This Sunday: Fossil Creek Park 5k T&H race

FCRC logoOur next Tortoise & Hare race is upon us this coming weekend. Here’s all the details you need to know before arriving on Sunday morning:

Where: Fossil Creek Park (Parking Lot off of Lemay Ave)
When: ~8 A.M., depending on your start time.
Course Map: Click here

For new T&H participants (if you have not run in past 2 years), enter your predicted time online.

For returning participants, look up your start time and wave online.

SHOW YOUR BRONCOS SUPER BOWL PRIDE! Wear your favorite T-shirt, jersey… or did you happen to notice the colors of your new RunningU shirt?

Breakfast and Coffee provided after the race at Raintree Athletic Club. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE MUG! FCRC travel mugs will be on sale for $5.

Not planning on running? Volunteer! Email us if you are willing to work the start/finish line on Sunday:

A Few Reminders about Running in Groups and Races

As the club continues to grow, our group runs and races are getting more crowded, especially at the finish of our TnH races. Fun and safety are our top priorities at all our club events. Here are a few things to remember when running with the club, and anywhere else:

  • When on the road, run against the flow of traffic and stay single file, especially on narrow shoulders.
  • When on the trail, stay to the right and try not to make sudden change of directions that might inhibit runners behind you. If running side by side your buddy, make sure there is plenty of room for other runners/cars to pass both from behind and from the other direction. Otherwise, remain single file.
  • Alert other runners when you are passing them, especially during our TnH races, where the final stretch is crowded by design. Say “ON YOUR LEFT” so they know you’re coming.
  • All our events are stroller/pet friendly as long as they are not impeding other runners. When running with dogs, please use a short, non-extendable leash so that your furry friends stay under control at your side and can’t zig-zag in front of other runners.
  • Accidents are obviously unavoidable. While we all want to achieve Tortoise & Hare fame, the safety and well-being of our fellow runners should always take precedent. If you happen to cause an accident, or see someone go down, please take the time to make sure everyone is alright before proceeding.

Need members for Running U Zero to 5k committee!

Want to get more involved in the running club? Want to help family, friends, or co-workers start running? Simply email us at to join the Zero to 5k Running U committee! We are currently looking for 6-8 club members to participate.

The Fort Collins Running Club is a 100% volunteer led organization. Throughout the year, the Board of Directors and numerous club members dedicate their time and love of running to the Fort Collins Running community. With over 600 members, the club is busier than ever looking for ways to keep current members actively engaged. With runners of all abilities, we strive to create events that are enjoyable for everyone. We also try to create competitive events that help each runner reach their individual goals.

Our mission to promote running in Fort Collins and surrounding communities is an ongoing effort and extends beyond our members. With the Fort Collins Running Club’s FireKracker 5k, we have an opportunity to encourage and promote running in Fort Collins by helping aspiring runners go from Zero to 5k. We are currently looking for 6-8 club members to participate in the Running U Zero to 5k committee to help us design and execute this unique program. Simply reply to this email to learn more!

Commitment includes:
1. Monthly meeting and/or email between February 2016 -April 2016

  • provide input to marketing
  • provide input to program structure
  • promote program in the local community
  • assist in identification and solicitation of sponsors

2. Mentor group between April 2016-July 4, 2016

  • Be “in charge” for 1-2 weeks (set the course on run day and send a weekly email that week to participants)
  • Attend as many of the weeks you aren’t in charge as possible (you do not have to commit to all 10 weeks)
  • facilitate motivating discussions
  • Participate in the FireKracker 5k

If you can’t commit your time, maybe your business would like to be a sponsor of this community event? Email us at for more information!

Thank you for being a part of our community!

-Fort Collins Running Club Board of Directors

FCRC membership fees to increase March 1. Lock in current rates now!

Dear FCRC Members,

We have an important announcement to share with you regarding your membership.

The mission of the Fort Collins Running Club is to:

  • Provide an enjoyable, supportive & positive running atmosphere
  • Provide competitive and participatory events for runners of all abilities.
  • Provide a forum for educating the public about the benefits of running.

