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Fall 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

Oh no... after the summer of a lifetime on the west coast of North America, it's back to monsoon season, falling leaves and the threat of snow on higher trails.  Time to think about layering those club t-shirts, packing a headlamp on long afternoon runs and digging-out the gloves.

First, a big, fat "Thank you!" for your response to our little survey about the future of Club Fat Ass.  We're at a crossroads as a club... possibly victims of our own success.  Of the roughly 100 thoughtful responses, all wanted to see the Club continue.  Just about all wanted to keep our "online clubhouse" and were happy with paying modest membership dues to pay for the infrastructure. Nobody offered to manage the Club website, however, and several steering committee roles remain unfilled.

Your Steering Committee has given this a lot of thought.   Our conclusion: The Club needs to be self-managing.

Some changes you can anticipate for 2014:

  • there will be no annual membership dues
  • the "online clubhouse" will move to Facebook

If you are a Facebook guru and could spare a bit of time, we'd sure appreciate some coaching.  We're also looking for enthusiastic runners with a bit of spare time to participate on the Steering Committee.  Please contact me if you can lend a hand.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS 

Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 25 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Start racking up points now by bagging the snowless Howe Sound Island peaks.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of previous bagging adventures to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo left: Andy being silly...or is he trying to tell us something....

Photo right: Finding a route around a rather large puddle on Ann's Get Your FA Off the Couch course

Ann's Get your FA Off the Couch: 20 October - North Vancouver, BC. A fun run on winding trails and back roads of lower Seymour Mountain. Two distance options, the "Old Chesterfield" 20 km or the "Cushy Couch" 10 km. Enjoy the fall atmosphere in a temperate rain forest. Not a member yet, take out a free trial membership to see what we are all about.   More info and registration here

Photo left:  Karl, the event host,  toughing it out along a beautiful shoreline during a previous Seawall 100.  

Seawall 100: 26/27 October - West Vancouver, BC.  An urban 100 miler, mostly on the Seawall path from the Dundarave Park in North Vancouver to UBC. Enjoy an ultramarathon challenge with minimal concerns for wild beasts, altitude or elevation gain. 'Could be described as the easiest 100 miler in North America if there is such a thing as an easy 100 mile run. Custom distances of 25-50-75 miles. Find out more here.

Photo right: Negotiating the rocky, rooty, muddy and wonderful trails of the North Shore during the Sweet Go Deep.

Sweet Go Deep: 3 November - North Vancouver, BC. Join Event Host, Reagan White on a challenging but beautiful 20 km or an easier, but equally stunning 12km course on lower Seymour Mountain.  Register here.

Photo left: Action Jackson whipping up a mean "no beans" Texas chili.

Silly Chili Triathlon. 10 November (date to be determined, might also be on the 11th) - North Vancouver, BC.  This event is both something athletic and social to do with your family on the Remembrance Day holiday.  It involves a short run, an even shorter swim and a chili cook-off.  Beans or no beans.  Veggie or road kill.  Mild or burns through plate steel.  Give it your best shot!  Limited space, so please register here soon.

Seymour Super Fun Run: 23 November - North Vancouver, BC. A late fall challenge on and around the trails of Mount Seymour.  Tell your Mama you'll be coming home all wet and muddy. Check it out here.

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NEWS

The Future of The Club.  Yes, changes in the wind... but not until 2014.

First, a big, fat "Thank you!" for your response to our little survey about the future of Club Fat Ass.  We're at a crossroads as a club... possibly victims of our own success.  Of the roughly 100 thoughtful responses, all wanted to see the Club continue.  Just about all wanted to keep our "online clubhouse" and were happy with paying modest membership dues to pay for the infrastructure. Nobody offered to manage the Club website, however, and several steering committee roles remain unfilled.

Your Steering Committee has given this a lot of thought.   Our conclusion: The Club needs to be self-managing.

Some changes you can anticipate for 2014:

  • there will be no annual membership dues
  • the "online clubhouse" will move to Facebook
If you are a Facebook guru and could spare a bit of time, we'd sure appreciate some coaching.  We're also looking for enthusiastic runners with a bit of spare time to participate on the Steering Committee.  Please contact me if you can lend a hand. 

Two for One Shirt Sale.  Cheaper than shopping at the Sally Ann! Next year might see different Club colors... or no colors at all.  We're blowing out the controversial "I may be a Fat Ass, but I'm in front of you!" blue and black technical t-shirts.  Limited quantities and colors.  A "must-have" for every ultrarunner's t-shirt drawer.  A great gift for your Mom.  Ther perfect present for that friend or co-worker who needs a kick in the tail to get active.  Get your Club Fat Ass colours now for only $25 for 2. Buy now here.

CFA ON THE WEB

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PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



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CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

Winter 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

Changes are underfoot as we run quickly toward a new year!

First, your "online clubhouse" is moving....

Starting in January, all of your Club's online activity will happen on our Facebook group.  It's free.  It's as easy as pie to share comments and photos.  It's up and running with most upcoming events already highlighted. 

Like any move, this one has taken a lot of planning and preparation. Please be patient and generous with your comments as we make the transition.  

"What about the exisiting website?", you ask.  It will be archived, but you'll still be able to access the rich history of results, photos and stories.  To elminate confusion between the Facebook pages and groups, we'll delete the older Facebook page.  Given Facebook automatically sends updates to group members, there's no need for this newsletter, either, so it will be discontinued.  

So, don't miss a step, join the Club Fat Ass Facebook group now! 

Second, 'tis the season for gift-giving...

The Club's gift to you?  No more $50 annual membership dues!   

Starting 1 January 2014, the Club is moving to "membership by donation" with a fundraising event or two to help keep the lights on.  

Our first fundraising run is less than a month away on 1 January 2014.  Registration is only $25.  Make your New Years resolution to kick off 2014 with an invigorating run with some nice people followed by a brisk dip in the Pacific.  Join us for the 21st running of the classic Vancouver New Year Day Fat Ass 50km Run and Freeze Your Fat Ass Swim! 

"Thanks, but I'll be nursing a hangover on the beach!", you say? No worries... in lieu of membership dues, you can chip-in a little something to support the Club.

As you reflect on your year, I hope it includes good thoughts of your adventures with Club Fat Ass.  With all of the positive changes underway in the Club, we're so excited about the possibilities for 2014 we could burst!  I hope you agree and that we see a lot of you out there on the trails in the near future.

Merry Christmas.  Happy Holidays.  Happy New Year.  Happy Trails!

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS 

Weekly Winter Training Night.  12 December 2013. North Vancouver, BC. Let's get together for a training run through festively lit neighborhoods. We will be running for about 10km at a 5:30-6min /km pace. Course is on roads, relatively flat (considering this is North Vancouver) with one steepish, but short hill. Bring your lights and be ready to run at 19:00 hours from the Yellow Beacon on Fairmont Road (address provided upon request). Please join here

Photo right: Crossing the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge during the Pure Satisfaction Run

Pure Satisfaction: 15 December - North Vancouver, BC. 12km or 24km on slippery, wet, rooty, dark trails... a perfect way to start the busy Christmas season!  Bring your jingle bells and wear your Santa hat to this one, too! Details here.

Photo left.  A great day and gorgeous sunny city and mountain views greeted runners for the 2011 Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run

Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. 1 January 2014 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 50 
km resolution run to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Those who are more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep can opt for a custom course of 1 to 49 km. It's now a Club fundraiser.  More details here!
 

NEWS

The Online Clubhouse is Moving.  
Starting in January, all of your club's online activity will happen on our Facebook Group.  We've been testing exhaustively over the past few months.  A big, fat, "Thank You!" to Doris Leong and Emma Levez Larocque for your help, suggestions and feedback.

We're bound to have overlooked something, though.  Sorry!  Please be generous with your suggestions and feedback over the next couple of months as we settle-in.

It's free.  It's easy to use.  Try it, you'll like it.  Don't delay... join the Club Fat Ass Facebook group today!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town.  
Ho ho ho.  Have you been a good boy or girl?  How about a free membership in Club Fat Ass for Christmas? Regardless of whether you've been naughty or you've been nice, there are no more $50 annual membership dues!

Membership in the Club will be by donation in 2014.  Chip-in what you can to help us keep the lights on.

A few select events will also serve as fundraisers for the club.  Our first fundraising event happens to be on the first day of the year.  In a world where your typical run can cost up to $100, this one is only $25. Join us for the Vancouver New Year Fat Ass 50km Run and Freeze Your Fat Ass Swim

Help with Your Christmas Shopping List?  
Worn-out your Club colors or left them in a drop bag somewhere?
Looking for a gift for that special friend or co-worker who needs a subtile kick in the behind?  Get a controversial,  "I may be a Fat Ass, but I'm in front of you!" technical t-shirt!   A "must-have" for every ultrarunner's t-shirt drawer.  A great gift for your Mom.  Limited quantities in blue and black.  Christmas special:  Two (2) for $25.  

CFA ON THE WEB

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PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



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CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

June 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

Success is killing us.  Over the past 10 years, CFA has hosted over 500 free events.  We've learned that there is a place in this world for free, low-key events that challenge us athletically, but emphasize fun, mentorship and camaraderie over competition. 

We've also learned that "free" comes a cost.  That cost is the love the CFA Event Host puts into their event and the many, many hours the Steering Committee invests behind the scenes to pull it all together.

That burden on the Steering Committee has been building over the past few years.  It has now reached the point where it's no longer possible to continue the Club as in the past... there are simply not enough hours in the day for those who do the work to get it all done.

The options we're considering range from transferring management of the Club to someone with more resources... to shutting down the Club altogether. They include moving the "online clubhouse" (website) to our Facebook page, reducing the number of CFA events, taking some events "pro", and/or completely doing away with Club dues and with the end of dues, eliminating anything that takes administrative time or costs money.

As a Club member or supporter, what do you think?

With almost 10,000 newsletter subscribers, Facebook friends, Twitter followers and website visitors and 200 full members, we figure the best way to organize your advice is with a brief survey.  There are 2 questions:

  • What do you think the Steering Committee should do?
  • What are you prepared to do to help?

Click here to take the survey now:   http://www.clubfatass.com/future-club-fat-ass   

We'll leave the survey up until the end of June so everyone who has a thought has lots of time to share it. 

Whatever the future direction of the Club, nothing will change until the end of this year, so be sure to get the most out of your membership by attending as many of the 17 remaining CFA events in 2013... and be sure to get one of the few remaining Club t-shirts in inventory before they become collectors' items on eBay!

Enjoy the summer!

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS 

Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 25 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Start racking up points now by bagging the snowless Howe Sound Island peaks.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of previous bagging adventures to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo left: Eric Rannaud sporting his canary yellow club shirt on the Howe Sound Crest Trail last summer.


Flash - 5Peaks Cypress Warm Up. July 14 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. 11 July - North Vancouver, BC.  A fun and free group orientation run on for the 6 km and 14km courses of the  5Peaks Cypress Mountain Race. Combination of single track, technical hiking trails and alpine ski runs.   There will be faster and slower pace groups on each course, so there's something for everyone.  Get to know the trail you will race on so you can kick some butt on race day!  Of course, you are welcome to run with us even if you are not registered for the 5Peaks race.  Details and free registration here. If you are able to lead a group, please contact 

Sibylle.Photo right: EH Carlos (with Teagirl Katie) showing off the trails and views in his backyard. 

The Monty. 20 July - Victoria, BC, Canada. Can you do the Full Monty? 25km or 50km on beautiful single track trails. Amazing views. Check it out here.



Pansyman Ultra Triathlon. 21 July - Vancouver, BC, Canada. An urban triathlon right here in Vancouver! 3.8km swim, 181.5km bike ride, 50km ULTRA!  Finisher Medals for everyone! Winners of categories get a "bouqet" of pansies! Tattoos included!  Details here.

Mary Leliveld's Happy Trails: 27 July - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A beautiful hike up Lynn Peak in the afternoon and/or an easy evening run in memory of our friend and Club member Mary Leliveld. Emphasis is on camaraderie rather than competition. We would like to see this be a group hike where we celebrate the life of a friend who can't join us.  We end the evening with a pot luck dinner and post-hike/run party. Non runners are welcome to join in! This is also a fundraiser for a bursary in Mary's name. Registration and more information here.  

Photo left:  Ascending on the Baden-Powell Trail from the Lynn Headwaters to Mountain Highway

Bill's Great Peak Ascent. 28 July - North Vancouver, BC. With Kneeknacker over and done with and Squamish 50 coming up, Bill's Great Peak Ascent offers a great group training opportunity for those with upcoming races or just to wanting to get some more off-road mileage in. Find Out more here.

Full Moon Frenzy. 17/18 August - Manning Park. An epic adventure for the very brave and crazy.  Details here.
 

Capilano Canyon Night Run - A Midsummer Night's Dream. August 24 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Don't miss this night running classic followed by a garden party and potluck extravaganza. Details here.

Go Home via the Hanes Valley. August 31 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Chose between a nice and easy 14km trail or tough, backcountry wilderness runs of 18km or 30km length.  More here

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NEWS

The Future of The Club.  Yes, changes in the wind... but not until 2014.  Be sure to share your thoughts on the direction of the Club at:   http://www.clubfatass.com/future-club-fat-ass

Two for One Shirt Sale.  Cheaper than shopping at the Sally Anne!  Next year might see different Club colors... or no colors at all.  We're blowing out the controversial "I may be a Fat Ass, but I'm in front of you!" blue and black technical t-shirts.  Limited quantities and colors.  A "must-have" for every ultrarunner's t-shirt drawer.  A great gift for your Mom.  Ther perfect present for that friend or co-worker who needs a kick in the tail to get active.  Get your Club Fat Ass colours now for only $25 for 2. Details here.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS
















 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

April/May 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

With spring in full swing, I hope your training is going well and you are enjoying the great outdoors.

A record number (almost 200 people) participated in the 29K Marathon Shuffle this past weekend in beautiful Powell River, BC.  Was it the beautiful weather, the stunning Sunshine Coast Trail or the free pint from Townsite Brewing that caused records to fall?

The name is without doubt intimidating.  If you or your friends are still scared taking out a Club Fat Ass membership, be sure to mark the North Shore Enduro in your calendar for this coming Saturday at 8:00. At only 7.6 kilometers to the lap, this event is perfect for the beginning trail runner... and the price is right.

"I'm looking for something a bit longer and more challenging," you say?  Keep running laps for up to 6 hours! Gary Robbins' record of 9 laps in 6 hours is said to be soft.

The Enduro is one of the Club's 2 annual open house runs.  CFA virgins of all abilities benefit from a free trial membership, so no reason for not toeing the line.  Please preregister.  Details below.  

Looking for a birthday gift for that special someone?  Looking to get an early start on Christmas presents?  Just love a deal?  While inventory lasts, the Club is offering a "Two for One" spring-cleaning t-shirt sale.  Get your Club Fat Ass colours now! Details here.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS 

Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 25 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Start racking up points now by bagging the snowless Howe Sound Island peaks.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of previous bagging adventures to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo left: Eric Rannaud sporting his canary yellow club shirt on the Howe Sound Crest Trail last summer.

Photo right: On the trail during the North Shore Enduro

North Shore Enduro. 4 May - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Take advantage of a free membership trial offer for Fat Ass virgins: A fun run in Vancouver's rugged North Shore mountains, the Enduro is on a 7.6 km loop course that lasts up 
to 6 hours. A safe and challenging first trail run featuring some easy and some technical terrain. A great social event for the team runner (2-6 runners can form a team). A tune-up for Western States and other summer 100-milers for the competitive solo runner. More info and registration here

Photo left:  Mike Wardas making his way up the debris chute on the return trip of last year's Vancouver 100.

Vancouver 100. 1-2 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The toughest 100 km in Canada... maybe the world! Due to the challenging nature of this event, participation for the full 100 km is by invitation only.  Anyone can participate, however, by running part of the course with the 100 km participants, coming out to the aid station/picnic area at Cleveland Dam or crewing for a runner. More info and applications here.

