Running In The Dark

Hi y’all;

As we’ve all noticed, the leaves are starting to change color and fall. This means a lot of things are changing – the seasons, the weather and how dark it is during your morning or evening run.

Here are some tricks and tips to keep in mind, as more runners are out and about in Fort Collins during these shorter days.

Lights – It’s important to see where you’re going and be seen by cars, bikes and other pedestrians.

-Headlamps or a handheld flashlight allow you to see the trails and road ahead of you so you don’t trip or slip on ice.

-Consider acquiring clip on LED lights to attach to your shirt, hat, or shoes. These provide a high level of visibility with minimum weight or interference with your body. Something that blinks and catches others attention are best in keeping you safe.

Reflectivity -will give you the most visibility to oncoming cars. The sooner they see you the better.

– Reflective vests & arm/leg bands are great for 360-degrees of visibility. Also consider reflective tape, which can be put on shoes, leggings, shirts – you name it.

– If you’re short on cash, get creative and try using duct tape on your clothing – while not as reflective as tape that is designed for visibility, the silvery shine is better than nothing, especially when it’s truly dark out.

Keep in Mind

– Drivers are all too often distracted and it’s best to assume they can’t see you. Do your part to be extra cautious when crossing intersections. Stop, look both ways and proceed when clear.

– Run with others! Ask a friend to join you and together you’ll be safer and enjoy more peace of mind. That dark sky can be scary and dangerous alone.

– Turn off your music and pay attention. When it’s dark and your vision is impaired it’s important to use your sense of sound to be aware of your surroundings and alert.

We hope these tips and tricks will help you with any fear or anxiety you might have about running when it’s dark. You might find that running at night is actually really fun. It breaks up the routine and can give you a different perspective. Run safe out there!

– Fort Collins Running Club


The FCRC in the Chicago Marathon

The Fort Collins Running Club had a few members running last weekend in the Chicago Marathon, including Celeste O’Connor, Joel Philliber, Scott Slusher, and Wendy Sloane. All four of them are long-time marathon enthusiasts who live in Fort Collins.

But did you know that the FCRC was also represented in this race by someone who has never lived in Northern Colorado or even the United States? It’s true!

About a month ago, the FCRC received a message from a 37-year-old runner living in the metropolitan area of San Sebastian, Spain. His name is Antxon Corta. He used to run different distances but the last few years has focused on the marathon. He had already run New York and Boston and this year was running the Chicago Marathon.

He wrote,

I have seen your website and I loved your club, especially the spirit. Here, in Spain clubs are very competitive.

I would like to know if it is possible to be a member of your club despite the distance? It will be an honor for me.

And maybe someday I will run the Horsetooth Half Marathon!

He went on to explain that he hoped to visit Colorado some day—hopefully soon. Apparently, seeing the Rocky Mountains was a dream of his since he was young. He hopes to realize that dream one day and also run a race there.

He also wanted to know if he could buy a FCRC shirt from the FCRC Store that he could wear during the race. Of course our club would be very honored for him to do so. I then told him that if he were to do this, I would personally buy him membership into the club!

A few more emails in Spanish and English later, and he had placed an order for a stylish FCRC shirt and jacket that Sport About—our local source of FCRC gear—would ship to his hotel in Chicago.

Then on Sunday, he ran the race. Here is a photo:

Spanish FCRC member Antxon Corta running in the 2016 Chicago Marathon.
Spanish FCRC member Antxon Corta running in the 2016 Chicago Marathon.

After the race, Antxon excitedly reported that he had finished. “The race did not go as well as hoped,” he wrote in Spanish, “since I had stomach problems and at the end had suffered a lot. My time: 3:55:07. But I am very happy to have finished it!

“During the race, I received many shouts of Let’s go Fort Collins!!! Very exciting!”

Antxon Corta after finishing the 2016 Chicago Marathon.
Antxon Corta after finishing the 2016 Chicago Marathon.

So that is the story of a Spaniard representing the Fort Collins Running Club. And yes, he is a bona fide member of the FCRC now as I have just made a PayPal payment for his membership.

Congrats to the other FCRC runners in the Chicago Marathon as well. Hope they had as much fun too!


Antxon is still in Chicago, but is leaving to return to Spain tomorrow. He wanted to give the club his regards! (I’m including his original message in case I translated it incorrectly. He actually speaks remarkably good English.)

I would like to give my regards from here [Chicago] to all the members of the club; for me it is a great honor to be a part of your club and to be able to wear your jersey through the streets of Chicago. It has been a great experience and I am eager to wear it through the streets of Spain! Thanks especially to Felix Wong for all the help, without you this would not have been possible! Let’s go FCRC!!!

Me gustaria saludar desde aqui a todos los miembros del club, para mi es un honor pertenecer a su club y poder haber llevado su camiseta por las calles de Chicago. Ha sido una gran experiencia y estoy con muchas ganas de poder llevarla por las calles de España! Gracias en especial a Felix Wong por toda la ayuda prestada, sin ti esto no hubiera sido posible!! Lets go FCRC!!!

