VFuel to Provide Gel for the 2014 Quad Rock Trail Races

We are happy to announce that VFuel Endurance will supply gel for the 2014 Quad Rock Trail Races.

VFuel Endurance GelAid stations will be stocked with all of the current VFuel flavors: Peach Cobbler, Vanilla, Fudge Brownie, Cool Citrus, and Maple Bacon.

Gel pack samples will be included in the race packets but to cut down on waste and to ensure that we have enough gel for all runners, aid stations will only have bulk containers of gel. Runners will need to bring their own gel flasks to refill or ‘shoot’ gels at the aid stations.

VFuel was founded by local ultra runners from Estes Park, CO. The VFuel formula was developed and tested right in our back yard on the trails of Rocky Mountain National Park. As the first true endurance gel, VFuel is made for tough mountain courses exactly like Quad Rock.

Superior recovery, ease of digestibility, and delicious flavors intended to be consumed for hours and hours, are just a few of the benefits of VFuel Endurance Gel.

We encourage Quad Rock participants to try and train with VFuel before race day. Order online from VFuel.com and enter coupon code QuadRock14 for a 20% discount.


Quad Rock Spring Training Runs

As we round the corner and start looking forward to spring, it’s time to start putting in some longer miles in preparation for the summer racing season. To help get those long training runs banked, we’ll be organizing a few spring outings through March and April culminating with a loop of the Quad Rock course on April 5.

As we did last year, we’ll be hosting an informal Quad Rock Training Run from the race start/finish area at Soldier Canyon in Lory State Park. There will be multiple mileage options, from the full 25 mile loop to shorter, abbreviated versions of the course. We’ll look to get started at 8:30 on Saturday April 5. We’ll be providing burgers and veggie burgers for a post-run BBQ. Park regulations limit beers to 3.2, if you want to bring something to drink. If you want to chip in for the cost of food & site rental, we’ll have a donation jar, proceeds from which will go to race beneficiaries: Animal House Rescue, LCSAR, and Friends of Lory State Park. As an added bonus, Pearl Izumi will be at the BBQ to demo their super-popular E:Motion shoe line.


Date: April 5th.
Start: 8:30am at the Soldier Canyon Trailhead at Lory State Park.
BBQ Potluck: 1:00pm – 4:00pm (please bring something to share or a few dollars to contribute for picnic area rental, BBQ supplies, food and other misc.) Only 3.2% beer is allowed in the park.
Fees: No registration is required. Runners are responsible for their own park entrance fee ($7 day use per car if you don’t already have an annual state park pass. Carpooling strongly recommended.)

Other Runs

Kicking things off on March 23, there will be a run of between 21 and 36 miles around Horsetooth Reservoir. Dubbed March Mileage Madness, the run starts from Alex May’s house on the west side of Fort Collins. The shortest route – via the valley trails on the west side of the reservoir – is 21 miles, while the longest route which heads up into the hills of Horsetooth and Lory on the west side is about 36 miles with a good bit of climbing. Routes can be altered to find a middle ground between the two distances. Watch for updates on this one and Round Mountain (see below) via the Fort Collins Trail Runner list.

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29-30 miles & 10k’ of vert. Good Lord!

A week later, we’ll be meeting at the Round Mountain trailhead for a run on the infamous “Round Mountain Ladder,” a 30 mile, 10,000 foot jaunt up and down Round Mountain just west of Loveland. Although it’s only 4.5 miles to the summit, we squeeze 30 miles out of the mountain by out-and-backing from each of the mile markers along the way, with a final summit at the end. The group dynamic of this workout is invaluable in getting the work done. Shorter versions of the workout include: out and backs to mile 1, mile 3, and the summit; or 2, 4, summit; double summit; single summit, etc. This one is scheduled for 6:30am from the Round Mountain trailhead on Saturday March 29.

The training runs are open to all abilities and regardless of whether or not you are signed up for Quad Rock in May. We hope to see you at one or all of them.


2014 Quad Rock Supporters and Product Giveaways

In addition to the support of our main sponsors for 2014, Pearl Izumi and Cornerstone Mortgage, we feel incredibly fortunate to have the support of some amazing local businesses and gear companies.

Local trail and ultrarunners Cat Speights, Justin Liddle, and Terry Gebhardt have once again stepped up to show their support for the Fort Collins running community with sponsorship of the Quad Rock 25 & 50 mile races through their fantastic businesses.