Flash - 5 Peaks Squamish Warm Up. 2 June - Squamish, BC Canada. A fun and free group orientation run on the Sport and Enduro courses of the 5Peaks race in SquamishCombination of single track and technical hiking trails.  There will be faster and slower pace groups on each course, so there's something for everyone.  This event is for trail runners who are registered or thinking of signing up for the popular 5Peaks race in Squamish in June.  Get to know the trail you will race on so you can kick some butt on race day! Of course, you are welcome to run with us even if you are not registered for the 5Peaks race. Details and free registration here.  If you are able to lead a group, please contact me.

Vancouver Skyline XTC. 11 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This trail run with a twist explores some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver's famous North Shore mountains. Runners can choose to run 25K "Up," 25K "Down," 50K "Up and Down" or a "Roll Your Own" custom distance to suit their abilities. Runners will experience approximately 3,000 m (9,000 ft.) of elevation change over the 50 km course on moderate to challenging trails. Find out more and register here.

NEWS

Two for One Shirt Sale. To get you motivated, for a limited time only we are offering a "Two for One" shirt sale.  Get your Club Fat Ass colours now. Details here.

Steering Committee. Any time is a good time to give back to the community you love.  Club Fat Ass is member-driven.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club in 2013.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS
















 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

March 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

Your Steering Committee has been busy planning an adventure-packed agenda of spring and summer events for you.    For something a bit different  pack your bags for the Spaghetti Tree Run, a 16km or 12km trail course along the wilds of the west coast of Vancouver Island the end of March,  or the Marathon Shuffle, a 32K (or 12km Half Shuffle) run on the Sunshine Coast Trail near Powell River, BC the end of April.

Factoid:  Hundreds of people from around the world subscribe to this newsletter, but many have never participated in a Club event!

We've heard mere mortals tremble at the thought of running with the Fat Asses.  While it's true that some Fat Asses are a little out there on the overachiever scale, most are just like you.  If you've been watching from the sidelines, waiting for the chance to run with the big dogs without having to keep up with them, be sure to mark the North Shore Enduro in your running calendar for early May. 

At only 7.6 kilometers to the lap over a nice variety of trails, this event is perfect for the beginning trail runner.  It's also a great way to expose your kids to the sport without killing them. "I prefer something longer," you say?  Divide and conquer by making it a team effort... or keep running for up to 6 hours and try to beat the current solo record of 9 laps! 

The Enduro is one of the Club's 2 annual open house runs, so first time participants are entitled to a free trial membership.  Take the plunge and tell a friend.  You can do it!

And if you don't want to wait that long, join us tomorrow for the classic Spring Mountain Highway Madness.  Mike Kuiack, our new Event Host, is pretty sure we'll have less snow than last year!

Lastly, a reminder that  all memberships expired December 31st.  If you haven't renewed yet, take a moment to do it now:  

2013 Membership Registration + Renewal.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS 


Photo left: Dave Cressman of Distance Runwear having fun during last year's snowy Spring Mountain Highway Madness run.

Mountain Highway Madness - Spring Edition. 17 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This mind-numbing interval session is officially held twice a year. Runners complete one or more 15 km laps (with approximately 1 km or 3,300' of elevation change per lap) on a wide dirt and gravel access road (no traffic).  Details.

Photo left:  Stunning coastal views will reward you during the Spaghetti Tree run!

Spaghetti Trees. 30 March  - Victoria, BC, Canada.  Teagirl Katie, the girl who runs in a dress (and stockings) shows off the best our west coast has to offer.  Find the elusive Spaghetti Trees on the 12km or 16km trail  loop run in East Sooke Regional Park.  Skip past ancient copper mines and gorgeous west coast vistas.  Get to the start via an optional bike ride along the Galloping Goose trail from the ferry.  Play along with Katie's antics along the course and finish the day with a pint of local micro brew in a 116-year-old pub. Why is it called Spaghetti Trees? We'd love to hear your guesses :).  Find out more here

Burnaby Mountain Run. 14 April - Burnaby, BC, Canada. Check out the trails around the Simon Fraser University. Great views - weather permitting - and a killer hill! Details here.

Photo right: Above the clouds on Burnaby Mountain

Photo left: A group of hikers enjoying the old growth forest on the Sunshine Coast Trail during the Marathon Shuffle

Flash - Marathon Shuffle. 28 April - Powell River, BC  Canada.  A fun, low key shuffle (hike or run) on a 29 km section of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Half Shuffle (12km) option. Hosted by the PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society), the Powell River Hikers and the BOMB (Bloody Old Men's Brigade) Squad to promote the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Great trails through old growth, temperate rain forests, along creeks and lakeshore. Magnificent vistas of the Sunshine Coast, adjacent islands, nearby lakes and the city.  Free for members and non-members, a donation to PRAWS is suggested. Details here

NEWS

Steering Committee. Any time is a good time to give back to the community you love.  Club Fat Ass is member-driven.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club in 2013.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS
















 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

February 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

One might think that wintertime is a slack time for an outdoors-oriented club.  Not so with this one!  

Karl Jensen and Mark Schmitz have been busy Event Hosts. The new Burnaby Lake series and the Seymour  Sundays provide much needed motivation during these dreary days of winter.  

Over the last couple of month, many Club members have been busy preparing for the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) Trail Running night in early February. It was an inspiring evening of  great adventures and accomplishments and an outstanding way to catch up with friends.  Thanks to everyone who came by the CFA table.  I feel very lucky to be part of this great trail running community.

Don't miss the Capilano Canyon Night Run Mardigras this coming weekend.  It's one of the original Club events.  The post event festivities are legendary.  If you like snowshoe running or would like to give it a try, join us at the Squamish Scrambler the following weekend.  Details for all upcoming events are in the newsletter below.

Lastly, a reminder that  all memberships expired December 31st.  If you haven't renewed yet, take a moment to do it now:  

2013 Membership Registration + Renewal.


Happy Valentine's Day,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS 

Capilano Canyon Night Run. 16 February - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner, or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs are followed by a pool party, a potluck party as a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Entry limited to the first 50, so please register early!

Photo right: At the start of last years Carpilano Canyon Night Run
Photo left: A playful raven watches out over snowshoers in the coastal mountains

Squamish Scrambler. 23 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head, or out towards Mamquam Lake, depending on conditions and motivation. Savor spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot.  More info here.

Flash - Burnaby Lake 80K2 March - Burnaby, BC Canada. A Fool has signed up for the Pacific Rim 24 hour run in mid-March and thinks that a little training might be of some value in that endeavour.   Anyone wanting an early season 80K on a nice, flat 10K loop is welcome to join...of course, in true Club Fat Ass tradition you may run whatever distance you wish.  Details.

Photo right: As splendid sunset at Burnaby Lake

Photo left: We anticipate less snow during this years Spring Mountain Highway Madness run.

Mountain Highway Madness - Spring Edition. 17 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This mind-numbing interval session is officially held twice a year. Runners complete one or more 15 km laps (with approximately 1 km or 3,300' of elevation change per lap) on a wide dirt and gravel access road (no traffic).  Details.


Spaghetti Trees. 30 March  - Victoria, BC, Canada.  Teagirl Katie, the girl who runs in a dress (and stockings) shows off the best our west coast has to offer.  Find the elusive Spaghetti Trees on the 12km or 16km trail  loop run in East Sooke Regional Park.  Skip past ancient copper mines and gorgeous west coast vistas.  Get to the start via an optional bike ride along the Galloping Goose trail from the ferry.  Play along with Katie's antics along the course and finish the day with a pint of local micro brew in a 116-year-old pub. Why is it called Spaghetti Trees? We'd love to hear your guesses :).  Find out more here

Photo right: Sibylle and porker, the club mascot, enjoyed the ferry ride to an earlier edition of the Spaghetti Tree run near Victoria.

NEWS

Steering Committee. Any time is a good time to give back to the community you love.  Club Fat Ass is member-driven.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club in 2013.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS




















 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

January 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

A belated "Happy New Year!"

I hope you got the year off to a running start and are working on resolving your New Year's Resolutions.

Thanks to all who renewed their membership or joined the Club over the holidays. Woo-hoo... it's going to be a great year!  Registration is ongoing, so if you plan on participating in any of our countless events over the year, please join the club and our community of friendly trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts.

Your Club Steering Committee is about to launch into another year.   This group will meet about 7 times in 2013 to manage the Club.  Our goals are simple:  more events and more members to enjoy them.  Many thanks to Ran Katzman, Reagan White, Ean Jackson and most recently Marc Schmitz and Carlie who were active not only on the trails in 2012, but also behind the scenes to keep Club Fat Ass running. 

Can you spare a couple of hours a month this year to help improve and grow the Club?  No heavy lifting or experience necessary.  To join us on Monday 18 February, please contact me!  

'Hope to see you at one of the Seymour Sundays group run, the Vancouver Mountain Film Festival Trail Running Night, the Squamish Scrambler or the Capilano Canyon Night Run in the next few weeks. 

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS 

Vancouver Mountain Film Festival  - Trail Running Show. 10 February - Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver, BC Canada. A multimedia evening featuring tales, movies and images from the Westcoast Trail Running Scene. Details here.

Photo left: taking a dip in the frigid Pacific after the Vancouver New Year's Fat Ass Run.

Photo right: Startline at last year's Capilano Nightrun Mardigras.  Don't forget your headlamps for this year's edition, February 16th.

 

Capilano Canyon Night Run. 16 February - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner, or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs are followed by a pool party, a potluck party as a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Entry limited to the first 50, so please register early!

Squamish Scrambler. 23 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head, or out towards Mamquam Lake, depending on conditions and motivation. Savor spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot.  More info here.

NEWS

2013 Membership Registration.  At the stroke of midnight December 31st, all 2012 memberships expired.  If you haven't renewed your membership yet, please do so here.  If you can't  remember if you signed up for 2013 already, just check the 2013 Member Directory

Business Members.  We are happy to welcome Melissa Pace and Landsea Tours  Adventures to our ranks of business members.  LTA's year-round tours feature the best sightseeing that Vancouver, North Shore, Whistler and Victoria have to offer, as well as the ability to plan and reserve private charter itineraries; whereby all our tours can be customized to suit your needs.  Melissa was an early member and Event Host of Club Fat Ass.  After years of adventure racing and a break from extreme sports following an injury, she now is looking forward to getting back into trail running.  

Steering Committee. Any time is a good time to give back to the community you love.  Club Fat Ass is member-driven.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club in 2013.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS




















 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

December 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

With Christmas behind us and New Year in a couple of days, 'tis the season to wrap-up the year gone by and think about all we might look forward to in the year ahead.

Looking back on 2012, it gives me great pleasure to recognize those overachievers in the Club who have earned special recognition in our annual Club contests (see below).  Congrats to you!  Prizes will be awarded with much hoopla and speeches at the festivities following our first Club event of 2013 on New Years Day.

Looking forward to the new year, if you're resolving to accomplish great athletic things in 2013, be sure to note them online so your friends and fellow Club members can hold your feet to the fire.  You might even be recognized with a prize this time next year!

2013 is shaping up to offer even more events and challenges.  Don't forget to renew or join the Club before the end of December... it's not only the best deal going, Club events are fun and better for you than eating more broccoli.

Speaking of new years resolutions, if you haven't yet resolved to begin the year with your Club's classic suffer-fest, it's about time you get on it: the Vancouver New Year's Day 50km Run is in 2 days!

Peace on earth and happy trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. 1 January 2013 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 50 
km resolution run to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Those who are more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep can opt for a custom course of 1 to 49 km. More details here!

Photo left.  Unlikely we will run in snow during the 2013 Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run

Photo right. On dark trails during the Capilano Canyon Night Run. 

Capilano Canyon Night Run. 16 February - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner, or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs are followed by a pool party, a potluck party as a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Entry limited to the first 50, so please register early!

Photo left: Running through fresh pow during the Squamish Scrambler

Squamish Scrambler. 23 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head, or out towards Mamquam Lake, depending on conditions and motivation. Savor spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot.  More info here.

NEWS

2013 Membership Registration.  At the stroke of midnight December 31st, 2012 comes to an end... and so does your 2012 membership in the Club.  Especially if you plan to be part of the Vancouver New Year's Fat Ass 50km a few hours later, please be sure to join the Club or renew your membership,   Can't remember if you signed up for 2013 already?  Just check the 2013 Member Directory

Contests(Drum roll...)  I am happy to announce the winners in the annual Club contests.  

Craig Moore took the crown in the 
2012 Point Series. Craig will receive a refund on his 2013 membership fees.  

A pair of Vibram Five Fingers from Distance Runwear goes to Gottfried Grosser in the Refer a Friend Contest for signing up the most new Club members. Way to go Gottfried! 

Marc Schmitz managed to accomplish most of his 2012 New Year's resolutions as documented in the New Year's Resolution Contest, beating out Action Jackson who once again, bit off more than he could chew.

Lastly, the photo of Eric Rannaud on a summer peak bagging expedition rose to the top of Flickr's "interestingness scale" and will take the prize, a gift pack, from Distance Runwear in the Traveling Colours Contest. Photo credit goes to Reagan White.

A big, fat "Thank you!" to business member, Dave Cressman at Distance Runwear for the contest prizes and his support and enthusiasm over the past year.

Prizes will be awarded at the festivities after the Vancouver New Year's Day 50km Run.

Business Members.  We are happy to welcome Shem Sharifi to our community of business members.  Shem is a Massage Therapist at Burrard Massage Therapy. When he is not tending to sore muscles or teaching massage, he can be found running the trails in and around Vancouver. Next time you need relief from tense muscles, give him a call.

Steering Committee. Any time is a good time to give back to the community you love.  Club Fat Ass is member-driven.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club in 2013.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS


 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

November 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

It's more than halfway through November... Yikes, where has the year gone?  With days full of gray and lots of running in the rain, it's time to think positive and start planning our training and racing for 2013.

Club registration and renewal for 2013 is now open.  As an incentive, if you get your club registration in before 1 December you will be included in the draw for a membership refund.

Heads-up that winners of the Club's 2012 contests will be determined on 20 December.  While the time for your 2012 running resolutions is past and it's a bit late in the season for earning Club participation points, everyone still has a chance to win a membership refund or a nice prize from our business member, Distance Runwear.  Make sure you have your photo contributions up on Flickr (or send it to me) and promote them with your friends for the best chance to win.  More about Club contests in the newsletter below.

As 2012 comes to a close, we're over-the-top excited about 2013.  Many events are in their 10th year and we are looking to add new courses and events to the calendar.  If you have a favorite trail run you'd like to share with fellow members, please contact me.  On that note, you should know  that event hosts receive a free membership in the year following their first scheduled event.

Happy trails!

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

CFA VIP Christmas Party: 23 November, North Vancouver, BC.  A special annual event for the special people who help keep your Club "running".  Celebrate the end of a great year with good friends, good food and tales from the trails.  Club VIPs include Event Hosts, Business Members and Steering Committee members and their partners.  You know who you are!  If you’ve not received a VIP invitation and would like one next year, host an event or help improve the Club by contributing some of your expertise.  Contact us with your thoughts.

Seymour Super Fun Run: 24 November - North Vancouver, BC.

A late fall challenge on and around the trails of Mount Seymour.  Tell your Mama you'll be coming home all wet and muddy. Check it out here.

Photo left: Crossing the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge during the Pure Satisfaction Run

Pure Satisfaction: 9 December - North Vancouver, BC. 12km or 24km on slippery, wet, rooty, dark trails... a perfect way to start the busy Christmas season!  Bring your jingle bells and wear your Santa hat. Details here.

Photo right.  A great day and gorgeous sunny city and mountain views greeted runners for the 2011 Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run

Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. 1 January 2013 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 50 
km resolution run to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Those who are more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep can opt for a custom course of 1 to 49 km. More details here!

