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:

Overall

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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Khumbu Adventure Gear Sponsors the 2012 Blue Sky Marathon

We would like to welcome Khumbu Adventure Gear as our latest sponsor for the 2012 Blue Sky Marathon.

Khumbu Adventure Gear just opened their doors this last spring in Old Town Fort Collins. They offer a variety of outdoor gear and clothing designed locally here in Ft Collins and made and tested in the Himalayas. Tech shirts, base layers, jackets, packs, tents, sleeping bags, are all very well designed and reasonably priced.

The store will also feature monthly meetups and adventure movie/documentary nights. In addition to providing high quality outdoor gear designed by experienced mountaineers, Khumbu Adventure Gear will organize travel expeditions to Nepal every spring and fall.

Khumbu Adventure Gear will be providing prize packages for our Overall, Masters, and Grand Masters winners and will contributing several other goodies for our post race raffle.

For more information, please visit the Khumbu Adventure Gear store at 109 S College Ave in Old Town. New products are being added to their online catalog every week and you can get new updates from their Facebook page here.

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Marathon Grand Prize from Active at Altitude

Active at Altitude has offered a 1 night stay for two for the first place male and female 2010 marathon winners.

Active at Altitude is a magnificent mountain lodge in Estes Park, CO, specializing in running camps and running vacations, Groups from 1 to 15 can be accommodated in beautiful spacious rooms with a variety of room options. The lodge is situated at 8,200 feet, close to a myriad of trails in Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park. Camps and vacations can be created to match your specific needs and gives you an opportunity to run, train, and live in one of the most beautiful, challenging and inspiring training terrains anywhere in the USA. For more details see www.activeataltitude.com.

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