About RROY

Rochester Runner of the Year


What is RROY?
  • Rochester Runner of the Year Series is a set of select races, usually twelve, that occur between March and November.
  • The series administered and sponsored by The Greater Rochester Track Club.
How does it work?
  • Toward the end of each year, the GRTC RROY Committee reviews races from the year before and begins planning the next year’s series.
  • Races should have a history of 100 or more finishers to be considered. Race directors can contact GRTC to be considered for the series. 
  • Traditionally, there have been twelve races of varying distances in the series, but that number can change depending upon a variety of factors. We try to avoid having more than two RROY races in the same month or to have any RROY race compete with other GRTC-related races.
  • Race directors pay a fee to be included, which goes toward the costs of administering the series, including providing awards.
  • At the conclusion of each race, the race directors provide the results to GRTC, which then collates the data to determine series standings for overall and age group finishers. Scoring is explained under Rules & Scoring.
  • Awards are distributed at the annual GRTC Banquet, generally toward the end of January.
Do I have to sign up? How do I do that?
  • There is no separate registration to be part of RROY.
  • Enter as many of the races from the series as you wish. Some race directors offer multiple distances attached to the same event. Be sure you are registering for the correct distance from the series! Complete at least four to be eligible for series standings and to potentially win an award.
  • Your best six races count toward the overall series.
  • Your age at the time of your first RRYO race will determine your age group for the entire series.
How are runners tracked?
  • Race directors submit race results to GRTC’s RROY volunteers.
  • Volunteers post the results after each race, along with standings after the final race.
What do I win if I am a Rochester Runner of the Year?
  • Top 3 Male and Female Overall: Money awards (ineligible for age group awards)
  • 4th through 10th Overall: Gift certificates from Medved (eligible in the age group awards)
  • Age Group Awards
    • 1st Place: Champion shirt, awards certificate, and RROY coffee mug
    • 2nd through 5th Place: Awards certificate and coffee mug

Greater Rochester Track Club

the main sponsor and organizer of Rochester Runner of the Year (RROY)