GRTC PRESIDENTS LETTER 11.1.18

 

The weather is pushing toward winter but fall has seen some great activities for GRTC. The Can Lakes 50 on 10/13/18 finished our ultras series for 2018 and was a rousing success. Under Gil Robs’ supervision it was again a fun event for all who braved the multiple distances. This year’s event included 50 mile/50K/25K distances and it left all participants with a sense of accomplishment. If you have never run ultra distance races before, put this event on your calendar for next year right now. The 25K distance gives a new shorter option for those who would like to try out this kind of event, but may have been hesitant to go for the full distance. You’ve got lots of time for training before next year.

 

Out GRTC 60th birthday celebration also took place on 10/20 and was another successful event. This event was a celebration of the relevance of GRTC to the Rochester Running Community for over 60 years. It started with 100 runners setting out from the Rochester Running Company site and was followed by a celebration including cake, fellowship and door prizes. Thanks to Jonathan Griffiths at the Running Company for his help and support to make this happen.

 

Another important birthday celebration coming up this year is with the Freezeroo itself. This season marks the 40th anniversary of this long standing series. (what we did in the winter in the first 20 years of GRTC is not known to me. Anyone out there with knowledge let us know!). The Freezeroo remains one of the long established values of GRTC membership, for individuals and for the community. It is definitely an important way to keep us all running together and connected through the long upstate New York winter. This year’s offerings include a variety of locations, terrains and distances, so there is definitely something for everyone and fun for all. Awards go 3 deep in overall and age group categories with cash awards to be given out at the White House Race on 1/23/19. Come out for the series, enjoy the runs and get on the podium.

 

And if you are looking forward to the Freezeroo series as a way to run all winter and maintain running contacts, don’t forget to sign up for the Annual Awards Banquet on 1/26/19 at the Burundy Basin Inn. We will giving out the RROY awards, recognizing club members in many areas and will induct the next two GRTC Hall Of Fame members. There will be prizes, good food/drink and comradery with other runners that doesn’t exist elsewhere. If you have never been (or have not come out recently) come and find out what a fun event this can be.

 

Again, the winter is coming but so are great running events and activities. Don’t crawl inside and be a “treadmill junky” for this season. Come out for the Freezeroo, the banquet and the RROY series. Come discover the true fun of running in the winter. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

                                    Freezeroo Series 2018/19

12/15/18.   Don Curran Memorial 5K race at North Star Christian Academy in Gates

1/1/19.       New Year’s Resolution 7.5 mile race at Mendon Ponds Park

1/12/19.     Pineway Ponds 5 mile race from Pineway Ponds Park in  Spencerport

1/26/19.     Hearnish 5 mile race from Victor Municipal Park

2/9/19.       Valentines 8 mile race from Braddock Bay Park (9:00 AM START!)

2/23/19.     White House 4.4 mile race from Webster Park

 

And as always, if you want to continue to have opportunities for running in the Rochester region, come join (or renew your membership in) GRTC. We have a place for you.  A modest $20 yearly membership goes a long way to keeping our sport vibrant and maintaining running events and opportunities for all. See you out on the road.

 

Renew GRTC Membership: https://runsignup.com/Club/NY/Rochester/GreaterRochesterTrackClub

Freezeroo Series signup: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/FreezerooSeriesIndividualRace

Awards Banquet Signup: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Pittsford/GRTCAnnualAwardsBanquet

 

Doug Jones

President GRTC