Hard to believe that Labor Day Weekend is just a few days away. Where HAS the summer gone. A hot dry August however has still given us all good opportunities for running, and our GRTC summer picnic on 8/20 was a great time for all those who participated. With Fall “on our heels”, there are still great running opportunities ahead. The RROY series continues with the Oak tree half marathon 9/4 and the Heritage Hero 10K 9/10. RROY website: Our Ultra race series also goes forward as below. There is a distance and terrain option for everyone. And dare I say the word for the cool weather races ahead……………………….Freezeroo? See our Freezeroo schedule for 2022-2023 below.

GRTC CANLAKE ULTRAS 10/8/22: This group of races around beautiful Canandaigua Lake is just over the horizon in October. Once again you have a choice of the full 50mile, 50K or 25K. If you are new to ultra running, the shorter distances are a great way to try this out. What do you have to lose? Always a great event for your long distance enjoyment. It’s not too late to signup for this fall classic.

GRTC BOUND FOR THE HOUNDS ULTRA: 11/19/22 And to finish our ultra-race 2022 series, the 4th annual GRTC Bound for the Hounds 6-hour Ultra will be on 11/19/22 at Budd Park in Shortsville. In the model of Candlelight12 and Mind the Ducks, participants will run as many 2.3 mile loops on the Manchester Gateway Trail (surface comparable to the canal path) one can do in 6 hours. Organized by Martha Doody. Proceeds support Gordy and Friends (, a group of volunteers who go directly into the community and help chained and penned dogs suffering from isolation, poor shelter, and lack of food and other necessities. This beautiful course in rural Shortsville is a great way to finish up your ultra-race season. Sign up today

RROY RACES STILL AHEAD: The next RROY races to still sign up for are the 9/4 Oaktree half marathon and the 9/10 Heritage Hero 10K. The Oaktree half marathon on Labor Day weekend is a great way to celebrate the last weekend of the summer. It’s a beautiful rural course through the Geneseo area. With its hills and vistas, it is a favorite of many. The Heritage Hero 10K is a new RROY entry for 2022 taking place at Seabreeze Amusement Park in Irondequoit. Come out and enjoy a day at the park as well. Put both of these races on your calendar today.

Oak tree half marathon
Heritage Hero 10K

RROY SERIES FORMAT: GRTC works with individual race directors to promote the RROY series and provides the awards for winners. GRTC members also get a signup discount for all the RROY races. We encourage all GRTC members therefore to take advantage of their membership value and participate in as many of these races as possible, to support both the individual races and the series. As in the past one needs to run only 4 races over the year to be eligible for RROY awards, and 6 races gives you a consistent participant award. As a GRTC member, consider these YOUR races and a great way to support running in our area. See full list of RROY races for 2022 below. With 5 yet to go it’s not too late to throw in your hat.

3/12 Running of the Green 5 mile
5/22 Highland Hospital Lilac 10K
6/10 Charlie McMullen Mile
6/18 Stache Dash 5K
8/28 Black Diamond Express 5K
9/4   Oaktree half marathon
9/10 Heritage Hero 10
10/22 Scare Brain Cancer Away 5k
11/5 East Ave Grocery Run 5K
11/24The Feast Thanksgiving Day

 RROY website:

FREEZEROO: 2022-2023: And although it’s still officially summer, it’s never too early to mention the 2022-2023 GRTC Freezeroo series. The Freezeroo series has signup discounts which remain one of the long-established values of GRTC membership.  The series continues to be a favorite of individuals and the running community. It is definitely an important way to keep us all running together and connected through the long upstate New York winter. Be sure to save the dates 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).

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, rediscover this year the true joy of running in the upstate New York, and take advantage of the multiple 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 an ultra. Put the Freezeroo series dates on your calendar now. 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)