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Spring Intro to Trails

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Program Overview:

This 5-week series is unique among MCRRC’s training offerings because we are shorter and leaner than our program “cousins.” We will meet only on Saturdays, and there are no extras like shirts or award dinners. However, there will be solid coaching, pacing and instruction for every run. These are NOT PAVED trails. Instead, in the spirit of trail running, there is plenty of dirt, rocks & roots….along with creeks, trees, wildlife and beautiful scenery to enjoy! We will focus on helping runners become more comfortable running on increasingly rugged terrain, as they explore a series of local trails.

Our series will wrap up the week prior to the Farm Park Challenge which is a unique trail racing event and one we hope many of our participants will run. Registration for this event is separate from our series but we will get a $15 discount off the normal entry fee. You will receive the discount code after registering for both the series and our yahoo group. This is where you’ll also get access to the training schedule.

Cost Info:  The cost of the program is $25. MCRRC Membership is required for participation.

Everyone will need to provide their own water (required for every run), fuel and first aid supplies as needed. Anyone who wants to bring food or after-run treats for the group is welcome to do that on their own.

Program Directors:  Paul & Mary Foster

Both of the directors and a number of the pacers are certified running coaches and all are trail runners who will provide both general training advice and trail specific direction. We all want to see you succeed!

Dates: Saturday, March 31 (orientation/run) – Saturday, April 28 for the series with a goal trail event being Saturday, May 5, 2018

Orientation/1st Run:  Saturday, March 31, 2018, 7:30am. The meeting will be the first 20min before the first group run and take place at Rachel Carson Park, 22201 Zion Rd, Brookeville, MD 20833. All are invited back to the Foster’s home, 21608 2nd St, Laytonsville, MD 20882 for coffee, a light breakfast “recharge” and to meet and talk with the pace coaches.

This pre-run orientation meeting allows you to hear from the directors & pacers who’ll give you a bit of preparatory information before heading out on the trails. Suggested gear to have at the start includes: sturdy running shoes (trail shoes aren’t necessary for this run), good technical running clothing, change of clothes for afterwards and a cell phone that you’ll carry with you. We will discuss other needs at the meeting.

Goal Event: This year we will culminate our series by joining a unique trail event in our area, the Farm Park Challenge ($) after our 5 weeks of training runs. Check it out at http://www.farmparkchallenge.com/. There is a cost, but as participants in the this series you will receive a $15 discount off your registration for that event. You must register on your own.

Distances: We will have 2 distances offered each Saturday with all runners doing the first part together at their respective paces. The mileage progression will be about 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10. People who want higher mileage will progress from 10, 11, 12, 13 and15. This will allow those who have more experience to still run with the beginner runners while both will get in an appropriate workout.

Workouts/Pace Groups: We divide the group (each with pacers) into smaller groups of runners based on what you know your pace to be on the road.

The rest of our run schedule will be posted to our Yahoo! group. Participants NEED to join the group if they want to see where and when we’re running.

Participants are also required to join MCRRC-info, the club’s listserv for delivering important club information including race announcements or changes, track closures due to weather or other issues, etc. When joining any of the Yahoo groups, please include your first and last name in the “comment from user” field so that your membership to the group can be verified.

Communication Methods: We will use a private, online group to facilitate communications. Everyone will be required to join this group to participate in the program. Instructions on how to join this group will be provided by the Program Director.Participants are also encouraged to join MCRRC-info , the club’s listserv for delivering important club information including race announcements or changes, track closures due to weather or other issues, etc. When joining any of the Yahoo groups, please include your first and last name in the “comment from user” field so that your membership to the group can be verified.

Volunteer Requirement: MCRRC is a volunteer organization. The staff for this and all other training programs as well as that of all the races we conduct are volunteers. To support the club, participants in this program will be asked to volunteer for at least one, if not more, club races or events.

Disclaimer: The program director reserves the right in his sole discretion to refuse admission to the program or dismiss any individual from the program whom the program director believes is unsuited for running the specified distance, or is unable to meet the demands of the training schedule, or is disruptive to other program participants. Those individuals will be denied entry into the program or dismissed from the program as appropriate. The program director also reserves the right to limit the number of participants in the overall program or in individual pace groups. MCRRC has a No Refund policy. Program registration fees cannot be refunded due to injury, schedule conflict or any other reason.