Next Step 10K & 10M Training Program

Looking to train for a 10K or 10M race this year? Join the Howard County Striders for one of their prestigious training programs! We have decided to combine the Next Step 10K and Next Step 10 Mile programs this year.

The program will be capped at 60 participants.

10K Goal Race will be a Weekly Series race

10M Goal Race will be Baltimore 10 Miler (June 1st)

Training Program Structure

The Next Step 10K/10M Program is for runners of varying abilities. Participants will do a 3 Mile time trial on March 26th so coordinators can group participants with those of similar abilities.

Weekly training runs will involve a variety of running techniques including speed work and hill work to improve running performance

All runners must be able to run 3 miles before starting the program.

Training Program Location

The program will meet at Wilde Lake High School. Nearby running routes include:

  • Lake Kittamaqundi
  • Howard Community College
  • Wilde Lake neighborhoods
  • Paths at the beginning of the Bagel Run

Training Program Dates

The program meets on weekly (Tuesdays for 2024) starting on March 26 and ending on May 21. Participants will do a time trial on the first session so that coordinators can group participants with those of similar speeds. We run when it rains, but not when there is lightning or thunder!

Registration OpensFirst date to register.
Registration ClosesLast date to register. Registration may close early if registration limit is reached
Program Start DateFirst Meeting – Time trial
6:00pmWilde Lake High School Parking Lot
Program End DateLast Meeting & Graduation party
6:00pmWilde Lake High School Parking Lot
Baltimore Ten MilerNot required or included in training program fee. Participants must register separately
7:30amDruid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD


The program fee covers:

  • 10 weekly training sessions with experienced coaches
  • Weekly communication with coaches
  • Premium with Striders/Next Step logo

Participants MUST be a member of the Howard County Striders to participate!

Training Program Participation Fee
Howard County Striders Membership


Contact the program coordinators: