When it's pouring rain and you're bowling along through the wet, there's a satisfaction in knowing you're out there and the others aren't
–Peter Snell

About

Mission Statement

The MoCo Track Club was formed in 2014 to serve runners in Montgomery County, Maryland and the greater DC/VA/MD area. The mission of the club is to motivate individuals to reach their fullest potential by promoting health, leadership, goal setting, self-discipline, sportsmanship, and a passion for running through the sports of cross-country and track and field. We are a diverse organization of all levels of ability and warmly welcome new members and visitors who are at least 12 years old. For more information about how to become a member of the MoCo Track Club, click here.


Coaches

Coach Jason Belinkie
Jason is the head track and field and cross country coach at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) and is a certified coach through USA Track and Field (USATF) and the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).

Over the past 10 years, Jason’s teams have won 14 Potomac Athletic Valley Conference (PVAC) League Championships, and finished runner-up at the 2016 Boys Private School Cross Country State Championship. In 2013, the CESJDS Girls Cross Country team became the only team in PVAC history to win four consecutive cross country championships.

Jason has been a competitive runner since high school and has focused on the half marathon distance for the past several years. In the summer of 2013, Jason earned a silver medal as a member of Team USA’s half marathon team that competed in the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Outside of coaching, Jason is the Chief Operating Officer of Athletes for Hope, a sports non-profit founded by Muhammad Ali, Andre Agassi, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and several other notable athletes. During his 10 years at Athletes for Hope, Jason has worked with hundreds of professional and Olympic athletes and countless charities in helping to bring them together to create charitable programs which positively impact communities around the world.

In 2015, Jason was inducted into the Walt Whitman H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2016 he was named a Brooks Running Inspiring Coach of the Year Finalist, won the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award, and was inducted into the JCCGW Sports Hall of Fame.

Jason is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education (M.S. in Counseling). Jason is a member of the boards of the University of Pennsylvania’s Track & Cross Country programs, the Grassroot Project, and Hope for Henry.


Coach Michelle Belinkie
Michelle is a certified coach through USATF and RRCA. A native of the DMV area, Michelle has worked in various fields including public relations, government, and the non-profit sector. She recently transitioned to being a stay at home mom to her daughter, Siena.

Michelle first became involved in track and field in elementary school and returned to her passion for running following college focusing on the 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances. Before the birth of her daughter, Michelle was also competing in triathlons. As a mom she has discovered a new challenge and appreciation for running with a stroller. In 2015, Michelle completed her first marathon.

Michelle is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and George Mason University and is a member of the board of the Hope for Henry Foundation.


Coach Azureé Catledge
Azureé is an assistant track and field coach at the CESJDS and is a certified coach through USATF and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Across her career, Azureé has coached athletes who have won PVAC titles and/or received medals as finalists within individual sprint, hurdle and jumping events as well as in sprint relay events.

Azureé began running in middle school as a sprinter and long jumper. During her high school career, Azureé trained for and competed within all sprint, sprint relay, and hurdle events as well as the long and triple jumps. By the close of her senior year, Azureé had achieved multiple Massachusetts State titles in the 4x200m, 4x100m relays and was a State finalist in the triple jump and 300m hurdle events. Following her high school career, Azureé was recruited to Howard University’s Division I Track and Field Program, where she competed in hurdle events at both the 100m and 400m distances. As an adult, Azureé has furthered her passion for running by competing in obstacle races that include Tough Mudder and the Savage Race.

Beyond track and field, Azureé is a teacher at the Horace Mann Elementary School in NW Washington, DC. She began as a physical education teacher and now works within the classroom teaching kindergarten. Azureé values the importance of a healthy mind/body connection to boost children’s academic as well as social-emotional learning and regularly incorporates movement and mindfulness exercises in her classroom.

Azureé holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and is currently completing a second degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8).