Welcome to 2019. Hope everyone has had a great holiday season. The New Year has started out well for GRTC with a successful New Year’s Resolution Run in Mendon Ponds. Our flagship Freezeroo race, this year was a beautiful if windy running day and fun for all. Our 229 finishers had an excellent run, followed by plenty of good food and conversation.  And special thanks to all the many volunteers who remain essential to making this kind of event happen. This race remains a great way to ring in the new running year each January first.

If you missed this race however due to holiday travel and commitments (we won’t bring up hangovers) remember that we have 2 more races for you to run and enjoy in January. Whether you are an “Eastsider” or “Westsider” we have you covered. On 1/12 on the west side we have the Pineway Ponds 5 mile race in Spencerport. This has always been a favorite for years and is run out of Pineway Ponds Park’s new and modern lodge. Then on 1/26 on the east side we have the Hearnish 5 mile race in Victor. Run out of the updated modern lodge at Victor Municipal Park on Papparone Drive, this has become a newfavorite of many in the last few years. Details for both races and the rest of the Freezeroo series can be found on our website, and signup links for the freezeroo races and membership are below.

And coming up also on 1/26 (the evening of the Hearnish 5 mile race) is the annual GRTC awards banquet. This will again be at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Bushnells Basin. Come out and help us welcome in our new Hall of Fame inductees, Melissa Johnson-White and Dick and Mitzie Lewandowski. There will of course be the awards for RROY series, an update on the club activities, and an appropriate mix of food, drink, fun and fellowship. If you are a regular we’ll look forward to seeing you back again. If you have never been to the banquet before, come and find out want a great evening this is. GRTC’s mission is to facilitate running in the Rochester area, provide racing opportunities and give options for people to meet and network with other runners. Facilitating that mission, the banquet is a great way for you to both see old friends and make new contacts in the running community as well as to find out what is happening in the Club and with running in the Rochester area. Maybe you will hear about a new club activity to get involved with. Maybe you will meet a new runner from your own area. The details of the banquet and sign up link are below and on our website.  Hope to see you there.

GRTC Annual Banquet

Date: SATURDAY, January 26, 2019
Time: 5:00pm to 9:00 pm
Place: Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY 14534
Advance Registration: $25
At the Door: $30

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.

Doug Jones
President GRTC