NEWS

2013 Membership Registration Now Open. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

Contests. Our 2012 contests are winding down, but it is not too late to participate for a chance to win one of the fine prizes provided by Dave Cressman from DistanceRunWear.

Please submit your Travelling Colours photos soon and make sure you check out submissions to date.  The winner will be determined by the photo sharing site Flickr so make sure you'll comment on the photos you like and "favourite" the ones you like best.
 
Point collection for both the Refer a Friend contest and Point Series is ongoing until the 10th of December.  Points earned after that date, will count toward your 2013 tally.  The winner of the Refer A Friend contest will get their sweaty feet into a pair of Vibram Five Fingers and the 
Point Series winner will receive a full refund on their 2013 membership.  For those who dared to share their New Years' Resolutions way back when, please take a moment to review and rate how you did.

With less than 5 weeks 'till Christmas, it's time to start thinking about the gift you'll give that special someone.  Consider a Club membership or t-shirt!  

As a special incentive to recognize those members who share the love, any member who signs up 3 new members (Fat Ass virgins) from now until Christmas will get their Club colors for free! 

Steering Committee. Any time is a good time to give back to the community you love.  Club Fat Ass is member-driven.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CONTESTS

North Shore Bagger Challenge. Once again, it was an intense battle for the Pippa Quaich.  In the end the reigning champion, Carolyn King, took the crown, but second-placed Jess Dagg with baby Sierra in tow sure made her work hard for it!  In the Munro Quaich division, Bill Maurer won again and topped this accomplishment by bagging all 57 peaks in the challenge in one season. The Harry Quaich for the under 16 crowd went to Harry Crerar while Tundra the Wonderdog took home the Tundra Quaich in the canine division.  The Dagg family and Team Healey-Thorpe were awarded the Twisted Quaich for introducing the next generation to the joy of mountains.  Check out the winners here.

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
2012 Travelling Colours Contest.  Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here
 

2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are

 here.   Learn how to collect points here, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

October 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

No doubt about it... fall has fallen.  The air is crisp and its full-on monsoon season.  For most, our best races of 2012 are behind us.  Time to start thinking about (gulp!) our goals for 2013.

Yes, it's decision time again.  Club registration for 2013 opened this week.  Do I save the money and pork-up? Do I invest in myself and my athletic goals and join or renew with CFA for the upcoming year?  If you've been waiting for the ideal time to become a Fat Ass, join today and get free events for the rest of this year and all of next! 

I would like to extend a big welcome and Thank You to our new Event Host and Membership Steering Committee Chair, Marc Schmitz.  Marc has been with Club Fat Ass for only a year. He's been an active member participating in a number of events and hosting the Seymour Sunday's flash events last winter and spring.

Your Steering Committee has been confirming event dates with our Event Hosts and making sure CFA events are in all of the major run calendars for 2013.  If 2013 is the year you'd like to step up and host an event, please drop me a line ASAP so your event gets promoted in print calendars.  

As race season winds down, be sure to take advantage of a full slate of social events in October and November.

If you were part of the peak-bagging frenzy, be sure to attend the 4th Annual Bagger's Banquet for a feast and traditional themed cake, peaty libations and the awarding of the coveted quaiches.   

Another social and culinary highlight, the Silly Chili Triathlon in mid-November, is certain to test your athletic limits and burn your taste buds.  Participation is on a first register, first serve basis and limited to about 10 chefs.  

As the year comes to a close, the people who do the heavy lifting in the Club (Event Hosts, business members and Steering Committee members... you know who you are) are invited to the annual Club VIP party on November 23rd to celebrate another year of great outdoor events and a big "Thank You" for all you did throughout the year. (Separate VIP invite to follow).

Last but not least, don't forget that our contests are winding down.  Dave Cressman at DistanceRunWear has stepped-up with some very nice prizes.  Details on how to get involved and perhaps win something nice are posted below.  

With all the socializing, don't forget to get wet and muddy.  Your club has a great line-up of fall events with distances ranging from 10 km to 100 miles.  See below for details.

Happy trails!

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Lynn Peak from South NeedleBagger Challenge. 1 April - 25 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag before the end of the week.  Check out the competition and find out more here. 

Photo left: three young baggers enjoying the first dusting of snow on the North Shore Mountains this past weekend. 

Photo right: Norma and Craig navigation the puddles during last year's Seawall 100.

Seawall 100: 27/28 October - West Vancouver, BC.  An urban 100 miler, mostly on the Seawall path from the Dundarave Park in North Vancouver to UBC. Enjoy an ultramarathon challenge with minimal concerns for wild beasts, altitude or elevation gain. 'Could be described as the easiest 100 miler in North America if there is such a thing as an easy 100 mile run. Custom distances of 25-50-75 miles. Find out more here.

Photo left: Action Jackson whipping up a mean "no beans" Texas chili.

Silly Chili Triathlon. 10 November - North Vancouver, BC.  This event is both something athletic and social to do with your family on the Remembrance Day holiday.  It involves a short run, an even shorter swim and a chili cook-off.  Beans or no beans.  Veggie or road kill.  Mild or burns through plate steel.  Give it your best shot!  Limited space, so please register here soon.

Photo left: Negotiating the rocky, rooty, muddy and wonderful trails of the North Shore during the Sweet Go Deep.

Sweet Go Deep: 17 November - North Vancouver, BC. Join Event Host, Reagan White on a challenging but beautiful 20 km or an easier, but equally stunning 12km course on lower Seymour Mountain.  Register here.

Seymour Super Fun Run: 27 November - North Vancouver, BC. A late fall challenge on and around the trails of Mount Seymour.  Tell your Mama you'll be coming home all wet and muddy. Check it out here.

NEWS

2013 Membership Registration Now Open. Club membership registration and renewal for 2013 now open. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

Contests. Our 2012 contests are winding down, but it is not too late to participate for a chance to win one of the fine prizes provided by Dave Cressman from DistanceRunWear.

Please submit your Travelling Colours photos soon and make sure you check out submissions to date.  The winner will be determined by the photo sharing site Flickr so make sure you'll comment on the photos you like and "favourite" the ones you like best.
 
Point collection for both the Refer a Friend contest and Point Series is ongoing until the 10th of December.  Points earned after that date, will count toward your 2013 tally.  The winner of the Refer A Friend contest will get their sweaty feet into a pair of Vibram Five Fingers and the 
Point Series winner will receive a full refund on their 2013 membership.  For those who dared to share their New Years' Resolutions way back when, please take a moment to review and rate how you did.

With only 8 weeks 'till Christmas, it's time to start thinking about what you'll give that special someone.  Consider a Club membership or t-shirt!  As a special incentive, we'll be offering a complimentary Club shirt to any member who signs up 3 new members (Fat Ass virgins) from now until Christmas. 

Steering Committee.  I would like to extend a big welcome and Thank You to our new Event Host and Membership Steering Committee Chair, Marc Schmitz.  Marc has been with Club Fat Ass for only a year. He's been an active member, participating in a number of events and hosting the Seymour Sunday's flash runs last winter and spring.

Any time is a good time to give back to the community you love.  Club Fat Ass is member-driven.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.




 

CONTESTS

 
Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
2012 Travelling Colours Contest.  Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here
 

2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are

 here.   Learn how to collect points here, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

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August 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass, 

Summer is the toughest time of the year for your newsletter team.  It's hard to stay indoors and write when the weather is perfect for playing outdoors.  With so many Club activities to chose from, it's also tough to pick which ones to write about!

I hope you join us this weekend for the Sunshine in September run.  We'll walk onto the ferry in Horseshoe Bay and start running right at the terminal in Langdale.  The course is a lovely out and back on rolling trails through old growth forests.  A perfect day away from the hustle of the city.  Find details and registration below.

Be sure to remember the traveling t-shirt contest and Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures while you are out and about this summer.  We are looking forward to your crazy photos of your Club colors and video of your outdoor pursuits

Happy trails and happy (rest of)summer!

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Lynn Peak from South NeedleBagger Challenge. 1 April - 10 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag between now and Thanksgiving.  With the higher peaks now clear of snow, it's now prime bagging season.  Check out the competition and find out more here. 

Photo left: Rick's  view of Lynn Peak from the South Needle on a recent bagging expedition.

Photo right:  Views from the ferry terminal at the start of the Sunshine in September trail run.

Sunshine in September. 2 September - Langdale, BC Canada. 20km or 26km on beautiful, mostly single track trails just off the ferry terminal in Langdale on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Run in forests of grand old trees and gigantic mushrooms. Easy logistics with carpooling, walk on the ferry, run off the ferry and a lovely post-run get together with super views on the ferry ride back. As close to a get a way in a day as you can get! More details here.

Photo left:  Our mascot, Piggy Porker, having  fun at last year's Mountain Highway Madness post run get-together

Piggy Porker having  fun at the post event get-togetherFall Mountain Highway Madness: 11 September - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Need some hill training?  This one is for you.  Details here.

5Peaks Buntzen Lake Warm-Up. 22 September - Anmore, BC Canada.  Details here.

NEWS

Steering Committee.  Now is the time to get off your duff and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee.  We'll have an open meeting in October, but if you been meaning to give back, why not start now?  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2012 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.


Photo: At the start of Go Home Via The Hanes Valley

 

CONTESTS

 
Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
2012 Travelling Colours Contest.  Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here
 

2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are

 here.   Learn how to collect points here, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

July 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

I guess, summer has arrived somewhere, but the poor folks on the wet coast of Canada are still waiting for the trails to dry up and the skies to clear.  Check out our list of upcoming events to cheer you up!  

I like to especially draw your attention to Mary Leliveld's Happy Trails Run and Bill's Great Peak Ascent this weekend and the Capilano Canyon Night Run and Go Home Via the Hanes Valley in August (details and links below.)

With the low clouds and slippery trails, I'd like to take the opportunity to remind you to stay safe while running and exploring the back country.  There are some great resources about playing safe and being prepared on the Club Fat Ass website and from North Shore Rescue.  Please take a minute to review the information before you head out on those long training runs or peak-bagging expeditions. 

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 25 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can bag in a summer.  There's something for all ages and abilities.  Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of previous bagging adventures to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo Left.  Approaching a Howe Sound Peak

Photo left. Wendy at the TCT Pavillion on Granville Island in Vancouver

TCT Social Club. 1 April - 3 September - Trans Canada Trail (TCT), BC, Canada. See how far you can run on the TCT from Horseshoe Bay to the Coquihalla Summit.  Self guided. Details here.

 



Photo right: Last years starters at Mary's Run

Mary Leliveld's Happy Trails: 28 July - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A beautiful hike up Lynn Peak in the afternoon and/or an easy evening run in memory of our friend and Club member Mary Leliveld. Emphasis is on camaraderie rather than competition. We would like to see this be a group hike where we celebrate the life of a friend who can't join us.  We end the evening with a pot luck dinner and post-hike/run party. Non runners are welcome to join in! This is also a fundraiser for a bursary in Mary's name. Registration and more information here.  

Photo left:  Ascending on the Baden-Powell Trail from the Lynn Headwaters to Mountain Highway

Bill's Great Peak Ascent: 29 July - North Vancouver, BC. With Kneeknacker over and done with and Squamish 50 coming up, Bill's Great Peak Ascent offers a great group training opportunity for those with upcoming races or just to wanting to get some more off-road mileage in. Find Out more here.

Full Moon Frenzy Ultra. 4-5 August - South Chilcotins - Gold Bridge, BC.  This years event will take place during the weekend closest to the first Full moon of August, which happens to be the long weekend. Perfect for an epic adventure. The event will take place in the Spruce Lake Wilderness Area of the Southern Chilcotins.  Starting on the Pearson Creek FSR, the course will run over 70km to the Relay Creek FSR, crossing 4 high mountain passes along the way.  It will feature incredible scenery, amazing alpine terrain, beautiful singletrack, and vast wilderness. Details here.

Photo left: Making your way through Capilano Canyon

Capilano Canyon Night Run - A Midsummer Night's Dream. August 18 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Don't miss this night running classic followed by a garden party and potluck extravaganza.  New trail section for competitive runners!  Details here.

Photo left: Views during the Go Home via the Hanes Valley backcountry run

Go Home via the Hanes Valley. August 25 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Chose between a nice and easy 14km trail or tough, backcountry wilderness runs of 18km or 30km length.  More here

 

 


NEWS

Steering Committee.  The current Steering Committee has been on duty for a number of years now and is looking to hand over reigns for next year. If you have a passion for oddball events and grassroot trail running and can spare a few hours a month, please contact Sibylle to discuss.

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2012 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.

CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
2012 Travelling Colours Contest.  Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here
 

2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are

 here.   Learn how to collect points here, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS


 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

May 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

It looks like that at least our west, spring has finally sprung and the upcoming  upcoming month offers a large buffet of choices for runners of every ability.

Choices aside, I'd like to take the opportunity to remind you to stay safe while running and exploring the back country.  There are some great resources about playing safe and being prepared on the Club Fat Ass website and from North Shore Rescue.  Please take a minute to review the information before you head out on those long training runs or peak-bagging expeditions. 

Speaking about North Shore Rescue,  check out our members' efforts in support of the Kneeknacker North Shore Trail Race's call to fundraise for this local non-profit.  There are a couple of Fatass Boot Camps planned by Marc Schmitz and Action Jackon is collecting your pennies in his "Saving Lives - One Penny at a Time".

'Looks like the word has finally gotten out that we Fat Asses are not all crazed endurance junkies who enjoy pulling the lungs out of unfortunate newbies who dare come out for a Club run.  There have been a large number of new people joining the Club over the last few months and we saw a few trial members at the North Shore Enduro.  Please join me in welcoming our new members by introducing yourself and lending a helping hand when you see an unfamiliar face at a Club event.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 25 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Start racking up points now by bagging the snowless Howe Sound Island-  and  "front row" peaks.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of previous bagging adventures to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo Left.  Approaching a Howe Sound Peak
TCT Social Club. 1 April - 3 September - Trans Canada Trail, BC Canada. See how far you can run on the TCT from Horseshoe Bay to the Coquihalla Summit.  Self guided. Details here.

Photo right. Wendy at the TCT Pavillion on Granville Island in Vancouver

Photo left: On the Chuckanut Calf Cramper course



Chuckanut Calf Cramper28 May - Bellingham, WA USA. Something special for our members in Washington and Lower Mainlanders ready for a change of trails between filling the tank and buying cheese.  Join Event Host, Genissa, for a 16 to 32km run on well maintained dirt and gravel trails.  Option to turn around earlier and run fewer miles. Enjoy the beauty of the Chuckanut mountains while toning those calves! Details and registration here

Photo right: Craig, the Event Host for the Vancouver 100

Vancouver 100. 4-5 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The toughest 100 km in Canada... maybe the world! Due to the challenging nature of this event, participation for the full 100 km is by invitation only.  Anyone can participate, however, by running part of the course with the 100 km participants, coming out to the aid station/picnic area at Cleveland Dam or crewing for a runner. More info and applications here.

Vancouver Skyline XTC. 11 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This trail run with a twist explores some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver's famous North Shore mountains. Runners can choose to run 25K "Up," 25K "Down," 50K "Up and Down" or a "Roll Your Own" custom distance to suit their abilities. Runners will experience approximately 3,000 m (9,000 ft.) of elevation change over the 50 km course on moderate to challenging trails. Find out more and register here.


NEWS

Event Host Needed.  We still are looking for an event host for the Fluffy Bunny, June 16.  I seem to remember a conversation I had with an eager prospect.  Please let Sibylle know if you can host this event.

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2012 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.

Photo: At the start of the Spring Mountain Highway Madness

 

CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
2012 Travelling Colours Contest.  Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here
 

2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are

 here.   New member Marc is giving Action Jackson a run for his money by hosting weekly training runs and racking up the points.  Learn how to collect points here, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS


 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

April 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

With spring in full swing, I hope your training is going well and you are enjoying the great outdoors.

