runScribe: A Wearable for the Data-Driven Athlete

runscribe0814-002Right now there is a Kickstarter campaign going on for a device conceived by John Litschert, a resident of Fort Collins and biomechanist/sports scientist for the US Olympic Training Center. The device, dubbed runScribe, measures stride rate and length, impact Gs, braking Gs, pronation excusion and velocity, contact time and speed—useful metrics for getting insight as to how you run and what changes you could make in order to run faster and more injury-free.

A couple months ago I participated in a running study using runScribe, as described in this post on my personal blog. I came away not only impressed with the device, but also learned things about my running form I did not know before despite running for decades.

The device itself seems reasonably priced ($100-$140) and is available on Kickstarter until Friday, September 19th. It was even a Kickstarter Staff Pick. Check it out!

Join FCRC’s Running U this fall!‏

The Fort Collins Running Club is happy to announce the grand opening of Running U!

Running U provides networking, mentorship, and motivation for runners of all abilities. Running U is free to all Fort Collins Running Club Members!

Session 1: Start Running! (12 weeks- October 12-January 4)

Go from Tortoise to Hare in Session 1. Whether your goal is run a 5k or a marathon, the place to start is getting out the door and running! This Session is perfect for beginner runners. Session 1 will motivate runners to run at least 3 times per week during the winter months. Runners will have several opportunities to join group runs during the week and improve their pace with the Tortoise and Hare series. Running U participants will meet new runners and receive mentoring in a close Facebook group.

Runners who complete Session 1 will receive a special T-shirt.

Session 2: Train for the Horsetooth Half (Spring 2015)

Conquer the hills in Session 2. Once you are up the hill, you will begin to pick up speed as you join other runners in a structured training schedule for the Horsetooth Half Marathon.

Runners who complete Session 2 will receive cool FCRC gear.

Runners who complete both sessions will receive something so cool we haven’t even thought of it yet!

Sign up today!

  1. Become a member of Fort Collins Running Club
  2. Sign up for Running U!

Be sure to pass along to friends who need that extra bit of motivation to get started!

Oct. 4: Harvest Farm 5k

harvest_farm_5k14Below is information for the 5th Annual Harvest Farm 5k, benefiting the Fort Collins Rescue Mission along with Harvest Farm. It is organized by Harvest Farm.

It is not on our Race Calendar because my calendar script only lists races from Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor. This race is in nearby Wellington.

Join us this fall in Wellington for the most beautiful cross-country run in Northern Colorado. On Saturday, October 4th, 2014 this 5k race will kick-off the month-long Harvest Farm Fall Festival.

This unique course will lead you through a 209-acre farm atop dirt roads, winding through scenic countryside. The cows will ‘moo’ their encouragement along the way, with the chickens and goats chiming in. Follow the smell of fresh, homemade kettle corn to the finish line and enjoy knowing that “burn” you feel is aiding those who hurt most in your community!

This is a family 5k, meaning walkers, joggers, strollers & tail-waggers are all welcome – so, get moo-ving and register today!


Harvest Farm

4240 E. County Road 66

Wellington, CO 80549

(Just 20 minutes north of Ft. Collins)


Registration – 8:00 – 8:45AM

Race Start – 9AM

For more information on this year’s race, to register, or to find about the Harvest Farm Festival, please visit:

Pricing: $40

Includes: T-Shirt, Pre/Post-Race Refreshments, 1 All-day Pass to Harvest Farm Festival (to learn more visit, )

Ann Schlesinger :: Denver Rescue Mission
Fundraising Events Coordinator
[p] 303.313.2454
[c] 785.410.5586

Free Active Cancer Exercise Support Group Starting October 15

FYI- as discussed at our club meeting on Sunday:

Please share with members of the community when the need arises. This is NOT a running group.

Free Active Cancer Exercise Support Group Starting October 15th 2014

Contact: Alene Nitzky 970-372-7330

Raintree Athletic Club and Sunspirit Wellness Services are collaborating to offer a free exercise support group to anyone with cancer this winter. The group is facilitated by Alene Nitzky, Ph.D., RN, a health coach and cancer exercise trainer. The National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society recommend exercise both during and after cancer treatment to help improve fatigue and physical functioning.

The group starts October 15th and then meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month until April at Raintree Athletic Club from 6:15 to 7:45 pm. It is free for members and non-members. The group meets in a private area with a private entrance, clean mats, hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes provided.

Sessions consist of gentle exercise and aerobic walking, warmup, cooldown, discussion and learning of safe exercise techniques. Participants are encouraged to stay active during the winter months, increase their level of activity according to their own ability each day, with privacy in a noncompetitive, supportive environment.

The group welcomes anyone recently diagnosed, in cancer treatment (with physician clearance), living with cancer, or those who have completed treatment.


Equinox Half Marathon & 5 Mile Discount Codes

Just thought I’d pass this along to runners who are interested in the race and also interested in saving money. Apparently, the Equinox races on September 21 are being discounted with the following codes. I’m not sure if they are valid for both the half marathon and 5 mile distances, but I guess you’ll find out.

Happy running!

Equinox Half Marathon & 5 Mile – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 2014

First 10 registrations save $20 with discount code:

Next 15 registrations save $15 with discount code:

Everyone saves $10 with discount code:

Register now