The 2017 Horsetooth Half RunningU Training Program will officially kick off January 15 with a run from the New Belgium Brewery, followed by drink specials and a training presentation from Colorado In Motion. The Sunday before the official kick-off to the Horsetooth Half training season, we’ll be gathering for a ‘soft launch’ at Edora Park for the Fort Collins Running Club’s Tortoise and Hare 8k race.
Details for the free 14-week training program have been updated on the race website, and like last year there are two programs to choose from. The Beginner Program is designed for participants new to running or new to the half marathon distance. The Intermediate Program is designed for runners with a couple of half marathon finishes under their belts and who are looking to improve their times.
The Fort Collins Running Club’s RunningU training group is offered free to members and includes:
- A 14-week training program, gradually increasing weekly mileage.
- Group long runs every Sunday, which alternates between New Belgium (flat) and the race start by Hughes Stadium (hills).
- Post-run informational sessions at New Belgium Brewery from Colorado in Motion, previous race winners and other race partners.
- Sponsor giveaways.
- Peer/mentor support and motivation through a closed Facebook group and email list.
Details for the two programs and the weekend long run and presentation schedules can be accessed from the Horsetooth Half Training Page.
All weekend runs are free and open to anyone, but we encourage you to register for the program if you’d like to be included in the peer mentoring benefits, midweek group run opportunities or just want to get to know your half marathoners in training better.