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FCRC membership fees to increase March 1. Lock in current rates now!

Dear FCRC Members,

We have an important announcement to share with you regarding your membership.

The mission of the Fort Collins Running Club is to:

  • Provide an enjoyable, supportive & positive running atmosphere
  • Provide competitive and participatory events for runners of all abilities.
  • Provide a forum for educating the public about the benefits of running.

In the past couple of years, we have instituted a number of initiatives to align with this mission, including:

  • Free RunningU training programs to bring runners of all abilities together to train for their first (or next) Horsetooth Half Marathon or Firekracker 5K.
  • Partnered with local running stores and race organizers to offer countless discounts for races and all your running needs.
  • Constantly looking to improve the experience of our two signature races: Horsetooth Half Marathon and Firekracker 5K, and our free 7-race Tortoise & Hare series.
  • Offering an ever growing schedule of group runs, social events, clinics, and other running themed activities.
  • Launching an FCRC apparel store so our club members can be identified on the roads and at races across the region.

Because of all this, we have nearly tripled in size in just the past 18 months, and are about to break the 600 member barrier for the first time in club history! In order to continue to maintain a club of this size, and bring you the very best running experience right here in Northern Colorado, the Board of the Fort Collins Running Club has approved a membership dues increase to begin March 1, 2016. The new dues structure will be as follows:

  • Individual Membership: $25
  • Family Membership: $25 + $10 for each additional household member

We understand that the affordability of FCRC is one of the great benefits of the club and we definitely want to keep it that way. The race and store discounts alone still make it extremely easy for the club membership to pay for itself every year.

We also want to provide every current member the opportunity to pre-pay for another year or two under the current rate structure before rates go up on March 1. You can do so by going to our online Join/Renew Membership page and looking up your membership. You will then be given an opportunity to pay for membership in advance, and your expiration will be updated appropriately.

If you have any comments or questions regarding this decision, please email us at info@fortcollinsrunningclub.org.

Thank you for your continued support and participation in the Fort Collins Running Club. We’ll see you out on the roads and trails!

Happy Running!
FCRC Board of Directors

The FCRC Gear Store now online!

FCRC-Nike-JacketThis might not be quite in time to get those Christmas presents under the tree, but we are super excited to announce our online gear store!

You could still order those last second running related presents for those still on your list, or get a little New Years Resolution present for yourself to get ready for RunningU. Choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, singlets, jackets, and hats!

More items will be added over time. We are partnering with Sport About on Elizabeth Street, so you can order online, and pick them up in store when they are ready. Check it out here: FCRC APPAREL STORE

Happy holidays!

Nov. 2: Happy Hour + Run Free Movie!

Poster for Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco
Poster for Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco
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!

Happy Hour Before the Meeting

From 5:30-6:30 P.M., FCRC members are invited to get together for drinks at the Mayor of Old Town, which is only a couple blocks away from the Lincoln Center. At 6:30, we will walk over to the Lincoln Center. Come enjoy a beer and meet new and familiar faces from your running club.

Invite Your Friends on Facebook

There’s a Run Free Fort Collins event page on Facebook. Please visit it and invite your friends. At the time of this post, over 50 people have already RSVP’d!

Purchasing Tickets

Advance tickets are $12 and are available at lctix.com. 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

“RUN FREE: THE TRUE STORY OF CABALLO BLANCO”
TO PREMIERE IN FORT COLLINS ON NOVEMBER 2

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 www.lctix.com 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 www.fortcollinsrunningclub.org.

For more information about the film, go to www.runfreemovie.com.

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For Immediate Release; For more information or to arrange interviews with principals of the film, contact promoter Garry Harrington at gharrington3165@hotmail.com or 603-209-5010.

Photo of Caballo Blanco.
Photo of Caballo Blanco.

FCRC President Conquers Inca Trail in a Single Day!

Team See Possibilities takes a quick break for a photo during their trek on the Inca Trail with Intrepid Travel. (Photo: Intrepid Travel)
Team See Possibilities takes a quick break for a photo during their trek on the Inca Trail with Intrepid Travel. (Photo: Intrepid Travel)

A couple weeks ago, FCRC President Dan Berlin hopped on a plane and headed to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu in Peru. While this is journey undertaken by thousands of people every year, Dan’s trip is particularly noteworthy because 1) he and his crew dubbed Team Possibilities were trying to traverse the >50 mile length in one day instead of the more typical four, and 2) Dan is legally blind.

On October 14, 2015, Dan and Team Possibilities did it! This Yahoo! news report explains,

Blind athlete Dan Berlin just took on and conquered the seemingly impossible—hiking the Inca Trail nonstop in less than a day.

The trail hike, which crosses through three mountain passes on the way to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu typically takes most people about four days. The majority of groups will even do it in more.

But “Team See Possibilities,” a group of four adventure athletes including Dan, did it in one fourth of the time.

Sound crazy?

In the team’s planning meeting before the run, one of the Peruvian guides who has completed the trek 215 times told the group: “What you are planning to do is not impossible, but the local authorities think it’s crazy for anyone to try, let alone with a blind person.”

Charles Scott, one of the crew members, also posted on October 18,

WE DID IT!! Daniel Berlin just made history!

Alongside my fellow guides Brad Graff and Alison Qualter Berna, and with help from our fabulous sponsor Intrepid Travel and their remarkable embedded videographer Lucy Piper, Dan became the first blind runner to complete the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru – Wonder Of The World in a single day – it’s typically a 4-day hike passing over 3 mountain passes, the highest of which reaches nearly 14,000 feet. We Team See Possibilities started at 4:30 a.m. thanks to special permission arranged by Intrepid Travel.

The mountain ascents and high altitude oxygen deprivation sapped our strength, and much of the trail was treacherous. The steep descents were particularly challenging for Dan. But he persevered, and we arrived at the stunning historic site of Machu Picchu 13 hours after starting, exhausted but elated.

The sun was disappearing behind towering mountains off to our left. Pink glowing clouds obscured the sunset and gave the ruins, which were laid out below us, an eerie feel. Machu Picchu at dusk was majestic – and devoid of human brings because the last tourists had already left. It was a rare privilege to see the site without any other people there.

Dan instantly became a celebrity in Peru, and he even received a prestigious sports accomplishment medal from the government. Our feat has received a lot of press coverage from local TV, radio, magazines and newspapers. UNICEF – Peru organized a visit to a school for blind children, where Dan encouraged the students to consider their blindness as an inconvenience to overcome rather than a disability that keeps them from setting ambitious goals. Watching Dan astound and inspire others was the highlight of this trip for me.

Thanks for additional love and support from Lisa Graff, Sheila Berlin, Altra Running, and everyone who contributed to our fund raiser for the Blind Institute of Technology.

Intrepid Travel’s amazing Lucy Piper is putting together a video about the experience that we’ll post soon!

Congratulations to Dan and crew members Alison Qualter Berna, Brad Graff, and Charles Scott on this epic adventure!