The day actually looks great today. 51 degrees and sunny for February 25th! It certainly feels like spring is just around the corner.  We just finished the final Freezeroo White House Race yesterday in Webster. A good time was had by all and more than 150 people ran 4.4 miles on a beautiful day. No snow hung around to support the winter theme, but it was a great day to be out on the road. Awards for the winners were handed out across the age spectrum, and lots of pizza and good conversation held sway.


              Now with the Freezeroo series behind us, it’s time to think of the spring. After the usual long Rochester winter, the days are already getting longer and we’ve had more than a few days of warm weather and clear dry pavement. Its time therefore to set your “running sights” on the 2018 season.  The RROY series is just about to “boot up” and by May we’ll be back to a wide selection of races of all distances. It is time to get out and celebrate the new running season.


              One way to celebrate spring right now is to “throw your hat” into the RROY series for 2018. The first RROY race will be Johnny’s Running of the Green on Saturday 3/17/18. This classic race is the perfect way to celebrate St.Patrick’s day in running style. If history is a predictor, this can be either a winter or a spring race. In either case its always a great race. Sign up now through runsignup and don’t miss out on the fun.


              If you’ve got your sights set on becoming a better and faster runner this year, it’s also not too early to sign up for the annual GRTC Spring Track Clinic. The clinic will again be on Wednesday nights this year starting 4/25/18. Running for 7 consecutive Wednesday evenings, this yearly program is one of the gems of GRTC membership. Under the coaching of Mike Reif and Carolyn Smith Hanna, this program is great fun, great learning and a great way to improve your running skills and performance. For those of you who have done this before (many multiple times) I don’t have to tell you what a great program this is. If you have not participated before don’t miss out this year on this great opportunity. The clinic is for all ages, paces and distances and is a great way to enjoy the sport and make new friends in the running community. It ends with running of the McMullan Mile RROY race on Friday night 6/8/13 under the lights at St. John Fisher College (entry included in clinic registration). The cost of the whole program has stayed at $45 for GRTC members and $65 for nonmembers (but which includes one’s $20 year of GRTC membership). Sign up today and don’t miss out on this great program


I admit that I still expect “old man winter” to hit us with a few more blasts this season but I do have a clear feeling we are on the way forward to spring.  So on the good days coming, don’t just stay inside or on the treadmill. Get out and enjoy what a great 4 season climate and running community we have here in Rochester. You’ll be glad you did. See you at the Running of the Green, at the GRTC track clinic and out on the road. And don’t forget to renew your GRTC membership for 2018. A $20 membership goes a long way in supporting running in the Rochester community.


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Sign up for GRTC spring track


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Doug Jones 

President  GRTC