Next Step Columbia Classic 10K Training Program

Join the Howard County Striders for one of their prestigious training programs!

The program will be capped at 60 participants.

10K Goal Race will be the Columbia Classic 10K race on the final Sunday of September

Participants will earn a 20% discount on entry into Columbia Classic 10K
(NOTE:  There is NO code to receive discount.  A credit will be issued to whatever form of payment is used once program registration is closed.)

Training Program Structure

The Next Step Columbia Classic 10K Program is for runners of varying abilities. Participants will first do a time trial 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 should 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 weekly on Tuesdays. 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
Time Trial2 Mile time trial run
Program Start DateFirst Meeting
6:00pmWilde Lake High School Parking Lot
Program End DateLast Meeting
6:00pmWilde Lake High School Parking Lot
Columbia Classic 10KNot required or included in training program fee. Participants must register separately
7:30amColumbia, MD


The program fee covers:

  • 8 weekly training sessions with experienced coaches
  • Weekly communication with coaches

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

Training Program Participation Fee
Howard County Striders Membership

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