MatSu Running Club (MSRC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an educational and recreational running program for people of the Mat-Su Valley. It is the responsibility of the organization to provide a healthy and fun running program for people of all abilities. The Women's Group, formerly the Valley Women's Running Team, is a women-only running division of the MSRC. Our goal is to encourage people to set and meet personal goals and increase the enjoyment and satisfaction of running. The season starts in April and ends in August with an extended season to September. Many runners use this as their training for competitive racing in Alaska and enjoy the pinnacle of running—a marathon, iron man or a destination race in the Lower 48. Others have no firm race goals but use the MSRC as a way to maintain running fitness while making social connections with fit, fun, and likeminded people.