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Advanced Marathon Training

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.


The Advanced Marathon Training Program will NOT be held for the 2020-21 season.  We hope to see you next year!

Program Overview

Goals and Purpose of Program:  The Advanced Marathon Program (AMT) is for experienced marathoners who would like coaching support and training partners to prepare for a spring marathon or other distance event. There is no goal race for the program, although we anticipate that many runners will target the Rock n Roll National Marathon, Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, or B&A Trail Marathon in March 2020. The training is equally applicable to other spring marathons, such as Lower Potomac River, Boston, Myrtle Beach, One City Newport News, Little Rock, and Pittsburgh (among others). While the marathon is the primary focus of the program, the coaches would be happy to provide guidance to runners targeting other distance races, including ultras.

Prerequisites:  To register, you must be a member of Montgomery County Road Runners (MCRRC). The program is designed for runners who have completed at least one marathon. If you are running your first marathon, please contact the program directors (winter_amt @mcrrc.org) so that we can ensure that you are properly prepared for this program.  You should have a consistent mileage base of at least 25 miles per week at the start of the program, and be able to comfortably complete a 12 mile long run. We will build to a long run of 22 miles, and average weekly mileage of 40-50 miles per week. We welcome runners of all paces, from runners with a projected sub-3:30 hour marathon to runners with a projected 6:00 hour marathon. We believe that any committed runner who comes into the program with a solid mileage base and trains consistently should be able to get to the starting line of his or her marathon, injury free.

Work-Outs:  We will have two group workouts per week, a long run on Saturday mornings, starting at 7:30 am, and track runs on Tuesday nights, starting at 6:45 pm. We aim to provide you with as much variety in long run routes as possible. But given the inevitable snow and ice we may encounter once winter hits in earnest, that may not always be possible.

Pace Group Placement:  At registration, you will be asked to give at least one recent race time, preferably at a distance shorter than the marathon, to help us place you in an appropriate pace group. If you have not run a race for a while, we might steer you to one so we can get an idea of your pace.

Program Cost:  Online registration is $85 and does not include the registration fee for your marathon. Runners should choose a marathon and register for it independently. Additionally, program registration does NOT include club membership. If you are not currently a member, you will have the opportunity to join the club during the registration process.

Dates and Orientation:  Registration for the program will open on October 15, 2019 and close on December 20, 2019. Our first track session will be on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:45 p.m. on the track at Montgomery College Rockville Campus, following brief welcoming remarks by the program’s co-directors.  Our first long run will be 12 miles on Saturday, December 7, 2019, and the last organized run will be Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Program Staff

Head Coaches/Directors:  Keith Evans and Donald Chung

Keith is a RRCA-certified coach who has run race distances from 3K up through 100 miles, a distance he has completed six times out of seven attempts. He regularly competes in both road and trail races and trains with the MCRRC Experienced Marathon Program (XMP) in the summer. He has coached in 5k, 10k and marathon programs and continues coaching at the MCRRC Run Performance Lab (formerly called the Stride Clinic).

Donald has coached with the First Time Marathon Program, Experience Marathon Program, and Advanced Marathon Program. He ran his first marathon in 1991 and since then has run over 60 marathons. He is currently attempting to complete a marathon in each of the 50 states. He has completed 39 so far.

If you have additional questions, please email Keith and Donald directly at winter_amt @mcrrc.org.

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 the races we conduct are volunteers. To support the club, participants in this program will be asked to volunteer for at least one, if not more, club races or events.

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.