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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]

Senior Project

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.

The blog name is:
“Dylan’s Senior Project – The road to running an Ultra”
www.dylansp.weebly.com

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.

Cathy Morgan – A Friend To Everyone

Our beloved longtime FCRC member, board member and volunteer passed away January 20, 2017 after her battle with lung and brain cancer. Cathy Morgan was a powerful impact for good in the Fort Collins running community. She was a friend to everyone and did not know a stranger. We will miss her bright personality.

Cathy was active throughout her life engaging in scuba diving, cycling, hiking and skiing, but it wasn’t until spring of 2005 that Cathy started running. Longtime friend, Libby James remembers that “Morgan had an amazing set of lungs… She was an animal on the uphills.” Cathy won numerous age group awards locally including the Bolder Boulder. The Tokyo Marathon was her first and only marathon in 2012. Afterwards she said “That wasn’t any harder that doing a half”. She loved running for the sociability and the way it made her feel.

Fort Collins Running Club was fortunate to have Cathy serve on the board as Treasurer for many years. Serving on the board was her way of doing her part for the sport she loved. Her devotion to the community was abundant. Along with serving on the FCRC board, Cathy volunteered for Legacy Land Trust, Nordic Ranger Trail Crew, The Humane Society, Animal House, and briefly with Larimer Animal People Partnership, and election clerk.

In memory of Cathy Morgan, Fort Collins Running Club has created a traveling award. The “Morgan” Award will be given to a FCRC member annually to a person who shoes the highest level of volunteerism to the running community. At the end of each year beginning with 2017 a committee will vote on the recipient of this award.

Cathy Ann Morgan Obituary

Cathy Morgan: ‘Help out’ is her middle name” James, Libby Fossil Creek Current, January 2007.

Meet Katie Hardy, FCRC’s New Administrative Coordinator!

katie-hardyDue to the rapid growth of the Fort Collins Running Club, the FCRC has hired its very first Administrative Coordinator! Please welcome Katie Hardy, who was selected from three dozen applicants.

Below is a short bio.

Hello FCRC! I like so many others started running to stay in shape. I’ve been running since junior high and love that no matter where I go, my running shoes are always close by. I graduated form University of Utah with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science with emphasis in Fitness Leadership. I am inspired when people adopt active lifestyles and see the positive changes in their lives. I’ve worked in Run Specialty for 6 years and can’t get enough of working with runners. My favorite part of running is that it never gets easy and the discipline it takes to train for races and push yourself.