Turkey Donut Predict Run – 4th Annual! November 17

Just you wait, because this isn’t your ol’ run-of-the-mill 5k. Runners have to estimate their finishing time prior to the start; we don’t allow time keeping devices of any kind. The top 3 people that come closest to their estimate win. So just because you’re fast doesn’t mean you’ll win this one.

The race is FREE and a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Larimer County. All are welcome to participate in the run, but you have to donate to be eligible for the raffle (which is where the real action is 🙂  See our Facebook Event for constantly updated listing of donated prizes.

The 5k will start at 8:30am – Please come early to get registered. The course will start in Rolland Moore Park back by the Tennis Courts.

All who donate receive a ticket for our infamous raffle, where we have prize packs from many local businesses and restaurants, over a dozen race entries, and much more! Our biggest giveaway of the year!

Lamar’s has donated donuts and we will coffee to keep your tummies happy.

This is a free event so come join the community and test out your legs for the upcoming turkey day races.

A donation to the Food Bank of Larimer County will get you a raffle ticket for the goodies.

Here are the most needed Items for the Food Bank donations:
Peanut butter (non-hydrogenated oil)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, salmon, tuna)
Canned Fruit in Fruit Juice
Whole Grain, Low Sugar Cereal
Whole Grain Pasta
Brown Rice
Macaroni and Cheese

And of course cash $$$ helps the most. They have resources to buy products at much, much deeper discounts than any of us could buy. If you already have donation items, great! If you’re going to go out and buy some, consider just donating the money instead. The $5 you spend on a 2 jars of PB could be turned into 10 jars through the Food Banks sources.

Fall Run-Off #FCRCcleanup

With the end of our annual challenge yesterday, as a club, we totaled 1310.8 miles and 600 bags of trash collected (and there’s a quite a few more outside of the official totals).
 
Of the 53 natural areas in Fort Collins and Larimer County, we cleaned up 49 of them (most at least twice!), including every natural area within the Fort Collins city limits.
 
Two teams in particular stood out for their outstanding efforts. Congratulations to The Running Condors (Ana Velasquez, Fabiola Silva, Diego Manriquez, Gilberto Solano, Pablo Pinedo & Pilar Fuentealba) for taking home the overall win, and also highest total amount of trash collected. They received their gift certificates to Oregano’s Pizza at this morning’s Tortoise & Hare.
 
It was a close race with our returning champs, the Rubbish Rovers Repeat (Rebecca Sears, Joyce Nelson, Christina Ramin, Tom Ramin, Bernadette Kuhn, Tammi Glick), who ran the most miles and visited the most natural areas. Just like last year, we also awarded pizza to our top two teams in recognition of both of their amazing work. The lead changed hands multiple times over just this weekend, as both teams gave it their all to the very end!
 
A few things to look forward to:
 
Last year, we visited city streets. This year, natural areas. Next year…there’s a new set of destinations in mind. Stay tuned!
 
We’re working on a plan to make this a year-round challenge. Ideas include that any paid club member can, at any time, submit photo evidence to us that they cleared XX bags of trash around the city (either in one session or over multiple runs), and we’ll give them a $XX gift card to their favorite pizza place/local restaurant. Feedback appreciated!
 
On Friday, we had a great conversation with our City Natural Area Service Learning Coordinator, and there’s a very good chance we’ll have a plan for drop-off dumpsters next year.
 
Did you know FCRC has adopted a section of the Poudre Trail? We’ll have more info out soon, and hopefully a big club cleanup day in the Spring!

 

Member Spotlights

We have some members with great stories from this past week. Read below for what they shared with us.


Steve Mecklenburg ran the Silent Trails Memorial Race and placed 3rd in his age group!

See results and below is his priceless picture.


From Savannah (Savi) Brown, subject Encouragement:

Hi,  I’m a new member and my husband Chad has been trying to get me into running for quite some time.  My first ever event was the 4k at Rolland Moore. I was 3rd to start (after waiting an unintentional extra 30 seconds) and finished within the 20th to cross the line.

I tried not to compare myself to those who passed me, but was so appreciative to the many that saw my pain and gave me enthusiastic words of encouragement and support.  After finishing, I was surprised that after only a few minutes my breath was back to normal and the only pain I felt was in my foot from an injury a few weeks before.
My foot ended up swelling up enough for my first visit to a podiatrist who informed me that I had actually fractured my 3rd toe(where they flex within my foot) and my running had reversed the healing that was starting to take place.
What I’m saying is that I did it on a freaking broken foot! I don’t know if it makes me a bad ass or an idiot,  but I’m honestly looking forward to the go ahead to repeat the route and compare it.
Thanks for all who make up this great group of folks. I’m not sure how long I’ll be in ‘a boot’ or spectating, but I will be at all the events.

From David Huner:

So, I missed the first T&H run this season. I was out in Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada running the Royal Victoria Half Marathon. It was my first half in over three years, so I am very excited to have successfully completed it in spite of the the rainy, drizzly conditions. Great course along the waterfront, being at sea level may have helped. I finished in 1:35, was able to hang on to a 7:10 pace, good for 2nd in my 60 year old age div. Hoping there are more in my future. Look forward to the T&H in November.

Rolland Moore Tortoise & Hare 4K Recap

A crisp autumn day greeted our runners for the 1st of 7 Tortoise ‘n Hare races of the year. Perfect running conditions for a our local 4K (2.4M) starting and finishing at Rolland Moore Park.

We had a total of 192 finishers. Our first six finishers were all joining us for their first Tortoise & Hare, and a podium of Brian Rimar, Scott Slusher and Katie Quatrano took the points wins by being the first non-first-time finishers. See the results and points standings here.

Following the race, we had our annual Fall Member Breakfast, where hundreds of bagels and gallons of orange juice disappeared in a flash.  New Board Members were introduced, our Fall Run-Off was kicked-off, word was spread of upcoming social events (Halloween Costume Run, Turkey/Donut Predict Run, Movie: Unruly Mystic-The John Muir Story, Trail Running Film Festival), and a drawing was done for a free entry to the upcoming Blue Sky Marathon.

We’d look forward to seeing everyone again next month (11/4) at the Spring Canyon Park 5k.

Fall Run-Off – #FCRCcleanup

3rd Annual! Kicking off October 7th will be our Fall Run-Off, encouraging FCRC members to get out and explore new trails while running with new friends.

Sign Up Today!
Teams of up to 6. Individual sign-ups welcome. See link for more details.
You can add team members at any time during the month, up to the limit.

You’ll again earn points for picking up garbage throughout your run and together FCRC members will make Fort Collins SPARKLE. Can we beat last year’s record totals of 1564.4 miles and 684(!!!) bags of trash?

We’ll be awarding bonus points for visiting (and cleaning up) City Natural Areas and Larimer County Parks.

After kicking-off at the October Tortoise & Hare, the fun begins the next day and runs through Sat, Nov 2nd. Winning teams will be announced at our Nov TnH.