As we’ve all noticed, the leaves are starting to change color and fall. This means a lot of things are changing – the seasons, the weather and how dark it is during your morning or evening run.
Here are some tricks and tips to keep in mind, as more runners are out and about in Fort Collins during these shorter days.
Lights – It’s important to see where you’re going and be seen by cars, bikes and other pedestrians.
-Headlamps or a handheld flashlight allow you to see the trails and road ahead of you so you don’t trip or slip on ice.
-Consider acquiring clip on LED lights to attach to your shirt, hat, or shoes. These provide a high level of visibility with minimum weight or interference with your body. Something that blinks and catches others attention are best in keeping you safe.
Reflectivity -will give you the most visibility to oncoming cars. The sooner they see you the better.
– Reflective vests & arm/leg bands are great for 360-degrees of visibility. Also consider reflective tape, which can be put on shoes, leggings, shirts – you name it.
– If you’re short on cash, get creative and try using duct tape on your clothing – while not as reflective as tape that is designed for visibility, the silvery shine is better than nothing, especially when it’s truly dark out.
Keep in Mind
– Drivers are all too often distracted and it’s best to assume they can’t see you. Do your part to be extra cautious when crossing intersections. Stop, look both ways and proceed when clear.
– Run with others! Ask a friend to join you and together you’ll be safer and enjoy more peace of mind. That dark sky can be scary and dangerous alone.
– Turn off your music and pay attention. When it’s dark and your vision is impaired it’s important to use your sense of sound to be aware of your surroundings and alert.
We hope these tips and tricks will help you with any fear or anxiety you might have about running when it’s dark. You might find that running at night is actually really fun. It breaks up the routine and can give you a different perspective. Run safe out there!
SUMMER, MOON, STARS, & RUNNING: What Could Be Better Than That?
Join us this Monday night, June 20th at 9:30 PM at Cathy Fromme Prairie on Shields south of Harmony for a summer solstice 3-5 mile full moon fun run!! FCRC and Altitude Running’s Monday Night Run we be joining together to “Run into Summer”! Carpooling recommended as the parking lot is small. Please bring your headlamp or flashlight!
Edora 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We have reserved a room upstairs. Buy your own beer, but bottomless appetizers (salted pretzels and hummus/veggies/pita bread) will be provided!
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
“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.
The first Tortoise & Hare (Rolland Moore 4K, 8am), fall member breakfast, and annual member meeting is fast approaching on October 11, 2015! Please come early to register for the race (7:30 A.M.) as we are expecting a large turnout. The breakfast and meeting will occur after the race in the park.
We need to know how many breakfast burritos to order by the end of this week. If you would like a burrito for after the race or while you are listening to the state of the club, please reply to the RSVP Survey by the end of the day this Friday, October 2.
Also, as has been tradition in the past, please feel free to bring fruit and other breakfast oriented items to add to the potluck. Coffee will also be provided from Starbucks.
Other News and Reminders
Tortoise & Hare First Timers: If you haven’t run Tortoise & Hare race in the past two years, please enter a predicted time online.
Homeless Gear Donation Drive: We are collecting winter clothing and other items during the meeting on October 11 to donate to the Homeless Gear organization. Please see the flier below for more information on requested items.