Ok. Winter looks like it is finally letting up its grip. After last month’s wind and snow, today is a beautiful sunny day and a great day to be out running. Flowers are popping up, the birds are chirping and the squirrels seem to have gotten “the memo”. Though winter running has its charm, it’s time to move on. Winter also of course had its good aspects. We finished our 6 race Freezeroo series without missing an event for weather this year. People enjoyed two new courses, many PR’s were set, and a good time was had by all. The annual awards banquet also came off well in our new venue at the Burgundy Basin Inn. Leo Finucane and Bill Wood joined the ranks of the Hall of Fame. Accomplishments were recognized with the Rochester Runner of the Year awards. A few toasts to the previous year were raised and it was a good event to close out the 2016 running season.


              With spring and good weather here, it is time to go forward though into 2017. The first RROY race, Johnny’s running of the green is now history. Don’t miss the next two RROY races though, the 16th annual Rochester River Run on 4/23 and the Highland Hospital Lilac 10 K on 5/21. The annual GRTC Spring Running Clinic also starts Wednesday 4/26 (details on our website with signup link below). Come out and build your speed and training knowledge to get yourself on the podium for next year’s awards. For the long distance enthusiasts, the Mind the Duck 12 hour run goes off on 5/13. If you have never tried this kind of running you are missing out on a lot of fun. It will get you tuned up for the candlelight 12 event 7/22 (12 hours at night) and the Canlake50 race 10/7. And just for fun, we will be running Tuesday nights in Fairport starting 4/18. We will be meeting at Center Park East on the north side of Ayrault road, east of turk hill road at 6:00 pm. Distances and speed are variable. Rehydration options afterward are usually available.


              Spring is here. For those who have been running all winter, congratulations on surviving. For those who take the cold weather off, welcome back. For those who live to compete, check out the many race options on our calendar and sign yourself up for the RROY series. For everyone, let’s all enjoy that Rochester has such a robust running community with so much to offer. Whatever your style, there are running options for you.  And don’t forget to renew your GRTC membership to help us together keep running in Rochester vibrant. 



GRTC Spring Running Clinic



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DougJonesSee you out on the road.
Doug Jones
President GRTC