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Winter Trail Running Training Program

Registration is CLOSED.

Program Overview:

Goals and Purpose of Program: Winter Trails is designed to teach and/or improve trail running skills for folks with all levels of trail running experience. In addition it will build endurance, strength and coordination necessary for success. We invite anyone with trail running experience that wants to spend their Saturday mornings exploring the miles of awesome interconnecting trails that run throughout the county while improving their endurance, technique, and core strength.  Come join us and enjoy the vibe with a group of other like-minded trail runners while hitting the single track out here in MoCo. The main focus will be training up for our target race, The Seneca Creek Greenway Marathon/50k, held by MCRRC every March, but folks going shorter distances will be accommodated and encouraged too.  The program can be adapted for other early spring trail races as well. We will utilize a different trail every week, 13 trails in 13 weeks. You will learn all about the amazing trail system this county has.

Prerequisites: Trail running requires different techniques and mechanics than road running. It is recommended that folks have at least some trail running experience but it is not required. If choosing to train for the Greenway Trail Marathon/50k runners should have recently run a marathon, done several half marathons or can run at least 10 miles.

Cost/Premium Info: The cost of the program is $65. No race registration is included. All runners will receive a premium to be determined. Registration is limited to the first 150 runners to sign up.  Please note our programs have a NO REFUND POLICY.  Details can be found here.

Dates/Target Race:

Orientation: Please join us on Thursday, December 1st at the Mid-County Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, MD from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. You do not need to be registered for the program to attend orientation. If you are unsure if the program is right for you, please plan to attend the orientation prior to registering.

First Workout: TBD

Target Race: The program will target the Seneca Creek Greenway Marathon/50K in early March. The program can be adapted for other early spring trail races as well. A target race is not required for participation in the program.

Program Staff:

Head Coach/Director:  Bruce Flanagan

Plus a well-known, experienced coaching staff with many miles of trails and ultra running experience behind them.

Workouts/Pace Groups:

Workouts: We will formally meet weekly on Saturday mornings at 7:30 am.  Location will vary throughout the program. We will not meet during the week but there are some informal trail runs that occur during the week (Yes, they run on the trails at night! It’s a blast!)

Safety Notice: Runners should try to pair/group up and be aware of each other while out on the trails. Everyone should carry a phone.

Coaches will be notified immediately if illness, injury or inability to keep up with your group.

The Head Coaches have the right to cancel any run based on treacherous winter conditions (driving and/or running)

All Runners will sign in and sign out. Don’t make us come track you down if you forgot to sign out! It will cost you a large quantity of the beer of our choice!

We will give you the cell phone numbers of the coaches for emergency use during our group runs only. Call if ill, lost, injured, or unable to maintain pace with your group. We will also utilize calls and or texting to ensure all runners have safely returned to their cars/homes.

Communication Methods: We will use a Yahoo group to facilitate communications. Everyone will be required to join this group to participate in the program. A link the program’s Yahoo group will be provided in the confirmation message you receive after joining the program, or you will otherwise be invited to join. 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.

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.

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