Registration is OPEN!
Virtual Program Overview:
MCRRC and its volunteer program directors and coaches are committed to helping club members reach their running goals, even as all physical club activities are suspended and the state continues to limit group activities for the health and safety of all. This summer’s program will begin as a virtual program, where no runners will physically meet to run together. If state and club restrictions are lifted before September, we may transition to some form of in-person program. Schedules will be sent to all participants and a variety of electronic tools (e.g., Strava, Zoom, Facebook, Instagram) will be used to foster the community aspect of the program.
Participants of this program must agree that they will perform the program workouts by themselves or (only) with people with whom they are currently living. The Program Director reserves the right to dismiss anyone from the program who blatantly disregards recommendations for social distancing while running. As club and state guidance changes, these rules may be modified by the Program Director.
It is recommended that all program participants have a GPS watch or a running app on their phone, since each runner will be responsible for ensuring the distance and pace of their runs. The Program Director is happy to provide guidance on watches and apps.
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.
The virtual version of the Summer Half Marathon Program is offered at no cost to participants. As such, we will not be able to provide premiums to participants. If and when the program is able to transition to a “live and in-person” program, a reduced fee may be assessed for continued participation.
Dates: May 30, 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: TBD (a virtual orientation will be held prior to May 30th)
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: Virtual workouts are scheduled for Saturdays (long runs) and Tuesday evenings (speed work). If the program is able to transition to in-person, group workouts will be held on these days. The program schedule will include recommended workouts for all other days of the week.
Locations: There will be no recommended locations for the virtual runs. Individuals must identify their own routes. Following running while social distancing guidance, it is highly recommended that you run from home as much as possible and avoid driving to trailheads. If a runner is unable to identify a safe, suitable location near them, pace coaches and/or pace group members may provide help.
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.