Running Around Rochester

Since 1958

GRTC – the organization

 has approximately 500 members, consisting of runners, walkers, athletes and fitness enthusiasts, encompassing an eight-county region.

Freezeroo Series

A series of six winter races directed by GRTC, with the assistance of some of the local informal running groups.

RROY Series

The goal of the RROY Series is to recognize the top runners in Rochester area races, promote racing, and help build participation in area races

GRTC Ultras

A long-distance running race that is longer than a traditional marathon.


Track Clinic

Don’t miss out on a great training value. Sign up for the GRTC Spring Track Clinics and Workouts.

President’s Message

February 2021 President’s Letter

OK. COVID hasn’t gone away yet as an issue for 2021. Since just a month ago we are now facing new viral strains that may be more virulent, a slower pace for vaccine administration than hoped for and questions whether the existing vaccines will cover all subtypes of...


GRTC: Meet Our Members!

The GRTC has a lot of interesting people about whom we would like to know more. That means you! Starting this week, we will feature a member a week on Facebook. If you are interested, copy and paste the questions below into an email addressed to,...

Upcoming Events

Runnin’ of the Green @ Blue Cross Arena
Mar 13 – Mar 20 all-day

Runnin’ of the Green is traditionally the unofficial start of the spring running season in Rochester on March 13, 2021! The five mile race is a fast out and back course along the Genesee River.

This year we will be offering a Virtual Runnin’ of the Green.

Come join hundreds of other runners in the 23rd annual Runnin’ of the Green!

Highland Hospital Lilac 10K @ across from St. John's Home
May 16 – May 23 all-day

We are working diligently on a plan for the 2021 Lilac Run & Dunkin’ Dash.  More information will be coming soon on decisions for the 2021 event!

Join us for the Lilac Run 5K, 10K and Dunkin’ Dash!

We are proud to partner with the USATF and offer the 10K as a USATF Niagara 10K Championship Race.  The Lilac Run is also part of the Rochester Runner of the Year Series!  Established in 1979, the 5K and 10K race will restore your faith in Mother Nature and re-invigorate your workouts for the summer season ahead. The famous lilac gardens of Highland Park, also the backdrop for the event’s after-party, mark the beginning and end of the races. With the aroma of 1500 lilacs filling the air, runners start out heading east on Highland Avenue, move through the rolling hills of the park and then turn south through the residential town of Brighton before returning back through the park.  Enjoy the Lilac Run After Party in front of the Sahlen’s Center Stage with live music, bagels, coffee and snacks!  Pancake breakfast, beer, mimosas and Bellinis will be available for purchase.  All children in the 5K or 10K that are 6 and under are free (discount appears at checkout).

The Dunkin’ Dash is back again in it’s 4th Edition!  This race is for both the competitive racer and occasional runner/walker, and provides an opportunity for participants of all ages to help benefit Willow Domestic Violence Center while having fun!  Participants will race a half a mile to the donut pit-stop where they will get a box of Munchkins® to either stuff their face or carry back to the finish line, totaling a 1 mile trip!