Registration Open for Blue Sky Marathon & Black Squirrel Half

Gnar Runners Events is pleased to announce that registration has opened for both the Blue Sky Marathon (click to register) and a new trail race, the Black Squirrel Half Marathon.

Management of the Blue Sky Marathon, now in its sixth year, has been transferred from Blue Sky Events to Gnar Runners, but the original mission remains: to raise funds for running- and outdoor-related beneficiaries, and to put on a race that showcases local Fort Collins trails and appeals to a broad section of the running community. For 2013, the race has received approval from Larimer County to expand the field to 275 runners. We have added an extra hour to the race cut-off, now eight hours, to give a broader range of runners adequate time to finish.

The new Black Squirrel Half Marathon will begin and end at Soldier Canyon in Lory State Park on August 31, and like the Blue Sky Marathon is designed to appeal to new and experienced trail runners alike. The course is a fun, single loop around the park, and like all Gnar Runner events will conclude with a post-race BBQ. Registration will be capped at 350 runners.

A discount is available for the Blue Sky and Black Squirrel races for those who register for both at the same time. The early-bird registration fee for the Black and Blue Double is just $99.

We are especially pleased to announce that Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists is backing the Black and Blue Double as the top sponsor, and will be onsite after both races.

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Registration Open for Blue Sky Marathon & Black Squirrel Half

Gnar Runners Events is pleased to announce that registration has opened for both the Blue Sky Marathon (click to register) and a new trail race, the Black Squirrel Half Marathon.

Management of the Blue Sky Marathon, now in its sixth year, has been transferred from Blue Sky Events to Gnar Runners, but the original mission remains: to raise funds for running- and outdoor-related beneficiaries, and to put on a race that showcases local Fort Collins trails and appeals to a broad section of the running community. For 2013, the race has received approval from Larimer County to expand the field to 275 runners. We have added an extra hour to the race cut-off, now eight hours, to give a broader range of runners adequate time to finish.

The new Black Squirrel Half Marathon will begin and end at Soldier Canyon in Lory State Park on August 31, and like the Blue Sky Marathon is designed to appeal to new and experienced trail runners alike. The course is a fun, single loop around the park, and like all Gnar Runner events will conclude with a post-race BBQ.  Registration will be capped at 350 runners.

A discount is available for the Blue Sky and Black Squirrel races for those who register for both at the same time. The early-bird registration fee for the Black and Blue Double is just $99.

We are especially pleased to announce that Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists is backing the Black and Blue Double as the top sponsor, and will be onsite after both races.

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Post-Fire Race & Training Run Update

Post-fire course status

I’m sure most reading this already know that two weeks ago Lory State Park had a pretty major wildfire incident. Given that the Quad Rock Trail Races start and end in Lory and use the trails extensively, you’re probably wondering how the fire has impacted the event. The short answer, thankfully, is that it really hasn’t. We are not expecting to have to implement any kind of re-route, our start/finish area at Soldier Canyon is still intact and now that the fire is out, it appears to have largely been a grass and scrub fueled incident confined to the lower valley area of the park. So that’s the good news.

Training run

The not-so-good news. Footbridges, water bars and fencing in the valley and on the valley trails have largely been burned out. This means lots of grunt work before the park can re-open (see below if you want to help out), and the timeframe the park is looking at is about three weeks from now (3/28), which means that we will not have access to Lory State Park and its trails for our planned April 6 training run. However, the good folk at Larimer County Open Spaces have agreed to let us use the pavilions at the main Horsetooth Mountain trailhead for our meet-up and post-run barbeque, which means the training run will go ahead as planned on April 6th at 8:30 am, just from a different location.

The post-run BBQ is still planned for between 1:00 & 2:00 pm, and we will have samples of the new Pearl Izumi E:Motion line for people to try at that time. In addition, we will have Ultragen recovery drink available post run and some EFS Liquid Shot samples pre run. The coupon code on the sidebar of this website has been activated if people want to purchase First Endurance product from now until race day on May 11.

