Winter Half Marathon 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 for assistance. Otherwise, please click here to become a valued member.

Registration is not yet open for the 2021-22 season – please check back later this fall!

The Winter Half Marathon Program is designed for runners who are accustomed to running middle distances and who want to prepare for their first distance event or improve their past half marathon performance times.  We train participants of varying ability levels including beginners. You do not have to be a fast runner to do our program or complete a half marathon though it is important that your base going into the program is sufficient to support the increasing mileage. We will group participants of similar ability together in pace groups, based on race times and other criteria. The program gradually builds up your average weekly miles.

Prerequisites:  Participants should have a weekly mileage base of 15-20 miles per week and should be able to comfortably run 7 mies without stopping prior to starting the program.   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:  We will be offering an optional and more informal pre-program build up and weekly group runs beginning on Sunday, December 8, 2019.  The formal program runs for 10 weeks and welcomes new distance and experienced runners.  The formal program will begin on January 5, 2020.  The first long run will be 8 miles and will gradually build in distance to prepare for a half marathon.

Prior to the first workout, participants will be placed in pace groups with others of similar ability.  Each group will ideally be led by a pace coach, though we may not have pace coaches available for everyone.  We will need a current race time and some information on your recent mileage to properly place you in a pace group.  You will have an opportunity to provide that information during registration.   Note: A current race time should represent a “hard effort” race time. If you don’t have a hard effort race time, please consider one of the upcoming races on our schedule.

The program meets twice per week and does long runs as well as speed work and hills to get you ready!  Participants will meet on Sunday mornings at 7:30 AM for long runs, which will take place in various locations, as well as on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM at the Churchill High School track in Potomac, MD.

Participants must come to each workout properly dressed for the weather conditions and with proper hydration.  A fuel belt or similar is recommended to allow runners to easily carry water on Sunday long runs.  Reflective gear may be recommended on select Wednesday evenings if the track is closed due to snow or ice and we are able to do an alternate workout on the roads.

Cost: Online registration is $80.  This does NOT include entry into a goal race, but does include a premium. Total registration may be limited if, and as, required.

Program Dates:  TBD

Target Race:  The B & A Trail Half Marathon typically held in March; however, the training schedule may also be adjusted for participation in Rock n Roll, Shamrock, Cherry Blossom, or another race.  Running a goal race is not required to participate and those who just want to train with a group are also welcome.


Date/Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Head Coaches/Director:  TBD

Bio coming soon!

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.

Disclaimer: The program director reserves the right in their 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.