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Train for the FireKracker 5K with FCRC

Join Running U, Session II


Fort Collins Running Club is kicking off our second session of Running U on April 30th. The Zero to 5K program will take runners looking to run their first 5K or anyone just getting back into running and get them race day ready for the FireKracker 5K on July 4th. There is also an Intermediate schedule for anyone looking to improve their current 5K time.

It is free to be a part of Running U as long as you are a FCRC member. Become a member today! As part of Running U, you will receive:

  • Mentor lead group runs each week.
  • Informational talks to answer all of your running questions.
  • Beginner & Intermediate training plans.
  • $5 FCRC Buffs ——>

Click the link below to register for Running U’s Zero to 5K program today!


Meet Your Mentors

Colleen Jones

Hi there! My name is Colleen.  I am 23 years old and I have been running for 1 year at this point and completed my first half marathon.  I started a year ago on an app for 0 to 5k and I really wish I had joined a group like this when I started.  I joined Fort Collins Running Club about 2 weeks after the FireKracker 5k and I have been happy ever since.  I am now mentoring to help people start their running journeys and my goal is to be able to give new runners the community that I didn’t have when I started.  Lets get running!

Serena Gill

I’m so excited to be able to welcome you to RunningU for our annual Zero to 5k program! This program is near and dear to my heart because it’s how I got started and probably saved my life. I’ve lost weight and even quit smoking through running, but more importantly I’ve discovered passion and joy and the most amazing support network of friends and fellow runners. I never thought I’d be one of “those” people running around at all hours of the day and night in horribly loud colors and mismatched gear, but now I can’t imagine life without it. I look forward to being able to share at least a small part of that passion with you!

Katie Quatrano

I started running in 2009 to run a half marathon.  I’ve now run 28 half marathon and a full marathon! The more I am able to run, the easier it becomes.  Sometimes life can be hectic and I find it hard to keep up. I need to keep up with running so I can keep up with my kids! I usually squeeze my runs in early in the morning or over a lunch break. Having a steady running partner also helps me!

Stephen Pretak

I have been running competitively since 2000 as a junior in high school.  I ran Cross Country, Indoor/Outdoor track for the remainder of high school and all of college.  After college, I continued running but on my own and focused mainly on road racing.  I would race 5ks – 10 milers and was part of a USATF-Connecticut road racing team.  Since then, I have moved to Colorado where I have fallen for long distance trail running.  I do occasionally hop on the roads for local races, such as the Firecracker 5k or Man vs. Machine 5k.  I truly hope my experience in this sport can help you achieve your goals with Running U.

Kate Schulte

I have been running since I was a teenager and I now enjoy running and racing with all 3 of my kids, 2 dogs, and one husband. I also compete in triathlons and duathlons, but love that you can almost always go for a run! I occasionally race with an Athletes in Tandem participant and love being able to share the joy of running with those who cannot run alone. When I am not playing outside, I work as a health coach empowering others to move towards a healthier lifestyle. If you see a woman running in south Fort Collins with a golden retriever and a brindled boxer mix, it is probably me, so say hi!

Andy Auer

I’ve been running with the club for around 3 years, ever since I moved to Fort Collins from southern California. I‘m a senior at CSU—this spring, I will graduate with a BS in geology and a minor in history. My pronouns are they/them/theirs, and I love dogs. In my free time, away from school and work, I enjoy running, reading, and knitting.

Dunja Widhalm

Hello and Welcome to Running U! My name is Dunja (doon-ya) and I have been running on and off since I was a teenager which is ages ago. I am not fast at all, but I have endurance and I that helped me train for a few Half-Marathons. My goal is to run a Marathon in the next 5 years. I signed up to be a mentor, because I love volunteering and be part of the Fort Collins running community, but also because I hope, it will give support/inspire some folks to go out and run – all you need is a good pair of running shoes and socks! Remember “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius

Raquel Suro

Hi! I have been running on and off since I was in high school and started running with the Fort Collins Running Club when I moved to Fort Collins 2 years ago. Group runs have always helped me stay accountable, especially during the cold winter months. Knowing that there is a group waiting for me gives me the extra motivation to put on those running shoes, get out the door, and get those miles in! I signed up to be a mentor because I like helping people who are new to running or making a comeback and feel intimidated or overwhelmed with running in general. And even though running can be a “solo” sport I strongly believe running with a group gives you an incredible sense of community! Welcome to Running U!

Becca Blumberg

Hi everyone! My name is Becca, and I’ve got a running problem. This crazy journey started years ago when I needed a way to exercise both me and my border collie Gracie. She kept me motivated and away we went! We finished our first 5K together and from there came countless half marathons, short-course triathlons, a marathon and three half-Ironmans. No matter how much I tri, running will always have my heart. Like many others in this group, I’ve lost a great deal of weight as health and fitness have become my passion. This has led me to return to school at CSU to study nutrition and dietetics with the goal of health coaching. I can talk for hours about sports nutrition so feel free to pick my brain about what to eat before, during and after your runs.  I’m looking forward to sharing my love of running with everyone and helping you on your way to the finish line!!

