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Winter Trail 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 is CLOSED for the 2020 Program.

Program Overview:

Goals and Purpose of Program: Winter Trails is designed to teach and/or improve trail running skills for folks with all levels of trail running experience. In addition it will build endurance, strength and coordination necessary for success. We invite anyone with trail running experience that wants to spend their Saturday mornings exploring the miles of awesome interconnecting trails that run throughout the county while improving their endurance, technique, and core strength.  Come join us and enjoy the vibe with a group of other like-minded trail runners while hitting the single track out here in MoCo. The main focus will be training up for our target race, The Seneca Creek Greenway Marathon/50k, held by MCRRC every March, but folks going shorter distances will be accommodated and encouraged too.  The program can be adapted for other early spring trail races as well. We will utilize a different trail every week, 13 trails in 13 weeks. You will learn all about the amazing trail system this county has.

Prerequisites: Trail running requires different techniques and mechanics than road running. It is recommended that folks have at least some trail running experience but it is not required. If choosing to train for the Greenway Trail Marathon/50k runners should have recently run a marathon, done several half marathons or can run at least 10 miles.

Cost/Premium Info: The cost of the program is $70. No race registrations or club membership are included. Club membership is required to participate in this program. If you are not a club member, you will have the opportunity to join MCRRC during registration.  All runners will receive a premium to be determined. Registration is limited to the first 150 runners to sign up.  Please note our programs have a NO REFUND POLICY.  Details can be found here.

Dates/Target Race:

Orientation: Orientation will be held on December 3, 2019 from 7-8 PM at the Mid County Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906. You do not need to be registered for the program to attend orientation. If you are unsure if the program is right for you, please plan to attend the orientation prior to registering – come with questions!

First Workout: Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 7:30 AM

Target Race: The program will target the Seneca Creek Greenway Marathon/50K on March 7, 2020. The program can be adapted for other early spring trail races as well. A target race is not required for participation in the program.

Program Staff:

C0-Director:  Bruce Flanagan

Coach Bruce, AKA “Trail Boss” is an RCCA certified coach who has coached for MCRRC since 2011, and coached with the Experienced Marathoner’s Program from 2012 -2016. Trail Boss has run over 35 marathons and ultra marathons, including nine 50 milers, two 100 milers, as well as numerous 50k trail races. He has coached the Winter Trail program since it began in 2012 and loves to share his passion for the trails with new trail runners!

Co-Director: Audrey Fincher

Coach Audrey, AKA the “Real Boss,” is an RRCA certified coach who has been involved with MCRRC as a coach or participant for so many years she has lost count. She started out with the First Time Marathon Program where she served as a pace coach and co-director. She has run with and/or coached the 5K, 8K, and Speed Development training programs and has coached the Winter Trails program since it began. After a long career as a marathoner, Audrey made the switch to trail running several years ago and has completed numerous half-marathon, 50K, 40, and 50 mile events.  Audrey loves trail running and has been known to stop in the middle of a run to marvel at the scenery. She’s excited to join on as co-director this year and is looking forward to a great winter season!

We also have a coaching staff of highly accomplished trail & ultra runners, often referred to as the “Smurfs” due to the bright blue coach’s tops they wear out on the trail. They are out there every week to give advice, share their experience, and ensure the safety of our runners out on the trail.

Workouts/Pace Groups:

Workouts: We will formally meet weekly on Saturday mornings at 7:30 am.  Location will vary throughout the program. We will not meet during the week but there are some informal trail runs that occur during the week (Yes, they run on the trails at night! It’s a blast!)

Safety Notice: Runners should try to pair/group up and be aware of each other while out on the trails. Everyone should carry a phone.

Coaches will be notified immediately if illness, injury or inability to keep up with your group.

The Head Coaches have the right to cancel any run based on treacherous winter conditions (driving and/or running)

All Runners will sign in and sign out. Don’t make us come track you down if you forgot to sign out! It will cost you a large quantity of the beer of our choice!

We will give you the cell phone numbers of the coaches for emergency use during our group runs only. Call if ill, lost, injured, or unable to maintain pace with your group. We will also utilize calls and or texting to ensure all runners have safely returned to their cars/homes.

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.