Category Archives: Club Members

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”

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.

FCRC President Conquers Inca Trail in a Single Day!

Team See Possibilities takes a quick break for a photo during their trek on the Inca Trail with Intrepid Travel. (Photo: Intrepid Travel)
Team See Possibilities takes a quick break for a photo during their trek on the Inca Trail with Intrepid Travel. (Photo: Intrepid Travel)

A couple weeks ago, FCRC President Dan Berlin hopped on a plane and headed to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu in Peru. While this is journey undertaken by thousands of people every year, Dan’s trip is particularly noteworthy because 1) he and his crew dubbed Team Possibilities were trying to traverse the >50 mile length in one day instead of the more typical four, and 2) Dan is legally blind.

On October 14, 2015, Dan and Team Possibilities did it! This Yahoo! news report explains,

Blind athlete Dan Berlin just took on and conquered the seemingly impossible—hiking the Inca Trail nonstop in less than a day.

The trail hike, which crosses through three mountain passes on the way to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu typically takes most people about four days. The majority of groups will even do it in more.

But “Team See Possibilities,” a group of four adventure athletes including Dan, did it in one fourth of the time.

Sound crazy?

In the team’s planning meeting before the run, one of the Peruvian guides who has completed the trek 215 times told the group: “What you are planning to do is not impossible, but the local authorities think it’s crazy for anyone to try, let alone with a blind person.”

Charles Scott, one of the crew members, also posted on October 18,

WE DID IT!! Daniel Berlin just made history!

Alongside my fellow guides Brad Graff and Alison Qualter Berna, and with help from our fabulous sponsor Intrepid Travel and their remarkable embedded videographer Lucy Piper, Dan became the first blind runner to complete the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru – Wonder Of The World in a single day – it’s typically a 4-day hike passing over 3 mountain passes, the highest of which reaches nearly 14,000 feet. We Team See Possibilities started at 4:30 a.m. thanks to special permission arranged by Intrepid Travel.

The mountain ascents and high altitude oxygen deprivation sapped our strength, and much of the trail was treacherous. The steep descents were particularly challenging for Dan. But he persevered, and we arrived at the stunning historic site of Machu Picchu 13 hours after starting, exhausted but elated.

The sun was disappearing behind towering mountains off to our left. Pink glowing clouds obscured the sunset and gave the ruins, which were laid out below us, an eerie feel. Machu Picchu at dusk was majestic – and devoid of human brings because the last tourists had already left. It was a rare privilege to see the site without any other people there.

Dan instantly became a celebrity in Peru, and he even received a prestigious sports accomplishment medal from the government. Our feat has received a lot of press coverage from local TV, radio, magazines and newspapers. UNICEF – Peru organized a visit to a school for blind children, where Dan encouraged the students to consider their blindness as an inconvenience to overcome rather than a disability that keeps them from setting ambitious goals. Watching Dan astound and inspire others was the highlight of this trip for me.

Thanks for additional love and support from Lisa Graff, Sheila Berlin, Altra Running, and everyone who contributed to our fund raiser for the Blind Institute of Technology.

Intrepid Travel’s amazing Lucy Piper is putting together a video about the experience that we’ll post soon!

Congratulations to Dan and crew members Alison Qualter Berna, Brad Graff, and Charles Scott on this epic adventure!