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.

Tortoise & Hare Race Series

2016-17 Tortoise & Hare

Season Recap

At the beginning of April we hosted the last race of the 2016-17 Tortoise and Hare series and wrapped up our most successful season yet! With a race each month between October and April, we had 7 races and a total of 391 runners. We also met our goal of finishing at least 100 runners at every race. Woohoo!The T&H races are unique in that participants receive a computer-predicted time that allow runners of all levels to compete equally. Runners start at staggered intervals with faster runners (Hares) trying to catch slower runners (Tortoises). Points are awarded based on how runners do compared to their predicted time and are accumulated throughout the series. Runners that continue to improve their time for each race receive more points. This year Katie Banghart was the overall winner and earned herself a $100 to Runners Roost. Congrats Katie!

Race Director Nick Clark said Katie is the poster child for how we hope runners will participate in the Tortoise & Hare series. She blew the competition out of the water by consistently improving and earning top points at many of the races. Katie started the first race running 15:07min/mile and ending up at 11:16min/mile. She also ran each of the 7 races earning herself a free entry into the FireKracker 5K. Here is Katie’s response when asked about her success and how she learned about the T&H series:

“Thanks so much!! I really enjoyed the T&H series and the entire running club has been great! As a first time runner who felt like they had no business joining a running club it’s been a great experience to meet and participate with wonderful and welcoming people!

Last September my friend Jamie somehow coerced me into signing up for the Horsetooth Half 🙂 I haven’t ran hardly at all since high school, and even then I mostly played sports and never ran any sort of distance. I was pretty nervous about the half marathon and so Jamie and I decided to try the T&H races so I could work on my pace and distance. I was really interested in the idea of the way these races are put on, I liked that we all finished together and never felt discouraged or that I was the slowest one out there. I saw that there were prizes given out to the top 5 when I first signed up but blew that off as I was sure I didn’t have a shot. Once I started getting a couple top finishes I became super competitive and didn’t want to miss a race! When I started I wasn’t sure I could run a mile without stopping so getting to this point feels great!  The club and especially the T&H races helped me out tremendously and have really given me a confidence boost that I think I will be able to conquer those damn hills 🙂 (referring to the Horsetooth Half course)

I’ve really enjoyed training these last few months; getting to know people in the club and this city I’ve lived in my whole life by running the trails! I want to give a big shout out to my friend Jamie McCue who encouraged me to do the Horsetooth Half, cheered me on through the T&H series, and will be by my side when we have a beer at New Belgium to celebrate! 🙂 “

Congrats to everyone who participated and to all our winners! The top 5 runners received gift cards to either Runners Roost or Altitude Running. We also awarded free entries into the FireKracker 5K for anyone that completed all 7 races. Great job!

This was the first year executing our new registration process for the entire series. As the T&H races grew bigger we needed to eliminate race day registrations in order to start on time. This meant we transitioned to online-only registrations using RunSignUp.com. Other benefits of going online allowed us to prep in advance, keep volunteer needs low and it made raceday run smoother than ever. Our biggest issue was communicating the extra step in the registration process that you need to look up your wave number on the FCRC website before finishing on RunSignUp. Thank you to everyone for their cooperation as we made the transition to this new registration process.

We couldn’t put on the Tortoise & Hare races without the amazing help from so many people. First thank you to our Race Director Nick Clark who volunteered his time each month to put on, time and with the help of Greg Smith, set up the course for each race. Ken Banwart, Cathy Ketcher and Tom Schipper made sure the post race refreshments were always taken care of. Huge shout out to Raintree Athletic Club for hosting us and providing hot coffee, especially after those really cold runs. Finally the many member-volunteers that helped out with raceday needs. Between bib pickup and start/finish line duties we needed 6-8 volunteers at each race. Because of all our wonderful volunteers we are able to keep the T&H races free for members. Thanks for all you do and for giving back to your club and community.We’ll do it all over again and be back with the first race next October!

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!