Reminder: 2017 Horsetooth Half RunningU Training Program Begins Jan 15

The 2017 Horsetooth Half RunningU Training Program will officially kick off January 15 with a run from the New Belgium Brewery, followed by drink specials and a training presentation from Colorado In Motion. The Sunday before the official kick-off to the Horsetooth Half training season, we’ll be gathering for a ‘soft launch’ at Edora Park for the Fort Collins Running Club’s Tortoise and Hare 8k race.

The 2017 Horsetooth Half RunningU Training Program will officially kick off January 15 with a run from the New Belgium Brewery, followed by drink specials and a training presentation from Colorado In Motion. The Sunday before the official kick-off to the Horsetooth Half training season, we’ll be gathering for a ‘soft launch’ at Edora Park for the Fort Collins Running Club’s Tortoise and Hare 8k race.

Details for the free 14-week training program have been updated on the race website, and like last year there are two programs to choose from. The Beginner Program is designed for participants new to running or new to the half marathon distance. The Intermediate Program is designed for runners with a couple of half marathon finishes under their belts and who are looking to improve their times.

The Fort Collins Running Club’s RunningU training group is offered free to members and includes:

  • A 14-week training program, gradually increasing weekly mileage.
  • Group long runs every Sunday, which alternates between New Belgium (flat) and the race start by Hughes Stadium (hills).
  • Post-run informational sessions at New Belgium Brewery from Colorado in Motion, previous race winners and other race partners.
  • Sponsor giveaways.
  • Peer/mentor support and motivation through a closed Facebook group and email list.

Details for the two programs and the weekend long run and presentation schedules can be accessed from the Horsetooth Half Training Page.

All weekend runs are free and open to anyone, but we encourage you to register for the program if you’d like to be included in the peer mentoring benefits, midweek group run opportunities or just want to get to know your half marathoners in training better. (Update January 15, 2017: Registration is now closed.)

Need members for Running U Zero to 5k committee!

Want to get more involved in the running club? Want to help family, friends, or co-workers start running? Simply email us at to join the Zero to 5k Running U committee! We are currently looking for 6-8 club members to participate.

The Fort Collins Running Club is a 100% volunteer led organization. Throughout the year, the Board of Directors and numerous club members dedicate their time and love of running to the Fort Collins Running community. With over 600 members, the club is busier than ever looking for ways to keep current members actively engaged. With runners of all abilities, we strive to create events that are enjoyable for everyone. We also try to create competitive events that help each runner reach their individual goals.

Our mission to promote running in Fort Collins and surrounding communities is an ongoing effort and extends beyond our members. With the Fort Collins Running Club’s FireKracker 5k, we have an opportunity to encourage and promote running in Fort Collins by helping aspiring runners go from Zero to 5k. We are currently looking for 6-8 club members to participate in the Running U Zero to 5k committee to help us design and execute this unique program. Simply reply to this email to learn more!

Commitment includes:
1. Monthly meeting and/or email between February 2016 -April 2016

  • provide input to marketing
  • provide input to program structure
  • promote program in the local community
  • assist in identification and solicitation of sponsors

2. Mentor group between April 2016-July 4, 2016

  • Be “in charge” for 1-2 weeks (set the course on run day and send a weekly email that week to participants)
  • Attend as many of the weeks you aren’t in charge as possible (you do not have to commit to all 10 weeks)
  • facilitate motivating discussions
  • Participate in the FireKracker 5k

If you can’t commit your time, maybe your business would like to be a sponsor of this community event? Email us at for more information!

Thank you for being a part of our community!

-Fort Collins Running Club Board of Directors

Edora Park 8k recap, and Week 2 of Running U

FCRC Runners shrug off single digit temps!

Sundays aren’t for sleeping in and staying under the covers on cold mornings for this crowd. There were 122 of you that made your way to Edora Park to run 8K in 5 degree weather. That makes us 4 races out of 4 this year that we’ve attracted over 100 racers. Many of you came to Raintree Athletic Club afterward to reap the rewards of free bagels, donuts, and coffee. Dan Berlin, our president offered some words of wisdom from his running adventures. Katie Quatrano and Nick Clark shared some advice and tips regarding our Horsetooth Half RunningU training.

We have some pictures of the frozen morning. If you were there, there’s probably a picture of you on our Facebook page. Also, there are a few more photos in Felix Wong’s race report.


Week 2 of Running U is now!

When all was said and done today, we had over 200 people register for RunningU and start their training for the 2016 Horsetooth Half Marathon. Although registration is closed for RunningU, any club member can still take part in our training runs and programs, as well as take part in the Facebook and Listserve to reach out to the group, ask questions, find running buddies, and keep motivated in the cold and ice. Sorry, it’s just too late to get a T-shirt. The next RunningU hosted run will be from New Belgium Brewing on Sunday, January 17 at 9am.

Keep track of all the program updates on the RunningU Listserve. This week’s program was posted this morning. If you are registered, but have not been receiving the RunningU listserve emails, please contact us at