Boooo………..….Halloween is behind us now, but you don’t have to be afraid of the coming cooler season. It is rainy this weekend but we have had some really fine fall running weather and some great activities for GRTC. The Can Lakes 50 last month was a rousing post COVID success. Under Gil Robs’ supervision it was again a great event for all who braved the multiple distances. There were new course records for both the female 50M winner (Ellie Pell 6:21:40) and male 50K winner (Elias Dawli 3:42:23). The wining male 50M time was Nick Brady with a 6:05:59! Congratulations to all.

The last “traditional” RR0Y races for 2021 are winding down now too. The Scare Brain Cancer away 5K was last weekend. The East Side Grocery Run 5K is next weekend on 11/6/21.  The Race with Grace 10K is still ahead of us on Thanksgiving morning, 11/25/21. Signup links are below. Please plan to run and support these traditional RROY races now coming back “on line”. Though we have not had enough races this year to formally score a RROY series, we are looking forward to a return of the overall series for 2022. Stay tuned. And of course, continue to check our website and the websites/face book pages of the local running stores for their new and returning offerings.

Just around the corner in 3 weeks is also the 3rd annual GRTC Bound for the Hounds 6-hour Ultra on 11/20/21 at Budd Park in Shortsville. This will be the final race of our 4 ultra-distance offerings for 2021. In the model of Candlelight12 and Mind the Ducks, participants will run as many 2.3mile loops on the Manchester Gateway Trail (surface comparable to the canal path) as you can in 6 hours. Organized by Martha Doody with proceeds supporting the Shortsville dog park, this beautiful course in rural Shortsville is a great way to finish up your ultra-race season. If you have never done an ultra, this is also a great chance to try a longer distance in a controlled environment. You WILL be surprised how much fun this is. HOW fast and HOW far you go is entirely up to YOU. You’ll ALWAYS be seeing the other runners on the course. You CAN’T get lost. And there is a fully stocked aid station every 2.3 miles! Guaranteed!! You won’t regret it. Sign up today:

We are also excited to welcome back the 2021-2022 GRTC Freezeroo series. With the “cooler season” just ahead (we don’t want to use the “W” word yet!) and COVID successfully behind us, let’s all celebrate the return of in-person running with this favorite winter 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 (ALL) the dates for this year’s races now. Using the same sites as before COVID, there are a variety of locations, distances and terrains (something for everyone). If you would like to come and enjoy the Freezeroo fun, but are not up to the run for any reason, let us know. We are always looking for volunteers for all the races. Being there is more than half the fun! (volunteers: Signup:

12/11/21.   Don Curran Memorial 5K race at North Star Christian Academy in Gates

1/1/22.       New Year’s Resolution 7.5 mile race at Mendon Ponds Park

1/8/22.       Pineway Ponds 5 mile race from Pineway Ponds Park in Spencerport

1/22/22.     Hearnish 5 mile race from Victor Municipal Park

2/5/22.       Valentines 8 mile race from Braddock Bay Park

2/19/22.     White House 4.4 mile race from Webster ParK

Finally, 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.

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Doug Jones (President GRTC)