2020 Horsetooth Half Marathon

We’re getting ready to kick off the 2020 Horsetooth Half Marathon Season. It all begins on Labor Day with the opening of the one-week-only, never-to-be-repeated, super-early-bird registration period. From Monday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 8th, race registration is only $65 before bumping up to regular early bird pricing of $75.

Or maybe you’ll win a free 2020 entry!! Come see us at the Fortitude 10K post-race expo to learn more.

New T&H Timing System

The 2019-2020 Tortoise & Hare Season is coming up. The first race of the series is on Sunday, October 13th. After much testing in various runs and races over the past several months, we are implementing a chip timing system for our race series. What does this mean?

WE ARE USING CHIPS ONLY IN THE TORTOISE & HARE

THERE ARE NO MORE BIBS

Details for this year:

  • You must still register prior to the race. Registration closes at 12:00pm (noon) the day before the race. You must be an FCRC member to run T&H. Not a member? Join now!
  • There is a one (1) time $10 deposit for your race chips (one on each shoe). After that $10, the chips are yours to keep and the same chips will be used at each T&H. You must bring them to each race. Deposits are refunded at the end of the season with chip return.
  • After registration, you have two (2) options to pay for your chip.
    • You can pay for the chip prior to race day. We will send you an invoice via PayPal and you can pay via credit card. If this is the case we will make note of that and will hand you your chip on race morning.
    • You can pay on race morning. If you pay on race morning CASH IS BEST. If you pay cash, please try to bring the exact amount. We will be able to accept credit cards, but again, CASH IS BEST, in the exact amount.
    • Even if you prefer to pay on race morning, you will receive an invoice for PayPal. You can ignore it, we just hope for early payments.
  • Please arrive earlier than normal on race morning. We usually say 30 minutes, but 45 wouldn’t hurt. The first T&H of the season can be big. And since we’re handing out chips and taking money, lines could be long.
  • After you receive your chip you will place one on each shoe. We’ll have demos and maybe even some videos for high-quality instruction. Stay-tuned.
  • Post-race, you will keep your chip. Please store it in a safe place and remember it for the next T&H and the following five (5) after that. 

We more than appreciate your support with all of this and hope you enjoy the new timing system!

FCRC Fall Marathon Training Program

The FCRC Fall Marathon Training program kicks of on Sunday, June 9th at 7am at ALIVE by Raintree

Anyone looking to run a 1/2 marathon is also more than welcome to join this program and adjust any distances as they see necessary/feel comfortable with. 

The cost of the program is $25. All participants receive an FCRC singlet/tank top, a private/closed Facebook group for participant interaction, a training schedule, group runs with water and gels, and more. 

This program is targeted at any/all fall marathon participant(s) (Long View, New Fall Equinox Marathon, Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, etc).

Please take the time to answer this questionnaire as specifically as possible only if you plan to take part in the program.  Click here to complete the questionnaire or follow this link – https://forms.gle/Y7Zp5awX2G9CepmV9. After finishing the questionnaire you will have the opportunity to register for the FCRC Fall Marathon Training program.


If you already filled out the information form and just want to register, click here or visit – https://runsignup.com/…/…/FortCollins/fortcollinsrunningclub

The FCRC’s International Ambassador

In recent years, the Fort Collins Running Club has experienced exponential growth and now has over 800 members. But did you know that the club not only has members who reside within Larimer County and elsewhere along the Front Range, but also someone who has never even lived in the United States? It’s true!

Three years ago, Antxon Corta of San Sebastián, Spain, was preparing to run the Chicago Marathon. A popular thing among Spaniards is to represent a club during a race, and since Antxon had not already belonged to a specific organization, he looked for a running group in the U.S. to join. Somehow during a web search, he came across the Fort Collins Running Club’s website.

He liked the FCRC’s inclusive spirit—and its logo of a tortoise and hare—so much that he wrote to the club (in English). He wondered if folks living, oh, 5000 miles from Fort Collins could nevertheless join the FCRC and buy club gear to wear in the marathon. Also: could the clothes be shipped to his hotel in Chicago?

As FCRC webmaster, I (Felix) saw his message and jumped at the chance to correspond with a Spaniard. I wrote back, in Castellano (what we call Spanish), “It would honor the club very much if you wore our jersey in the Chicago Marathon. If you do, I’ll buy membership for you!”

