Thanks to all those who came out last week to the Fossil Creek Tortoise & Hare last Sunday. We had a record turnout of 254 runners. That is officially a T&H record by over 50 participants. And what an incredible morning for it — blue sky, bright sun, and nice crisp temps. There was a large number of new runners to the race, which is great. We hope you enjoyed it!
Congratulations to overall winner, and first timer Carly Callan. And congratulations also to Donald Coleman who – despite finishing 17th overall – was our top points scorer as the first finisher with a previous T&H time.
Once again, the surge of runners around the scratch handicap caused something of a backup at the finish line. We apologize for that.
We also tested our new timing system. Fifty runners were selected to use chips and all of them worked successfully. Plan to see T&H adopting a timing system in the coming races for all runners. Sooner rather than later we’ll be fully chip timed and 100% chute-less. That will be a win for everyone.
Registration for the next T&H is already open. This one will be on Sunday, 2/3 at Edora Park.
Edora Park 8K (5 miles)
[Course map] Runners start in the Edora Park parking lot near the baseball fields—enter from the Stuart Avenue entrance. Head east on the Spring Creek Trail, running under Riverside Avenue, Timberline Road and Prospect Road via the tunnels. Make a right on the Poudre Trail and pass back under Prospect and make left on Sharp Point Drive. Run alongside the Prospect Ponds Natural Area to the turnaround beyond Midpoint Drive. Runners then retrace their steps back to the Edora Park finish.
Ladies, are you ready? Do you need some motivation to start running? Do you have any friends who are in that boat? There is a great local non-profit who can lend a hand. And a fellow FCRC member, Stacey Pitcher, project manager at Running Start is ready to tell you more.
Some background — Running Start helps women overcome a life barrier by pairing each beginner with a personal motivator. They work together over 12 weeks to complete the beginner’s first 5K together.
We are currently looking for beginners and personal motivators. Applications are open (women only). We recognize that FCRC members are already runners. They may be interested in becoming personal motivators and we are hoping they will share this amazing program with any women that may be looking to start a journey toward running. The picture you see is of me and some fellow beginners and personal motivators. My mom was a beginner this year at age 70 after beating breast cancer!
It is free to apply and if chosen there is a $15 commitment fee. The program runs early March – June 2nd at the Colorado 13er 5K Run in Louisville. Thanks for all you do! I love the FCRC!!!
Applications for the 2019 Running Start Program are OPEN!
We are seeking 120 women along the Front Range who feel STUCK; women who have a barrier that they just can’t get through, but they know they want to change their lives.
Former Beginners say, “This program truly changed my life. I was on the fast track to an early death,” and, “My Personal Motivator believed in me before I believed in myself.”
Applications are also open to women who already understand the power, confidence and freedom of running. Personal Motivators support their Beginners thru the training, and are there to cross that first finish line with them! Personal Motivators are not elite athletics, coaches or therapists, they are runners and walkers that know the magic of women supporting other women.
Apply today! We can’t wait to hear YOUR story! running-start.org Applications close January 27.
Reminder: There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Registration closes on Saturday, 1/12/19 at 12pm (noon), no exceptions.
Remember (or in case you missed it), we have a new registration process that requires only one step. Translation…simple as anything! Just follow the super easy directions on the FCRC website and you’ll be set.
Registration is free for club members, $10 for non-members. Joining the club gets you entry to all 7 of the TnH races each year (and numerous other benefits!) Not yet a club member? Join today!
As always, please no dogs on this run due to narrow trails with two-way traffic.
Thanks to all who joined us for the kick-off of the 2019 RunningU Horsetooth Half Marathon training program!
We enjoyed 4-6mi on the Poudre Trail, followed by New Belgium drink specials, snacks (donuts, fruit, cocoa, coffee), sponsor giveaways and a training presentation from our friends at Colorado In Motion.
Group runs happen each Sunday, with much more information, runs, newsletters & more available for RunningU participants. See the full training schedule.
Be a part of Fort Collins’ largest locally-owned and produced race! What started as a bet between friends in its 46 year as an annual tradition with 2000 of your closest friends.
Make sure to register soon, as prices increase on January 3.
Remember: the 2019 Horsetooth Half Training Program will officially kick off January 6 with a 4-5mi run on the Poudre Trail from New Belgium Brewing followed by drink specials, snacks and a training presentation from Colorado In Motion. Please register for this free program HERE.