There's an interesting variety of events on your Club roster this month. For something a bit different, there's the new TCT Social Club the Vancouver book launch for "A Dream Of Giants" and of course familiar classics like the Bagger Challenge and the Marathon Shuffle.

If you or your friends are still scared about taking out a Club Fat Ass membership, be sure to mark the North Shore Enduro in your calendar.  At only 7.6 kilometers to the lap, this event is perfect for the beginning trail runner.  "I'm looking for something a bit longer and more challenging," you say?  Keep running laps for up to 6 hours!  The Enduro is one of the Club's 2 annual open house runs.  CFA virgins of all abilities benefit from a free trial membership, so no reason in the world for not toeing the line. Please find details below.

Last call to submit your designs for the Club Fat Ass Youtube and Twitter pages.  Contest closes 31 April and the winner will receive a Club Fat Ass Wear collectors shirt.  Details here.  Talking about winning, we are still looking for a couple more volunteer run leaders for the 5Peak Warm Up Run series.   Volunteers will be entered into a draw for the new 5Peaks 50 Miler, Meet Your Maker, in September.  Contact Sibylle

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 25 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Start racking up points now by bagging the snowless Howe Sound Island peaks.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of previous bagging adventures to share with all Baggers this year.


TCT Social Club. 1 April - 3 September - Trans Canada Trail, BC Canada. See how far you can run on the TCT from Horseshoe Bay to the Coquihalla Summit.  Self guided. Details here.

Photo Left.  Last year's Baggermeister, bill Maurer, enjoying the vistas.

Photo right. Wendy and Ean at Harry Jerome's statue on the TCT in Stanley Park.

A Dream Of Giants - Book Launch Extravaganza. 18 April. Vancouver, BC Canada. Join us for the Vancouver launch of "Dream of Giants", a book about the Sunshine Coast Trail, by Emma Larocque. Bob Davey, one of the original trail builders, will cover highlights of the trail and first hand information about the trail and the upper Sunshine Coast area for hikers, runners, canoeists, kayakers, environmentalists and others who might be interested in taking an adventure holiday close to the lower mainland. The event is free for members and non-members alike. More info here.

Flash - Penrose Bay Pentathlon, Potluck and Pre-Marathon Shuffle Party.  28 April - Powell River, BC Canada.  Details here.

Flash - Marathon Shuffle. 29 April - Powell River, BC  Canada.  A fun, low key shuffle (hike or run) on a 29 km section of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Half Shuffle (12km) option. Hosted by the PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society), the Powell River Hikers and the BOMB (Bloody Old Men's Brigade) Squad to promote the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Great trails through old growth, temperate rain forests, along creeks and lakeshore. Magnificent vistas of the Sunshine Coast, adjacent islands, nearby lakes and the city.  Free for members and non-members, a donation to PRAWS is suggested. Details here

Photo left: A group of hikers enjoying the old growth forest on the Sunshine Coast Trail during the Marathon Shuffle

North Shore Enduro. 5 May - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Take advantage of a free membership trial offer for Fat Ass virgins: A fun run in Vancouver's rugged North Shore mountains, the Enduro is on a 7.6 km loop course that lasts up to 6 hours. A safe and challenging first trail run featuring some easy and some technical terrain. A great social event for the team runner (2-6 runners can form a team). A tune-up for Western States and other summer 100-milers for the competitive solo runner. More info and registration here


NEWS

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2012 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.

Photo: At the start of the Spring Mountain Highway Madness

 

CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
2012 Travelling Colours Contest.  Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here

 

2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are

 here.   New member Marc is giving Action Jackson a run for his money by hosting weekly training runs and racking up the points.  Learn how to collect points here, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS


 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

March 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

You might have noticed the doors of our "online clubhouse" were closed for a while this month.  It wasn't spring cleaning, but rather a nasty computer virus that took the website down. Thanks to Dale Marthaller's persistence and expertise and a lot of behind the scenes efforts of your Steering Committee, everything about the website is back to where it should be. Thank you for your thoughts, suggestions and patience during the downtime.

Technical hiccups aside, your Steering Committee has been busy planning an adventure-packed agenda of spring and summer events for you.  Check-out the impressive calendar of trail events this month.  For something a bit different, consider an evening of outdoor culture and check out the upcoming Dream of Giants book launch about the Sunshine Coast Trail... then pack your bags for the Marathon Shuffle a 32K run on the Sunshine Coast Trail near Powell River, BC.

Factoid:  Hundreds of people from around the world subscribe to this newsletter, but many have never participated in a Club event!

We've heard mere mortals tremble at the thought of running with the Fat Asses.  While it's true that some Fat Asses are a little out there on the overachiever scale, most are just like you.  If you've been watching from the sidelines, waiting for the chance to run with the big dogs without having to keep up with them, be sure to mark the North Shore Enduro in your running calendar for early May. 

At only 7.6 kilometers to the lap over a nice variety of trails, this event is perfect for the beginning trail runner.  It's also a great way to expose your kids to the sport without killing them. "I prefer something longer," you say?  Divide and conquer by making it a team effort... or keep running for up to 6 hours and try to beat the current solo record of 9 laps! 

This will be a special 10th anniversary of the North Shore Enduro.  The Enduro is one of the Club's 2 annual open house runs, so first time participants are entitled to a free trial membership.  Take the plunge and tell a friend.  You can do it!

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Club Fat Ass Event - Marc and Ean at Mystery FallsFlash - Seymour Sunday. Only two more - North Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Join Marc on 90min training runs on the trails around Seymour Mountain.  All abilities.  Please check the event calendar for upcoming Seymour Sundays or click here.  If your friends are not members, this is a great, free way to get introduced to the Club.

Photo left: Marc and Ean during a recent Seymour Sunday at Mystery Falls


Flash - Quicksilver Spring Run Off.  17 March - Cochrane, AB, Canada. Join Margaret in the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park on a 5km out and back course. Go for as long as you want up to 6hrs.  Open to non-members.  More details here.

Photo right: Birch Forest in Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. Photo by buzz.bishop on Flickr

Photo left: Snowy trails and blue skies during a past Mountain Highway Madness run.

Mountain Highway Madness - Spring edition. 18 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This mind-numbing interval session is officially held twice a year. Runners complete one or more 15 km laps (with approximately 1 km or 3,300' of elevation change per lap) on a wide dirt and gravel access road (no traffic). We'll have a couple of runners from Fort St. John join us, so come on out to show them a good time. Details.

Spaghetti Trees. 31 March  - Victoria, BC, Canada.  Carlos has kindly agreed to take over hosting duties for this years run and will be showing off the best our west coast has to offer.  Find the elusive Spaghetti Trees on the 12km or 16km trail  loop run in East Sooke Regional Park.  Skip past ancient copper mines and gorgeous west coast vistas.  Finish the day with a pint of local micro brew in a 116-year-old pub. Why is it called Spaghetti Trees? We'd love to hear your guesses :).  Find out more here

Photo right: Refuelling on the trails of the Spaghetti Tree run

Photo left:  Magical trails and riggedy bridges on the Sunshine in Springtime course

Flash - Sunshine in Springtime. 7 April - Langdale, BC, Canada.  Join Jackie on beautiful Sunshine Coast trails in preparation for the overconsumption that will accompany Easter Sunday to preburn those calories.  Logistics are easy with walk on ferry access and an out and back course for any distance up to 24km.  Details here.

Photo right: Views from the trails of the Burnaby Mountain course

Burnaby Mountain Run. 14 April - Burnaby, BC, Canada. Check out the trails around the Simon Fraser University. Great views - weather permitting - and a killer hill! Details here.

A Dream Of Giants - Book Launch Extravaganza. 18 April. Vancouver, BC Canada. Join us for the Vancouver launch of "Dream of Giants", a book about the Sunshine Coast Trail, by Emma Larocque. Eagle Walz, father of the Sunshine Coast Trail and author of "The Sunshine Coast Trail", will cover highlights of the trail and first hand information about the trail and the upper Sunshine Coast area for hikers, runners, canoeists, kayakers, environmentalists and others who might be interested in taking an adventure holiday close to the lower mainland. The event is free for members and non-members alike. More info here.

Flash - Marathon Shuffle. 29 April - Powell River, BC  Canada.  A fun, low key shuffle (hike or run) on a 29 km section of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Half Shuffle (12km) option. Hosted by the PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society), the Powell River Hikers and the BOMB (Bloody Old Men's Brigade) Squad to promote the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Great trails through old growth, temperate rain forests, along creeks and lakeshore. Magnificent vistas of the Sunshine Coast, adjacent islands, nearby lakes and the city.  Free for members and non-members, a donation to PRAWS is suggested. Details here

Photo left: A group of hikers enjoying the old growth forest on the Sunshine Coast Trail during the Marathon Shuffle

NEWS

Steering Committee.  We need your help, ideas and feedback. Now is the time to get off your rear end and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.  Our next Steering Committee Meeting will be announced in the Upcoming Events section.

Website Hints and Tips.  There are several ways to stay in touch with what is happening at Club Fat Ass.  The newsletter is sent out monthly to subscribers and you can subscribe or unsubscribe from your "My Newsletter" setting on you web account.  You may also subscribe to new content on the Club Fat Ass website directly, either via the links at the bottom of blog posts or event pages, or via your "Supscriptions" settings on your web account.  Our Facebook page and Twitter feed are also great tools to find out about upcoming events and to spread the word.

Contest.  We are looking for a new, spiffy background for our Twitter and Youtube accounts. Do you have the creative ideas and skills needed?  Winning design wins bragging rights and a Club Fat Ass shirt. Contact Sibylle if you'd like to submit a design.

CFA ON THE WEB

FacebookClub Fat Ass Store

 

 

PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

 

For the latest reports and results, please click here.



 

CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.

2012 Travelling Colours Contest.  Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here

Photo:  Why did this member and his 2012 collectors shirt end up in a snow cave?
 

2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are

 here.   New member Marc is giving Action Jackson a run for his money by hosting weekly training runs and racking up the points.  Learn how to collect points here, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!
 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS


 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

February 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

The wait is over!  If you ordered a shirt with your Club membership, you should have received it in the mail by now.  Our choice of colors was a bit risky, but I've received lots of thumbs-up so far.  What do you think?  Remember to take lots of photos for the Travelling Colours Contest

Our new business members, Dave and Meghan at Distance Runwear, are giving away a $25 gift certificate to the 5th CFA member visiting their new store on Vancouver's Mainstreet in their new club colours. Details and address below!  

One might think that wintertime is a slack time for an outdoors-oriented club.  Not so with this one!  

A big, fat, "Thank you!" to the members who make-up the backbone of our club: your Event Hosts.  Thanks to them, there have been 12 Club events in the 7 weeks since New Year's Day.  If you do the math, that translates to almost 2 events per week.

We are especially happy to see Marc's informal weekly training runs, the Seymour Sundays, in the event calendar.  You can find more info about these free runs in the Seymour Mountain area of North Vancouver below and in the Upcoming Event section.

The first Steering Committee Meeting of the year is behind us and the second one is approaching fast.  Thanks to the members who have come forward to offer their time and expertise on the Steering Committee or for special projects.  If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help shape the direction Club Fat Ass is going, please get in touch with me. 

 
Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Discover the gnarly trails of Seymour Mountain with Club Fat AssFlash - Seymour Sunday. Ongoing - North Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Join Marc on a 90min training run on the trails around Seymour Mountain.  All abilities.  Please check the event calendar for upcoming Seymour Sundays or click here.  If your friends are not members, this is a great, free way to get introduced to the Club.

Photo right: Discover the gnarly trails on Seymour Mountain during the Seymour Sundays

Photo left: Run around sparkling Buntzen Lake and up a mountain during the aptly named Run to the Clouds

Run around Beautiful Buntzen Lake at the Club Fat Ass "Run to the Clouds"Run to the Clouds. 3 March - Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. A 12.5km or 25km run, all on trails with some gravel road sections. Come see and run around beautiful Buntzen Lake and surrounding mountains. A challenging route with over 2000 vertical feet (or 600 metres) of elevation gain/loss. Fantastic views of Buntzen Lake and the Greater Vancouver area. Details here.

Flash - Quicksilver Spring Run Off.  17 March - Cochrane, AB, Canada. Join Margaret in the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park on a 5km out and back course. Go for as long as you want up to 6hrs.  Open to non-members.  More details here.

Photo right: Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. Photo by D'Arcy Norman on Flickr.

Photo right.  Sometimes there is lots of snow on Mountain Highway!

Lots of snow at the Club Fat Ass Spring Mountain Highway MadnessMountain Highway Madness - Spring edition. 18 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This mind-numbing interval session is officially held twice a year. Runners complete one or more 15 km laps (with approximately 1 km or 3,300' of elevation change per lap) on a wide dirt and gravel access road (no traffic). We'll have a couple of runners from Fort St. John join us, so come on out to show them a good time. Details.

Gorgeous west coast vistas during the Club Fat Ass Spaghetti Trees Run in East Sook Provincial Park near Victoria BCSpaghetti Trees. 31 March  - Victoria, BC, Canada.  Teagirl Katie, the girl who runs in a dress (and stockings) shows off the best our west coast has to offer.  Find the elusive Spaghetti Trees on the 12km or 16km trail  loop run in East Sooke Regional Park.  Skip past ancient copper mines and gorgeous west coast vistas.  Get to the start via an optional bike ride along the Galloping Goose trail from the ferry.  Play along with Katie's antics along the course and finish the day with a pint of local micro brew in a 116-year-old pub. Why is it called Spaghetti Trees? We'd love to hear your guesses :).  Find out more here

Burnaby Mountain Run. 14 April - Burnaby, BC, Canada. Check out the trails around the Simon Fraser University. Great views - weather permitting - and a killer hill! Details here.

NEWS

Dudes in kilts and snowshoes at the Club Fat Ass Snowshoe for the Haggis eventWin with Distance Runwear. As a kick off to Distance Runwear's support for Club Fat Ass Dave and Meghan, the owners, are offering a prize of a $25 gift card to the fifth (5th) CFA member that comes by their new shop at 4800 Main Street in Vancouver. You need to be wearing your shirt. Don't dispair if you aren't the fifth they'll still have something for you... a little nourishment for your next run.

Photo right:  Dudes in kilts and snowshoes...during the recent Snowshoe for the Haggis outing and Burns dinner.

2012 Club Colours and Membership Registration.  We have pre-ordered special Fat Ass Wear t-shirts this year. I still have all sizes available, but numbers are limited.  If you'd like a new, no-stink, short shirt sleeve, pumpkin colour 2012 collector shirt, better not procrastinate and renew your membership now.  

Photo left: Can you spot the 2012 orange Club Fat Ass Wear collectors shirt at the start of the Mardigras Night Run?

Steering Committee.  We need your help, ideas and feedback. Now is the time to get off your rear end and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.  Our next Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for 28 February in North Vancouver.

New Event Hosts. Get Your FA Off The Couch has a new event host!  Gottfried Grosser, RD for the Tenderfoot Boogie and Frosty, is taking on a new challenge, hosting the Get the Fat Ass Off the Couch, October 20th.  

Photo right: Showing of alternate footwear at the recent Squamish Scrambler Snowshoe run

CFA ON THE WEB

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PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Club Fat Ass' mascot, piggy porker, being roasted = pork roastPhoto:  Our mascot, Piggy Porker, and Squamish Scrambler newbie, Andrew,  preparing for a pork roast

For the latest reports and results, please click here.



 

CONTESTS

Refueling after a Club Fat Ass running adventureRefer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.

2012 Travelling Colours Contest.  Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here

Posers with a view on Indian River look out at the Club Fat Ass Seymour Sundays RunsPhoto right: Refuelling after the Squamish Scrambler.  Eat up, Eric!

Photo left.  Posing on Indian River look-out during a Seymour Sundays run.
 

