All information relevant to the 5th running of the Black Squirrel Half Marathon is available on the race website. Here are a few final details and reminders.
The current weather forecast is showing a race-day high in the high 80s. Please make sure you have adequate carrying capacity for your hydration needs between aid stations. Water cups will not be provided at the aid stations.
The three race aid stations will be stocked with water and V-Fuel sports drink. The Arthur’s aid station – visited twice – will also carry snacks and fruit.
Packet pickup will be available on Friday afternoon from 4pm to 7pm at Altitude Running located at 150 E Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80525 (northeast corner of College and Harmony). We will be distributing bib numbers, race Tshirts, Squirrels Nut Butter samples, Justin Liddle DMD toothbrushes, and will have additional Gnar Runners and Black Squirrel merchandise for sale.
Packet pickup will also be available on race morning from 5:15am to 6:30am.
The race will start promptly at 7:00am. There will be a short pre-race briefing at 6:50am.
Late arrivals will need to walk up to a mile to the start from the overflow parking at the Eltuck Picnic area, so we recommend getting to Lory State Park no later than 6:00am if you need to check in on race morning.
Parking at the Soldier Canyon start/finish area (limited to 50-60 cars) is reserved for carpools of two or more runners. All other cars will be directed to park on the Lodgepole loop road or at the Timber trailhead lot. If you can, please arrange a carpool with friends – or try the Fort Collins Trail Runner Facebook page.
Parking passes will be handed out at the park entrance when you arrive.
Bibs must be visible from the front. Please do not remove your pull tag.
Dogs are welcome on leash with family and friends at the start/finish area, but we ask that you not run with your dog during the race.
Please pocket any trash and dispose of it at aid stations or at the start/finish.
Trails are open to the public. Watch for bikers and yield to horses and hikers.
We will have a free 1 mile kids race/run beginning at 10:30 from the start/finish area.
After you finish, stick around for our post race party and Great Harvest pancake breakfast. Vegan and gluten free options will be available thanks to the Fort Collins Food Co-Op. We’ll also have lots of other goodies from Mary’s Mountain Cookies, Trader Joe’s, and Fat Tire beer from New Belgium Brewing.
Additional post-race food and beer for family and friends can be purchased for a $10 cash donation to our post-race beneficiary, the CSU Food & Nutrition Club, if not already purchased with registration.
Home Fried Boogaloo will be serving up funk flavored with Jazz, Soul, R&B, Boogaloo, and Go Go.
Salomon Running will be demoing shoes for runners to try out after the race, and we’ll be giving away a pair of Salomon shoes to our top male and female finishers.
In addition to finisher awards and T-shirts, we will also be giving out unique overall and age group awards to the top three (male and female) in the following categories: overall, under 40, masters (40 – 49), and grandmasters (50+). We’ll also have some other sponsor gear and goodies to raffle off during and after the awards.
Massage and PT work will be available after the race courtesy of Colorado in Motion, Erin Mader, and Blue Phoenix Massage.
Thank you to our very generous top sponsors: Salomon Running, Colorado in Motion, Justin Liddle DMD, Drymax Socks, Altitude Running, Countryside Animal Hospital, and the Fort Collins Running Club for their support in helping make this event possible.
Thank you also to all our wonderful product supporters. Please consider supporting these businesses who support the race.
If you have questions that are not answered here or on the website, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our level best to respond in a timely manner.
We sincerely look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning!
Pete Stevenson & Nick Clark
Top Tier Sponsors