Let’s be serious. This year’s weather has not been typical for fall in Rochester. As I write this letter, with just a few days to go before November, I am sitting outside on a 75 degree sunny afternoon, having come back from a beautiful run on the Auburn trail. Not sure what the weather is up to, but it has been great for running. By the same token, we all know what’s coming. It’s only 6 weeks till the first freezeroo race (The Don Curran Memorial in Gates on 12/9). This then seems a good time to review what GRTC has to offer for the winter. We don’t want to wait until spring to see people again, and we certainly have options for everyone.


The Freezeroo dates as listed below are finally set in stone (NOTE THE CHANGE IN ORIGINAL DATES FOR DON CURRAN AND VALENTINES DAY RACES).  We again encourage everyone to always sign up ahead of time on the runsignup link below. The entire 6 race series remains an incredible bargain at $45 for members. $65 for nonmembers. There is no reason then that a nonmember doing the series shouldn’t become a member and sign up at the lower price!! The only change this year is a small increase in on site cost for individual races: RACE DAY REGISTRATION FEE: $20 member/$25 nonmember. THROUGH RUNSIGUP AHEAD OF TIME: the online cost up to midnight the day before remains $12 members/$17 nonmembers (same as in past). There is little reason therefore not to sign up ahead of time for the race.


                                                                                                       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




As well as a chance to train and compete, the freezeroo series is a great set of winter events where you can see and socialize with running friends, new and old. For many of us who are unlikely to be up on the podium, this remains one of the great reasons to be in our sport and at the races. Come on out and start the season at the Don Curran Memorial 5K on 12/9. If you are injured or don’t feel adequately trained, email us and come out as a volunteer.  We always have slots we can use volunteers in for any of the races in the series. And, of course, plan on the New Year’s Resolution race at Mendon Ponds Park on New Year’s Day, a holiday tradition for many and a great way to “ring in the New Year”.


You should also put on your calendar right now the Annual Awards Banquet on 1/27/18. If you weren’t there for last year’s event, it will again be at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Bushnells Basin. The banquet promises as always good food, good times and a good chance to socialize with new and old friends in the running community. It’s nice sometimes to see what people look like “cleaned up”. We will recognize running accomplishments giving out the awards for the Rochester Runner of the Year Series. We are also pleased to announce the names of our two newest members into the GRTC Hall of Fame who will be inducted that evening. Tim Dwyer, who has often been seen on the podium at many races will be honored for his running accomplishments.  Pete VanPeursem, who we have all seen for years calling out times at the one mile mark and behind the registration desk of numerous events will be honored for his many contributions to the running community. Join us in honoring these two outstanding individuals.


If you also need some more running related activity to make the long winter worthwhile, consider getting involved with our newsletter. We are looking volunteers to help Vickey Beaver grow this part of our club’s membership offerings. Vickey could use help with several areas of making this work (many hands make for light work). We are also particularly interested in content articles. If you have done a recent race or running event, write up a report and share your experiences with the group. I you have a specific topic related to running, an article we can share in the newsletter would great. Email Vickey beaver with content and questions (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


So, as the cold weather season approaches, don’t just “crawl into your cave”. Running is truly a 4-season sport in Rochester and GRTC has lots to offer throughout the year. Sign up for the freezeroo series and come out for racing and comraderie. Get yourself up on the podium for the freezeroo awards at the White House race on 2/24/18, Come out for the banquet on 1/27/18 at the Burgundy Basin inn. And don’t forget to renew your membership (and maintain the discount for the freezerroo series).. $20/year remains a small cost for keeping running healthy in our area. See you out on the road.


                                                                      Doug Jones  President GRTC