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.
Has the summer heat derailed your running goals? Good news, the forecast shows a break from the high 90’s we’ve been having for the past several weeks. Still, learning to embrace the heat rather than hiding on the basement sofa will help you keep running when the high temps return. Here are some tips to practice when the mercury rises:
Run by effort not by pace
– Instead of strictly following pace targets that you might normally follow, try running by how you feel rather than distance or pace.
Don’t wear dark colors or cotton – Gear matters in extreme conditions so dress appropriately. Look for synthetic fabrics like polyester or wool to keep you dry and cool.
Start your run hydrated (and keep hydrating). It’s important to hydrate well before, during and after your run. Unless you’re running more than 60 minutes, you probably don’t need to take any water with you, but learn what works for you.
Get off the roads – Asphalt and concrete absorb heat and radiate it back onto your poor, wilting body. The summer months are a good time to explore the amazing trails all over northern Colorado.
With all the whining we do about summer training, it actually makes you a better runner. Running in the heat causes our body to acclimatize to the conditions and adapt. These adaptations improve your efficiency and make you ready to run even faster as soon as the heat drops in the fall. So embrace the heat and run through it!
August 9, 2019
First wave starts at 6 PM
The Mountain Avenue Mile is just around the corner. It’s your chance to test your limits and push, push, push until you cross that finish line. This historic race is one for the entire running community. With a new relay team wave this year, there’s the opportunity to grab 3 of your fastest friends to combine for an even faster mile.
Registration is open and is only $15 up until race day.
MAM is in need of volunteers on 8/9 from 5:30-8:00 pm. They mainly need road crossing marshals, but could also use help with lead bikes and registration, which you can still run. Anyone available to help out can email Nick Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to get signed up to volunteer.
The second session of Fort Collins Running Club training programs, RunningU will kickoff on April 22nd at 8am at the North Side Atzlan Rec Center. See more info on the Facebook event.
It’s a Zero to 5K program designed to encourage, empower and take away all of the anxiety of running your first 5k or getting back to running. We’ll also feature an Intermediate Plan for those looking to improve their 5K time. The training plans lead up to running the FireKracker 5K on July 4th.
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