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 OPEN!

REGISTER HERE.

Program Overview:

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.  Come join us virtually or in socially-distanced small groups and enjoy the vibe with a group of other like-minded trail runners while hitting the single track out here in MoCo.  The program can be adapted for a variety of early spring trail races of varying distances.

We will offer an in-person long run option for those who opt-in during registration.  We will only hold in-person workouts when new COVID-19 infection rates are 10 or less per 100K residents and the test positivity rate is 5% or less based on the county dashboard.

We will also aim to host several online sessions, covering various topics, using Zoom.  This will provide virtual, as well as in-person, participants time with the coaches.  We will utilize breakout rooms if someone wants to ask a private question.

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.

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.

In-Person Component:

Anyone registering for the in-person component must follow the health and safety protocols listed below AT ALL TIMES.  Registration is limited to 50 participants total with a maximum of 10 runners per group.

Prior to each in-person run, participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire via Google form and show it to the coach when checking in.  This will be used to ensure participants are healthy prior to the run and for contact tracing should the need arise.  A completed health form is required to participate.  If you are unable to complete the questionnaire, you will not be permitted to run with the group.

Please read the following guidelines carefully prior to registering, as they are non-negotiable.  All guidelines are subject to change as we learn from our experiences.  These protocols are new to everyone and we appreciate your patience and kindness with our volunteer coaching staff at all times.

General Guidelines & Expectations:

  • Do NOT participate if you are feeling ill, have a fever, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you are in a high-risk group, please consult with your physician before registering.
  • Do NOT engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.)
  • Do NOT engage in close group pictures/selfies. Always maintain a social distance of at least 6 ft.
  • Do NOT spit or “nose rocket” your nose in public – bring along tissues, a small towel or hanky if you need to get rid of some snot during your run/walk.  If you must spit, do so away from other participants and in areas without foot traffic.
  • Do NOT share personal items such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc.
  • Participants are encouraged to wear a face covering while running.  Face coverings are required anytime participants cannot maintain social distance.
  • Participants should self-carry personal hydration (bottles/packs) and use fountains for refills only.
  • Participants who fail to comply with these protocol and are found to be creating risk for themselves or others, will be asked to exit the group and may result in removal from the program without refund.

Pre-Run:

  • Instructions, including workout location & start time, will be sent via e-mail to each group directly prior to the workout.
  • The link to the health questionnaire will be sent via e-mail & must be completed, presented to a coach and approved by the coach prior to each workout.
  • Staggered start times of 7-10 minutes will be utilized between each pace group.  Runners will be directed to remain in their cars until their start time or the previous group has departed.
  • Social distancing signage will be used to maintain 6-ft. distance and participants will be assigned a marking in which to stand.
  • Face coverings are required at all times prior to the start of the workout.

During the Run:

  • Face coverings are not required to be worn during the workout however, they should be kept with you at all times and worn when social distancing cannot be achieved (i.e. passing on a single-track trail or at the start and end of runs).
  • Runners should maintain at least six-feet between each participant.
  • Should your group stop during a workout, all participants should step off the path/trail at least six feet and maintain a social distance while stopped.
  • Groups should be respectful of others on the trail/path and understand there may be a heightened sensitivity from other trail users. Give other trail users as much space as possible and avoid “swarming” (splitting your group and passing others on both sides). Participants should refrain from engaging in negativity with other trail users and should your group need to pass, do so respectfully and in a face covering.

Post-Run:

  • Social distancing must be maintained during any post-workout stretching.
  • Do NOT engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.)
  • Please do not linger and socialize following the workout. Participants will be asked to return to their vehicle as quickly as possible and leave the workout location.

Cost/Premium Info:  Online registration is $50.  Total registration will be limited to 150 participants (50 in-person and 100 virtual).  Program registration fees are non-refundable for any reason.  By completing your registration, you agree to these terms. There will be no premium included with registration.

*** PLEASE NOTE *** If you signed up for the in-person component, you may switch to all-virtual if you wish.  However, those who register for the virtual component MAY NOT attend in-person workouts due to gathering limitations.  We are unable to grant exceptions.

Program Staff:

Head Coach/ Director:  Larry Feidelseit

Larry is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach who has been running for over 30 years. He has 25 years of experience teaching and coaching athletic activities, including instructing swimming and karate and coaching soccer and running.  In addition to directing this program, Larry has directed MCRRC’s Summer Half Marathon program for several years, he has helped coach the 5K and 10K programs, and he has run races from 5K to 50K.  In his non-running time, he is a Program Manager for a Systems Engineering and Integration company, husband to a non-running wife and father to two millennial daughters.

We  have a limited staff of in-person coaches this year and advice/tips from our full coaching staff of highly accomplished trail & ultra runners. We will do our best to provide you with the best trail-running experience we can!

Orientation:

Date/Time:Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 980 8253 1849; Passcode: 339327

Program Dates: January 16, 2020 to March 6, 2020

In-Person Workouts: 

Participants signed up for the in-person component will meet on Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM, when metrics are favorable to do so.  The location will vary throughout the program and we will be utilizing primarily loop courses to minimize running past other runners on the narrow single-track.

Participants should carry a phone at all times when out on the trail.   All participants will sign in and sign out.  Please don’t make us come track you down if you forget to sign out!  You will also be provided with the cell phone numbers of the coaches for emergency use during group runs.  Call if ill, lost, injured, or unable to maintain pace with your group. We may also utilize calls/ 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.

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.

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