Sure enough, Antxon purchased club gear, which Sport About (the FCRC’s local supplier) shipped to his hotel in Chicago. He then wore a blue singlet sporting a white FCRC logo in not only the 26.2-miler in the Windy City, but also in races in San Sebastián, other towns in Basque Country, and even Manchester (UK)—all while spectators cheered and shouted at the top of their lungs, “Go Fort Collins!”

Antxon at the 2016 Chicago Marathon.
Antxon at the 2017 Manchester Half Marathon
Antxon ran the 2018 Andoain Herri Krossa 10K (Basque Country) in a blazing 38m37s.

When Antxon’s first-year membership came up for renewal, the FCRC board voted to perpetually extend his membership each year as long as he continued to trot around the world wearing the club’s memorabilia. After all, he doesn’t even live in Colorado and cannot reap the club’s membership benefits, yet he was doing all of this free advertising for us! In essence, Antxon had become the club’s de facto International Ambassador.

When I went to Spain in 2017 to walk the Camino de Santiago, Antxon even picked me up from the San Sebastián airport and let me sleep at his home, where his wife Vicky prepared a scrumptious dinner of Spanish tapas. The next morning, Antxon drove me to Irún—a small town on the Spanish/French border—where I officially started my 600+ mile camino.

Eating Spanish tapas at Antxon & Vicky’s home in San Sebastián, Spain in September 2017.

Of course I was more than happy to return the favor when Antxon wrote in late 2018 saying that he and and his wife intended to visit Fort Collins for a week in May 2019 and that he wanted to run the Colorado Marathon. [Race report] Antxon registered for the race and flew over to Denver with Vicky using their own funds. Then they stayed at my place during their entire visit and got to meet more than a dozen of my friends, including several fellow FCRC members.

Jennifer Weinert, Vicky Calvo, Antxon Corta, and Felix Wong at La Crêperie in Fort Collins.
Mel Sirois (FCRC Administrative Coordinator), Felix Wong, Vicky Calvo, Antxon Corta
Felix and Antxon at the start of the 2019 Colorado Marathon.

One thing that surprised Antxon and Vicky were all the people in Fort Collins who spoke their language. “All your friends speak Spanish!” they said (in Castellano) towards the end of their trip, being fully aware of the stereotype that Americans only speak English. Kudos to all my amigos norteamericanos who dispelled the following joke:

Q: What do you call someone who speaks three or more languages?
A: Multilingual.
Q: What do you call someone who speaks two languages?
A: Bilingual.
Q: What do you call someone who speaks only one language?
A: American!

Antxon and Vicky also mentioned how this was a much different experience than their previous visits to the U.S. During this trip, they got to converse with so many Americans and learn about their lives and culture, as opposed to merely trying to buy food or merchandise in broken English.

Of course, their visit was equally delightful and beneficial for me, as it provided over 50 hours of Spanish practice without having to step outside my home state. It is also fun to get to show foreigners your hometown! I can’t wait to see my two friends from San Sebastián again; perhaps next time in Basque Country.

FCRC members Carl Patterson-Markpwitz, Felix Wong, and Antxon Corta after finishing the 2019 Colorado Marathon. [Race report]

Next T&H – Edora Park

This Sunday is the 5th of 7 Tortoise & Hare races of the year. This one is 8K (essentially 5 miles) starting and finishing at Edora Park

All you need to do to sign up is visit the FCRC website. Reminder: There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Registration closes on Saturday, 2/2/19 at 12pm (noon), no exceptions.

And, if you registered and cannot make it, it would be wonderful if you can UN register. It’s very easy to do.

  1. Go back to the registration page
  2. Enter your name
  3. Click on the link that says :

If you cannot make it to the race, you can unregister (optional).

Registration is free for club members, $10 for non-members.
Joining the club gets you entry to all seven of the T&H races each year (and numerous other benefits!) Not yet a club member? Join today!

As always, please no dogs on this run due to narrow trails with two-way traffic.

See the latest updates in the Facebook Event.

  1. On race day, arrive 30 minutes prior to your allotted start time.
  2. Report to the check-in table to receive your race number and safety pins. Please secure your number someplace easily visible by our volunteers. Race number is required to start the race.
  3. As volunteers announce the waves, please line up in your wave.
  4. As you cross the finish line, please stay in order in the finish chute. Tear off tag on race number and hand to volunteer.