A crisp autumn day greeted our runners for the 1st of 7 Tortoise ‘n Hare races of the year. Perfect running conditions for a our local 4K (2.4M) starting and finishing at Rolland Moore Park.
We had a total of 192 finishers. Our first six finishers were all joining us for their first Tortoise & Hare, and a podium of Brian Rimar, Scott Slusher and Katie Quatrano took the points wins by being the first non-first-time finishers. See the results and points standings here.
Following the race, we had our annual Fall Member Breakfast, where hundreds of bagels and gallons of orange juice disappeared in a flash. New Board Members were introduced, our Fall Run-Off was kicked-off, word was spread of upcoming social events (Halloween Costume Run, Turkey/Donut Predict Run, Movie: Unruly Mystic-The John Muir Story, Trail Running Film Festival), and a drawing was done for a free entry to the upcoming Blue Sky Marathon.
We’d look forward to seeing everyone again next month (11/4) at the Spring Canyon Park 5k.
It’s almost October which means it’s the start of our Tortoise & Hare race series!
The Tortoise & Hare is a low-key “handicap” series of seven races that are run monthly from October to April, typically on the first or second Sunday of the month. Computer-predicted times allow runners of all levels to compete equally. Runners start at staggered intervals with faster runners (Hares) trying to catch slower runners (Tortoises).
Races are free for FCRC members and only $10 for non-members. All participants must register online as there is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. It’s just too crazy and we must start waves on time.
Registration closes at noon on October 6th.
Pay special attention to the registration directions. Since the set up for this race is unique it takes an extra step of looking up your wave number.
Our final T&H race of the 2017-18 series was this past Saturday, 4/31/18. In all, we had 396 runners take part throughout the season. It’s a big growth considering that just 5 years ago we didn’t even break 100 runners. You can find the race results and final series standings on our website. Congrats to everyone who participated! It was a great season!
Congratulations to series winner Scott Slusher and our other prize winners Matt Hughes (2nd), Ruth Waller-Liddle (3rd), Leisha Craft (4th), Bill Hayes & Tracy Ziegler (tied 5th).
We also had over two dozen folks attend every TnH this season, either as runners or volunteers. We’ll announce those folks and the prize they receive in the next newsletter.
Every race we get tons of positive feedback and many thanks for putting them on. The truth is we couldn’t do it without help. Outside of our wonderful race-day member volunteers, many of our board members and volunteer race director, Nick Clark put in hours or work each month to ensure these races run smoothly. We’re fortunate to receive their service and commitment to the Fort Collins running community. Thank you for all you do!
Photo Credit: @ronmichael ‘s Instagram post
Yesterday’s Tortoise & Hare race could be summed up in one word… COLD! With a sudden drop in temperature combined with a brisk wind there was an extra motivation to get running and warm up. Luckily no fingers or toes were lost. All in all, we’ve been pretty lucky so far this T&H season with good weather. Three years ago 5 of the 7 T&H races had single digit temps. Brrr…
Congrats to all 152 finishers! Results and series standings can be found here.
Registration is open for the 5th T&H of the season! With a late January T&H this means you only have a few weeks to get registered for the next race on February 4th. Don’t procrastinate! We’d rather you register now and not show up if plans change than wait until the last minute. Registration closes Feb. 3rd @ noon with no race day registration. Thanks for helping us keep these events running smooth and enjoyable for all.
We also have our volunteer slots open. Feel free to sign up for any of our 45 minute spots and help give back to your club. In doing so, all volunteers will be entered to win a $25 Altitude Running gift card. We couldn’t put on these races without you, so thank you!