Category Archives: Tortoise & Hare Races

More info on our T&H races, including how it works and current series standings, can be found on our Tortoise & Hare page.

Sunday’s T&H Race: Register before noon on Saturday!

rolland_moore4k_1014-004Sunday, October 9, 2016 is the first Tortoise & Hare race of the 2016-17 season. It is the Rolland Moore Park 4K (2.5 Miles) and this year we have a revised course that avoids running on the sidewalk by Shields. The start area is also further back (west) in Rolland Moore Park, close to the volleyball sand pits and tennis courts.

For this T&H race—the first of the season, and the shortest and traditionally the largest—we are asking everyone to register ahead of time. Even if you’re still deciding, register online before Saturday at noon! It’s better to register and not show up than to register on race day. We have a very limited capacity to take race day registrations and will have a strict 7:30 AM cut off.

Follow these quick and easy steps to register

  1. Obtain your Wave Number: look it up here. If you are a new T&H runner or haven’t run a T&H in the last couple of years: First enter a predicted time based on a recent run or race here. Then obtain your wave number, here.
  2. Register here!

What to Know on Race Day

  • Show up 30 minutes before your start time and get your number at the check-in table. Waves will stretch from 7:53 AM- 8:26 AM for this race, so plan accordingly.
  • Listen to the wave number announcements and line up when your wave is announced (4-5 waves in advance).
  • Please do not crowd around the start corral until your wave is called. Crowd noise, excited dogs, and stroller occupants can make it difficult for our wave organizers.
  • Sorry, No dogs for this race due to the crowded trails.
  • “ON YOUR LEFT!” Make it known that you are passing from behind.
  • After you finish, stay in order inside the chute.
  • Tear off your finish tag from your number, and hand it to the volunteer at the end of the chute.

See you on Sunday!

Sunday, April 3: Cottonwood Glen Park 12K T&H

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The final Tortoise ‘n Hare is upon us. Whether you are looking to get a rare 12K under your belt, or are sticking to the HTH training plan, please join us for the Cottonwood Glen Park 12K this Sunday. Details about the race can be found at the registration website. Register now!

As a reminder of our new pre-registration and race day policies:

  1. Look up your wave number and start time. New runners and those that have not raced in the past 2 years will be prompted to enter a predicted time based on a recent race or run.
  2. Click here to register. Don’t forget to create a profile so that you can easily register in the future! Registration closes Saturday at noon.
  3. Show up 30 minutes before your start time to check in and get your number.
  4. Listen to your friendly volunteer race organizers for instructions and start announcements.
  5. Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot until you finish!

Volunteers needed

We’re looking for some volunteers for our last Tortoise and Hare this Sunday, April 3rd. The race is a 12k that starts at Cottonwood Glen Park. It’s a great time to get to know other runners in FCRC and give back some time to your club.

Go to https://runsignup.com/Race/CO/FortCollins/CottonwoodGlenPark12K and SIGN UP to Volunteer now!

NEW DOG POLICY

It has come to our attention that there have been several issues concerning pets and leashes during our last few T&H races this past year. In an effort to keep everyone safe and have the most enjoyable event for all, we ask that you please leave your 4-legged friends at home for this race. The unpredictability of our furry partners, mixed with the narrowness of our race courses and record turnout for each race has led us to this difficult decision. Of course, pets are still welcome at all non-race group runs and events, but please respect this new policy at our upcoming race on Sunday.

Remember to Register for Sunday’s Lee Martinez Park 10k T&H race

FCRC logoThis Sunday is the Lee Martinez Park 10k Tortoise & Hare race, and explained in the last post, we are trying a new registration process to try to make the race go smoother (especially at the finish).

Follow these 5 quick and easy steps to get yourself and the race organizers ready for the race:

  1. Look up your wave number and start time. New runners and those that have not raced in the past 2 years will be prompted to enter a predicted time based on a recent race or run.
  2. signupClick the button to register. Registration closes Saturday at noon.
  3. Show up 30 minutes before your start time to check in and get your number.
  4. Listen to your friendly volunteer race organizers for instructions and start announcements.
  5. RUN YOUR HEART OUT!

What to Know on Race Day

  • Show up 30 minutes before your start time and get your number at the check-in table. Waves will stretch from just before 8 to just after 9 for this race, so plan accordingly.
  • Listen to the wave number announcements and line up when your wave is announced (4-5 waves in advance).
  • Please do not crowd around the start corral until your wave is called. Crowd noise, excited dogs, and stroller occupants can make it difficult for our wave organizers.
  • All runners (dogs included) should stay to the right, except to pass. Please do not stretch across the path (especially leashes), as this will create a hazard for runners around you.
  • “ON YOUR LEFT!” Make it known that you are passing from behind.
  • There is a road crossing at Taft Hill Road with no traffic control. Look both ways before crossing. Cars, trucks, and bikes always win against Tortoises and Hares.
  • After you finish, stay in order inside the chute. Tear off your finish tag from your number, and hand it to the volunteer at the end of the chute.

See you at Sunday’s race!

New Tortoise & Hare Registration and Race Day Process

FCRC logo Hello FCRC Members!

