Welcome to winter. The Holiday Season is once again upon us, we have already seen some snow, and holiday lights and decorations are popping up everywhere. To enjoy the season GRTC is hosting our first Holiday Cookies and Lights fun run in Fairport Village on 12/17/22 as per details below. It promises to be a great evening. Come out to wrap up 2022 and enjoy the Holidays with us in runner style.

WRAP UP OF 2022: The New Year marks the wrap up of the 2022 running season and for GRTC this was good. November finished well with the 4th annual Bound for the Hounds Ultra on 11/19 in Shortsville. 70 runners competed over 6 hours. Winners were John Kohl who ran 36.8 miles in 5:41:55 and Deborah Patterson who ran 34.5 miles in 5:51:55.  The 2022 RROY series also finished up in November. 725 participants ran the East Avenue Grocery Run 5K on 11/5. Winners were Jaret Herter overall male (16:32) and Laura Galeazzo overall female (18:43). 325 participants finished the Thanksgiving Day Feast Race on 11/24. The overall male winner was Matthew Herbert (25:19) and overall female winner was Mellissa Johnson-White (30:10). With the RROY series completed look for your own standing on the RROY website : Awards will be given out at our annual awards banquet in 2023 (date and location pending). But do not slack off! The 2023 RROY series will start again in just 3 months with the running of the green race in March 11th!  But GRTC is here to help. To maintain your training, sign up today for the 2022/2023 GRTC Freezeroo series below.

HOLIDAY COOKIES AND LIGHTS FUN RUN: 12/17/22  Come join GRTC for an inaugural December fun run/walk to enjoy the holiday lights in Fairport village. We will meet at 4:30 PM at “My Wine and Cheese Bar Too” in Fairport (400 Packetts Landing, Fairport). Plan is to start out at 4:45 pm on a 5K course that will take us along the canal and through the village, ending at “My Wine and Cheese Bar too” for drinks (discount for first drink) and light food to purchase. We will also be hosting a holiday cookie share and exchange there, so bring your best cookies along to enjoy and trade with others. This is an informal free event. See you there to celebrate the holiday season.

FREEZEROO 2022-2023: REGISTRATION ACTIVE The Freezeroo series continues to be a favorite of individuals and the running community. It is definitely a valuable way to keep us all running together and connected through the long upstate New York winter. The The series and individual races have member signup discounts which remain one of the long-established values of GRTC membership. Be sure to sign up for all this season’s races now. Using the same venues as in the past, there are a variety of locations, distances and terrains (something for everyone). Series awards will be given out at the White House Race on 2/18/22. Come out to enjoy the races and get on the podium at the White House run in February.

The first Freezeroo race in just 10 days will again be the Don Curran Memorial on 12/10 in Gates. Come out that morning and help us kick off a new running year in style. This year’s series gift for the first 200 series participants is a running cap with the GRTC logo, so signup today. And if you are not up for the run, but would like to enjoy the fun, we DO still need a few road marshals and volunteers for this and for all the subsequent Freezeroo races. Please let us know right away if you can help out on 12/10 ( or on any of the subsequent freezeroo races as listed below. Volunteer support of GRTC events is always crucial to making them successful and available to everyone

12/10/22  Don Curran Memorial 5K race at North Star Christian Academy in Gates

1/1/23       New Year’s Resolution 7.5mile race at Mendon Ponds Park

1/7/23       Pineway Ponds 5mile race from Pineway Ponds Park in Spencerport

1/21/23     Hernish 5mile race from Victor Municipal Park

2/4/23       Valentines 8mile race from Braddock Bay Park (9:00 am start)

2/18/22     White House 4.4mile race from Webster Park


Once again, enjoy the holidays and rediscover the true joy of running in the upstate New York. Consider giving a GRTC membership to those on your Holiday gift list. Put the Freezeroo series dates on your calendar now ($20 series discount for members) and going forward into 2023 take advantage of the multiple other GRTC membership discounts we offer. Get out and do all the RROY series races (a $50 discount value for those doing all). Sign up for our ultra races next year (discounts for members). Sign up for our spring running clinic ($20 off for members). 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/opportunities for all. See you out on the road. GRTC Membership:

Doug Jones, 
President GRTC