2024 has gotten under way in earnest. The New Years Resolution 7.5-mile race at Mendon Ponds Park saw 218 finishers on a perfect winter running morning. The food and volunteers were both excellent and everyone enjoyed. The Pineway Ponds 5-mile race unfortunately was called off because of gale force winds that day but the Hearnish 5-mile came off without a hitch with 118 runners enjoying a great 14-degree Freezeroo weather morning. The Freezeroo continues this month with the Tom Brannon Memorial Valentine’s Day 8-mile race this weekend and then wraps up with the White House Challenge race on 2/17. And then, to cap off the winter, our annual banquet will be a shadow lake on 2/24/24 with RROY awards, HOF inductions, good food and a generally good time.

GRTC BECOMES GRRC:  A milestone change to be enacted at our banquet is also a club name change. As many of you know, our club has evolved over the years from its inception with a multievent track format, to really being a running club. To clear that in people’s minds (and importantly so search engines position us correctly) we will now formally change our name to the Greater Rochester Running Club (GRRC), which truly describes who we are today. Expect to see use of the new name, a new logo and some changes in merchandise, but NO change in who we are. All our services, commitments and mission will stay the same. Come out to the banquet to celebrate the change.

FREEZEROO SERIES 2023-24: The iconic Freezeroo series continues this coming weekend with the Tom Brannon Memorial Valentine’s day race. The Freezeroo has signup discounts which remain one of the long-established values of GRTC membership. The series is definitely an important way to keep us all running together and connected through the long upstate New York winter. One can also sign up just for individual races, so it is not too late to join in. Sign up for the remaining season’s races today as below. Format and awards structure are as before and awards will be given out at the White House race on 2/17/24. This year we have also added an early start to the White House Race. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: And should you NOT be running any of the remaining Freezeroo  races, we are still in need of volunteers. Please help us out by contacting us now if you can help. Remaining races are the Tom Brannon Memorial Valentine’s Day Race on 2/3 and the White House Challenge race on 2/17. It is always fun to participate “behind the scenes” and an important way to support the running community. We are still in need of race marshals, registration and food support for these races. Take a look at your schedule today and send us an email ( if you can help.

          2/3/24    Valentines 8-mile race from Braddocks Bay Park (9:00 AM START).
          2/17/24  White House Challenge 4.4-mile race from Webster Park (early start)
GRTC ANNUAL BANQUET: 2/24/24 This year’s awards banquet will be on Saturday 2/24 at the Shadow Lake Golf Course in Penfield. Come out to this great venue to support GRTC, celebrate individuals and their accomplishments and just to have a good time. Awards for the GRTC Runner of the year season will be given out. Food promises to be excellent, and a good time will be had by all. Put the Banquet in your calendar and signup today. Signup required before 2/19 to ensure numbers to the venue, so don’t delay.  You’ll be happy you came. Details, menu and signup are now live as below. 

                Come out also and celebrate the GRTC HOF RECIPIENTS FOR 2024: 

Doug Jones, for service to the running community as President of GRTC with involvement with the Freezeroo series, track clinic, HOF committee and other tasks over 10 years! (I swear it’s not a “fix job”)

Trisha Byler, for her significant running history and accomplishments


Our complete schedule is being finalized and will be presented at our banquet on 2/24. Spring though is just around the corner. Start your year off with the first RROY race, the traditional Running of the Green on 3/16, and get ready for the whole series.
2023 GRTC OPTIONS/VALUE: GRTC truly has a great lineup of running activities for 2024 to fit our club mission of supporting running throughout the Rochester area. Take advantage yourself of all these opportunities and discounts. Get out and do all the RROY series races (a $65 discount value for those doing all). Sign up for our ultra races (discounts for members). Sign up for our spring and/or summer running clinics ($20 off for members). Take advantage of the boilermaker bus and our annual summer picnic. 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 pays for itself and goes a long way to keeping our sport vibrant and maintaining running events/opportunities for all. What can you lose? See you out on the road. 

Doug Jones (President GRTC)