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.
Read about running strong from a young age from club member Dylan Monti di Sopra. Go Dylan! We support you 100% and can’t wait to hear about Moab. We expect a race report.
My name is Dylan Monti di Sopra. I am a senior at Polaris Expeditionary Learning School and a XC/track runner at Rocky Mountain High School. Running has always been a passion of mine. Growing up, I remember joining my dad (Pascal Monti di Sopra) at his races, taking part in the kids’ races and loving it. I continued running in Elementary school, Middle School and all through High School.
At Polaris ELS we need to complete a Senior Project as part of our graduation requirement. With running being such a big part of my life, I decided I would base my project around my passion – I will be taking my running to the next level. I have signed up to run an Ultra Marathon in February – the Moab Red Hot 55K.
I have started a blog to tell my story and blog about my journey. It would be great, if you could share my blog site with the other members of the Fort Collins Running Club.
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.