Why Run With Us
The Parks Half Marathon continues the tradition of success that started with its predecessor, Marathon in the Parks, drawing in both competitive and casual runners alike. Created by the Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC), Parks Half showcases one of the most extensive metropolitan parks systems in the country while providing runners with a top-notch race.
The course is unique. Just outside Washington DC, Montgomery County is a community of more than 1 million citizens. While the race runs directly through the most populous area of Montgomery County, the vast majority of the course travels through preserved parkland along the Rock Creek Stream Valley. This unique course provides runners with a new perspective for a major metropolitan race. The course features gently rolling hills to a net downhill finish.
Perhaps most exciting is our ability to provide a world-class half marathon for a modest entry fee! Thanks to our tremendous sponsors and non-profit administration, runners will receive every feature they could want from the best races in the world. The Parks Half Marathon is more than a 13.1-mile foot race, it is a simultaneous celebration of running, nature, and community in the place where all three come together every day – Montgomery County, Maryland!
MCRRC is one of the largest non-profit running organizations in the country. MCRRC administers over 50 races a year, from low-key club races to the national class Pike’s Peek 10K in Rockville, Maryland. After more than 30 years of running in Montgomery County, MCRRC has put its considerable experience and resources toward the Parks Half Marathon, Montgomery County’s premier fall half marathon.
... Train With Us
The Montgomery County Road Runners Club offers several summer training programs including the First Time Marathon Program, the Experienced Marathon Program and the Half Marathon Training program which specifically target the Parks Half Marathon as its goal race. Information relating to each of these programs can be found at www.mcrrc.org under "Training."