Reminder: Final T&H Race of the Season is This Sunday

This Sunday, March 29th, is the final Tortoise and Hare race of the 2014-2015 season. It will be held at Cottonwood Glen Park and is 12 kilometers.

The race begins at 8:00 A.M., followed by FREE bagel and coffee breakfast at Rain Tree Athletic Club. Please bring your own coffee mug.

The following will help us get started on time:

  • If you are new to the club or you have not participated in a Tortoise & Hare race during the last two seasons (i.e., since October 2013), please enter a predicted time at least a couple days before the race.
  • Please arrive early (no later than 7:45) so we can get everyone checked-in!

See you on Sunday!

Dan Berlin, Ellen Silva, Cottonwood Glen Park 12k Tortoise & Hare race
Dan Berlin and Ellen Silva at the 2012 Cottonwood Glen Park 12k. (Photo: Felix Wong)

Horsetooth Half Marathon course slightly rerouted

Due to a partial closure of the Poudre Trail, the Horsetooth Half Marathon course will be rerouted a bit from previous years. Details:

  • Staging will be at Hughes Stadium as usual.
  • Official start will be .65 miles up the course at the (yellow curve) road sign in the middle of the first switch back.
  • Participants do not have to be at the new start at 8:30 A.M. There will be a chip timing mat at the official start. The start chip mat will be pulled at 8:45 A.M.
  • All participants attempting to win a cash prize will be “gun timed;” all participants attempting to win an age group award will be “net chip time.”
  • There will be a 15-minute temporary road closure for participant safety at 8:20 A.M. from Overland Trail to the first dam.
  • Poudre bike trail detour route: cross over Taft Hill Rd. to east side shoulder, turn right heading south (there is a minor uphill on Taft Hill near the 10-mile mark), left on Vine at round about, east on Vine crossing over Shields to Wood St., right on Wood parallel to the City of Fort Collins utility complex, left onto a wide sidewalk heading east to Lee Martinez park, continue in Lee Martinez to far southeast bike path that leads back to Poudre bike trail, right turn on Poudre Trail, then continue on to New Belgium Brewery.

It’s still not too late to sign up for this great annual race occurring on April 19! Visit our Horsetooth Half Marathon page, which includes a registration link.

More details about Running U’s Zero to 5k training program

For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2015

Fort Collins Running Club offers new 5k training program

Go from zero to 5k by the 4th of July

Fort Collins Running Club logo
Fort Collins Running Club logo

[Fort Collins, Colo]- The Fort Collins Running Club announced today it is offering a new zero to 5k training program beginning April 12th. The 12-week program will help those who want to run a 5k prepare for the FireKracker 5k on the 4th of July. The FireKracker 5k is a family event that starts and ends in City Park in Fort Collins near the holiday parade route.

“We live in an active community and we continue to hear from people that they want to run a 5k, but don’t know where to begin and need some motivation,” said Katie Quatrano, Fort Collins Running Club. “Creating an opportunity and support system for anyone interested is a great way to help them achieve that goal.”

The training program will include group mentoring, a daily training plan, a weekly group run, T-shirt, and interaction with other runners of all abilities. This program will also have options for those who have run a 5k but want to improve their time.

“Challenge yourself. Challenge your co-workers, friends and family members to train with you,” said Quatrano. The zero to 5k program is free for Fort Collins Running Club members and is the third session of Running U, a program that has helped over 120 runners train for the Horsetooth half marathon this spring and kept Fort Collins running through the winter months!

Anyone interested in the program pays the annual membership fee of $20 to join the club and then registers for the “Running U” program. There is no additional cost. The club membership also allows runners discounts on numerous other races throughout the year, including a free Tortoise and Hare series during winter.

To learn more contact the or visit
The mission of the Fort Collins Running Club is to promote running in Fort Collins and the surrounding communities.

Flyer for Running U's Zero to 5K training program.
Flyer for Running U’s Zero to 5K training program.

Sierra Trading Post offers 30% discount for FCRC members

The folks at Sierra Trading Post have agreed to give FCRC members a 30% discount on web orders of $75+!

The discount appears to be valid for web orders only, but you can check out merchandise at Sierra Trading Post’s new Fort Collins Store off 3500 S College Ave Unit 140, Fort Collins, CO 80525. They are located next to the new Trader Joe’s.

Click here to receive the discount. There are some limitations and exclusions, but otherwise it is a great deal.