Last Call for Free Breakfast at the FCRC Annual Meeting

Flyer for the 2015 Rolland Moore Park 4k Tortoise & Hare Race and Membership Breakfast.
Flyer for the 2015 Rolland Moore Park 4k Tortoise & Hare Race and Membership Breakfast.
The first Tortoise & Hare (Rolland Moore 4K, 8am), fall member breakfast, and annual member meeting is fast approaching on October 11, 2015! Please come early to register for the race (7:30 A.M.) as we are expecting a large turnout. The breakfast and meeting will occur after the race in the park.

We need to know how many breakfast burritos to order by the end of this week. If you would like a burrito for after the race or while you are listening to the state of the club, please reply to the RSVP Survey by the end of the day this Friday, October 2.

Also, as has been tradition in the past, please feel free to bring fruit and other breakfast oriented items to add to the potluck. Coffee will also be provided from Starbucks.

Other News and Reminders

Tortoise & Hare First Timers: If you haven’t run Tortoise & Hare race in the past two years, please enter a predicted time online.

Homeless Gear Donation Drive: We are collecting winter clothing and other items during the meeting on October 11 to donate to the Homeless Gear organization. Please see the flier below for more information on requested items.

See you on the 11th! Thank you and happy running!

Oct. 11: Fall Clothing and Gear Drive

fall-clothing-gear-drive-11-2015Have you cleaned out your closets lately? We think the start of fall is a great time to part ways with excess and share with families in need. We are making it easy for you by collecting needed items at the Fall Member Breakfast (after the season’s first Tortoise & Hare race) on October 11.

The FCRC will be collecting clothing for a non-profit organization called Homeless Gear that is based in Northern Colorado. It’s motto is offering hope and a hand up. Homeless Gear’s mission is to provide homeless men, women, and children with the supplies that they need to survive on the streets and the support and companionship that they need to navigate the path from homelessness to self-­sufficiency.

Needed items include:

  • Jackets and Coats (no dress coats)
  • Hooded Sweatshirts
  • Sweatshirts (no sweaters)
  • Long Underwear
  • Hiking Boots, Tennis Shoes, Winter Boots (no ski/boarding boots)
  • Jeans/Sweatpants
  • Winter Socks (new or reasonably used)
  • Hats/Gloves
  • Backpacks/Daypacks
  • Tents/Tarps
  • Sleeping Bags/Sleeping Pads

Questions? Email us!

Press Release: Gnar Runners to Direct the 2016 Horsetooth Half Marathon

hth-logo-gnar-runnersThe Fort Collins Running Club (FCRC) has appointed Gnar Runners Race Management to direct the 2016 Horsetooth Half Marathon. Nick Clark, winner of the 2013 Horsetooth Marathon – held in conjunction with the Half Marathon for the 40th anniversary of the race – will assume the role of race director. Clark will direct the race with Pete Stevenson, who together make up the Gnar Runners Race Management team.

“The FCRC is excited to partner with Gnar Runners for the 2016 Horsetooth Half Marathon. Gnar Runners’ proven track record of managing complicated running events with a national appeal and local flair while always keeping the runners experience as the top priority will make this year’s Horsetooth Half Marathon one of the most exciting in its 43 year history,” said Dan Berlin, President of the Fort Collins Running Club.

Registration for the 2016 race opened Monday September 14, the same day that a new race website and domain were launched: The new event management team will continue to focus on providing a fun, affordable and challenging race experience.

“Those who have run our events know that we bring a great deal of passion and energy to our races. Our focus has always been on delivering not only a great running and racing experience, but also a fantastic post-race party, all while keeping entry fees affordable. That philosophy will be no different with the Horsetooth Half,” Clark said.

The Gnar Runners team owns and directs four successful races in the Northern Colorado region, including the Blue Sky Marathon, the Quad Rock 25 & 50 mile trail races, the Black Squirrel Half Marathon and the Never Summer 100km. Clark has also directed the Fort Collins Running Club’s popular Tortoise and Hare (T&H) running series for the last eight years.

“We plan to integrate the T&H series into the build-up to the Horsetooth Half Marathon and we’ll also be offering free training programs and support for newer runners getting ready for the race. Although Gnar Runners will be in charge of all aspects of managing the event, the Club – which owns the race – will be much more involved than it has been in past years in terms of providing training support. This is a marquee Fort Collins running race and a great opportunity for the club to boost its membership and grow its role within the local running community,” said Clark.

In addition to growing community participation with the event, the Club and Gnar Runners plan to promote the city and race as a destination for out-of-state runners looking for a great weekend running getaway. This is in line with a broader plan to grow participation numbers – both among amateur and elite runners – and to establish the race as a major event on the Colorado running calendar.

“We’re putting up a $4,000 cash purse for the 2016 race and plan to increase the payout as the depth of the elite field grows over the years,” Clark explained. “Ultimately, we’d like to establish the Horsetooth Half not only as a great running experience for everyone in the field, but also as one of the most competitive half marathons in the region. We have an unbelievably scenic and challenging course. This is a great opportunity to showcase Fort Collins as the fantastic running town that we all know it to be.”

The Running Club shares the ambition of raising the profile of the event, all while maintaining strong support within the local community.