2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are

 here.   New member Marc is giving Ean a run for his money by hosting weekly training runs and racking up the points.  Learn how to collect points here, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!
 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS


 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

January 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

A belated "Happy New Year!"

I hope you kicked off 2012 on the right foot, got the year off to a running start and are resolved to give Des Mott some serious competition for being the most active CFA member in 2012.

Thanks to all who renewed their membership or joined the Club over the holidays. Woo-hoo... it's going to be a great year!

If you ordered a special 2012-edition Fat Ass Wear t-shirt, I expect them back from the sewing place and then the screener by mid February and will mail them then.

Your Club Steering Committee is about to launch into another year.   This group will meet about 7 times in 2012 to manage the Club.  Our goals are simple:  more events and more members to enjoy them.  Many thanks to Ran Katzman, Reagan White, Kristin Ohm-Pedersen and Ean Jackson who were active not only on the trails in 2011, but also behind the scenes to keep Club Fat Ass running.  

Can you spare a couple of hours a month this year to help improve and grow the Club?  No heavy lifting or experience necessary.  To join us on Tues 17 January, please contact me!  

'Hope to see you at one of the Seymour Sundays, the Snowshoe For The Haggis, the Squamish Scrambler or the Capilano Canyon Night Run in the next few weeks.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Flash - Seymour Sunday. Ongoing - North Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Join Marc on a 90min training run on the trails around Seymour Mountain.  All abilities.  Please check the online club house for upcoming Seymour Sundays or click here.

Flash - Snowshoe for the Haggis. 4 Februrary - North Vancouver, BC Canada. A 10km snowshoe run/hike followed by a full-on traditional  Robbie Burns celebration with elements of poetry, music, address to the haggis, feasting, and drinking of Scotch whiskey. More details here.

Photo left: Running through fresh pow during the Squamish Scrambler

Squamish Scrambler. 11 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km 1/2 marathon). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head depending on conditions and your motivation. Savor spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot.  More info here.
  
Photo right. The Capilano Canyon Night Run is as much a social affair as a run.

Capilano Canyon Night Run. 18 February - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner, or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs are followed by a pool party, a potluck party as a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Entry limited to the first 50, so please register early!


NEWS

2012 Club Colours and Membership Registration.  We have pre-ordered special Fat Ass Wear t-shirts this year. I still have all sizes available, but numbers are limited.  If you'd like a new, no-stink, short shirt sleeve 2012 collector shirt, better not procrastinate and renew your membership now.  

Photo left: Eric Rannaud in the winning photo of the Travelling Colours Contest.

Contests.  (Drum roll...)  I am happy to announce the winners in the annual Club contests.  Des Mott took the crown in the 2011 Point Series. Des ran away with a pair of Montrail trail running shoes. He scored an impressive 46 points by skillfully accumulating bonuses through event participation, hosting the Go Deep via the Hanes Valley run in August and picking garbage off the trail. 

A pair of Brooks trail runners and a video gait analysis went to David Papineau in the Refer a Friend Contest for for signing up the most new Club members. Way to go Paps! 

Photo right: Amber McMinn perched on a mountain peak to take second place in the Travelling Colours Contest.

Reagan White managed to accomplish most of his 2011 New Year's resolutions as documented in the New Year's Resolution Contest. He won a pair of Solomon shoes and a gait analysis from Kintec.

Lastly, Eric Rannaud took way the prize, a refund for his 2012 membership, with his winning photo in the Traveling Colours Contest.  Amber McMinn placed second and won a Sole footcare package and gait analysis.

A big, fat "Thank you!" to Kintec Footlabs for the contest prizes... and a reminder that Kintec supports you year-round with a 20% discount on useful stuff.  Be sure to mention that you're a member of CFA and print out the coupon to take advantage of the offer. 

Business Members. We are happy to welcome some new business members to the Club this year.  

Tom Mills is President of West Coast Grouting.  He has been a supporter of Club Fat Ass for many years, most notably as crew during the adventures of the city boys on the Sunshine Coast Trail and during the Stein Valley assault.  

Dave Cressman is an elite runner and cyclist who includes a top finish in the Vancouver New Years Day Fat Ass 50 and was one of the city boys Tom supported on the Sunshine Coast Trail.  In February Dave is opening Distance Runwear, a new boutique running store near Main Street in Vancouver.  One of his New Year's resolutions is to run more, so be sure to pick his brains about running gear at the next CFA event.

If you are interested in a business membership, please check out what Club Fat Ass can offer you here.

Steering Committee.  We need your help, ideas and feedback. Now is the time to get off your rear end and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.  Our next Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for 17 January in North Vancouver.

Tech Tips - Your Member Profile.  The start of a new year is a good time to dust-off your member profile.  Does your photo reflect the real you?  Are your goals and background up-to-date? 

New Event Hosts. XTC has a new and eager event host.  Wendy Montgomery, race director extraordinaire,  is taking on a new challenge, hosting the Vancouver Skyline XTC, June 9th.  Join her on the TransCanada Trail for 25km up, 25km down or the full 50km.  

The Fluffy Bunny is also looking for a new Event Host.  Jess Dagg, who fine tuned the routes over the last few years, is off on maternity leave and would like to hand the hosting task over while she has her hands full with her new bundle of joy.  Congratulations, Jess and Bill.

CFA ON THE WEB

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PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Photo:  It must be love!  Ran kisses the fire hydrant after completing 50K on New Years Day.

For the latest reports and results, please click here.



 

CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.

2012 Travelling Colours Contest.  Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here
 

2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are

 here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!
 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

December 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

 

I'd like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012.

It's been a great year of running and camaraderie.  With one more more Flash adventure coming up between Christmas and New Year, there's still an opportunity to squeeze in a run with your friends before 2011 comes to a close!

As you wrap-up the current year, be sure to take a moment to see how your efforts stacked-up against those of your hyperactive friends.  Does the Point Series include all of the Club events you participated in?  Are the best moments between you and your CFA t-shirt reflected in the Travelling Colours Contests?  If you are gunning for a prize, be sure you're up-to-date by 27 December.  Winners are announced on the website and prizes awarded at the party after the Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50km Run.

2012 is shaping up to offer even more events and challenges.  Don't forget to renew or join the Club before the end of December.  If you're planning great athletic accomplishments in 2012, be sure to note them online so your friends and fellow Club members can hold your feet to the fire.  You might even win a prize.

Rather run than shop 'till you drop?  Get that special someone a Club membership ($75), a signature t-shirt ($25) or check out our cheeky merchandise at the Club Fat Ass store as a way to say you care about friends and fitness.

Merry Christmas, peace on earth and happy trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Kal Lake Park View by richardvignola on Flickr

Flash - Cheers for Beers.  27 December - 1 January - Vernon BC.  6 Marathons in six days could be called a Canadian six-pack, eh?  Check out the line-up of courses host Lorie has in mind here.

Photo left: Beautiful Kal Park is one of the 6 locations for the Canadian Six Pack line-up of marathons. Original photo is posted here.

Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. 1 January 2012 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 50 
km resolution run to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Those who are more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep can opt for a custom course of 1 to 49 km. More details here!
 
Photo left.  One never knows what the weather holds in store for the Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run...

Photo right: Trish plays the agony pipes at the Run for the Haggis

Flash - Snowshoe for the Haggis. Sometime in Februrary - North Vancouver, BC Canada. A snowshoe run/hike followed by a full-on traditional  Robbie Burns celebration with elements of poetry, music, address to the haggis, feasting, and drinking of Scotch whiskey. More details will be posted on the website soon.

Photo left: Running through fresh pow during the Squamish Scrambler

Squamish Scrambler. 11 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head, or out towards Mamquam Lake, depending on conditions and motivation. Savor spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot.  More info here.
  
Photo right. The Capilano Canyon Night Run is as much a social affair as a run.

Capilano Canyon Night Run. 18 February - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner, or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs are followed by a pool party, a potluck party as a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Entry limited to the first 50, so please register early!


NEWS

2012 Club Colours and Membership Registration.  We have pre-ordered special Fat Ass Wear t-shirts this year. I still have all sizes available, but numbers are limited.  If you'd like a new, no-stink, short shirt sleeve 2012 collector shirt, better not procrastinate and renew your membership now.  

Business Members. We are happy to welcome back Active Life Physio and Kintec.  Both businesses have been long time supporters of Club Fat Ass. Please consider them when you need physio treatment or anything related to your feet and shoes.  

If you are interested in a business membership, please check out what Club Fat Ass can offer you here.

Steering Committee.  We need your help, ideas and feedback. Now is the time to get off your rear end and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.

CFA ON THE WEB
Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.



 

CONTESTS

All our annual contests will  wrap-up on 31 December at midnight.  Check how you're doing in the Club Point Series.  'Still time to make your way to the top of the leader board by submitting all your wandering t-shirt photos.  Ask your friends to favorite them.  Rope your friends into becoming Fat Asses. See how you've done with your New Years Resolutions...

Refer A Friend Contest. Jess Dagg, Carlos Castillo and David Papineau are in a tie for a pair of trail shoes kindly provided by business member Kintec. They better refer a couple more friends to Club Fat Ass to claim the prize!  Should we still have a tie December 27th, we will draw a winner.  Check out how you can win next year by sharing the love in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.

Travelling Colors Contest.  It is not too late for submissions. Instructions  on how to participate are posted here. If you have already submitted a photo, make sure you tell your friends about it.  The more attention an image receives, the better chance it has to be the most popular photo in the contest and win. The winner of the 2011 Travelling Colours Contest will receive a full refund on the 2011 membership dues. Second place will go home with a Sole Footcare Package kindly sponsored by businessmember Kintec Footlabs.  A gallery of current submissions are posted here.

Club Point Series.   We seem to have a winner, but then again it is not too late to earn some strategic points by submitting photos of you and your favorite club shirt in non-CFA event, refering new members or hosting a Flash Event.  All points need to be submitted by 27 December.  Check-out who is going for the prize - a pair of trail shoes from Kintec here. Learn how to collect points for next year. 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

November 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

It's more than halfway through November!  Yikes, where has the year gone?  With gray days and lots of running in the rain, it's time to think positive and start planning our training and racing for 2012.

Club registration and renewal for 2012 is now open. If you'd like a collector's edition no-stink, shirt-sleeve 2012 Club Fat Ass Wear t-shirt, be sure to sign-up to the Club soon as unlike in previous years, we have preordered shirts and numbers are limited. As an added incentive, if you get your club registration in before 1 December you will be included in the draw for a membership refund.

Don't forget that winners of our 2011 contests will be determined at the end of December.  While the time for 2011 running resolutions is past and it is late in the season for earning Club participation points, everyone still has a chance to win a membership refund in the travelling t-shirt contest or a prize from ourour friends at Kintec Footlabs in the Refer a Friend contest.  Make sure you have your photo contributions up on Flickr (or send it to me) and promote them with your friends for the best chance to win.  More about Club contests in the newsletter below.

As 2011 comes to a close, we're over-the-top excited about 2012.  Many events are in their 9th or even 10th year and we are looking to add new courses and events to the calendar.  If you have a favorite trail run you'd like to share with fellow members, please contact me.  On that note, you should know  that event hosts receive a free membership in the year following their first scheduled event.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

CFA VIP Christmas Party: 25 December, North Vancouver, BC.  A special annual event for the special people who help keep your Club running.  Celebrate the end of a great year with good friends, good food and tales from the trails.  Club VIPs include Event Hosts, Business Members and Steering Committee members and their partners.  You know who you are!  If you’ve not received a VIP invitation and would like one next year, host an event or help improve the Club by contributing some of your expertise.  Contact us with your thoughts.

Photo left: A record crowd came out last year to fight the elements and have fun at the Seymour Super Fun Run.

Flash - Run For Safety: 25 November - Vanccouver, BC. Being able to run at night is absolutely exhilarating. The darkness gives a sense of calm and peace, but running in the darkness is also dangerous admist the crazy city traffic. Lets join together to create greater awareness for safety - don a costume and receive a free coffee at Terra Breads after the run. More details here.

Seymour Super Fun Run: 26 November - North Vancouver, BC. A late fall challenge on and around the trails of Mount Seymour.  Not to be missed. Check it out here.

Photo right:  The north shore trails are a muddy, but fun affair in the fall and winter month.

Flash - Crimson Lack Luster Laps: 26 November - Rocky Mountain House, AB. Come on out for a late season run on the beautiful trail system around Crimson Lake. The Amerada Trail makes a 10km loop around the lake. This trail is by no means challenging or technical, just a lovely loop around the lake. There is virtually no elevation gain, just some small hills on groomed trails. Come prepared to run bare trails or in two feet of snow. More info here.

Flash - Foolish Gerbil 100 Mile Trail Run: 3-4 December - Vancouver, BC.  Great 10km loop, easy access to vehicle and washroom on each loop. More details here here

Pure Satisfaction: 11 December - North Vancouver, BC. 12km or 24km on slippery, wet, rooty, dark trails... a perfect way to start the busy Christmas season!  Bring your jingle bells and wear your Santa hat. Details here.

Photo left: Crossing the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge during the Pure Satisfaction Run

Photo right.  A great day and gorgeous sunny city and mountain views greeted runners for the 2011 Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run

Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. 1 January 2012 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 50 
km resolution run to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Those who are more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep can opt for a custom course of 1 to 49 km. More details here!
 


NEWS

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2012 is now open and you should have received your renewal/registration email in your inbox.  If not, find out what's new here.

2012 Club Colours.  We have pre-ordered special Fat Ass Wear t-shirts this year, so numbers will be limited.  If you'd like a new, no-stink, short shirt sleeve 2012 collector shirt, better not procrastinate and renew your membership now.  

Steering Committee.  We need your help, ideas and feedback. Now is the time to get off your rear end and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.

CFA ON THE WEB
Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.



 

CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win a pair of trail shoes in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
Travelling Colors ContestShare photos of your adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) on Flickr.  Get your pals to "like" your submissions and win awesome prizes! Instructions here.  A gallery of current submissions are posted here.

North Shore Bagger Challenge. It was an intense battle for the Pippa Quaich.  In the end the reigning champion, Carolyn King, took the crown again, but second placed Christine Moric sure gave made her work hard for it.  In the Munro Quaich division, Bill Maurer took an early lead and was never really threatened by previous champions Ken Legg and Ean Jackson.  The aptly named Harry Quaich for the under 16 crowd went to Harry Crerar and Tundra the wonderdog took home the Tundra Quaich in the canine division.  2009 champion, Ken Legg, was awarded the Twisted Quaich.

Congratulations to all that gave it their best and had fun in the mountains. Final results are listed here.

Club Point Series.  Up-to-date standings are here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Regan or Jess the next time you see them at an event!
 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

October 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

No doubt about it... the fall has fallen.  The air is crisp, the monsoons are upon us and for most, our best races of the year are behind us.  Time to start thinking about (gulp!) what we want to accomplish in 2012.

Yes, that means it's also time to get off your fattening behind and join or renew with CFA for the upcoming year.  Registration will open in a few days, and I will send out an email then.  The good news is that the cost of your Club dues for a year of trail goodness will remain the same.  

We've been planning feverishly for the 2012 club shirt.  (You have no idea!)  One change you will see is that we will pre-order shirts.  This means that you better not procrastinate on your membership registration for 2012 as you might not get the shirt in the size you want.  On the positive side, the wait for the shirts won't be as long as in previous years. 

Looking ahead to 2012 and confirming event dates with our Event Hosts, we'd love to see more members step up and host an event.  If you have a course in mind and want to share it with other members, please drop me a line.  On that subject, Jess will be caring for a new little trail runner next year and is looking for somebody to take over her Fluffy Bunny run at Buntzen Lake and Action Jackson is looking for someone to love and nurture the XTC.

