GRTC PRESIDENT’S LETTER 1.1.24

 Happy New Year! Hope everyone has had great holidays the last few weeks, and that the New Year is looking hopeful. The first Freezeroo race, the Don Curran in Gates, was a success and a good time on 12/9. 148 runners had a great morning. A good sized group also enjoyed our second annual Holliday lights and Cookies exchange in Fairport on 12/16/23. Weather wise, it hardly seems to be winter yet, but we have some time to go. As I send this out I am hoping you are all signed up for the New Years Resolution 7.5 mile race this weekend at Mendon Ponds Park. This “flagship” GRTC race is always a fitting way to “ring in the new year” as runners. See you all there.

 A GRTC MEMBERSHIP GIFT? If you have forgotten a holiday gift, or more importantly just want one yourself, A modest $20 GRTC membership pays for itself and supports running in our region! 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. What runner wouldn’t like to receive that as a gift this season!

 Join: https://runsignup.com/Club/NY/Rochester/GreaterRochesterTrackClub

FREEZEROO SERIES 2023-24: The iconic Freezeroo series continues this weekend with the New Years Resolution race. The Freezeroo has signup discounts which remain one of the long-established values of GRTC membership. It is definitely an important way to keep us all running together and connected through the long upstate New York winter. Sign up for the remaining season’s races today. Using the same venues as in the past, there are a variety of locations, distances and terrains (something for everyone). Format and awards structure are as before and awards will be given out at the White House race. This year we have also added an early start to Webster race.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: And should you NOT be running one or more of the upcoming freezeroo races, we are ALWAYS in need of volunteers. Please help us out by contacting us now about what races you can help with. Right now we particularly need help for the Pineway ponds 5 mile race on 1/13 and the Hearnish 5 mile race on 1/20. It is always fun to participate “behind the scenes” and an important way to support the running community. We will be in need of race marshals, registration and food support for all these races. Take a look at the schedule today and give us an email (djones6703@aol.com) if you can help.

 

         12/9/23  Don Curran Memorial 5K race at North Star Christian academy Gates                                           1/1/24 New Years Resolution 7.5 mile race at Mendon Ponds Park
         1/13/24  Pineway Ponds 5 mile race from Pineway Ponds Park in Spencerport
         1/20/24  Hearnish 5 mile race from Victor Municipal Park
         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.  You’ll be happy you came. Signup required before 2/19 to ensure numbers to the venue.  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”)

Trish Byler, for her significant running ability, history and accomplishments

 Signup: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Penfield/GRTCAnnualAwardsBanquet

 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.

 Join:  https://runsignup.com/Club/NY/Rochester/GreaterRochesterTrackClub

 Doug Jones (President GRTC)