In the past couple of years, we have instituted a number of initiatives to align with this mission, including:

  • Free RunningU training programs to bring runners of all abilities together to train for their first (or next) Horsetooth Half Marathon or Firekracker 5K.
  • Partnered with local running stores and race organizers to offer countless discounts for races and all your running needs.
  • Constantly looking to improve the experience of our two signature races: Horsetooth Half Marathon and Firekracker 5K, and our free 7-race Tortoise & Hare series.
  • Offering an ever growing schedule of group runs, social events, clinics, and other running themed activities.
  • Launching an FCRC apparel store so our club members can be identified on the roads and at races across the region.

Because of all this, we have nearly tripled in size in just the past 18 months, and are about to break the 600 member barrier for the first time in club history! In order to continue to maintain a club of this size, and bring you the very best running experience right here in Northern Colorado, the Board of the Fort Collins Running Club has approved a membership dues increase to begin March 1, 2016. The new dues structure will be as follows:

  • Individual Membership: $25
  • Family Membership: $25 + $10 for each additional household member

We understand that the affordability of FCRC is one of the great benefits of the club and we definitely want to keep it that way. The race and store discounts alone still make it extremely easy for the club membership to pay for itself every year.

We also want to provide every current member the opportunity to pre-pay for another year or two under the current rate structure before rates go up on March 1. You can do so by going to our online Join/Renew Membership page and looking up your membership. You will then be given an opportunity to pay for membership in advance, and your expiration will be updated appropriately.

If you have any comments or questions regarding this decision, please email us at

Thank you for your continued support and participation in the Fort Collins Running Club. We’ll see you out on the roads and trails!

Happy Running!
FCRC Board of Directors

Edora Park 8k recap, and Week 2 of Running U

FCRC Runners shrug off single digit temps!

Sundays aren’t for sleeping in and staying under the covers on cold mornings for this crowd. There were 122 of you that made your way to Edora Park to run 8K in 5 degree weather. That makes us 4 races out of 4 this year that we’ve attracted over 100 racers. Many of you came to Raintree Athletic Club afterward to reap the rewards of free bagels, donuts, and coffee. Dan Berlin, our president offered some words of wisdom from his running adventures. Katie Quatrano and Nick Clark shared some advice and tips regarding our Horsetooth Half RunningU training.

We have some pictures of the frozen morning. If you were there, there’s probably a picture of you on our Facebook page. Also, there are a few more photos in Felix Wong’s race report.


Week 2 of Running U is now!

When all was said and done today, we had over 200 people register for RunningU and start their training for the 2016 Horsetooth Half Marathon. Although registration is closed for RunningU, any club member can still take part in our training runs and programs, as well as take part in the Facebook and Listserve to reach out to the group, ask questions, find running buddies, and keep motivated in the cold and ice. Sorry, it’s just too late to get a T-shirt. The next RunningU hosted run will be from New Belgium Brewing on Sunday, January 17 at 9am.

Keep track of all the program updates on the RunningU Listserve. This week’s program was posted this morning. If you are registered, but have not been receiving the RunningU listserve emails, please contact us at

Reminder: Edora Park 8k T&H this Sunday

FCRC logoEdora Park 8K is this Sunday at 8 A.M. This is the next Tortoise & Hare race, and is also the next group run for RunningU. Parking and the start are near the baseball fields of Edora Park when entering from Stuart Street. (Map of Edora Park, 420 E. Stuart Street)

If you’re new to TnH races, it’s all about anyone having the same ability to win a race as any other! Since we handicap your start time, we need anyone that hasn’t run a TnH in the past 2 years to enter a predicted start time. You’ll be given a wave number (and time of day). Remember that time at the start and listen for your wave number!

If you’re already in the TnH database, don’t forget to look for your wave number and start time before race day.

A quick guide to wave numbers: For most, your wave number equates to your start time after 8am. Example: Wave 25 = 8:25:00am, Wave 25B = 8:25:30am
(Exceptions are those that start before 8am and after 9am, as these will appear as the same wave number right now. Please make note of this when looking up your number.)

One last remember: As the distances get longer, the spread of start times gets wider. Please show up in enough time to warm up and make it to the start, but not too early to sit around and get cold!

We could use a few good volunteers to help at the start and finish!
If you aren’t running, but have the time to volunteer, please contact us at

If you ever have a running related event that you want to promote or include in the weekly email, please let us know at