Parking at Horsetooth is first-come, first-serve and while the lot is large, if the weather is nice it fills up quick. If you plan on coming, we encourage you to carpool so that we’re not hogging a ton of spaces. For those that do not have an annual Larimer County Parks pass, parking is $6 per vehicle (regardless of residency). We will provide charcoal, burgers and veggie burgers; consider bringing something else to share. If you fancy a brew post-run, please make sure it is 3.2% or lower and in a can (per park rules). We will also have a donation jar at the BBQ for people who want to chip in for the cost of food supplies. All proceeds will be donated to restoration efforts at Lory.

As far as route options go, obviously people can run whatever they choose, but for organized options, we’ll run the Horsetooth section of the course as far as Loggers, cut back to Sawmill and then down to Stout to get back on course. One loop of that will put us in the 13-mile range, so obviously if you double down you’ll get a nice little marathon workout. Depending on demand, we may have a one-loop meet-up option.

Please email registration@gnarrunners.com to let us know if you plan on attending and if you’d like a later meet-up option for one loop. An idea of numbers would be very helpful, so please let us know! We’ll update the training page of the website with details as we have them.

Want to help out at Lory?

There are volunteer clean up days this Friday & Saturday March 29/30 starting at 9am at the Lory visitor center. If anyone wants to help, please RSVP to Mitch at mitchell.diede@state.co.us. There are 10 bridges in the park that will need to be rebuilt and Mitch will be recruiting smaller crews to help with the construction work. Please contact Mitch directly if you think you can help with any construction work, sourcing building materials, or just want to make a donation.

Thanks, and hope to see you April 6!

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Quad Rock Training Run, April 6th

There will be a course preview training run on April 6, beginning and ending at the Soldier Canyon trailhead (the race start/finish). All abilities are welcome to attend and we will have many local runners attending to guide those coming in from out of town, but please also print a map from the Course Map page to bring with you.

Samples of the new Pearl Izumi E:Motion trail shoes and ultra apparel line will be available for runners to test after the run. First Endurance EFS gel will be available at the start to sample on the run (please bring an empty gel flask as most of the EFS will be from refill jugs, although we may also have a limited number of EFS gel flasks). First Endurance Ultragen recovery drink will also be available after the run.

Details

Date: April 6th
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.)
Schwag: we sure hope so.

For further details, please visit the Training Page on the race website.

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Cornerstone Mortgage Helps Bump 2013 Prize Purse to $1,400

The 2013 Quad Rock 50 Mile race will have a total prize pool of $1,400, 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 distributed as follows:

1. Award + $350* + Sponsor Product + free 2013 entry
2. Award + $150* + Sponsor Product + free 2013 entry
3. Award + $100 Runners Roost Voucher + Sponsor Product + free 2013 entry

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

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

Overall

1. Award + Pearl Izumi shoes + free 2013 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, Highgear altimeter watches, and Ultraspire packs.

                          Ultraspire

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

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Presenting Sponsor: Pearl Izumi

We are excited to announce that for the second running of the Quad Rock 25/50 Mile Races, Pearl Izumi is again showing its commitment to the local trail running scene by stepping up as the race’s Presenting Sponsor.

The popular 2012 Pearl Izumi Quad Rock shirt modeled by Donnie at the Run Rabbit Run 100.

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

The New Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail M2

Co-race director, Nick Clark, has been run-testing the new Pearl Izumi E:Motion line for over a year now, and competed in a prototype pair of the Trail M2’s at the 2012 Leadville 100 – taking them to a hard-fought third place finish. The Trail M2 (midfoot support / cushion 2) is Nick’s personal favorite from the new trail line.

“The M2 offers perfect support for my slightly pronating foot strike, in addition to cloud-like cushioning for those long-haul runs, and just a beautiful toe-off for really fluid running. The shoe also holds the foot perfectly while still managing to offer tons of room in the toe box for great trail feel. And this all comes in a lightweight 9oz package.”

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

Nick adds that, “for a faster, lighter and lower to the ground feel at shorter distance trail events, I’m also a huge fan of the Trail N1’s, which offer great traction, a slipper-like fit and fluidity like no other trail racer I’ve run in.”

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.

 

 

 

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