As race season winds down, be sure to take advantage of a full slate of social events in October and  November:   Ever wondered who runs the Club or what goes on in a board meeting?  Find out when you join us for the Steering Committee Open House on October 25. Don't miss the Second Annual Fat Ass Film Festival scheduled for 3 November at Kintec Footlabs in North Vancouver.  Lastly, another social and culinary highlight, the Silly Chili Triathlon, will burn your taste buds 11 November (participation is on a first register first serve basis and registration will close once we have enough cooks and tasters).  

With all the socializing, don't miss the great line-up of fall events with distances ranging from 10 km to 100 miles and including a free trial membership for Fat Ass virgins to Get Your Fat Ass Off the Couch.

Details for all events below.

Happy trails!

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Bagger Challenge. Extended! 1 April - 27 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  The snow is melting fast on the peaks, so if you've been holding back, now's a great time to get bagging.   Find out more here. 

Photo right:  Eric Rannaud on a recent bagging expedition. View of the Lions in the the background.

Photo left: Our mascot, piggy "Porker" running through fall leaves during last year's Anne's Get Your Fat Ass Off The Couch Run.

Ann's Get your FA Off the Couch: 15 October - North 

Vancouver, BC. A fun run on winding trails and back roads of lower Seymour Mountain. Two distance options, the "Old Chesterfield" 20 km or the "Cushy Couch" 10 km. Enjoy the fall atmosphere in a temperate rain forest. Not a member yet, take out a free trial membership to see what we are all about.  New membership registration for all remaining events in 2011 and all of 2012 opens after Ann's run. More info and registration here

Photo: Karl on his second loop of a past Seawall 100.

Seawall 100: 22/23 October - West Vancouver, BC.  An urban 100 miler, mostly on the Seawall path from the Dundarave Park in North Vancouver to UBC. Enjoy an ultramarathon challenge with minimal concerns for naughty beasts, altitude or elevation gain. Could definitively be described as the easiest 100 miler in North America if there is such a thing as an easy 100 mile run. Custom distances of 25-50-75 miles. Find out more here.

CFA - Steering Committee Mixer: Tuesday 25 October - North Vancouver, BC. There are so many things we could do to make the Club even better... if only a few more people would chip in a few hours per month.  If being a part of the management of the Club is something you'd consider, please join us for a Steering Committee Mixer.  We'll talk about plans for next year and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions about the roles of the different Steering Committees.  
We really need you!  We are especially looking for an enthusiastic person to chair the Event Host, Marketing and Sponsorship committees. More info here here. Please drop me a line if you can attend.

Second Annual Fat Ass Film Festival.  3 November - North Vancouver, BC. Join us and our friends at Kintec for an exclusive screening of videos from CFA runs and peak bagging expeditions throughout the year.  Who knows... you might be a movie star?  Cat-calling and throwing of insults allowed, although we ask that you not hurl peanuts or popcorn unless you plan to stick around and help with the cleanup.  There will be voting and awards. If you are willing to risk running the gauntlet of paparazzi and groupies, at 9:00pm we reconvene with the esteemed directors and movie stars next door at the Taylors Crossing Pub. 

If you would like to enter a movie (1-5 minutes) in the festival, please contact Sibylle.  This evening is free for members and non-members of CFA, but please sign-up soon as space is limited...  Just click here.

Silly Chili Triathlon. 11 November - North Vancouver, BC.  This event is both something athletic and social to do with your family on the Remembrance Day holiday.  It involves a short run, an even shorter swim and a chili cook-off.  Beans or no beans.  Vegi or road kill.  Mild or burns through plate steel.  Give it your best shot!  Limited space, so please register here soon.

Photo right: Jackson whipping up a wicked chili at last year's Silly Chili Triathlon.

Photo left: Negotiating the rocky, rooty, muddy and wonderful trails of the North Shore during the Sweet Go Deep.

Sweet Go Deep: 12 November - North Vancouver, BC. Join our  Event Host, Reagan White on a challenging but beautiful 20 km or an easier, but equally stunning 12km course on lower Seymour Mountain.  Register here.

Rescheduled - Sunshine in September. 19 November - Langdale, BC Canada. 20km or 26km on beautiful, mostly single track trails just off the ferry terminal in Langdale on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Run in forests of grand old trees and gigantic mushrooms. Easy logistics with carpooling, walk on the ferry, run off the ferry and a lovely post-run get together with super views on the ferry ride back. As close to a get a way in a day as you can get! Changes this year include a new Event Host, bag drop and no more running on the highway. More details here.
 
Seymour Super Fun Run: 26 November - North Vancouver, BC. A late fall challenge on and around the trails of Mount Seymour.  Not to be missed. Check it out here.

 


NEWS

2012 Club Colours.  Horrah!... the "ayes" have it:  We will continue the tradition of a FatAssWear garment for 2012.  For you newer members, FatAssWear is a home grown garment that is based on the antimicrobial, environmentally-friendly Chitosante fabric.  Vanessa Fors is again designing the pattern and stick handling the manufacturing in Vancouver.   This year you can expect a short sleeve performance shirt in an eye popping colour in a bit lighter fabric that is aimed at summer activites.  

One change you will see is that we will pre-order shirts in November rather than order in January.  The good news is that you won't have to wait until March to get your shirt.  The bad news is that sizes will be limited, so best to join the Club for 2012 and get your shirt order in right away! 

Steering Committee.  Now is the time to get off your rear end and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee.  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2012 is planned to open up mid October in a few days.  Look for your renewal email in your inbox.

CFA ON THE WEB
Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.



 

CONTESTS

 
Second Annual Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures.  Don't be shy:  Share your short videos of awesome adventures with fellow Club members and the world at the Fat Ass equivalent of the Oscars.  All submissions will be acknowledged, those with the top votes will make it to the final screening in November.  If you have submissions, please upload them to YouTube, then embed it into a blog post on the CFA site. Check out details here.

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win a pair of trail shoes in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
Travelling Colors ContestShare photos of your adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) on Flickr.  Get your pals to "like" your submissions and win awesome prizes! Instructions here.  A gallery of current submissions are posted here.
 
North Shore Bagger Challenge. Last few weeks of the Bagger Challenge.  Still time to join in and hike a peak or two.  Check out the banter and the leader board!
 

Club Point Series.  Up-to-date standings are here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Regan or Jess the next time you see them at an event!
 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.



BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

September 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

As we savor the last glorious weeks of summer, I hope you find time to hit the great outdoors and your favorite trails and mountain peaks.  September and October promise a busy event schedule featuring an extension to the The Bagger Challenge and everything from short, easy trail runs to a 100-mile road run.

Be sure to also remember the traveling t-shirt contest and Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures while you are out and about.  There are some great prizes for the most crazy photo of your Club colors and the best short adventure video. 

I am happy to announce that during last week's Mary Leliveld's Happy Trail Run in memory of a friend and CFA member who left us too early, her friends and the club raised $334 toward a Tri-BC fund set up in Mary's name.  Thanks to everybody who participated and contributed. Please remember that anybody can donate to the fund all year round.  Information about the fund is posted here.

Last year (2010) Tri-BC awarded three athletes with $250 each: Connor Foreman (junior), Clarke Lindt and James Cook (age groupers).

A reminder to please add all your event, travelling colour and bagger photos on Flickr to the CFA Flickr group and tag them appropriately.  Instructions on how to do that are posted here.

Happy trails!

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Bagger Challenge. Extended! 1 April - 27 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  The snow is melting fast on the peaks, so if you've been holding back, now's a great time to get bagging.   Find out more here. 

Photo left: Eric savoring the views during a recent climb.

Fall Mountain Highway Madness: 11 September - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Join us for a crazy hill workout that is sure to bust your quads. Check it out here.

Mutha's Nature Trail Run: 2 October - Vancouver, BC Canada. Join Event Host Ryan Conroy for 10km, 25km or 50km on relatively easy trails with moderate elevation gains. More here.

Photo right: On the last 100m of Mutha's Nature Trail Run

Photo left: Finding a route around a rather large puddle on Ann's Get Your FA Off the Couch course

Ann's Get your FA Off the Couch: 15 October - North Vancouver, BC. A fun run on winding trails and back roads of lower Seymour Mountain. Two distance options, the "Old Chesterfield" 20 km or the "Cushy Couch" 10 km. Enjoy the fall atmosphere in a temperate rain forest. Not a member yet, take out a free trial membership to see what we are all about.  New membership registration for all remaining events in 2011 and all of 2012 opens after Ann's run. More info and registration here

Photo: Al en route to the turn around during a past Seawall 100.

Seawall 100: 22/23 October - West Vancouver, BC.  An urban 100 miler, mostly on the Seawall path from the Dundarave Park in North Vancouver to UBC. Enjoy an Ultra marathon challenge with minimal concerns for naughty beasts, altitude or elevation gain. Could definitively be described as the easiest 100 miler in North America if there is such a thing as an easy 100 mile run. Custom distances of 25-50-75 miles. Find out more here.


NEWS

Steering Committee.  Now is the time to get off your rear end and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee.  We'll have an open meeting in October, but if you been meaning to give back, why not start now?  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2011 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.  Membership for 2012 is planned to open up mid October.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

 

For the latest reports and results, please click here.



 

CONTESTS

 
Second Annual Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures.  Don't be shy:  Share your short videos of awesome adventures with fellow Club members and the world at the Fat Ass equivalent of the Oscars.  All submissions will be acknowledged, those with the top votes will make it to the final screening in November.  If you have submissions, please upload them to YouTube, then embed it into a blog post on the CFA site. Check out details here.

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win a pair of trail shoes in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
Travelling Colors ContestShare photos of your adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) on Flickr.  Get your pals to "like" your submissions and win awesome prizes! Instructions here.  A gallery of current submissions are posted here.
 
North Shore Bagger Challenge. A lingering snow pack has added a few extra challenges this year, but there's still plenty of time and lots of lower peaks to bag.  Check out the banter and the leader board!
 

Club Point Series.  Up-to-date standings are here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Regan or Jess the next time you see them at an event!

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

August 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass, 

Summer is the toughest time of the year for your newsletter team.  It's tough to stay indoors and write when the weather is perfect for playing outdoors.  With so many Club activities to chose from, it's also tough to pick which ones to write about!

With long summer days, July and August are traditionally the busiest months for CFA members and their friends.  This summer, the Club is offering everything from your traditional trail runs in the forest, to night runs, to peak-bagging extravaganzas.

A heads-up that your Steering Committee is planning two major upgrades for your online clubhouse (the website) over the next few months.  One will happen behind the scenes and might require us to take the website down for a few hours.  The other will see your online clubhouse get a bit of a reno and a new coat of paint.  If you have any suggestions about how we might improve the look of the website, the features or how the site is organized, please contact me with your thoughts.

Be sure to remember the traveling t-shirt contest and Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures while you are out and about this summer.  There are some great prizes for the most crazy photo of your Club colors and the best short adventure video. 

Happy trails and happy summer!

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS


Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 10 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Given that most peaks in this cold west coast summer are still covered with snow and ice, we strongly advise to focus on the lower Howe Sound island peaks and to only head above the snowline if you carry the appropriate alpine winter gear (and know how to use it).   Find out more here. 

Photo left: Bagger's Michael, Ryan and Ean enjoying the sunshine on a recent day in the mountains.

Photo right: Action Jackson on the Sea to Sky Highway during the Easter Edition of the Fat Ass Fondo

Fat Ass Fondo. 13 August - Vancouver to Whistler, BC Canada. Join us for a 120-kilometer road bike ride in the cyclosportive tradition along a challenging and beautiful stretch of road on the GranFondo Whistler course. The ride is:  a solid training ride for triathletes, a piece of cake ride for randonneurs, a mid-summer shakedown for those who are planning to participate in the GranFondo Whistler in September, a low-cost, bare bones alternative to the GranFondo Whistler.  If you have a truck and can organize transport back for the bikes, please get in touch with the organizers.  More info here.

Photo left:  A group of Fat Asses during a Stein Valley traverse a few years ago.

Full Moon Frenzy Ultra. 13/14 August - Stein Valley, BC Canada. A new annual ultramarathon with a twist.  The location will change every year and the location for the following year, will be announced at the preceding years race.  This year, the race will take place in the Stein Valley.  Starting at the bottom of the Lizzie Lake FSR, the course will run over 100km to the Lytton trail head. It will feature incredible scenery, amazing alpine terrain, beautiful singletrack, vast wilderness, and ever-lasting memories.  Find out more here.

Capilano Canyon Night Run - A Midsummer Night's Dream. August 20 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Don't miss this night running classic followed by a garden party and potluck extravaganza.  Details here.

Photo right: Running along the Capilano Canyon during the Night Run.

Photo left: Views during the Go Home via the Hanes Valley backcountry run

Go Home via the Hanes Valley. August 27 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Chose between a nice and easy 14km trail or tough, backcountry wilderness runs of 18km or 30km length.  More here

Mary Leliveld's Happy Trails: 28 August - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A beautiful hike up Lynn Peak and/or an easy eveing run in memory of our friend and club member Mary Leliveld. Emphasis is on camaraderie rather than competition. We would like to see this be a group hike where we celebrate the life of a friend who can't join us. Expect a challenging ascent to breathtaking views followed by a pot luck dinner and post-hike party. Non runners are welcome to join in! This is also a fundraiser for a bursary in Mary's name. Registration and more information here.

5Peaks Buntzen Lake Warm-Up. 3 September - Port Coquitlam, BC Canada.  Details here.

Sunshine in September. 4 September - Langdale, BC Canada. 20km or 26km on beautiful, mostly single track trails just off the ferry terminal in Langdale on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Run in forests of grand old trees and gigantic mushrooms. Easy logistics with carpooling, walk on the ferry, run off the ferry and a lovely post-run get together with super views on the ferry ride back. As close to a get a way in a day as you can get! More details here.

Fall Mountain Highway Madness: 11 September - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Check it out here.


NEWS

Steering Committee.  Now is the time to get off your rear end and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee.  We'll have an open meeting in October, but if you been meaning to give back, why not start now?  Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2011 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

 

For the latest reports and results, please click here.

Photo: At the start of Bill's Great Peak Ascent.


CONTESTS

 
Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win a pair of trail shoes in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
Travelling Colors ContestShare photos of your adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) on Flickr.  Get your pals to "like" your submissions and win awesome prizes! Instructions here.  A gallery of current submissions are posted here.
North Shore Bagger Challenge. A lingering snowpack has added a few extra challenges this year, but there's still plenty of time and lots of lower peaks to bag.  Check out the banter and the leader board!
 

Club Point Series.  Up-to-date standings are

here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Regan or Jess the next time you see them at an event!

Second Annual Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures.  Don't be shy:  Share your short videos of awesome adventures with fellow Club members and the world at the Fat Ass equivalent of the Oscars.  All submissions will be acknowledged, those with the top votes will make it to the final screening in November.  If you have submissions, please upload them to YouTube, then embed it into a blog post on the CFA site. Check out details here.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

May 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass, 
 

Spring, what spring?  In spite of the cool temperatures and abundant liquid sunshine of late, Scheduled and Flash events have been popping-up like mushrooms after a warm rain.  Congrats to all Club members and friends who have braved the elements and remained active outdoors. You think April/May were good months for CFA events?  The upcoming month represents an even bigger buffet of choices!

Choices aside, I'd like to take the opportunity to remind you to stay safe while running and exploring the back country. Join Club Fat Ass and North Shore Rescue for an evening about Backcountry Safety on Thursday 26 May. There also are some great resources about playing safe and being prepared on the Club Fat Ass website and from North Shore Rescue.  Please take a minute to review the information before you head out on those long training runs or peak-bagging expeditions. 

'Looks like the word has finally gotten out that we Fat Asses are not all crazed endurance junkies who enjoy pulling the lungs out of unfortunate newbies who dare come out for a Club run.  There have been a record number of new people joining the Club over the last few months and we saw a bunch of trial members at the North Shore Enduro.  Please join me in welcoming our new members by introducing yourself and lending a helping hand when you see an unfamiliar face at a Club event.

