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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to all those who came out last week to the Fossil Creek Tortoise & Hare last Sunday. We had a record turnout of 254 runners. That is officially a T&H record by over 50 participants. And what an incredible morning for it — blue sky, bright sun, and nice crisp temps. There was a large number of new runners to the race, which is great. We hope you enjoyed it!
Congratulations to overall winner, and first timer Carly Callan. And congratulations also to Donald Coleman who – despite finishing 17th overall – was our top points scorer as the first finisher with a previous T&H time.
Once again, the surge of runners around the scratch handicap caused something of a backup at the finish line. We apologize for that.
We also tested our new timing system. Fifty runners were selected to use chips and all of them worked successfully. Plan to see T&H adopting a timing system in the coming races for all runners. Sooner rather than later we’ll be fully chip timed and 100% chute-less. That will be a win for everyone.
Registration for the next T&H is already open. This one will be on Sunday, 2/3 at Edora Park.
Edora Park 8K (5 miles)
[Course map] Runners start in the Edora Park parking lot near the baseball fields—enter from the Stuart Avenue entrance. Head east on the Spring Creek Trail, running under Riverside Avenue, Timberline Road and Prospect Road via the tunnels. Make a right on the Poudre Trail and pass back under Prospect and make left on Sharp Point Drive. Run alongside the Prospect Ponds Natural Area to the turnaround beyond Midpoint Drive. Runners then retrace their steps back to the Edora Park finish.
Ladies, are you ready? Do you need some motivation to start running? Do you have any friends who are in that boat? There is a great local non-profit who can lend a hand. And a fellow FCRC member, Stacey Pitcher, project manager at Running Start is ready to tell you more.
Some background — Running Start helps women overcome a life barrier by pairing each beginner with a personal motivator. They work together over 12 weeks to complete the beginner’s first 5K together.
We are currently looking for beginners and personal motivators. Applications are open (women only). We recognize that FCRC members are already runners. They may be interested in becoming personal motivators and we are hoping they will share this amazing program with any women that may be looking to start a journey toward running. The picture you see is of me and some fellow beginners and personal motivators. My mom was a beginner this year at age 70 after beating breast cancer!
It is free to apply and if chosen there is a $15 commitment fee. The program runs early March – June 2nd at the Colorado 13er 5K Run in Louisville. Thanks for all you do! I love the FCRC!!!
Applications for the 2019 Running Start Program are OPEN!
We are seeking 120 women along the Front Range who feel STUCK; women who have a barrier that they just can’t get through, but they know they want to change their lives.
Former Beginners say, “This program truly changed my life. I was on the fast track to an early death,” and, “My Personal Motivator believed in me before I believed in myself.”
Applications are also open to women who already understand the power, confidence and freedom of running. Personal Motivators support their Beginners thru the training, and are there to cross that first finish line with them! Personal Motivators are not elite athletics, coaches or therapists, they are runners and walkers that know the magic of women supporting other women.
Apply today! We can’t wait to hear YOUR story! running-start.org Applications close January 27.