Who We Are

The Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the leading authority on running events and programs in Montgomery County, Maryland.  MCRRC was incorporated as the Upper Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC) in February, 1978, with “the prime object of the association being the promotion and encouragement of long distance running.”

Today, MCRRC provides leadership and support to more than 2,000 members.  We offer training programs that range from beginning 5K to marathon distance, serving a wide runner profile from run/walkers to endurance athletes.  Our club is proudly represented throughout the DC-MD-VA area by a premier race team.

In 1979, MCRRC affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).  Through our sister club, the Ranelagh Harriers, in Richmond Virginia, our members have free access to their training runs and any races that are free to Ranelagh members.

Our Vision

MCRRC will be recognized nationally as an exemplary organization through our leadership, policies, and offerings.  We will elevate the reputation of running as a port by fostering a positive profile of runners and demonstrating excellence in our interactions with others.  We will continue to promotion the long-term stability of running as a sport and as an affordable form of exercise.

Our Mission

We strive to meet the needs of individual runners and community organizations engaged in running and fitness.

Our Values Statement

Our tag line reads “A Place for Every Pace.”   MCRRC prides ourselves on inclusivity, diversity and equity.  Our Values Statement, which was adopted in 2021, guides our strategic planning as well as our tactical decision-making.  There are three areas of focus expressed in our Values Statement — Our Club, Our Community, and Our Members:

Our Club

  1. We believe that MCRRC is a place for every pace ‐ runners, walkers, and run/walkers. We welcome people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. We value healthy lifestyles through movement.
  2. We value the strength of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club as a volunteer-led organization. At the same time, we acknowledge that volunteering at club events presents an additional burden to marginalized and vulnerable groups.
  3. We believe that running and fitness activities should occur in a welcoming environment to all, be geographically diverse, and financially affordable. We strive to identify physically accessible environments.

Our Community

  1. We are committed to equity, inclusivity and anti‐discrimination. We embrace all communities of age, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio‐economic status. We aspire to identify opportunities for members with disabilities.
  2. We strive to make all components of membership reflective of the communities within Montgomery County, one of the most diverse in the nation.
  3. We recognize the indigenous and formerly enslaved peoples who were displaced from or trafficked to this land. In addition, we acknowledge the land on which we run by showing our gratitude and respect for the trails and roads.

Our Members

  1. We value all members for their unique perspectives and gifts, and aspire to earn their trust by listening, engaging, and appreciating their contributions.
  2. We encourage respectful dialogue among and within the interconnected communities and partners to ensure all members can safely pursue the joy of running.
  3. Although each member has a different goal, we celebrate each other’s achievements and learn from one another’s experiences.

View MCRRC’s Strategic Direction document (updated May 2020).