As mentioned in our weekly newsletter, we will be making some changes to the Tortoise & Hare registration and race day process for the final two races of this season, and will continue to evolve the process as we move into next season. These changes are a result of the exponential growth we have seen in both club membership and race participation, in combination with some feedback received from some of our members.

The very nature of the Tortoise ‘n Hare races makes for some very challenging logistics (i.e., multiple starts and a flood at the finish), so we ask all potential racers to review this email in its entirety so you know exactly how you can help make these trademark FCRC events run smoothly. Our ultimate goal is to make your TnH experience as simple and enjoyable as possible, and this new process should not be unlike most of your race experiences!

Race Pre-registration

The Tortoise ‘n Hare will be instituting a free registration website for each race, and we ask ALL runners to preregister for each upcoming race. For the remainder of this season, the registration website will be announced in the Monday newsletter prior to the race, along with Facebook and Listserve messages throughout the week. The site will remain open until noon on the Saturday prior to the race.

Benefits of preregistration include:

  • Insight and data for our volunteer race organizers to prepare for race day.
  • A reusable profile for members & families to use for easy registration for subsequent races.
  • Automatic registration confirmations, detailing what you need to know for race day.

In order to complete registration, you will need to provide your start wave number:

  • New runners (those that have not run a TnH in the past 2 years) need to be added to our database by providing an estimated time based on a recent run or race. ENTER YOUR PREDICTED TIME HERE
  • All runners (even new runners) need to look up their wave number and start time, and enter it in their registration. LOOK UP YOUR WAVE NUMBER HERE

Of course, race day registrations will still be available, but we ask that you please preregister prior to race day to make it easier on all of us.

Race Numbers

We will be instituting a race number/tag system in order to make the start and finish run more smoothly. This is why preregistration is so important!

Preregistration will allow us to prepare race numbers more efficiently . N umbers will have your name, wave number, and start time printed on them to help us identify runners at the start and provide a more streamlined finish process.

Race day registrations will need to be handwritten, which will slow down the check-in process for everyone.

Race Day

The race day procedures will be as follows:

Race Check-In

  • Runners are to arrive 30 minutes prior to their allotted start time. Another reason for preregistering and knowing your start time prior to race morning!!
  • Runners will report to the check-in table to receive their race number and safety pins. Please secure your number someplace easily visible by our volunteers.
  • A race number is required to start the race!

Race Start

  • As runners are set to begin, volunteers will be announcing and organizing waves, 4-5 waves in advance. Please pay attention to these announcements and be in line and in your wave group well before your start time.
  • Volunteers will be double checking wave numbers and making sure you are starting in the correct wave.

Our goal is to purchase a large clock that will help runners be more aware of their start time, but this will most likely not be in place for the Lee Martinez 10K in March.

Race Finish

  • As you cross the finish line, please stay in order in the finish chute.
  • Volunteers will be helping organize runners and giving instructions.
  • Runners should tear off the removable tag from their race number while in the chute.
  • At the end of the finish chute, hand over your tag to the volunteer.

There will be no more posicle sticks or manual recording of finishers. You must have a tag in order to have an official result.

As always, if you have any questions please email info@fortcollinsrunningclub.org.

Look for the registration link on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29!!!

Thank you for your consideration and attention to this matter!

HAPPY RUNNING!

This Sunday: Fossil Creek Park 5k T&H race

FCRC logoOur next Tortoise & Hare race is upon us this coming weekend. Here’s all the details you need to know before arriving on Sunday morning:

Where: Fossil Creek Park (Parking Lot off of Lemay Ave)
When: ~8 A.M., depending on your start time.
Course Map: Click here

For new T&H participants (if you have not run in past 2 years), enter your predicted time online.

For returning participants, look up your start time and wave online.

SHOW YOUR BRONCOS SUPER BOWL PRIDE! Wear your favorite T-shirt, jersey… or did you happen to notice the colors of your new RunningU shirt?

Breakfast and Coffee provided after the race at Raintree Athletic Club. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE MUG! FCRC travel mugs will be on sale for $5.

Not planning on running? Volunteer! Email us if you are willing to work the start/finish line on Sunday: info@fortcollinsrunningclub.org.

A Few Reminders about Running in Groups and Races

As the club continues to grow, our group runs and races are getting more crowded, especially at the finish of our TnH races. Fun and safety are our top priorities at all our club events. Here are a few things to remember when running with the club, and anywhere else:

  • When on the road, run against the flow of traffic and stay single file, especially on narrow shoulders.
  • When on the trail, stay to the right and try not to make sudden change of directions that might inhibit runners behind you. If running side by side your buddy, make sure there is plenty of room for other runners/cars to pass both from behind and from the other direction. Otherwise, remain single file.
  • Alert other runners when you are passing them, especially during our TnH races, where the final stretch is crowded by design. Say “ON YOUR LEFT” so they know you’re coming.
  • All our events are stroller/pet friendly as long as they are not impeding other runners. When running with dogs, please use a short, non-extendable leash so that your furry friends stay under control at your side and can’t zig-zag in front of other runners.
  • Accidents are obviously unavoidable. While we all want to achieve Tortoise & Hare fame, the safety and well-being of our fellow runners should always take precedent. If you happen to cause an accident, or see someone go down, please take the time to make sure everyone is alright before proceeding.