Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join the team?
When / where is practice?
We meet for practice Mon-Thurs at 6:00PM on Krentzman Quad. Practice usually lasts until 7:00PM-7:15PM.
What should I expect (distance)?
The distance and marathon groups usually schedule two run outs and two workouts per week.
For run outs, we run various routes along the Charles River, throughout the Emerald Necklace (The Commons, the Fens, Jamaica Pond), and downtown. Visit our routes page to see our common routes and distances. Runs usually range from 3 – 8 miles, and are broken down into different pace groups (usually pace groups are broken down by 30 second increments, from 9:00/mile (5:35/km) all the way down to 6:30/mile (4:02/km). Longer runs on the weekend are also informally scheduled by members of our team.
On workout days we usually do a warm up jog over to the Fens track, or down to the river for a workout on the Esplanade. In the fall, workouts are generally longer and geared towards training for the upcoming cross country races (3-5 miles). In the spring, workouts are kept to shorter, faster intervals to train for the shorter track races. Check out the training page to see a sample workout schedule.
What should I expect (sprinting)?
The sprinters have two days for track workouts (with options for both shorter and longer sprints) and two miscellaneous days for general recovery, plyos, agility, and block starts.
During the fall season, practices are geared toward strength and conditioning, as there are no track meets until the first week of December. Check out the training page to see a sample workout schedule.
What is the commitment level?
Attendance is not mandatory, and you’re welcome to come to however many practices fit your schedule. However, we ask our members to attend at least 1 practice per week. For races with limited entries, we base our decision on practice attendance in addition to performance.
How much are dues?
For the Fall 2022 semester, practice dues are $20, while racing dues are $50. Dues help to cover the cost of race entry fees as well as the cost of our membership in NIRCA. Dues can be handed in to any of the captains in cash (in an envelope with your name on it) or paid online. Dues are non-refundable, no exceptions. You may chose to initially pay practice dues, and then upgrade to racing dues at any time throughout the semester if you decide you want to race!
Are tryouts or minimum standards to join?
We do not hold tryouts! The only requirement for our distance team is to be able to run four miles at 9:00/mile (5:35/km) pace (this does not apply for sprinters). This is a safety precaution to ensure that no one gets left behind on long runs.
Do I need prior racing experience?
No! While many of our runners competed for their high school cross country and/or track and field teams, prior racing experience is not a requirement, and we do not hold tryouts, but we strongly recommend having some sort of background in running. As a guideline for our distance team, if you can run 3-4 miles at at least 9 minutes per mile, you are likely prepared enough to join the club (this does not hold true for sprinters). Practices usually start more gradually with slower and shorter runs in the beginning for those returning after a long break or starting with lower mileage, but the club is generally a better fit for those who have run before, as our team continues to become increasingly competitive in the collegiate running club community.
Where / how far do you run?
We run various routes along the Charles River, throughout the Emerald Necklace (The Commons, the Fens, Jamaica Pond), and downtown. Visit our routes page to see mapped out version of many of our common routes and distances. Long runs are usually between 3 – 8 miles.