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Reminder: 2017 Horsetooth Half RunningU Training Program Begins Jan 15


The 2017 Horsetooth Half RunningU Training Program will officially kick off January 15 with a run from the New Belgium Brewery, followed by drink specials and a training presentation from Colorado In Motion. The Sunday before the official kick-off to the Horsetooth Half training season, we’ll be gathering for a ‘soft launch’ at Edora Park for the Fort Collins Running Club’s Tortoise and Hare 8k race.

The 2017 Horsetooth Half RunningU Training Program will officially kick off January 15 with a run from the New Belgium Brewery, followed by drink specials and a training presentation from Colorado In Motion. The Sunday before the official kick-off to the Horsetooth Half training season, we’ll be gathering for a ‘soft launch’ at Edora Park for the Fort Collins Running Club’s Tortoise and Hare 8k race.

Details for the free 14-week training program have been updated on the race website, and like last year there are two programs to choose from. The Beginner Program is designed for participants new to running or new to the half marathon distance. The Intermediate Program is designed for runners with a couple of half marathon finishes under their belts and who are looking to improve their times.

The Fort Collins Running Club’s RunningU training group is offered free to members and includes:

  • A 14-week training program, gradually increasing weekly mileage.
  • Group long runs every Sunday, which alternates between New Belgium (flat) and the race start by Hughes Stadium (hills).
  • Post-run informational sessions at New Belgium Brewery from Colorado in Motion, previous race winners and other race partners.
  • Sponsor giveaways.
  • Peer/mentor support and motivation through a closed Facebook group and email list.

Details for the two programs and the weekend long run and presentation schedules can be accessed from the Horsetooth Half Training Page.

All weekend runs are free and open to anyone, but we encourage you to register for the program if you’d like to be included in the peer mentoring benefits, midweek group run opportunities or just want to get to know your half marathoners in training better. (Update January 15, 2017: Registration is now closed.)

Need members for Running U Zero to 5k committee!

Want to get more involved in the running club? Want to help family, friends, or co-workers start running? Simply email us at info@fortcollinsrunningclub.org to join the Zero to 5k Running U committee! We are currently looking for 6-8 club members to participate.

The Fort Collins Running Club is a 100% volunteer led organization. Throughout the year, the Board of Directors and numerous club members dedicate their time and love of running to the Fort Collins Running community. With over 600 members, the club is busier than ever looking for ways to keep current members actively engaged. With runners of all abilities, we strive to create events that are enjoyable for everyone. We also try to create competitive events that help each runner reach their individual goals.

Our mission to promote running in Fort Collins and surrounding communities is an ongoing effort and extends beyond our members. With the Fort Collins Running Club’s FireKracker 5k, we have an opportunity to encourage and promote running in Fort Collins by helping aspiring runners go from Zero to 5k. We are currently looking for 6-8 club members to participate in the Running U Zero to 5k committee to help us design and execute this unique program. Simply reply to this email to learn more!

Commitment includes:
1. Monthly meeting and/or email between February 2016 -April 2016

  • provide input to marketing
  • provide input to program structure
  • promote program in the local community
  • assist in identification and solicitation of sponsors

2. Mentor group between April 2016-July 4, 2016

  • Be “in charge” for 1-2 weeks (set the course on run day and send a weekly email that week to participants)
  • Attend as many of the weeks you aren’t in charge as possible (you do not have to commit to all 10 weeks)
  • facilitate motivating discussions
  • Participate in the FireKracker 5k

If you can’t commit your time, maybe your business would like to be a sponsor of this community event? Email us at info@fortcollinsrunningclub.org for more information!

Thank you for being a part of our community!

-Fort Collins Running Club Board of Directors

Edora Park 8k recap, and Week 2 of Running U

FCRC Runners shrug off single digit temps!

Sundays aren’t for sleeping in and staying under the covers on cold mornings for this crowd. There were 122 of you that made your way to Edora Park to run 8K in 5 degree weather. That makes us 4 races out of 4 this year that we’ve attracted over 100 racers. Many of you came to Raintree Athletic Club afterward to reap the rewards of free bagels, donuts, and coffee. Dan Berlin, our president offered some words of wisdom from his running adventures. Katie Quatrano and Nick Clark shared some advice and tips regarding our Horsetooth Half RunningU training.

We have some pictures of the frozen morning. If you were there, there’s probably a picture of you on our Facebook page. Also, there are a few more photos in Felix Wong’s race report.

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Week 2 of Running U is now!

When all was said and done today, we had over 200 people register for RunningU and start their training for the 2016 Horsetooth Half Marathon. Although registration is closed for RunningU, any club member can still take part in our training runs and programs, as well as take part in the Facebook and Listserve to reach out to the group, ask questions, find running buddies, and keep motivated in the cold and ice. Sorry, it’s just too late to get a T-shirt. The next RunningU hosted run will be from New Belgium Brewing on Sunday, January 17 at 9am.

Keep track of all the program updates on the RunningU Listserve. This week’s program was posted this morning. If you are registered, but have not been receiving the RunningU listserve emails, please contact us at info@fortcollinsrunningclub.org.

Reminder: Edora Park 8k T&H this Sunday

FCRC logoEdora Park 8K is this Sunday at 8 A.M. This is the next Tortoise & Hare race, and is also the next group run for RunningU. Parking and the start are near the baseball fields of Edora Park when entering from Stuart Street. (Map of Edora Park, 420 E. Stuart Street)

If you’re new to TnH races, it’s all about anyone having the same ability to win a race as any other! Since we handicap your start time, we need anyone that hasn’t run a TnH in the past 2 years to enter a predicted start time. You’ll be given a wave number (and time of day). Remember that time at the start and listen for your wave number!

If you’re already in the TnH database, don’t forget to look for your wave number and start time before race day.

A quick guide to wave numbers: For most, your wave number equates to your start time after 8am. Example: Wave 25 = 8:25:00am, Wave 25B = 8:25:30am
(Exceptions are those that start before 8am and after 9am, as these will appear as the same wave number right now. Please make note of this when looking up your number.)

One last remember: As the distances get longer, the spread of start times gets wider. Please show up in enough time to warm up and make it to the start, but not too early to sit around and get cold!

We could use a few good volunteers to help at the start and finish!
If you aren’t running, but have the time to volunteer, please contact us at info@fortcollinsrunningclub.org.

If you ever have a running related event that you want to promote or include in the weekly email, please let us know at info@fortcollinsrunningclub.org.