Horsetooth Half Training Program


Train for the Horsetooth Half Marathon with the Fort Collins Running Club!

Join us for the kick-off of our 15-week half-marathon training program on January 12, 2020 at New Belgium Brewery.


The RunningU program is built around the Fort Collins Running Club’s Tortoise and Hare series, and a series of Sunday long runs that alternate between hills and plains at three locations:

Runs from the race start will be out-and-backs on the opening hilly miles of the course, while runs from New Belgium and the Rio will be out-and-backs on the final flatter miles of the course.

All organized Sunday runs will be supported with fluids at the turnaround points. Runs starting and finishing at New Belgium and the Rio will also include fluids at the finish with post-race drink specials and a chance to socialize and share training progress with your fellow half marathoners in training. We will also have sponsor giveaways and post-run presentations after the New Belgium and Rio runs.

We will again be partnering with the Tuesday Night Track group in 2020 to add an additional opportunity to train with a group to help you meet your Horsetooth Half goals. The group will be doing the workouts from the Intermediate Training Program on the appropriate Tuesdays. The TNT group is composed of, and welcomes, all abilities and paces. They will be meeting at 6:00pm every Tuesday. Check out the facebook page for details of upcoming workouts. Horsetooth Half specific TNT workouts will be promoted through the training program newsletter and posted to the RunningU facebook page.

Find out more about the program on the Horsetooth Half website.

hth-new-logoOn April 19, 2020– Run the oldest and most iconic race in Fort Collins! The Horsetooth Half Marathon begins at 5,195 feet above sea level and takes runners on a nearly 500-ft. climb to the top of “Monster Mountain” at mile 1.7. The course follows the eastern shoreline of Horsetooth Reservoir, rolling past the ‘A’ Hill and North Dam Hill (5,579′). Runners begin their eastward journey to the New Belgium Finish Line Party and post-race expo in Old Town Fort Collins.

FCRC member David Feron celebrating his climb up Monster Mountain
FCRC member David Feron celebrating his climb up Monster Mountain


Dad and daughter train for their first half marathon together!
Dad and daughter train for their first half marathon together!

Ready to get started? You don’t have to wait to start your training! Join the Fort Collins Running Club today and our monthly Tortoise and Hare race series to build up your mileage and speed.

Not ready for Half Marathon training? Our Zero to 5k training will resume immediately following the Horsetooth Half Marathon and end with the Fort Collins Running Club’s FireKracker 5k on July 4, 2020!

zero-to-5kComing April 2020


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