Towers 2-23

Another 18-runner (one-dog) turnout on Towers last night. While the conditions underfoot were distinctly winter-like, runners started off without the need for headlamps and then enjoyed the transition to a beautifully clear and starlit night. Another couple of Towers sessions and I think we can leave the headlights at home – a sure sign that we’re turning the corner on winter.

Conditions ranged from dirt, to ruts, to crunchy ice, to a dusting of snow, to inches of snow, to knee-deep post-holing. A real mixed bag for sure, but way better than last time out, I am told.

We’ll have another 15 minutes of daylight for the next outing on March 8, in addition to a full moon. Headlights optional?

Batting 100 on Towers in 2012:

Alex May
Brian Stefanovic
Brian Walter
Katie Robinson
Mindy Clarke
Pete Stevenson
Ryan Burch
Steph Lynn

FCTR’s at the Moab Red Hot 55k/33k

The Fort Collins Trail Runners had another strong showing at the Moab Red Hot 55k and 33k races this last weekend. By my best count, we had 43 FCTR finishers. A few people had a rough time out on the slickrock but everyone who started made it to the finish line. Sarah Hansen placed 3rd in the women’s 55k in her first ultra. Maggie, Lindsay, and Dave Seabeck also finished their first ultras this weekend. Alex, Brain Walter, Cat, and I ran new Red Hot PR’s. And we had quite a few runners out on the Moab trails for the first time. I’m sure I’ve missed some highlights so if anyone has additional results or race reports to share, send me an email with any additional details.

The Full FCTR Results and links to race reports:

55k Results
Overall
Place
Division Place
Finish Time
Pete Stevenson 5 4 M 0-39 4:35:03
Sarah Hansen 23 3 F 0-39 5:07:21
Shannon Price 27 19 M 0-39 5:15:01
Chris Swedenborg 37 24 M 0-39 5:24:29
Brian Stefanovic 52 28 M 0-39 5:39:23
Kyle Fanning 53 16 M 40-99 5:41:38
Brian Boyes 60 30 M 0-39 5:46:51
Alex May 68 33 M 0-39 5:51:51
Victoria Funk 69 10 F 0-39 5:51:58
Justin Liddle 79 37 M 0-39 5:59:24
Maggie Flanagan 80 13 F 0-39 5:59:32
Glen Strandvold 85 26 M 40-99 6:01:30
Catharine Speights 93 10 F 40-99 6:08:50
Katie Robinson 94 16 F 0-39 6:11:12
Kent Stieler 95 42 M 0-39 6:12:16
Brian Kraus 116 36 M 40-99 6:37:05
Jennifer Malmberg 122 22 F 0-39 6:45:06
Lindsey Habermann 139 26 F 0-39 6:59:43
Mary Boyts 140 20 F 40-99 6:59:45
Marie-Helene Faurie 150 23 F 40-99 7:13:57
Mindy Clarke 168 32 F 0-39 7:40:54
David Johnson 173 58 M 40-99 7:47:15
Ean May 174 33 F 0-39 7:47:17
Brian Walter 176 59 M 40-99 7:56:53
Ashley Gramza 179 34 F 0-39 7:59:35
Lindsay Martin 182 36 F 0-39 8:14:25
David Seabeck 183 56 M 0-39 8:14:27

33k Results
Overall
Place
Division Place
Finish Time
David Taylor 16 8 M 0-39 2:55:41
Nicole Callan 21 5 F 0-39 3:07:37
Diana Hassel 37 9 F 40-99 3:25:22
Dean Davis 38 11 M 40-99 3:25:23
Jeanne Mick 44 9 F 0-39 3:32:23
Jennifer Gately 46 10 F 0-39 3:34:07
Laura Backus 47 11 F 0-39 3:34:11
Stephanie Lynn 58 17 F 0-39 3:43:24
Chris Hinds 59 16 M 0-39 3:43:25
Stu Field 87 20 M 0-39 4:03:44
Jason Sagen 88 21 M 0-39 4:03:57
Elizabeth Myers 97 31 F 0-39 4:11:20
Virginia Fanning 106 25 F 40-99 4:21:47
Jennifer Swanson 113 26 F 40-99 4:40:58
Krista Lewicki 116 39 F 0-39 4:46:00
Jennifer Barfield 123 43 F 0-39 4:53:33

Towers 2-9-2012

So we’re finally starting to put the pieces together for our new FCTR website. Most of our 2011 Towers times have been updated and published and the latest times from the 2/9 Time Trial are posted here.

As of the most recent count, we had an impressive turn out with 18 runners tackling possibly the most atrocious running conditions I’ve seen on the hill to date.┬áSince the last snow storm, it looks like the utility workers have resorted to using snow cats to get up to the Towers. So instead of our usual semi-plowed mix of dirt and ice, the road was packed down with a solid layer of snow with some solid patches, some soft patches, and some broken chunky patches. Fortunately there wasn’t an inch of ice to be seen anywhere on the hill. Fun stuff!

We had a record 6 Gold Stars this week and only 5 runners made it to the top in under an hour. Ryan may have come close to Sam’s FKT …but he ran too fast to get an official time recorded. And in a rare upset, Chris managed make it to the top a full 10 seconds ahead of Steph. ….although there may have been some foul play involving a snow drift.

We’ll see everyone back on the hill again on the 23rd.