GRTC PRESIDENTS (Christmas) LETTER 12.1.17


Happy holidays. Frankly, I love the Holiday/Christmas season. Maybe it is just a throwback to childhood, but I still get excited to see the decorations go up after Thanksgiving and see people in a festive mood. The holidays are a great time for getting together with friends and family. It’s also a great time for running. Who hasn’t enjoyed a “jingle bell run” on a crisp morning with snow flurries? Who hasn’t felt the rush of running past stores all decked out in Christmas decorations? Who out there doesn’t have a Christmas tree ornament that says “gotta run”??!! ………………………..………………………..


OK……………………..I get it…………………... My wife’s family all think I am crazy too. But I figure anyone actually reading this GRTC president’s Christmas letter may understand what I am saying. I have never regretted going for an early morning holiday run while the rest of the family were still sleeping. Have you?


With that thought, the New Year’s Resolution Race coming up on January 1st fills that bill. While your family are recovering in bed from “ringing in the new year” plan to be with us in Mendon Ponds on New Years’ morning to “ring in the New Year” with a long established local runner’s tradition. We promise good food and good fun and a great running start to 2018. Let’s all make our New Years’ resolutions this year to grow in and enjoy are sport. Let’s all resolve to train well (hear smart and safe) to improve our running forms and times. Let’s all resolve to go out and explore new places and events for 2018. And most of all I would want us all to resolve to enjoy the running itself, our sport and the comradery of other runners to the fullest, no matter what level of ability and speed you have.


With those resolutions for 2018 in mind, GRTC can help you fulfill them. The winter Freezeroo series has been a GRTC trademark for many years, giving local runners a chance to continue to train and compete throughout the winter. Having these races as a goal every two weeks will help one focus on training and keep one strong and in shape throughout the coldest, darkest part of the year. The annual Banquet on 1/27 gives us all a chance to socialize “after work” so to speak, strengthen the ties in the running community and frankly just have a good time.  And the Spring track clinic (just 4 months past new years!!) will give everyone the chance in 2018 to learn the techniques for smart and safe training that will build quality running skills. So go ahead and make your new year’s resolutions. The club “has your back” to help you fulfill them.


So in conclusion, I wish everyone a great holiday season with friends, family and fun. Make your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018, and but sure to include your running plans in them. And make a resolution to renew your membership in GRTC to keep running in Rochester healthy and robust. You’ll be glad you did. See you at the freezeeroo (and the banquet)



                                                                                               AND DON’T WAIT FOR NEW YEARS. 

                                                       THE FIRST FREEZEEOO RACE IS THE DON CURRAN MEMORIAL RACE IN GATE ON 12/9

                                                                                                 HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE THERE



                                                                                                    2017/18 FREEZEROO SCHEDULE

12/9/17: Don Curran Memorial 5 K race in Gates

                                                                                    1/1/18: New Year’s Resolution 7.5 mile race in Mendon Ponds                                                                              

1/13/18: Pineway Ponds 5 mile race in Spencerport

1/27/18: Hernish 5 mile race in Victor

2/17/18: Valentine’s Day 8 mile race at Braddock Bay Park

2/24/18: White House 4.4 mile race in Webster Park (with awards)


Freezeroo Signup


Membership renewal




Doug Jones 

President  GRTC