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, goal setting, and self-discipline through running. 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.
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 11 years, Jason’s teams have won 17 Potomac Athletic Valley Conference (PVAC) League Championships, and won the 2017 Maryland Private School Boys’ Cross Country State Championship.
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 11 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 Bender JCC of Greater Washington 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 also 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 two children, Siena and Jett.
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 first child, Michelle was also competing in triathlons. As a mom she has discovered a new challenge and appreciation for stroller running. In 2015, Michelle completed her first marathon and is planning on running her second marathon in 2018.
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.