainer certification and is excited to be coaching with the GTC!
|John Langley, Coach
John is an experienced marathon runner. He has competed in 7 big-city marathons: New York (4 times); Paris (cold); Boston (hilly); and London (in 3 hours 9 minutes). In 2010 he raced against world record holder Haile Gebrselassie twice (at the marathon and half marathon distance) and has the distinction of beating him twice – a real-life tortoise and hare story! During the day, John works for Credit Agricole in NYC but is often seen running in Central Park. He is keen to put his USA T&F Level 1 coaching certification to good use by helping at the GTC.
|Sharon Vos, Coach
Sharon has been a part of the Greenwich community for over 23 years, has two daughters, and has been a competitive runner for 27 years. Sharon has competed in 39 marathons, placing in or winning her age group many times in the NYC (5x 1st place, 2x 2nd place), Boston (5x top 5 in age), as well as many other marathons. She was the winning female in the Seattle Marathon, as well as in road races of all distances. Sharon has won the NYRR Age Group Runner of the Year 4 times in 2 different age groups, is the top Senior female runner in CT, as well as being nationally ranked in her age group for the past 7 years. Sharon was an assistant track coach at Eastern Middle School for many years and enjoys working with kids of all ages and abilities. She is thrilled to be a part of the Greenwich Track Club. “The best part of coaching for me is the opportunity to help kids develop athletically while having fun. Running is something you can do your entire life.”
|Bill Leafe, Coach
Bill began running in 1972. The first thirty years as a competitive distance runner and the last eleven spent satisfying his endorphin (runner’s high) addiction. After a successful college career, he competed in many races from 5K’s to Half Marathons. About 20 years ago, he started coaching youth sports including track & field, baseball and soccer. Eventually, he became a high school boys & girls cross country and track teams coach using lessons learned (track and youth coaching) combined with new (better) training techniques to successfully get all the athletes enthralled with running and determined to be the best they can be. Bill has been certified as both a track & field coach and official by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA).