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.

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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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Black Squirrel Half Marathon – Final Race Details

All information relevant to the event is available online here but here are a few final reminders.

First and foremost, it’s going to be a HOT day. All runners will need to start with at least one bottle. Slower runners may need 2 bottles or a hydration pack.

Aid stations will be stocked with plenty of water, ice, and Succeed S-Caps. We have provided a very generous cut off to finish the race so please pace yourself in the heat, stay hydrated, and enjoy the race.

  • Packet and bib pickup will be available on Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists. COLPTS is located at: 115 E Harmony Rd., Ste. 160, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (southeast corner of College and Harmony).
  • Packet pick up will also be available on race morning from 6:30am to 7:45am. Late registration (cash & check only) will be available on Friday at packet pick up and on race morning.
  • The race will start promptly at 8:00am.
  • Parking at the Soldier Canyon start/finish area (limited to 50-60 cars) is reserved for carpools. All other cars will be directed to park on the Lodgepole loop road or Timber trailhead lot.
  • This a cup-less race. We ask that all runners carry a water bottle for refills at the aid stations. It will be hot on race morning.
  • The three aid stations will have water, Succeed Ultra sports drink, and assorted snacks and fruit.
  • Bibs must be visible from the front.
  • As a courtesy to other runners on the trail (and per the terms of our insurance policy), we ask that you not wear headphones.
  • Dogs are welcome on leash with family and friends at the start/finish area, but we ask that you not run with your dog on trail 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.
  • We will have a short kids race/run (no more than a mile, but more than half a mile) beginning at 11:00 from the start/finish area.
  • We have a great BBQ planned with burgers, black bean burgers, vegan salads, cookies, chips, IZZE soda, and a couple of kegs of locally (Boulder) brewed beer that meets 3.2% State Park regulations. First beer is free with the BBQ, for additional beers we ask that you make a donation ($3 suggested) to Animal House, one of the race beneficiaries. Additional meals can also be purchased at the BBQ for family and friends for a $10 donation to Animal House.
  • Please bring id if you want a post-race beer.
  • In addition to finishers awards, we have unique overall and age group awards (Open: under 40, outside top three; Masters: 40 and older outside top three). We also have gift cards to Runners Roost Fort Collins for all award winners.

Thank you to Colorado Physical Specialists, Justin Liddle DMD, and Countryside Vet for their support in helping us make this event possible. Thank you also to all our wonderful product supporters.

If you have questions that are not answered here or on the website, then please email. We will do our level best to respond in a timely manner.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning!

Nick Clark & Pete Stevenson (GnarRunners, LLC)

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Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists Sponsor the Blue Sky Marathon

We are very pleased to have Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural Black Squirrel Half Marathon and sixth running of the Blue Sky Marathon.

In addition to supporting the Blue Sky Marathon for the last five years, and the Quad Rock races for the last two years, Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists has helped many local runners get back out onto the trails by fixing IT band syndrome, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, back pain, and all forms of muscle and joint strains, aches, and pains. Partners Terry Gebhardt and Tim Flynn are both accomplished ultra runners and know how important running is for those who love to run.

Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists is now offering running assessments through video analysis to help improve running performance and decrease the risk of future injuries. In addition to a full examination, runners can receive specific recommendations for individual exercises to correct faulty mechanics and improve running performance.

We are also very fortunate to have several other local businesses supporting our races.

Local trail and ultrarunners Cat Speights and Justin Liddle have once again stepped up to show their support for the Fort Collins running community with sponsorship of the Black Squirrel Half Marathon and the Blue Sky Marathon.

Justin Liddle (DMD), an accredited and trusted Fort Collins prosthodontist, specializes in a wide variety of complex dental treatments. Justin is also an avid trail runner and will be running in both the Half Marathon and Marathon.

Dr Catherine Speights is 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. Look for Cat at the front of the women’s field in both the Half Marathon and Marathon.

Runners Roost Fort Collins donates race equipment and product prizes. Succeed will stock our aid stations with Ultra Sports Drink and S! Caps. And our post race BBQ will include healthy vegan salads from Powered by Plants, Izze sodas, and goodies from Great Harvest Bread Co.

Please consider supporting our sponsors – they are all local to Fort Collins and we couldn’t do this without their kind help.

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Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists Sponsor the Black Squirrel Half Marathon

We are very pleased to have Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural Black Squirrel Half Marathon and sixth running of the Blue Sky Marathon.

In addition to supporting the Blue Sky Marathon for the last five years, and the Quad Rock  races for the last two years, Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists has helped many local runners get back out onto the trails by fixing IT band syndrome, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, back pain, and all forms of muscle and joint strains, aches, and pains. Partners Terry Gebhardt and Tim Flynn are both accomplished ultra runners and know how important running is for those who love to run.

Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists is now offering running assessments through video analysis to help improve running performance and decrease the risk of future injuries. In addition to a full examination, runners can receive specific recommendations for individual exercises to correct faulty mechanics and improve running performance.

We are also very fortunate to have several other local businesses supporting our races.

Local trail and ultrarunners Cat Speights and Justin Liddle have once again stepped up to show their support for the Fort Collins running community with sponsorship of the Black Squirrel Half Marathon and the Blue Sky Marathon.

Justin Liddle (DMD), an accredited and trusted Fort Collins prosthodontist, specializes in a wide variety of complex dental treatments. Justin is also an avid trail runner and will be running in both the Half Marathon and Marathon.  

Dr Catherine Speights is 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. Look for Cat at the front of the women’s field in both the Half Marathon and Marathon.

Runners Roost Fort Collins donates race equipment and product prizes. Succeed will stock our aid stations with Ultra Sports Drink and S! Caps. And our post race BBQ will include healthy vegan salads from Powered by Plants, Izze sodas, and goodies from Great Harvest Bread Co.

Please consider supporting our sponsors – they are all local to Fort Collins and we couldn’t do this without their kind help.

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2013 Race Support

In addition to the support of our main sponsors for 2013, 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.

Dr 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.

Justin Liddle (DMD) and his family moved to Fort Collins a few years ago from New Orleans in search of mountains, trails and a dental market. And they found them all. As an accredited prosthodontist, Justin will put your smile back together next time you take a major mouth-first digger into a solid piece of granite. Or, if you want some bridge work done, he can do that too.

Terry 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.

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

First Endurance will be providing race fuel with EFS Liquid Shot gel flasks for every runner (refillable at all aid stations on course) and post-race recovery with Ultragen.

Overall and age group prizes will come in the form of packs, sunglasses, altimeter watches and running gift vouchers from four great companies: Ultraspire, Smith Optics, Highgear & 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.”

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

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