Sunday’s T&H Race: Register before noon on Saturday!

rolland_moore4k_1014-004Sunday, October 9, 2016 is the first Tortoise & Hare race of the 2016-17 season. It is the Rolland Moore Park 4K (2.5 Miles) and this year we have a revised course that avoids running on the sidewalk by Shields. The start area is also further back (west) in Rolland Moore Park, close to the volleyball sand pits and tennis courts.

For this T&H race—the first of the season, and the shortest and traditionally the largest—we are asking everyone to register ahead of time. Even if you’re still deciding, register online before Saturday at noon! It’s better to register and not show up than to register on race day. We have a very limited capacity to take race day registrations and will have a strict 7:30 AM cut off.

Follow these quick and easy steps to register

  1. Obtain your Wave Number: look it up here. If you are a new T&H runner or haven’t run a T&H in the last couple of years: First enter a predicted time based on a recent run or race here. Then obtain your wave number, here.
  2. Register here!

What to Know on Race Day

  • Show up 30 minutes before your start time and get your number at the check-in table. Waves will stretch from 7:53 AM- 8:26 AM for this race, so plan accordingly.
  • Listen to the wave number announcements and line up when your wave is announced (4-5 waves in advance).
  • Please do not crowd around the start corral until your wave is called. Crowd noise, excited dogs, and stroller occupants can make it difficult for our wave organizers.
  • Sorry, No dogs for this race due to the crowded trails.
  • “ON YOUR LEFT!” Make it known that you are passing from behind.
  • After you finish, stay in order inside the chute.
  • Tear off your finish tag from your number, and hand it to the volunteer at the end of the chute.

See you on Sunday!

Runners Needed for Cache La Poudre Canyon Marathon!

cache-la-poudre-river-in-canyonThe other week I received an email from Bob Kennedy, who is putting on a very unique, one-time October marathon in the Poudre Canyon. He explained part the motivation for it below:

I am a new member of the FCRC and am also an active marathoner.  I am putting on a marathon (more a group run since numbers will be low) on October 16 in the Poudre Canyon.  Am doing the marathon to try to break 4 hours in Colorado.  FYI I am the President of the 50sub4 Marathon Club which has over 300 members and all are trying to complete or have completed a marathon in all 50 states.  I have completed 46 sub 4-hour marathon states and all I need are CO, WY, NM and HI.  My Facebook page is Mountain Marathon Challenge and this is my website.

The marathon—dubbed the Cache La Poudre Canyon Marathon—will be low-key, somewhat no-frills, but inexpensive and fast! Bob continued,

It will be a very special race and a good one for people training for other late fall marathons.  And it will be much faster than the Colorado Marathon, which I have run twice, because we eliminate the last 10 miles of flat, rolling, open, concrete trails… to downtown Fort Collins.

We need only 10 runners to have the race count as a qualifying race for the 50 States Marathon Club, and other national marathon clubs.  So if the FCRC can help get that number of runners, even if they are just out for a long run that day, we would be golden!  I would be happy to offer a 50% discount to other FCRC members too, with additional discounts if a runner like yourself recruits other runners, so potentially some of the FCRC runners would have free registration!

Below are more details in the race. I myself (Felix, your FCRC webmaster) will be running in it as late training for the NYC Marathon. Hope you can join!

To register, download this registration form.

Cache La Poudre Canyon Marathon

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Cost: $50 for FCRC members, or 50% off. You can get additional discounts by volunteering or recruiting more runners!
Start time: 7:13 am MDT (Sunrise) at Pinegree Hill Meadow at Mile 94 on the Poudre Canyon Rd at elevation of 7,075 ft
Finish: 0.2 miles past Mile 120 on Poudre Canyon Rd as the Poudre Canyon ends at 5,245 ft.
Net Drop: 1,830 ft

Course: USA Track & Field Certification in process. Will be a Boston qualifier.

This all paved route shares the last 15+ miles with the Colorado Marathon. The first 11 miles begins up the canyon from the start of the Colorado Marathon. The entire route is within this Colorado Scenic Byway following the Cache La Poudre River and is almost as beautiful as the Dances with Wolves Marathon course. The course is mostly downhill with a few minor hills and some flat areas. This course is designed to be the fastest sub-4 hour marathon course in Colorado for people that normally live at or near sea level.

For any questions, contact Bob Kennedy at

Download the registration form.

Meet Katie Hardy, FCRC’s New Administrative Coordinator!

katie-hardyDue to the rapid growth of the Fort Collins Running Club, the FCRC has hired its very first Administrative Coordinator! Please welcome Katie Hardy, who was selected from three dozen applicants.

Below is a short bio.

Hello FCRC! I like so many others started running to stay in shape. I’ve been running since junior high and love that no matter where I go, my running shoes are always close by. I graduated form University of Utah with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science with emphasis in Fitness Leadership. I am inspired when people adopt active lifestyles and see the positive changes in their lives. I’ve worked in Run Specialty for 6 years and can’t get enough of working with runners. My favorite part of running is that it never gets easy and the discipline it takes to train for races and push yourself.