Summer Half Marathon (SHM) 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.

The Summer Half Marathon (SHM) Program is designed to develop and improve a runner’s ability to complete 13.1 miles. The training schedule will prepare runners for 10-mile and half marathon distance races ranging from early September through mid-October.  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.

Prerequisites:  SHM 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 a 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.  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.

Structure:  To accommodate as many participants as possible, the 2021 program will include both virtual and in-person participants.  Virtual participants will receive a full 16-week training plan, a program premium, one or more pace coaches, and access to electronic communication with coaches and their pace group via our groups.io platform, Strava Clubs and Zoom calls.  In-person participants will receive the same, as well as two in-person workouts each week, provided COVID-19 safety metrics allow.  Virtual participants WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON WORKOUTS.

Prior to the first workout, participants will be placed in pace groups with others of similar ability, based on participant-provided pacing information.  Each group will be led by a pace coach.

In-person participants will meet on Saturday mornings at 7:00 AM for long runs, which will take place in various locations, as well as on Tuesday evenings at 6:45 PM.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is unlikely the program will have access to a track for the Tuesday evening speedwork.  Participants will be provided alternative locations for these workouts.

COVID-19 Considerations:  The Club has a set of safety guidelines and expectations which all participants MUST follow.  These guidelines can be found here.  Any participant not following the guidelines may be removed from the program without notice and without refund.

Participants should be prepared to carry their own hydration and fuel during these runs.  We may offer water-only aid stations for the longer runs if safe, public drinking water is not available.

Cost:  Online registration is $60 for virtual participants and $80 for in-person participants.  All participants will receive a program premium.  Race entry for the Parks Half Marathon (or any other goal race) is not included in registration.  Total registration may be limited if, and as, required.

Program Dates:  Saturday, June 5, 2021 to Sunday, September 26, 2021

Target Race:  Parks Half Marathon – September 26, 2021 (Race status is currently unknown.  Additional target races may include the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run on September 12th or the Army 10-Miler on October 10, 2021)

Orientation: 

Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 913 5053 5722; Passcode: 201507

Head Coach/Director: Larry Feidelseit

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 instruction in swimming and karate and coaching soccer and running.  In addition to directing this program, Larry has directed MCRRC’s Winter Trail Program, has helped coach the 5K and 10K Programs, and has completed 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.

Communication Methods: Participants will be required to utilize Groups.io, which is the official communication forum. After registering for the program, a registration confirmation sent to each runner will include instruction for registering for the SHM Groups.io.  Groups.io will be used for all important information, including last minute changes and cancellations in the event of inclement weather. Zoom may be used periodically for guest speakers.  Each pace group will have a Strava Club to foster connections within the groups (especially to engage virtual participants) and the program has a Facebook page for posts by coaches and participants. There is no requirement to subscribe to either Strava or Facebook.

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, is unable to meet the demands of the training schedule, is disruptive to other participants or fails to meet pandemic guidelines. 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 and program registration fees cannot be refunded due to injury, schedule conflict or for any other reason.