Very, absolute, final last call to pick-up your 2011 Club colours.  Did you order a world-famous CFA t-shirt when you signed up for 2011?  If you did and you don't have it yet, please touch base with Sibylle ASAP as all shirts not yet picked up at your local Kintec Footlabs store will be returned in the next few days.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS


Club Fat Ass Events 2010, Bagger Challenge, trail running, ultrarunning, Howesound IslandsBagger Challenge. 1 April - 10 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Start racking up points now by bagging the snowless Howe Sound Island peaks.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of last years bagging extravaganza to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo left: Bagger Ken goofing around during last year's Tour de Howe Sound.

Photo right: Views of Indian Arm from Burnaby Mountain

Flash - 5 Peaks Burnaby Mountain Warm Up. 22 May - Burnaby, BC Canada. A fun and free group orientation run on the Sport (6.3K) and Enduro (9.8K) courses of the 5Peaks Simon Fraser University Race.There will be faster and slower pace groups on each course, so there's something for everyone.  This event is for trail runners who are registered or thinking of signing up for the popular 5Peaks race on Burnaby Mountain in June.  Get to know the trail you will race on so you can kick some butt on race day! Of course, you are welcome to run with us even if you are not registered for the 5Peaks race. Details and free registration here.  If you are able to lead a group, please contact me.

Safe Running in the BackCountry - Speaker Event. 26 May - North Vancouver, BC Canada. An informative seminar by Allan McMordie (North Shore Rescue) and Ken Legg (winner of the 2010 Bagger Challenge) on how to reduce the chances of coming to grief the next time you're in the back-country. Details here.

Photo left: On the Chuckanut Calf Cramper course

Chuckanut Calf Cramper. 28 May - Bellingham, WA USA. Something special for our members in Washington and Lower Mainlanders ready for a change of trails between filling the tank and buying cheese.  Join Event Host, Genissa, for a 16 to 32km run on well maintained dirt and gravel trails.  Option to turn around earlier and run fewer miles. Enjoy the beauty of the Chuckanut mountains while toning those calves! Details and registration here

Lord of the Loops. Date TBD - North Vancouver, BC.  Something for the whole family.  Our youngest Event Host, Max, will host this fun run and picnic. Find out more.

Vancouver 100. 4-5 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The toughest 100 km in Canada... maybe the world! Due to the challenging nature of this event, participation for the full 100 km is by invitation only.  Anyone can participate, however, by running part of the course with the 100 km participants, coming out to the aid station/picnic area at Cleveland Dam or crewing for a runner. More info and applications here.

Photo right: Craig, the Event Host for the Vancouver 100

Club Fat Ass Events, Vancouver Skyline XTC, trail running, ultrarunning

Photo left: Rick on a rather rickety bridge during a past XTC

Vancouver Skyline XTC. 11 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This trail run with a twist explores some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver's famous North Shore mountains. Runners can choose to run 25K "Up," 25K "Down," 50K "Up and Down" or a "Roll Your Own" custom distance to suit their abilities. Runners will experience approximately 3,000 m (9,000 ft.) of elevation change over the 50 km course on moderate to challenging trails. Find out more and register here.

Club Fat Ass Events, trail running, ultra running, slackass50, EdmontonThe Slack Ass 50. 12 June - Edmonton, AB, Canada. Join Event Host Alli Conroy for 13 or 50 miles of Edmonton's extensive trail system along a beautiful river valley. A mix of forest trails and pavement, the trail will follow rolling, well-established trails through major parks for most of the route. There will be some steeper cross country style terrain to mix it up a bit so be prepared. Start/finish at the main pavilion at Hawrelak Park. Find out more and register here.

Photo right  Event Host Alli taking a break during the Slack Ass in Edmonton


NEWS

Club Shirts. If you ordered, but haven't received your Club colours yet, please pick your t-shirt up at the Kintec store location you specified on your registration form.  All shirts not picked up by 20 May will be returned.

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2011 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

 

For the latest reports and results, please click here.

Photo: Piggie, the Club mascot pigging out at an aidstation


CONTESTS

 
Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win a pair of trail shoes in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
Travelling Colors ContestShare photos of your adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) on Flickr.  Get your pals to "like" your submissions and win awesome prizes! Instructions here.  A gallery of current submissions are posted here.
 

Club Point Series.  Up-to-date standings are

here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Regan or Jess the next time you see them at an event!

Second Annual Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures.  Don't be shy:  Share your short videos of awesome adventures with fellow Club members and the world at the Fat Ass equivalent of the Oscars.  All submissions will be acknowledged, those with the top votes will make it to the final screening in November.  If you have submissions, please upload them to YouTube, then embed it into a blog post on the CFA site. Check out details here.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

April 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass, 

 

With spring in full swing, I hope your training is going well and you are enjoying the great outdoors.

There's an interesting variety of events on your Club roster this month. For something a bit different, there's Fat Ass Fondo bike ride to Whistler or the Safe Running in the Backcountry Speaker Event.

If you or your friends are still scared about taking out a Club Fat Ass membership, be sure to mark the North Shore Enduro in your calendar.  At only 7.6 kilometers to the lap, this event is perfect for the beginning trail runner.  You prefer something longer, you say?  Keep running laps for up to 6 hours!  The Enduro is one of the Club's 2 annual open house runs and CFA virgins of all abilities get a free trial membership. Please find details below.

Our new Event Promotion Chair, Kirsten, needs you for the BMO Vancouver Marathon Cheer Challenge.  Are you or your friends going to be cheering on the runners?  Why not come by the Club Fat Ass cheer section in Kits Point at the corner of Odgen and Maple Street.  More details here.

Last call to pick-up your 2011 Club colours.  Did you order a t-shirt when you signed up for 2011?  If you did and you don't have it yet, chances are it's patiently waiting for you at your local Kintec Footlab store.  Please make some time this week to pick-up your shirt, as those not claimed by the end of the month will go back into the Club inventory and will be made available to new members.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS


Weekly Training Runs.   They're popping up like mushrooms in the forest after a spring rain!  Please check the CFA website for details, as dates, times and locations may change from week to week.

Fat Ass Fondo. 23 April - Vancouver - Whistler.  A 120-kilometer road bike ride along a challenging and beautiful stretch of road on the GranFondo Whistler course. A solid training ride for triathletes - a piece of cake for randonneurs. An early-season shakedown for those who are planning to participate in the GranFondo Whistler in September or the GranFondos in Victoria or Kelowna.  A low-cost, bare bones alternative to the GranFondo Whistler. Details and registration here

Photo left. Action Jackson training for the Fat Ass Fondo..

The Great Unknown.  23 April - Egmont, BC Canada. Check out some new trails on the Sunshine Coast. Details here.

Photo right. Happy runners on Enduro trails.
North Shore Enduro
. 30 April - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Take advantage of a free membership trial offer for Fat Ass virgins: A fun run in Vancouver's rugged North Shore mountains, the Enduro is on a 7.6 km loop course that lasts up to 6 hours. A safe and challenging first trail
run featuring some easy and some technical terrain. A great social event for the team runner (2-6 runners can form a team). A tune-up for Western States and other summer 100-milers for the competitive solo runner. More info and registration here.

Photo left: Wear your Club shirt and bring your piggy props for the Cheer Challenge.

BMO Vancouver Marathon Cheer Challenge. 1 May, Kits Point (corner of Odgen and Maple Street), Vancouver, Canada.  Come out, wear your CFA shirt and cheer on the runners.  Details here.


Photo right: Pushing up Burnaby Mountain

Flash - 5 Peaks Burnaby Mountain Warm Up. 22 May - Burnaby, BC Canada. A fun and free group orientation run on the Sport (6.3K) and Enduro (9.8K) courses of the 5Peaks Simon Fraser University Race.  There will be faster and slower pace groups on each course, so there's something for everyone.  This event is for trail runners who are registered or thinking of signing up for the popular 5Peaks race on Burnaby Mountain in June.  Get to know the trail you will race on so you can kick some butt on race day!  Of course, you are welcome to run with us even if you are not registered for the 5Peaks race.  Details and free registration here. If you are able to lead a group, please contact me.

Photo left: Chuckanut Mountains

Chuckanut Calf Cramper. 22 May - Bellingham, WA USA. Something special for our members in Washington.  Join new Event Host, Genissa, for a 20 mile run on well maintained dirt and gravel trails.  Option to turn around earlier and run fewer miles. Enjoy the beauty of the Chuckanut mountains while toning those calves! Details and registration here.

Photo right. Lost on Gambier?

Photo left:  On the Lord of the Loops trail.

Safe Running in the BackCountry - Speaker Event. 26 May - North Vancouver, BC Canada. An informative seminar by Allan McMordie (North Shore Rescue) and Ken Legg on how to reduce the chances of coming to grief the next time you're in the back-country. Details here.

Lord of the Loops. Date TBD - North Vancouver, BC.  Something for the whole family.  Our youngest Event Host, Max, will host this fun run and picnic.  Find out more.


NEWS

Club Shirts. If you haven't received your Club colours yet, please pick it up at the Kintec store location you specified on your registration form.  Any shirts not picked up by the end of April will be returned!

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2011 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.

Photo: Photo op with Vancouver Island runners during this year's Spaghetti Tree event


CONTESTS

 
Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win a pair of trail shoes in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
Travelling Colors ContestShare photos of your adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) on Flickr.  Get your pals to "like" your submissions and win awesome prizes! Instructions here.  A gallery of current submissions are posted here.
 

Club Point Series.  Up-to-date standings are

here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Regan or Jess the next time you see them at an event!

Second Annual Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures.  Don't be shy:  Share your short videos of awesome adventures with fellow Club members and the world at the Fat Ass equivalent of the Oscars.  All submissions will be acknowledged, those with the top votes will make it to the final screening in November.  If you have submissions, please upload them to YouTube, then embed it into a blog post on the CFA site. Check out details here.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

March 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass, 

Spring is at our doorsteps.  I can't wait to run in shorts again! 

Your Steering Committee has been busily planning behind the scenes to offer you an adventure packed spring and summer. 
Check out the upcoming speaker events, Tales from the Trails: 50 Hints and Tips on Running a First Ultramarathon; and Backcountry Preparation.  

Baggermeister Crerar has been adding finishing touches to the 2011 Bagger Challenge, which kicks off this year on, you guessed it, April Fools Day!

5Peaks and Club Fat Ass have again partnered to offer  course orientations  for a number of their 5Peak races in BC.  The first "warm-up" run is scheduled for mid-April in Golden Ears Provincial Park.  If you would like to lead a group, please contact me.  Run leaders will receive a free entry to a 2011 5Peaks race and a Single Day Membership in Club Fat Ass.

We are also still looking for a couple of enthusiastic folks to host training runs for the STORMY 50-miler and relay.  All the Squamish B2B on the weekend of the 25/26 of June and the Squamish Crawler, on the evening of July 16th need is a little bit of your love.  Let me know if you are interested in trying your hand at being an Event Host.

If you or your friends are still scared about taking out a Club Fat Ass membership, be sure to mark the North Shore Enduro in your calendar.  At only 7.6 kilometers to the lap, this event is perfect for the beginning trail runner.  You prefer something longer, you say?  Keep running laps for up to 6 hours!  The Enduro is one of the Club's 2 annual open house runs, so first time participants of all abilities get a free trial membership. 

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS


Weekly Training Runs.   They're popping up like mushrooms in the forest after a spring rain!  Please check the CFA website for details, as dates, times and locations may change from week to week.

Flash - Thunder & Lightning Snowshoe Run. 26 March - Manning Park, BC Canada. Details here.

Photo right: Kat, Carlos, Reagan, Sibylle and Claudia enjoying the vistas on the Spaghetti Tree Run


Spaghetti Trees
. 2 April - Victoria, BC Canada.  The newest offering on the Club Fat Ass calendar features a 12km or 16km trail run in East Sooke Regional Park past ancient copper mines and gorgeous west coast vistas. Get to the start via an optional bike ride along the Galloping Goose trail from the ferry.  Play along with antics along the course and finish the day with a pint of local micro brew in a 116 year-old pub. Why is it called Spaghetti Trees? We'd love to hear your guesses :).  Find out more here

Tales From the Trails: 50 Hints and Tips on Running a First Ultramarathon. 5 April - North Vancouver, BC Canada.   An entertaining and informative evening about how to run ultramarathons by 2 local characters who, combined, have run 250 of them. This event is free for members and non-members alike, but because of limited space, please reserve your spot.  More details and registration here.

Burnaby Mountain Run. 9 April - Burnaby, BC, Canada. Check out the trails around the Simon Fraser University. Great views - weather permitting - and a killer hill! Details here.

Photo right: Action Jackson enjoys the views and memories of Brokeback Peak during last year's Burnaby Mountain Run


Flash - 5Peaks Golden Ears Warm-Up. 16 April - Golden Ear Provincial Park, BC Canada. Join us for fun and free group runs with some old friends and maybe some new ones. 8.8km and 14km distances on mostly single track trails.  Please invite your friends and register here.

Flash - Marathon Shuffle. 17 April - Powell River, BC  Canada.  A fun, low key shuffle (hike or run) on a 29 km section of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Half Shuffle (12km) option. Hosted by the PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society), the Powell River Hikers and the BOMB (Bloody Old Men's Brigade) Squad to promote the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Great trails through old growth, temperate rain forests, along creeks and lakeshore. Magnificent vistas of the Sunshine Coast, adjacent islands, nearby lakes and the city.  Details here

Photo left: A group of hikers enjoying the old growth forest on the Sunshine Coast Trail during the Marathon Shuffle

Photo right: Steering Committee members and newly minted ultra runner, Reagan White, at the start of the Run to the Clouds

Fat Ass Fondo. 23 April - Vancouver - Whistler.  A 120-kilometer road bike ride along a challenging and beautiful stretch of road on the GranFondo Whistler course. A solid training ride for triathletes - a piece of cake for randonneurs. An early-season shakedown for those who are planning to participate in the GranFondo Whistler in September or the GranFondos in Victoria or Kelowna.  A low-cost, bare bones alternative to the GranFondo Whistler. Details and registration here.  


NEWS

Steering Committee.  We are always looking for enthusiastic folks to join us and contribute with great ideas and actions. Contact Sibylle for details. 

Club Shirts. If you haven't received your Club colours yet, please pick it up at the Kintec store location you specified on your registration form.  Any shirts not picked up by the end of April will be returned!

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2011 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

Business Members.  Are you a business owner?  Want to share the gift of fitness or connect with outdoor enthusiasts? Consider joining Club Fat Ass as a Business member.  For a low annual fee you'll see your banner rotating on the Club Fat Ass website, have a web page on the Club Fat Ass site, featuring your product or services and receive 2 personal annual memberships for your staff.  Details here.

A word from Active Life Physiotherapy…. 
Pain along the front or inside edge of the shinbone (tibia) is commonly referred to as shin splints. The problem is common in athletes who run and jump. It is usually caused by doing too much, too quickly. The runner with this condition typically reports a recent change in training, such as increasing the usual pace, adding distance, or changing running surfaces. People who haven't run for awhile are especially prone to shin splints after they first get started, especially when they run downhill. Shin splints on the front of the tibia are called anterior shin splints. Posterior shin splints cause pain along the inside edge of the lower leg.  To learn more click here

You may also be interested in Active Life Physiotherapy’s Core Stability and Functional Strength Course designed by our own physiotherapists to increase endurance athletes’ core stability and develop strong functional movement patterns to improve performance and keep injuries at bay. Thursdays April 21-June 9, 2011, 6-7pm at the John Braithwaite Community Centre. More info.

A word from Trail Runner Magazine... 
Trail Runner offers members of Club Fat Ass a special discounted subscription price. You  can go to www.trailrunnermag.com and enter the promotion code CCFA0411 to get $5 off a regular subscription price for 7 annual issues.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest reports and results, please click here.


