Running is in the genetic makeup of Rochester. Though it lacks deserved publicity, the art of running is crafted on a year-round basis in this area like no other sport. If you’re looking for proof, show up on any given Tuesday night at Penfield High School and you’ll see contestants ranging from ages five to 60-plus competing in various track and field events. Although the summer series has now come to its annual conclusion, thousands of male and female track enthusiasts — even from outside New York state — tore up the Patriots’ red rubber hide in six track meets. But even though these track meets are over for the summer, there’s certainly no shortage of road races.
I began training to run my first 5k road race this summer. Funny, since I was a sprinter in high school — and a sprinter that loathed a long run. Heck, I hated being part of the 4x400-meter relay. The 100- and 200-meter dashes were plenty for me. It seems to be a common theme among ex-track runners that long distance running is what we default to. And, sorry to say, but it’s because training to run a 3.1-mile race is easier than training to compete in the 200-meter dash. Otherwise, we sprint folk would continue to lift weights, run frontward and backward hills, practice starts and run full-speed 240-meter sprints in practice. The lactic acid build up and the feeling of throwing up just isn’t appealing.
For about two months now I’ve been training to run the Palmyra Canaltown Days 5k on September 16. It’s a long way off, so we’ll see how the mood should strike me when the alarm sounds at 9 a.m. that Sunday morning. But until then, like I mentioned earlier, the Rochester running docket is loaded with road races every single weekend throughout the month of November.
This weekend at the Geneva Child Care Center the annual Cubby Chase Family Friendly 10k, 5k and 1-mile kids fun run will take place. The first race will go off at 8:15 a.m. and day-of-race registration is $25. Also on July 28 on Wegman Road on Rochester will be the Clinker Bricks 5k, located right by the Gates Presbyterian Church. Day-of-race entry is $25. And if you're looking to travel a little, the Byron Heritage Festival 5k takes place at the Community Park in Byron at 8:30 a.m. and day-of-race registration is $20.
If you’re looking for more races, I’ve found that robertstech.com/run/races.htm is a great calendar for running. Be sure to check it out, and if you know if someone that has an outstanding running story, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org