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Summer Half Marathon (SHM) Program (May – Sept)

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 is OPEN!


Program Overview

Program Goals:

This training program is designed to develop and improve a runner’s ability to complete 13.1 miles.  While the base training program enables success for those new to the distance, experienced runners will be challenged with program adaptations to help them meet their individual objectives.  Our team of pace coaches ensures personal attention resulting in great experiences and accomplishments.


All participants must be MCRRC members.  The program works well for runners currently able to run 6 miles continuously at a 13:00 pace or faster. For those who may not be able to maintain that pace, a portion of the group uses an interval run/walk method and trains based on both time and mileage (e.g., in one workout, run/walk participants may run 10 miles or 2 hours, whichever ends first).  The course for the goal race of the program, the Parks Half Marathon, crosses many roads and requires runners to average a 12:30 min/mile pace to stay ahead of the re-opening of the roads.

Cost/Premium Info: The cost of the program is $80.  Runners receive a technical shirt for participation. Race entry fee for the Parks Half Marathon is not included in the price of registration; runners must register separately.  A discount code for entry will be given to program participants during the program. The program is limited to 200 participants.

Dates: May 16, 2020 to September 13, 2020

Target Race:  Parks Half Marathon – September 13, 2020

Head Coach/Director: Larry Feidelseit

Background: Larry is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach who has been running for over 30 years. He has 25 years of experience teaching and coaching athletic activities, including instructing swimming and karate and coaching soccer and running.  In addition to directing this program, Larry has helped coach MCRRC’s 5K, 10K and Winter Trails programs, and he has run races from 5K to 50K.  In his non-running time, he is a Program Manager for a Systems Engineering and Integration company, husband to a non-running wife and father to two millennial daughters.

Orientation Date/Time: May 16, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Location: Lake Needwood, in the lot at the start of the hiker/biker trail

Details: The first workout will immediately follow orientation

Pace Groups/Workouts:

Pace Group Information: Prior to the first workout, runners will be placed in pace groups with comparable runners, based on runner-provided pacing information.  Each group will be led by a Pace Coach.

Workouts:  Tuesday Evenings at 6:45 PM @ Montgomery College Track, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD.

Saturdays 7:00 AM Long Runs – Various Locations.

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 MCRRC races, are volunteers. For the continued success of the club, participants in this program are asked to volunteer for at least one club-sponsored race or event.

Disclaimer: The program director reserves the right to refuse admission to, or dismiss from, the program any individual that he believes cannot safely run the required distances, is unable to meet the demands of the training, or is disruptive to other participants. 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.