Category Archives: Non-FCRC Races

The FCRC in the Chicago Marathon

The Fort Collins Running Club had a few members running last weekend in the Chicago Marathon, including Celeste O’Connor, Joel Philliber, Scott Slusher, and Wendy Sloane. All four of them are long-time marathon enthusiasts who live in Fort Collins.

But did you know that the FCRC was also represented in this race by someone who has never lived in Northern Colorado or even the United States? It’s true!

About a month ago, the FCRC received a message from a 37-year-old runner living in the metropolitan area of San Sebastian, Spain. His name is Antxon Corta. He used to run different distances but the last few years has focused on the marathon. He had already run New York and Boston and this year was running the Chicago Marathon.

He wrote,

I have seen your website and I loved your club, especially the spirit. Here, in Spain clubs are very competitive.

I would like to know if it is possible to be a member of your club despite the distance? It will be an honor for me.

And maybe someday I will run the Horsetooth Half Marathon!

He went on to explain that he hoped to visit Colorado some day—hopefully soon. Apparently, seeing the Rocky Mountains was a dream of his since he was young. He hopes to realize that dream one day and also run a race there.

He also wanted to know if he could buy a FCRC shirt from the FCRC Store that he could wear during the race. Of course our club would be very honored for him to do so. I then told him that if he were to do this, I would personally buy him membership into the club!

A few more emails in Spanish and English later, and he had placed an order for a stylish FCRC shirt and jacket that Sport About—our local source of FCRC gear—would ship to his hotel in Chicago.

Then on Sunday, he ran the race. Here is a photo:

Spanish FCRC member Antxon Corta running in the 2016 Chicago Marathon.
Spanish FCRC member Antxon Corta running in the 2016 Chicago Marathon.

After the race, Antxon excitedly reported that he had finished. “The race did not go as well as hoped,” he wrote in Spanish, “since I had stomach problems and at the end had suffered a lot. My time: 3:55:07. But I am very happy to have finished it!

“During the race, I received many shouts of Let’s go Fort Collins!!! Very exciting!”

Antxon Corta after finishing the 2016 Chicago Marathon.
Antxon Corta after finishing the 2016 Chicago Marathon.

So that is the story of a Spaniard representing the Fort Collins Running Club. And yes, he is a bona fide member of the FCRC now as I have just made a PayPal payment for his membership.

Congrats to the other FCRC runners in the Chicago Marathon as well. Hope they had as much fun too!

Postscript

Antxon is still in Chicago, but is leaving to return to Spain tomorrow. He wanted to give the club his regards! (I’m including his original message in case I translated it incorrectly. He actually speaks remarkably good English.)

I would like to give my regards from here [Chicago] to all the members of the club; for me it is a great honor to be a part of your club and to be able to wear your jersey through the streets of Chicago. It has been a great experience and I am eager to wear it through the streets of Spain! Thanks especially to Felix Wong for all the help, without you this would not have been possible! Let’s go FCRC!!!

Me gustaria saludar desde aqui a todos los miembros del club, para mi es un honor pertenecer a su club y poder haber llevado su camiseta por las calles de Chicago. Ha sido una gran experiencia y estoy con muchas ganas de poder llevarla por las calles de EspaƱa! Gracias en especial a Felix Wong por toda la ayuda prestada, sin ti esto no hubiera sido posible!! Lets go FCRC!!!

Save $ on over 17 local races! Unlock discount codes on FCRC website now!

One of the great things about being a member of the Fort Collins Running Club is that the nominal membership fee quickly pays for itself especially if you are doing local races. This is even more true in 2015, as there are now over 17 races giving FCRC members a discount (usually $5) on race registration fees!

Now it is possible for FCRC members to find these discount codes on our website without having to search through our weekly e-mails. Simply go to the Sponsored & Discounted Races webpage and click on “Unlock discount code” next to the name of the race. Then enter your name and street number, and if the information validates with our member database, the discount code will be displayed for you.

Sponsored & Discounted Races link, Fort Collins Running Club website menu bar
The Sponsored & Discounted Races link in the FCRC website menu bar.

If there is no discount link listed next to the race on that page yet, please be patient—it will be coming soon.

If you are not yet an FCRC member, join today! And please tell your friends about this great FCRC perk!

April 12: Flying Pig 5k with Discount for FCRC Members

Below is information for the Flying Pig 5k (April 12). It is offering a discount to FCRC members.

Hi Felix, We are planning our 7th Annual “Flying Pig” 5K charity run/walk to be held on April 12, 2015. Race time is 9:00 at Spring Canyon , and again is a certified race course. John Lonsdale will be doing the timing. We plan to offer Ft Collins Running Club members an entrance fee of $22.50. Is it possible for you to put our event on your race calendar? Thank you! Best Regards, Pam

Pam Miller
Children’s Case Manager/5K Run/Walk Race Director
Foothills Gateway, Inc.
970-266-5409

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To get the discount, print out this registration form. Fill it out, write FC RUNNING CLUB member on it, and mail it with $22.50.

Beat Beethoven 5k offers $5 discount to FCRC members

The Beat Beethoven 5k race on March 29th has kindly offered a $5 discount to FCRC members! We will be e-mailing FCRC members the discount code soon so look for it in our next (February 2) e-mail newsletter!

Here’s a description of the event:

The Annual Beat Beethoven 5k will be held on March 29, 2015 at 9:00am in downtown Fort Collins. The run will begin with Maestro Wes Kenney’s baton launching the opening notes of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony at the race starting line. The goal is to complete the course before the music ends and therefore “beat” Beethoven (approximately 33 minutes). We welcome all ages and abilities of runners, walkers and music lovers. Proceeds benefit the Fort Collins Symphony’s youth education and community engagement programs.

See more information at the official website.

January 24: Sweaty Sweater 5k & Polar Bear Plunge

2014 Front Range FreezeGreen Events is offering Fort Collins Running Club members a discount for the Sweaty Sweater 5k & Polar Bear Plunge on January 24!

The discount schedule is as follows:

  • Jan 5- 10th – FCRC members save $10 on registration for any event.
  • Jan 11th-23th – FCRC members save $5 on registration.

Look in your inbox for an upcoming e-mail from the FCRC for the discount code. Then use the discount code by registering online.

Event Information: Sweaty Sweater 5k & Polar Bear Plunge
Date:Saturday, January 24th
Location: Horsetooth Reservoir – South Bay Swim Beach. Park Entrance Fee is included in your registration

Participants can register for one or the other or both events.

10:00 am – Sweaty Sweater 5k Run/Walk
Let’s Get Sweaty! Walk, Jog, Run or Race wearing your most hideous or favorite ugly sweater. All participants receive a long sleeve technical shirt. Race course mix of pavement & dirt road out and back all within the park. Overall and age group awards. Prizes for ugliest sweaters. Dogs welcome (on leash)

12:00 pm – Polar Bear Plunge
Join the Polar Bear Club & take the plunge into Horsetooth Reservoir! All participants receive a custom pair of wool socks. Prizes for best costumes.

Enjoy food and beverages at the pavilion after the 5k and during the Polar Plunge. Odell’s Beer Garden & mimosas (21+ w/ID), Pizza Casbah, hot drinks and yummy food!

For more information visit www.frontrangefreeze.com.

Also, you can read my write-up of last year’s Front Range Freeze here.