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.

June 20: FCRC Full Moon Run

SUMMER, MOON, STARS, & RUNNING: What Could Be Better Than That?

Join us this Monday night, June 20th at 9:30 PM at Cathy Fromme Prairie on Shields south of Harmony for a summer solstice 3-5 mile full moon fun run!! FCRC and Altitude Running’s Monday Night Run we be joining together to “Run into Summer”! Carpooling recommended as the parking lot is small. Please bring your headlamp or flashlight!

April 24: Member Breakfast & 5K RunningU Kickoff

Our next big club event is coming before you know it! Our spring member breakfast will take place on April 24 @ 8:00 AM from Club Tico. This will also serve as our RunningU Zero to 5K kickoff meeting (Register Here for RunningU).

Come for some food, celebrate your HTH finish with your new running buddies, and listen to some great advice! You may also walk away with some fun give-aways, including entries into this year’s Boulder Bolder! RSVP and invite your friends to the event on Facebook.

Sunday, April 3: Cottonwood Glen Park 12K T&H

The final Tortoise ‘n Hare is upon us. Whether you are looking to get a rare 12K under your belt, or are sticking to the HTH training plan, please join us for the Cottonwood Glen Park 12K this Sunday. Details about the race can be found at the registration website. Register now!

As a reminder of our new pre-registration and race day policies:

  1. Look up your wave number and start time. New runners and those that have not raced in the past 2 years will be prompted to enter a predicted time based on a recent race or run.
  2. Click here to register. Don’t forget to create a profile so that you can easily register in the future! Registration closes Saturday at noon.
  3. Show up 30 minutes before your start time to check in and get your number.
  4. Listen to your friendly volunteer race organizers for instructions and start announcements.
  5. Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot until you finish!

Volunteers needed

We’re looking for some volunteers for our last Tortoise and Hare this Sunday, April 3rd. The race is a 12k that starts at Cottonwood Glen Park. It’s a great time to get to know other runners in FCRC and give back some time to your club.

Go to and SIGN UP to Volunteer now!


It has come to our attention that there have been several issues concerning pets and leashes during our last few T&H races this past year. In an effort to keep everyone safe and have the most enjoyable event for all, we ask that you please leave your 4-legged friends at home for this race. The unpredictability of our furry partners, mixed with the narrowness of our race courses and record turnout for each race has led us to this difficult decision. Of course, pets are still welcome at all non-race group runs and events, but please respect this new policy at our upcoming race on Sunday.