Don’t forget, the next three Rochester Runner of the Year (RROY) races are coming up fast. Reminder: GRRC members earn their Consistent Participate status with six races and get discounts to RROY races. To be eligible for age group and overall placement, racers must complete at least four races of the twelve available. Current rules provide additional points to be awarded for up to your best six races, so doing more gives you a better chance to place. Membership to the club is not required for placement, although with the value provided by membership, surely, you’d want to be! And if you can’t race them, you can spectate or contact the RDs to see if they need volunteers.

May 25 (This Saturday!)
Sunset House 5K
Irondequoit United Church of Christ
644 Titus Avenue
Irondequoit, NY

The race is a fundraiser for Sunset House Hospice, an organization that provides alternative living arrangements for residents who are unable to receive hospice care services in their own homes. The course takes racers through the neighborhood and around local schools. Traditionally, the race offers a wide variety of hearty options for finishers. The registration page has more details, including a link to the race map.

June 7 (A Friday)
Charlie McMullen Memorial Mile (AKA McMullen Mile)
St John Fisher College
Polisseni Track & Field Complex
3690 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14618

Genesee Valley Harriers puts on this annual track race in honor of Charlie McMullen, who they describe as having led GVH in 1998 to its first of over 50 national masters team championships. You do not need to be a track runner or a fast runner like Charlie with his mid-1970s 3:56 one mile finish to compete in this event. There are elementary school students to college athletes, young adults to those sporting luxurious grey hair, people who are aiming for the elusive sub-4 mile to those giving it all they’ve got to finish in 14. To see how the heats are planned, see https://www.gvh.net/charlie-mcmullen-memorial-miles-2, and to sign up, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/CharlieMcMullenMile. (If you’re already doing the GRRC Spring Track Clinic, your registration is already included as part of that.)

June 16 (Father’s Day)
June Jaunt 5K
Studio 22
67 Old Hojack Lane
Hilton, NY 14468

This race is part of Obatron Productions’ fitness offerings (Obatron Fitness). The largely flat course starts in the Studio 22 parking lot offering few turns in the alternately rural and residential roads. The race is the first in a series of three race, West of the River, and features the series’ signature free raffle, a donation drive for the Hilton-Parma Food Shelf, a race medal, themed amenity and food kits, and a sundae bar with options for vegan, lactose intolerant, and gluten avoiding racers. The host location allows racers to stretch inside before and after the race and has showers available (bring your own towel and toiletries). See the registration page for more information including special teen and pre-teen pricing through 5/26. (Full disclosure: I own Obatron Productions and direct June Jaunt.)

We hope to see you out there!

Vickey Beaver,
GRRC President