Colorado Physical Therapy SpecialistsTerry Gebhardt is the owner of Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists, a primary care provider for all your orthopedic needs. COLPTS specializes in sports injuries, neck and back pain, chronic pain, and women’s health. Ask any runner in town who puts them back together, and chances are Terry’s team will be first on the referral list.

Justin K. Liddle DMD, LLCJustin Liddle (DMD) is not only a talented trail runner and keen supporter of the local trail running scene, but he’s also an accredited prosthodontist. Justin’s dental practice can take care of pretty much any of your dental needs, but he specializes in implants and other complex reconstructive procedures. Take a nasty face-first fall and Justin will put your smile back together. Check out the ‘smile gallery‘.

Countryside Animal HospitalDr Catherine Speights is not only a highly accomplished distance runner, but the go-to small animal vet in the running community (and beyond). Her practice, Countryside Animal Hospital, specializes in personalized care of dogs and cats in a home-like setting. Funds from the Countryside sponsorship help support race beneficiary Animal House, which in turn provides volunteer support for the post-race BBQ. It’s a win-win, folks.

Product support for the Quad Rock races come from a range of great companies.

Headquartered in Estes Park, CO, VFuel will be providing on-course support with aid-station gels in a range of flavors. As the first true endurance gel, VFuel was made for tough mountain courses exactly like Quad Rock.

Additional on course fueling needs will be provided by Windsor-based Succeed. They will be providing S!CAPS, the gold standard in electrolyte replacement for endurance athletes.

Overall and age group prizes will come in the form of shoes, packs, sunglasses, running watches and running gift vouchers from five great companies: Pearl IzumiUltraspireSmith Optics, New Balance Watches & Runners Roost Fort Collins.

And it wouldn’t be a celebration of trail and ultrarunning in Fort Collins without a craft brewer helping out with the post-race festivities, so we’re super stoked that Pateros Creek will be back at the BBQ offering up their special batch of “51st Mile English Mild.” We’ll also be offering baked goods from Great Harvest and refreshing rehydration from IZZE Sparkling Juice.

Please support our sponsors – they are all local to Fort Collins or the Mountain West. We couldn’t do this without their kind support.


Cornerstone Mortgage Helps Bump Prize Purse to $1,600

The 2014 Quad Rock 50 Mile race will have a total prize pool of $1,600, made possible with kind support from the Hunter Team at Cornerstone Mortgage Company, a major race sponsor and enthusiastic supporter of the local running community.

The overall awards will be distributed as follows:

1. Award + $400 + Sponsor Product + free 2015 entry
2. Award + $200 + Sponsor Product + free 2015 entry
3. Award + $100 Runners Roost Voucher + Sponsor Product + free 2015 entry

Course Record Bonus
: $100
Course Record + Time Bonus: $200

To win the time bonus, winners must run under 7:30 (men) or 9:00 (women).

Age group awards (Open (under 40) & Masters)

1. Award + Pearl Izumi shoes
2. Award + Sponsor Product
3. Award + $25 Runners Roost Voucher

In the 25-mile race, prizes will be as follows:


1. Award + Pearl Izumi shoes + free 2015 entry
2. Award + Sponsor Product
3. Award + Sponsor Product

Age groups

1. Award + Pearl Izumi shoes
2. Award + $30 Runners Roost Fort Collins gift voucher
3. Award + $20 Runners Roost Fort Collins gift voucher

Sponsor Product will include: Smith sunglasses, New Balance watches, and Ultraspire packs.

All other finishers will receive an award for finishing. Other sponsor goodies will be raffled during the awards for each race.


2014 Quad Rock Presenting Sponsor: Pearl Izumi

We are excited to announce that for the third year in a row, local shoe and apparel company Pearl Izumi is once again showing its support for the local trail running community by stepping up as the Presenting Sponsor for the Quad Rock 25/50 Mile Races.

The M2, offering cushion and moderate mid-foot stability

All entrants will receive a high quality form-fitted Pearl Izumi blended tech T-shirt in both men’s and women’s sizing. Runners will also have the chance to win Pearl Izumi shoes from the wildly popular  E:Motion line and enjoy discount opportunities on Pearl Izumi merchandise at the Runners Roost packet pick-up the Friday before the race.

In addition, there will be opportunities to demo the E:Motion line at the spring training run, at packet pick-up, and also at the start/finish area on race day.

