This year, he'll do three training sessions. He's been surprised by the number of people his program has attracted.
He believes it works because he asks his runners-to-be to set goals. But he helps them set realistic goals.
There's always a 5K race at the end of the program.
"I tell them if you're here for this first week, I expect you do to this race. You have to be here with the end in mind," he said.
You will never hear him telling someone to run faster.
"I'm almost always asking them to run slower. Endurance comes first. Conquering speed comes from the endurance," he said. "I will run along side them and say, 'Here's what I mean about running easy.' If you start easy, you will eventually get faster."
Young also tells his trainees to throw out thoughts of "No pain, no gain."
"A lot of people think it's supposed to hurt," he said.
He tells them that's simply not true. Uncomfortable, perhaps, but not painful.
"I tell them it's not as comfortable as relaxing in your La-Z-Boy with cheese puffs melting in your mouth," he said.
The program starts with walking that adds increasing intervals of running. Trainees are asked to repeat each week's workout two more times on their own, preferably spaced out with a day off in between.
Young includes sessions on avoiding injury, stretching, using a foam roller for self-massage, strength training and even yoga.
Second-time enrollee Mark Holmes, 50, recalls rolling his eyes the first time Young introduced yoga to one of the Tuesday night sessions.
"Never would I have thought I would do yoga," he said. "I never would have considered it. And now I absolutely am hooked."
Holmes also is hooked on running. After surviving his first 5K - he struggled in the heat - he's determined to face the Distance Run 5K and improve his time.
"I can't believe what it's done for me," he said. "I have a lot of focus, and drive, and energy. I feel great."
This from a guy who truly was a couch potato when he started this adventure in April.
"I had never before run. Not one time," he said. But at 50, he wanted to improve his health. Joining him for the first session was his 57-year-old sister, Kim McClung, who also is enrolled again. That helped because they became training buddies on their additional workout days. They've since added three more people to their group.
"I had heard that Matt was a tremendous motivator and that the program takes you along gradually so it's not intimidating," Holmes said. "It's not easy. But he makes it to where it really is a program that is doable for every single person - if they want to do it."
As for his Young's dad, he's still running. In 2007, he ran his first half-marathon. In 2008, he ran his first marathon. Now 72, he plans to complete the Distance Run's 15-miler.
"It certainly has enriched his life," Young said.
For information on Young's program, visit his Genesis 5K Training Program Facebook page or his website at www.wvruncoach.com.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.