The MoCo Track Club was formed in 2014 to serve runners in Montgomery County, Maryland and the greater DC/MD/VA 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 everyone.
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). In 2017, Jason earned his endurance event specialist certification thru the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Over the past 12 years, Jason’s teams have won 18 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 (and is currently a Brooks Running Inspire Daily Coach), 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, and Hope for Henry.
Coach Michelle Belinkie
Michelle is the assistant 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).
Michelle first became involved in track and field in elementary school and returned to her passion for running following college. In 2015, Michelle completed her first marathon and hopes to complete her first ultra marathon in 2020.
Michelle is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and George Mason University (Masters of Public Administration). Michelle is a member of the board of the Hope for Henry Foundation, and a coach for Girls on the Run. In 2017, she was honored to serve as event chair for the annual Hope for Henry 5K to Make a Kid’s Day and served as a 5K race champion in 2019 and is serving again in 2020. Additionally, Michelle is an ambassador for Nuun hydration, a Brooks Running Inspire Daily Coach, and proud mom of two children.