8K/ 10K Program

A CURRENT MCRRC MEMBERSHIP is REQUIRED to participate in this program. Please note that membership is NOT included in your program registration. PRIOR TO JOINING this program, you must become a member. If you are unsure if you have a CURRENT MCRRC Membership, please contact office@mcrrc.org for assistance. Otherwise, please click here to become a valued member.

Registration for the 2021 Season is CLOSED.

This 10-week training program caters to new runners as well as more experienced ones looking to increase their mileage to successfully race/ run an 8K or a 10K at the end of the program. We will focus on improving endurance, injury prevention, running education, and training with a goal of “safety first.”  All paces are welcome.  Like other MCRRC training programs, we emphasize a supporting and fun environment.

Structure:  All participants will be provided 2 structured and 2 suggested workouts each week.  The interval training will be based on time and perceived effort. The long runs will be based on either distance or time, per each participants’ preference. The program will also include a walking option – no experience is necessary.

The program plans to offer an in-person long run component.  We will only hold in-person workouts when new COVID-19 infection rates are 10 or less per 100K residents and the test positivity rate is 5% or less based on the county dashboard.

The program will hold 30 minute “check-in” sessions once per week using Zoom. This will provide participants time with the virtual directors and pace coach. We will utilize breakout rooms if someone wants to ask a private question.

Prerequisites: MCRRC Membership is required for participation in this program.  If you are not a member, you will have the opportunity to join MCRRC during registration.  Participants must be 18 or older to register.


In-Person Workouts:

All registrants participating in in-person workouts must follow the health and safety protocols listed below AT ALL TIMES.  In-person workouts will be scheduled for the long run only.  Registration is limited to 100 participants total with a maximum of 10 runners per pace group.  We plan to start from two locations with half going to one location and half to the other.

Prior to each in-person run, participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire via Google form and show it to the coach when checking in.  This will be used to ensure participants are healthy prior to the run and for contact tracing should the need arise.  A completed health form is required to participate.  If you are unable to complete the questionnaire, you will not be permitted to run with the group.

Please read the following guidelines carefully prior to registering, as they are non-negotiable.  All guidelines are subject to change as we learn from our experiences.  These protocols are new to everyone and we appreciate your patience and kindness with our volunteer coaching staff at all times.


Safety Guidelines & Expectations:

  • Do NOT participate if you are feeling ill, have a fever, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you are in a high-risk group, please consult with your physician before registering.
  • Do NOT engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.)
  • Do NOT engage in close group pictures/selfies. Always maintain a social distance of at least 6 ft.
  • Do NOT spit or “nose rocket” your nose in public – bring along tissues, a small towel or hanky if you need to get rid of some snot during your run/walk.  If you must spit, do so away from other participants and in areas without foot traffic.
  • Do NOT share personal items such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc.
  • Participants are encouraged to wear a face covering while running.  Face coverings are required anytime participants cannot maintain social distance.
  • Participants should self-carry personal hydration (bottles/packs) and use fountains for refills only.
  • Participants who fail to comply with these protocol and are found to be creating risk for themselves or others, will be asked to exit the group and may result in removal from the program without refund.


  • Instructions, including workout location & start time, will be sent via e-mail to each group directly prior to the workout.
  • The link to the health questionnaire will be sent via e-mail & must be completed, presented to a coach and approved by the coach prior to each workout.
  • Staggered start times will be utilized between each pace group.  Runners will be directed to remain in their cars until their start time or the previous group has departed.
  • Social distancing signage will be used to maintain 6-ft. distance and participants will be assigned a marking in which to stand.
  • Face coverings are required at all times prior to the start of the workout.
  • Pace groups will be sent out from fastest to slowest to ensure distance between groups.
  • The recommended group run formation is diagrammed below.

During the Run:

  • Face coverings may not required to be worn during the workout however, they should be kept with you at all times and worn when social distancing cannot be achieved (i.e. waiting at a traffic light or a water fountain).
  • Adapted group formations should provide at least six-feet between each participant.
  • Should your group stop during a workout, all participants should step off the path/trail at least six feet and maintain a social distance while stopped.
  • Groups should be respectful of others on the trail/path and understand there may be a heightened sensitivity from other trail users. Give other trail users as much space as possible and avoid “swarming” (splitting your group and passing others on both sides). Participants should refrain from engaging in negativity with other trail users and should your group need to pass, do so respectfully and in a face covering.


  • Social distancing must be maintained during any post-workout stretching.
  • Do NOT engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.)
  • Please do not linger and socialize following the workout. Participants will be asked to return to their vehicle as quickly as possible and leave the workout location.


Cost/Premium Info: Online registration is $50.  Total registration will be limited to 100 participants.  Program registration fees are non-refundable for any reason.  By completing your registration, you agree to these terms.

Program Staff:

Head Coaches/Directors: Sandra Engstrom and Shirley Skorbiansky

Orientation/ Dates:

Dates:  Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – Saturday, July 31, 2021

Orientation: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 923 8330 9885; Passcode 799513

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Weekly Workout Information:

Tuesdays or Wednesdays – speed training

Sundays @ 7:00 AM – long runs (in-person), varying locations

You are expected to workout three other times during the week on your own in order to meet the weekly goals. We will provide you with a weekly schedule, which gives weekly goals and outlines the group workouts.


Pace Group Information:

If you don’t know your running pace, the coaches will work with you to place you in a pace group based on your abilities and experience.

Participants will be assigned to three groups, based on their mileage base at the beginning of the program:

  • The White Program will be for individuals with a mileage base of 9 to 14 miles per week who can comfortably run at least 3 miles continuously at the start of the program and training for 8K or shorter distance. Their first long run will be 3 miles and will gradually increase to 8 miles.
  • The Blue Program will be for individuals with a mileage base of 15 or more miles per week who can comfortably run at least 5 miles continuously at the start of the program and training for an 8K or longer. Their first long run will be 5 miles and will gradually increase to 10 miles.
  • The Walking Program will be for individuals able to walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes or more and can comfortably walk up to an hour at the start of the program.


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.

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.