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*VIRTUAL* 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 OPENING SOON!

Virtual Program Overview:

MCRRC and its volunteer program directors and coaches are committed to helping club members reach their running goals even as the state continues to limit group activities for the health and safety of all.  This year’s program will be held as a virtual program, where no runners will physically meet to run together.  Schedules will be sent to all participants and a variety of electronic tools (e.g., Strava, Zoom, Facebook, Instagram) will be used to foster the community aspect of the program.

Participants of this program must agree that they will perform the program workouts according to the guidelines put in place by the jurisdiction in which they live and/or run.  The Program Director reserves the right to dismiss anyone from the program who blatantly disregards recommendations for social distancing while running.  As club and state guidance changes, these rules may be modified by the Program Director.

It is recommended that all program participants have a GPS watch or a running app on their phone, since each runner will be responsible for ensuring the distance and pace of their runs.  The Program Director is happy to provide guidance on watches and apps.

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: TBD

First Workout: TBD

Target Race: The program will target the Seneca Creek Greenway Marathon/50K on TBD. 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:  Audrey Fincher

Audrey 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: TBD

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.