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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Permits Approved

We got the verbal nod on our permit application from Larimer County yesterday, which means the Fort Collins Quad Rock 50 is officially on. We were earlier approved by Lory State Park, which will be hosting the start/finish festivities, so it seems that all our permitting ducks are now in a row.

I’m kind of throwing this post out into the abyss as the website hasn’t been officially launched yet, but as this is a major milestone in the development of Fort Collins’ first ever 50 mile endurance run, I figured I would document it as the first item of Gnar Gnews.

Pete and I couldn’t be more excited to have this ball officially rolling, and we really look forward to the opportunity of showcasing the amazing trails up here on the Fort Collins skyline.

See you in May!

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