The New Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail Racer – or – N1

We couldn’t be happier to be working with Pearl Izumi, a local company that shares our ideals of quality in performance, even in the Gnarliest of conditions and in the most demanding of locations.

Locally, the Pearl Izumi line is available through Runners Roost Denver and Fort Collins, in addition to other high quality run specialty stores – or online at Shop Pearl Izumi.



The Inaugural Running of the Black Squirrel Half Marathon: Race Recap

The start of the inaugural running of the Black Squirrel Half marathon. Erin Bibeau Photography.

The start of the inaugural running of the Black Squirrel Half marathon. Erin Bibeau Photography.

It was a hot one for the inaugural running of the Black Squirrel Trail Half Marathon, hosted on the beautiful trails of Lory State park, but that didn’t deter 206 hardy runners from completing the challenging course.

Runners snake up the start of the Timber climb.

Runners snake up the start of the Timber climb. Erin Bibeau

Corey Hanson led the charge off the front of the race, with a colorful procession of runners following him up the snaking Timber trail through the opening 1,500 feet of climbing to the high point of the Park on the Westridge doubletrack trail.

From there views opened up to Longs Peak on the west and the City of Fort Collins to the east, before the precipitous plunge down the Howard trail to the Arthurs Rock aid station.


Human-sized Black Squirrel, aka, Katie Robinson. Erin Bibeau Photography.

Runners reported Black Squirrel sightings at both the bottom of the technical Howard descent and also at the Arthurs Rock aid station.

From the mile 8 Arthurs aid station, runners were treated to rolling hard pack singletrack on the south and east valley trails all the way into the finish. Although the majority of the climbing was over by the time runners hit the valley trails, this section proved to be the hardest for many due to the intense heat and lack of shade.

At the front of the field, Corey Hanson, who lives a half mile from the Park entrance, would hang on to win the inaugural running of the race and in doing so set the course record in an impressive 1:36:10. He was soon followed by Cory Linfield (1:37:33) and Christopher Knott  (1:41:26) in second and third respectively.

Corey Hanson in the lead at mile 8. Erin Bibeau

Corey Hanson in the lead at mile 8. Erin Bibeau

In the women’s race, Longmont resident Melissa Dock led pillar to post and crossed the finish line ninth overall in a time of 1:49:50. She was followed by Wyoming’s Esther Hartsky (1:56:50) and local favorite Jenn Malmberg (1:57:48).

The masters divisions were won by Ed Delosh (1:49:25) and Monica Brackney (2:04:10), while the open divisions (39 & under) were won by Adam St.Pierre (1:42:08) and Samantha Wood (1:58:36).

Our two final finishers, Ben Erickson and Gary Nelson, received a standing ovation before being escorted over to the post-race BBQ for burgers and beers along with the rest of the festive post-race crowd.

Prizes included gift certificates to Runners Roost Fort Collins, in addition to Black Squirrel awards crafted in the Arts and Crafts Department of Gnar Runners, LLC.

Melissa Dock on her way to winning. Erin Bibeau

Melissa Dock on her way to winning. Erin Bibeau

As race directors, Pete and I are always thankful for the wonderful trail running community we have here in Fort Collins. Pulling together a volunteer crew is an essential part of putting on a successful race and as always our volunteers were the biggest source of post-race compliments that we received. So, once again, a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you.

We also couldn’t put on the types of races that we aspire to put on without the help of our wonderful sponsors, all of whom are tireless supporters of the Northern Colorado running scene. So thank you Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists, Justin Liddle DMD, Countryside Vet, Runners Roost, Succeed, Great Harvest, IZZE and Powered by Plants.

The Arthurs Rock (1) crew. Erin Bibeau.

The Arthurs Rock (1) crew. Erin Bibeau.

We are greatly looking forward to the second running of the Black Squirrel Half, and hope to see you there too. Oh, and if you enjoyed the Black Squirrel, consider running it’s parent race, the Blue Sky Marathon, Fort Collins’ first (and only) trail marathon.

The Creative Department at Gnar Runners, Mary Boyts, getting significant air. Erin Bibeau.

The Creative Department at Gnar Runners, Mary Boyts, getting significant air. Erin Bibeau.

Hanging out post-race. Erin Bibeau.

Hanging out post-race. Erin Bibeau.

Thanks for coming. See you next year! Erin Bibeau Photography.

Thanks for coming. See you next year! Erin Bibeau Photography.