Registration is OPEN!
Goals and Purpose of Program:
This is a time-based program that uses walking and running intervals at a comfortable pace that will either help you finish your first 5K or help you to maintain your mileage to complete an early Spring 5K or 10K (depending on your pace).
All shapes, sizes and skill levels are welcome! Participants will have a choice of being a member of one of five coached teams: Purple (walking), Green (run/walk at greater than 13 minutes per mile 5K pace), Red (greater than 13 minutes per mile 5K pace), Yellow (11-13 minutes per mile 5K pace) or Blue (faster than 11 minutes per mile 5K pace). The Red group may be split if numbers and pace differences so require. The training sessions build up gradually to prepare walkers and runners for an early spring race while maximizing fun, meeting new friends, and preventing injury. Those with a consistent pace of 12 minutes per mile or faster will be able to comfortably complete a 10K at the end of the program if this is a goal of yours. Everyone will be able to complete a 5K by the end of the program. Remember, everyone starts somewhere.
Prerequisites: MCRRC membership is required for everyone except Potomac Community Resources members & City of Rockville residents. All participants must be at least 18 years of age. Membership is not included in the price of the program. If you are not a current MCRRC member & would like to join, you will have the opportunity to do so during registration.
Cost/Premium Info: The cost of the program is $45.00 for MCRRC Members or $55 for City of Rockville residents who are not MCRRC members. Included in the fee is a training program premium.
Group Communications: We will use the Winter 5K Program Google Group to facilitate communications. Everyone will be required to join this group to participate in the program. A link to the program’s group will also be provided in the confirmation message that you will receive after joining the program. When joining any of these groups, please include your first and last name in the “comment from user” field so that your membership to the group can be verified. Participants are also required 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.
Dates: January 11, 2020 – March 22, 2020
Target Race: MCRRC’s Piece of Cake 5K on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Experienced participants are also encouraged to try the Kemp Mill C(hill) 5K on Sunday, February 16th.
Head Coaches/C0-Directors: Keith Ord and Travisha Gunter
Travisha joined MCRRC in 2011. She has been a participant in many of the club programs. In 2014 she started coaching. Since that time, she has coached in the Beginning Women Runners, 10K Program, and the First Time Marathon Program. Her dedication and excitement about running is what she is bringing to the Winter 5K Program. Travisha is looking forward running with you.
Keith joined MCRRC in 2001 and has run his share of races from 5K to marathon over the years. He started coaching MCRRC’s 5K Walking Program several years ago and always looks forward to working with this program.
Date/Time: Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Location: Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
Details: Come dressed to walk or run and bring water!
Pace Group Information: Based on your registration input, you will be assigned to one of five coach-led pace groups: Purple (walking), Green (Run/Walk), Red (greater than13 minutes per mile 5K pace), Yellow (11-13 minutes per mile 5K pace) or Blue (faster than 11 minutes per mile 5K pace). You will learn to walk/ run steadily at your group’s assigned pace. If, after a few workouts, you feel the pace of your group is too fast or slow for you, let us know and adjustments will be made.
Workouts: Tuesdays @ 6:45 PM; Gaithersburg High School– long slow runs/walks on the track. We will warm up together, then workout within our assigned pace groups. Remember to always bring water.
Saturdays @ 8:00 AM; varying locations. The first one will be on January 11, 2020. Once you have registered for the program, we will email you the necessary information. The Saturday workouts help build both endurance and speed by alternating running or faster walking with walk breaks. We will run by time, not distance, so that everyone finishes together. Again, always bring water.
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.