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Karen Kincer, President of MCRRC, was kind enough to answer questions about the club in the latest edition of our Running Club Spotlight series.
Tell us about your club's history. The mission of the MCRRC is to promote and encourage running. We are one of the largest, most active running clubs in the nation, known for our low-key but high-quality club races, training runs, special events, and other activities. We offer programs and opportunities for all types of runners, from newcomers to experienced. Whether your goal is to run a marathon or just to get into shape, you'll find other club members who share your interests. MCRRC is affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). Our club members are encouraged to participate in the Maryland RRCA Grand Prix racing series, and details can be found on the Maryland RRCA website.
How much does it cost to join? Membership is a bargain! $40 for an individual, $60 per couple or $75 for a family. We offer student and multi-year discounts.
What skill levels are appropriate? We have youngsters to senior citizens, beginning to seasoned runners. We offer everything from a walking program to speed development and experienced marathon training, and all levels in between.
How many members are in your club? 4,700 members
Does your club have weekly workouts/runs? If so, when and where are they? We have around ten weekly workouts. Check out the "weekly workouts tab" on our website for more details.
Does the group get together for social events as well? We do have social events where the most common quip is wow you look great all dressed - meaning real clothes not running gear! We have an annual holiday party, some volunteer happy hours, an annual awards brunch, end of program parties and occasional other social gatherings.
Is your club hosting any noteworthy events/races soon? Give us details! Our next big race is the Parks Half Marathon in September. This is a great half marathon through some of Montgomery County's great park land. We take great pride in putting on great races for runners. You can see other upcoming races on our website on the Races tab.