OK, it’s raining right this second, but I have my eye on getting out for a run later this afternoon when it is predicted to clear up. This is the week when the warm weather running season really seems to be starting with all the trees opening their leaves and flowers at peak. Wish I was at peak with my running speed of course, but that is why one needs to get out and “reboot” training each spring. The holy grail is of course is when you are both training and enjoying at the same time, and this weather is idea for that. Hope you are all getting out yourselves.


              Speaking of training to both enjoy and improve, the annual GRTC spring running clinic was off and running last week with picture perfect weather. A good time was had by all the 30 or so runners participating this year. We had a good chance to hear about everyone’s varied past accomplishments and goals for the future. An eclectic group of new runners and accomplished veterans had a great evening together at Nazareth. Besides the formal coaching and work out, just getting tips from other runners adds to the value of the clinic. It’s not too late to jump in yet if you are free on the next 6 Wednesdays and interested in building your speed and training knowledge. Details and sign up on the link below.


              May also brings the traditional “crown jewel” of the 10 K circuit, the lilac 10K (or 5 k if you choose) race on Sunday 5/21. A long standing RROY race, it is a tradition for many. I recall it as the first race I ever ran in Rochester when I arrived for my last year of medical school 39 years ago (Do NOT do the math!). It’s since then been a personal tradition for me for many years. And if you don’t have it on your race card, but would still like to support the sport, the club and enjoy the experience, Wilt Alston will as always be organizing the GRTC volunteers for water stops and road marshals. Drop him an email if you can help the club out (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



              And just over the horizon into June, don’t forget the McMullen mile track race Friday evening 6/9/17 on the track at St John Fisher College. This is the event that puts “the track” back in the Greater Rochester Track Club, and is also a RROY race. If you have never done a track event like this, you will be surprised and delighted how much fun this is. Competing against people of your own pace and level, it is a great evening and a chance to see some great performances by your friends and running peers. Come out to the stadium at Fisher and enjoy the event and support the club. You’ll be glad you did.


              Again, this is the time of year to reinvigorate your commitment to health, fitness and enjoying our sport. The varied options above give you no excuse for not throwing in with GRTC and the running community. I Hope one of or more of the above options will be right for you. And don’t forget to renew your GRTC membership as well. A $20 yearly membership is a modest investment to help ensure a healthy running community in Rochester and provides the opportunity for the kind of activities above, that so many cities lack. Join us in a commitment to make Rochester a “running city”. See you out on the road.


Doug Jones


GRTC Spring Running Clinic



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DougJonesSee you out on the road.
Doug Jones
President GRTC