The Greater Derry Track Club was formed in 1978 by a group of runners: Mike Beeman, Art Cross, George Davis, Ron Gaumer, John Noftle and Bill Uicker. They were pioneers in their day because the first "Running Boom" didn't really happen until the early 80s.
The group of runners held a contest to name the club and John Noftle won, and thus the Greater Derry Track Club was born. The group held monthly meetings in hopes of raising awareness of the club and tried to address the running needs of the community.
The beginning years were very active for the founders. The club had MONTHLY races such as the "Treasure Masters 10 Mile," the "McDonalds 5K," the "Indian Head Bank 5 Mile," the "Beaver Lake Road Race," the "East Derry 10 K," the "Bensons Hardware 5.2 Mile," and the "Original Turkey Trot," which was 5.9 miles during the years that George Davis was race director.
In the 1990s membership levels had declined to the 50-family range, and the annual dinner wasn't held because of lack of interest. Fortunately that downward spiral has dramatically reversed and the club is at record membership levels and is growing on a weekly basis.
The key to this resurgence is the members. The GDTC is a fun club made up of approachable people whose only goal is to promote running at all levels of interest and abilities. The club has several long-running signature events such as the GDTC Turkey Trot, the Kids Summer Fun Runs, and the Boston Prep 16 Miler. Each are decades old and are widely acclaimed.
Nearly forty years after its founding, the GDTC continues to grow, but still maintains the small town mystique of its founding. The club is proud to be known as the "best fun running club in New England" and hopes to strengthen and maintain that image well into the future.