Category Archives: Club News

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]

Resolution Run 5K

Join us New Years Eve for the Resolution Run 5K, a Fort Collins tradition since 1984, now brought to you by FCRC.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration is only $25, and club members receive $10 off with the code FCRC.

Join us as we run out the old year and run in the new.

Glow sticks, hot cocoa & sparking cider abound!
Get a head start on your New Years Resolution by enjoy a family-friendly, neighborhood streets 5K starting & finishing at Edora Pool Ice Center (EPIC).

Kids, strollers, dogs & walkers welcome!

Finish in under 20:19 to earn a special prize!

The race is held after sunset – we’ll provide glow sticks by the bucket, and everyone is encouraged to show off their bright clothes and lights!

Entry fees include: unisex t-shirt, finisher momento, glow sticks, hot chocolate and a great time!

Course

The Resolution Run 5K course will be a scenic, flat & fast loop course through the Parkwood neighborhood.

Location & Parking

Edora Pool Ice Center (1801 Riverside Dr) will be our host venue, with parking in their facility lot.
All packet pickup will be on race day at EPIC.

Schedule

5:00-5:45p – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up at EPIC
6:00p – Race Start
7:00p – Awards, Prizes & Hot Cocoa at EPIC
Afterwards – go enjoy New Years Festivities!

Volunteer

Want to help out? Email or call Volunteer Race Director Brad Bishop, (303) 946-9320.

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!

 

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.