“We have a goal of bringing Fort Collins to the forefront as a nationally recognized running city, and the Horsetooth Half Marathon is the FCRC’s signature event with a potential national appeal for its beautiful course and close tie-in with Fort Collins culture. In addition, we are excited to expand on the tradition of this challenging half marathon as the running season kickoff event for many in our local running community, both novice and experienced alike,” Berlin explained.

The Horsetooth Half Marathon was run for the 42nd consecutive year in 2015, making it the oldest half marathon in the state and among the oldest in the nation. It was rated the top half marathon with the best post-race party in the state by readers of Colorado Runner Magazine in 2006. The 43rd running of the event is scheduled for April 17, 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Race Director, Nick Clark:

Nov. 2 Movie: Run Free, The True Story of Caballo Blanco

Poster for Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco
Poster for Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco
Save the date! On November 2 at 7 P.M., the Lincoln Center will be showing the new film Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco. It is a documentary about the central character in the popular book Born to Run and was an inspirational ultra-marathoner.

If you have enjoyed the book you should definitely come. If you haven’t read the book, here’s your chance to learn more about Caballo Blanco without having to spend hours reading!

This event is sponsored by and benefits the Fort Collins Running Club; in fact, 10% of all ticket proceeds will go back to the FCRC. We hope to pack the Lincoln Center with a huge contingent of FCRC members and other local runners. Please come!

Purchasing Tickets

Advance tickets are $12 and are available at In addition, they are available at the box office.

Tickets will also be available for $15 at the door the night of the show.

More About Caballo Blanco / Press Release


Caballo Blanco Headshot“Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” a feature-length documentary about ultra-running legend Micah True will premiere at the Lincoln Center’s Magnolia Theater in Fort Collins on Monday, November 2 at 7 p.m. The one-night-only event is sponsored by the Fort Collins Running Club.

Micah True, better known as Caballo Blanco—the White Horse—was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico. Also known as the Rarámuri, or Running People, they are some of the best long-distance runners in the world.

Caballo Blanco was an enigmatic visionary who lived and ran with the Tarahumara after moving to remote Copper Canyon in the 1990s, and who created the fifty-mile Copper Canyon Ultra-Marathon to honor their running traditions and aid in their sustainability. Now in its thirteenth year, the race attracts hundreds of local Tarahumara to the village of Urique to compete alongside some of the best runners in the world. All race finishers receive five hundred pounds of corn, which the international runners traditionally donate to the local Tarahumara, commemorating the spirit of sharing, or “kórima,” which is a way of life among the natives of Copper Canyon.

The documentary is directed by Sterling Noren, a filmmaker from Seattle who met Micah True in 2009. Most of the material for the film was recorded in the weeks leading up to the 2012 race. Shortly after that race, Micah True disappeared in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico during his daily run, prompting ultra-runners from all over the country to drop everything and join in the search. His body was recovered several days later, found on a trail in a deserted canyon by some of his friends.

“We wanted to tell the story of Micah True in a way that was exciting and authentic, so that viewers could get a sense of what an amazing and inspiring person he was,” said Noren, of Seattle. “Micah’s vision lives on and his legacy is honored in this film. The film shares Micah’s compelling message of love, hope and kórima with the world while helping sustain the people and culture that meant so much to him. We’re honored to be part of this project and are committed to keeping Micah’s mission alive.”

“Micah’s genuine passion for honoring the sacred running traditions of the Tarahumara people was the essence of his being,” said Maria Walton, executive producer of the film and Micah True’s girlfriend at the time of his death. “We made this film to share Micah’s vision of hope for the Tarahumara culture and empower people everywhere with his joy of running.”

The 90-minute film recently won the 2015 Bud Greenspan Memorial Film and Video Award, presented by the Track & Field Writers of America. In addition, the film also was named winner of the prestigious Award of Excellence from the IndieFEST Film Awards, which recognizes film, television and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, contributing to profound social change. The IndieFEST Film Awards said of its latest winners, “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries,” of which Run Free was singled out for its creative excellence.

Most recently, the film was named the Best Documentary at the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival.

A percentage of the film’s profits, including from DVD sales, will go to benefit Norawas de Rarámuri (Friends of the Running People), the non-profit agency founded by Micah True to preserve traditional Tarahumara culture. Norawas de Rarámuri works to provide maize, non-GMO seed corn, and cash awards for participating Tarahumara runners, both men and women alike. On this way, the organization offers Tarahumara families nutrition during drought and support for a tradition of small farms necessary to both physical and cultural survival.

Tickets for the event are $12 in advance at or $15 at the door the night of the show. The Lincoln Center is located at 417 West Magnolia St. in Fort Collins.

The Fort Collins Running Club has been “promoting fitness through running since 1971.” Its mission is to promote running in Fort Collins and surrounding communities by providing an enjoyable and positive running atmosphere; competitive and participatory events for runners of all ability levels; and the healthful benefits – both physical and mental – that running can provide. For more information, go to

For more information about the film, go to

For Immediate Release; For more information or to arrange interviews with principals of the film, contact promoter Garry Harrington at or 603-209-5010.

Photo of Caballo Blanco.
Photo of Caballo Blanco.

Member Survey

Want to learn how to make a difference in the club? Please provide your input in our member survey. We are always looking for members to get involved, lead group runs, or serve on committees.

If you want to get more involved let us know! Or self-nominate to become a member of the board. Check us out. Members will vote on the board at the fall meeting, and the board will elect the officers amongst themselves.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! We had several new members join in recent weeks!