CONTESTS

 
Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win a pair of trail shoes in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
Travelling Colors ContestShare photos of your adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) on Flickr.  Get your pals to "like" your submissions and win awesome prizes! Instructions here.  A gallery of current submissions are posted here.
 

Club Point Series.  Up-to-date standings are

here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Regan or Jess the next time you see them at an event!

Second Annual Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures.  Don't be shy:  Share your short videos of awesome adventures with fellow Club members and the world at the Fat Ass equivalent of the Oscars.  All submissions will be acknowledged, those with the top votes will make it to the final screening in November.  If you have submissions, please upload them to YouTube, then embed it into a blog post on the CFA site. Check out details here.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.




BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

February 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass, 

One would think that wintertime is a slack time for an outdoors- oriented club.  Not so with this one!  

A big, fat, "Thank you!" to the members who are the backbone of our club, the Event Hosts, who put on 20 events in the 8 weeks since New Year's day.  If you do the math, that translates into 2.5 events per week.

We are especially happy to see 3 informal weekly training runs in the event calendar.  You can find more info about these free runs below and in the Upcoming Event section of the online club house.

On the subject of Event Hosting, for the past several years, Club Fat Ass members have organized training runs for the Stormy Trail Race.  We are currently looking for enthusiastic members to take on the Squamish B2B on the weekend of the 25/26 of June and the Squamish Crawler, on the evening of July 16th.  Let me know if you are interested.

The first Steering Committee Meeting of the year is behind us and the second one is approaching fast.  I might be jumping the gun, but it appears we have a new committee chair, Kirsten Ohm-Pedersen.  Kirsten will be in charge of Event Promotion.  Welcome Kirsten.  If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help shape the direction Club Fat Ass is going, please get in touch with me. 

Lastly, we are planning for the 2nd Annual Fat Ass Film Festival.  If you like to participate and submit videos of CFA events, check out details in the contest section below.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS


Weekly Training Runs.  I'm pleased to announce that, due to popular demand, your Club now offers 3 weekly group runs in convenient locations around Vancouver, BC.  The Pacific Nights are led by Ran in Pacific Spirit Park near UBC, usually on a Monday.  The Capilano Nights are led by Sibylle in and around Capilano Canyon in North Van.  The Burnaby Mountain Down Up Run is hosted by Rachel on the Burnaby Mountain SFU campus.  Please check the website for details, as dates and times may change from week to week.

Flash - Pure Foolishness 50km.  26 February - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Join foolish Karl for a 50K run between Deep Cove and Lynn Canyon.  Since this is a Fat Ass event you may, of course, run whatever you distance like. There is no fee and you don't need to be a member of Club Fat Ass to participate in a Flash event, however whining is not allowed. No registration is required but please indicate your participation via the comment form on the event page here.

Photo right: Crossing the floating bridge across Buntzen Lake during Run To the Clouds

Run to the Clouds. 6 March - Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. A 12.5km or 25km run, all on trails with some gravel road sections. Come see and run around beautiful Buntzen Lake and surrounding mountains. A challenging route with over 2000 vertical feet (or 600 metres) of elevation gain/loss. Fantastic views of Buntzen Lake and the Greater Vancouver area. Details here.

Photo left: Some young Fools charging down Mountain Highway

Spring Mountain Highway Madness. 20 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This mind-numbing interval session is officially held twice a year. Runners complete one or more 15 km laps (with approximately 1 km or 3,300' of elevation change per lap) on a wide dirt and gravel access road (no traffic). Check it out here!

Photo right: Kat, Carlos, Reagan, Sibylle and Claudia enjoying the vistas on the Spaghetti Tree Run

Spaghetti Trees. 2 April - Victoria, BC Canada.  The newest offering on the Club Fat Ass calendar features a 12km or 16km trail run in East Sooke Regional Park past ancient copper mines and gorgeous west coast vistas.  Get to the start via an optional bike ride along the Galloping Goose trail from the ferry.  Play along with antics along the course and finish the day with a pint of local micro brew in a 116-year-old pub. Why is it called Spaghetti Trees? We'd love to hear your guesses :).  Find out more here

Club Fat Ass Event - Burnaby Mountain Run in BurnabyPhoto left:  Amazing views on a clear day during the Burnaby Mountain Run.

Burnaby Mountain Run. 9 April - Burnaby, BC, Canada. Check out the trails around the Simon Fraser University. Great views - weather permitting - and a killer hill! Details here.

 


NEWS

Steering Committee.  Please help me to welcome Kristin Ohm-Pedersen to the CFA Steering Committee.  Kristin will be the chairing the Event Promotion Committee.

Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2011 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

Photo right: participants in the Squamish Scrambler breaking trail

Business Members.  Are you a business owner?  Want to share the gift of fitness or connect with outdoor enthusiasts? Consider joining Club Fat Ass as a Business member.  For a low annual fee you'll see your banner rotating on the Club Fat Ass website, have a web page on the Club Fat Ass site, featuring your product or services and receive 2 personal annual memberships for your staff.  Details here.

New Initiatives.  So many ideas, so little time...  We are hoping to offer regular informal training runs throughout the year as well as another free, short course, Check-Us-Out run.  Reagan is planning to update our "Help" files with video.  Action Jackson is working on the film festival and we're hoping to spiff-up the Club website before Christmas.  If you like to be involved in any of these projects, or have an idea for something you'd like to do to improve your Club, please let us know.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest results, please click here.


CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Check out how you can win a pair of trail shoes in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
Travelling Colors ContestShare photos of your adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) on Flickr.  Get your pals to "like" your submissions and win awesome prizes! Instructions here.  A gallery of current submissions are posted here.
 

Club Point Series.  Up-to-date standings are

here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Regan or Jess the next time you see them at an event!

Second Annual Fat Ass Festival of Outdoor Adventures.  Don't be shy:  Share your short videos of awesome adventures with fellow Club members and the world at the Fat Ass equivalent of the Oscars .  All submissions will be acknowledged, those with the top votes will make it to the final screening in November.  If you have submissions, please upload them to YouTube, then embed it into a blog post on the CFA site. 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.


BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

January 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass, 

A belated "Happy New Year!"

I hope you kicked off 2011 on the right foot, got the year off to a running start and are resolved to give Reagan White and Jess Dagg some serious competition for being the most active CFA member in 2011.

Thanks to all who renewed their membership or joined the Club over the holidays. Woo-hoo... All shirts ordered before Christmas are either in the good hands of Canada Post or waiting for you at a Kintec store.  Please let me know if it doesn't arrive by mid- January.

Your Club Steering Committee is about to launch into another year.   This group will meet about 7 times in 2011 to manage the Club.  Our goals are simple:  more events and more members to enjoy them.

Many thanks to Ran Katzman, Reagan White, Jackie Montgomery and Ean Jackson who were active not only on the trails but also behind the scenes to keep Club Fat Ass the best deal going.  

Can you spare a couple of hours a month this year to help improve and grow the Club?  Lots of rewards.  No heavy lifting or experience necessary.  Please contact me!  

'Hope to see you at one of the Foolish Gerbil and Pacific Nights runs, the Squamish Scrambler or the Capilano Canyon Night Run in the next few weeks.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Flash - Pacific Nights. 12 January - Vancouver, BC Canada. A mid-week group trail run in the dark. Expect mud, rain, cold temperatures, total darkness, slippery roots and stairs. Possibility of magnificent views of lights on the ocean, north shore mountains, and downtown Vancouver. More details here.

Flash - Foolish Gerbil 80K Trail Run
. 22 January - Vancouver, BC Canada. Train with The Fools on a great 10km loop in Pacific Spirit Park.  Do 1 or 2 loops or the whole 80km.  More details here

Photo right: Trish plays the agony pipes at the Run for the Haggis

Flash - Ride for the Haggis.
5 February - North Vancouver, BC Canada. A road ride of approximately 80 kms followed by a full-on traditional  Robbie Burns celebration with elements of poetry, music, address to the haggis, feasting, and drinking of Scotch whiskey. Find out if you have what it takes here.

Flash - Foolish Gerbil 100k Trail Run. 6 February - Vancouver, BC Canada.  Run with The Fools.  Do 10km, 20km 30km or the whole foolish thing.  Details.

Photo left: The views during the Squamish Scrambler hardly ever disappoint

Squamish Scrambler. 12 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head, or out towards Mamquam Lake, depending on conditions and motivation. Savor spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot.  More info here.
  
Photo right. The Capilano Canyon Night Run is as much a social affair as a run.

Capilano Canyon Night Run. 19 February - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner, or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs are followed by a pool party, a potluck party as a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Entry limited to the first 50, so please register early!


NEWS

2011Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2011 is open. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers. 

Great news for renewing members:  Your annual Club membership dues won't change and the number and variety of Club events continues to grow.  Tell a friend so you'll never run alone again.

Photo left: Rachel, winner of the Refer A Friend Contest

Club Shirts. All Club t-shirts ordered before Christmas are ready for pick-up at the Kintec store you selected.  Shirts ordered after Christmas will be available for pick-up in about 2 weeks.  

Photo right: Reagan and Jess, Champions of the Point Series

Contests.  (Drum roll...)  I am happy to announce the winners in the annual club contests.  Reagan White and Jess Dagg share the crown in the 2010 Point Series. Reagan walked away with a pair of Salomon trail running shoes. Both scored an impressive score of 60 by skillfully accumulating points through event participation, good sportsmanship, submitting race photos in their Club Fat Ass shirt, by referring their friends to the Club and by hosting scheduled and flash events.

A pair of Montrail trail runners went to Rachel Fouladi in the Refer a Friend Contest for for signing up the most new Club members. Way to go Rachel! 

Jason Eads of Tampa, Florida, managed to accomplish most of his 2010 New Year's resolutions as documented in the New Year's Resolution Contest. He won a Sole Footcare package and a gait analysis.

Lastly, Bill Dagg took way the prize, a sock package and gait analysis, in the Traveling Colours Contest with his very creative squat while on safari in Africa.  All annual prizes were kindly sponsored by Kintec.

Photos left and right: Bill Dagg playing with elephant poop, winner of the 2010 Traveling Colours Contest

Club Fat Ass - Traveling Colours Contest - Bill and Elephant - Safari Africa

Business Members.  Are you a business owner?  Want to share the gift of fitness or connect with outdoor enthusiasts? Consider joining Club Fat Ass as a Business member.  For a low annual fee you'll see your banner rotating on the Club Fat Ass website, have a web page on the Club Fat Ass site, featuring your product or services and receive 2 personal annual memberships for your staff.  Details here.

New Initiatives.  So many ideas, so little time.  We are hoping to offer training runs in the new year as well as another free, short course, Check-Us-Out run.  If you like to be involved in rolling this out, please let us know. 

Photo left: Resolution Contest winner Jason and Action Jackson hamming it up during the 2010 Bagger Challenge

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

For the latest results, please click here.

Photo left: Ryan during the Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50km - before he wiped out and bruised some ribs.


CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Same contest, same rules, new year. Check out how you can win a pair of trail shoes in the Refer a Friend Contest.  Current standings here.
 
2010 Travelling Colours Contest.  Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2010 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here.
 

2010 Point Series. Same contest, same rules, new year. Up-to-date stands are 

here.  Learn how to collect points, or try to pry some secrets from Regan or Jess the next time you see them at an event!

 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.


BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

December 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass, 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Troll the malls or hit the trails?  Decisions, decisions... 

With a couple of more Flash Adventures coming up in the next few of weeks, there are still opportunities to squeeze in more Club runs before Santa comes to call.

It's been a great year of running and camaraderie and 2011 is shaping up to offer even more Club events and challenges.  Don't forget to renew or join the Club before the end of December.

Rather run than shop 'till you drop?  Get that special someone a Club membership ($75), a signature t-shirt ($25) or check out our cheeky merchandise at the Club Fat Ass store as a way to say you care about friends and fitness.

Already figured-out who has been naughty and who has been nice?  Think about documenting your athletic goals for 2011 in the New Years Resolution contest and kicking the year off on the right foot with a resolution run and polar bear swim on New Years day. 

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and peace on earth!

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Flash - Cinny Bun Run. 18 December - Vancouver, BC Canada. Join Reagan on a training run for the Vancouver New Year's Fat Ass 50.  The course will wind it's way over 15km from Spanish Banks through Pacific Spirit Park and back.  More details and registration here.

Photo left. Reagan hamming it up during last years Pure Satisfaction Run.

Flash - Boxing Day 25km.  26 December - Vancouver, BC Canada. Run off the holiday treats with Jess and Bill Dagg as they are training for the Orcas 50km.  Details here.

Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. 1 January 2010 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 50 km resolution run to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Those who are more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep can opt for a custom course of 1 to 49 km. More details here!

Photo right.  Slush and ice on the course of the Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run

Flash - Ride for the Haggis. 5 February 2011 - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Ride for the Haggis. A road ride of approximately 80 kms followed by a full-on traditional Robbie Burns celebration with elements of poetry, music, address to the haggis, feasting, and drinking of Scotch whisky. Find out if you have what it takes here.

Squamish Scrambler. 12 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head, or out towards Mamquam Lake, depending on conditions and motivation. Savor spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot.  More info here.

Photo left. Views during the Squamish Scrambler hardly ever disappoint.  
Photo right. The Capilano Canyon Night Run is as much a social affair as a run.

Capilano Canyon Night Run. 19 February - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs followed by a potluck party and celebration of Fat Tuesday. Entry limited to first 50 entrants, so please register early!


NEWS

2011 Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2011 is open. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.

Great news for renewing members:  Your annual Club membership dues won't change and the number and variety of Club events continues to grow.  Tell a friend so you'll never run alone again.

Membership Draw.  I am happy to announce that my friend and former Steering Committee member, Michele Sherstan, won the membership draw for renewing her membership before the end of November. Michele won a full refund on her dues.  No, it wasn't fixed... honest!

Newsletter.  After years of talking, we finally moved to a different newsletter management service. This is the first newsletter sent out using the new system. Please let us know if you notice anything aggrivating or unusual.  You can now subscribe or unsubscribe from the Club newsletter directly from your user account on the Club Fat Ass website.

Business Members.  

We are happy to welcome back Active Life Physio and Kintec.  Both business have been long time supporters of Club Fat Ass. Please consider them when you need physio treatment or anything related to your feet and shoes.

A word from Active Life Physiotherapy… Ever been hit by a muscle cramp while out on a fantastic trail run?  Exercise associated muscle cramping (EAMC) can be a debilitating event. Exercise-associated muscle cramps presents with acute pain, muscle stiffness, and soreness. The muscles affected most often include the hamstrings, quadriceps, and calf. The muscles on both sides of the body are often involved.  Find out what the latest research says about treating muscle cramps and what the experts at Active Life Physiotherapy recommend here.

New Initiatives.  So many ideas, so little time.  We are hoping to offer training runs in the new year as well as another free, short course, Check-Us-Out run.  If you like to be involved in rolling this out, please let us know. 

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

 For the latest results, please click here.

Photo left: Start of the Seymour Super Fun Run

CONTESTS

All our annual contests will  wrap-up on 31 December at midnight.  Check how you're doing in the Club Point Series.  'Still time to make your way to the top of the leader board by submitting all your wandering t-shirt photos.  Ask your friends to favorite them.  Rope your friends into becoming Fat Asses. See how you've done with your New Years Resolutions...

Photo right: Reagan having an animated conversation with Piggy the Active Porker, our mascot.
 
Refer A Friend Contest. Rachel and Jackson are leading, closely followed by Craig, Bill and Julie.  
There still is alomost a month left 
to collect points for refering your friends. The winner will win a pair of Montrail Trail Running Shoes kindly provided by business member Kintec.  Up-to-date standings here. Check out how to participate in the Refer a Friend Contest.
 
Photo left. Jackson and Eric sporting their club colours during the Seymour Super Fun Run
 
2010 Traveling Colours Contest It is not too late for submissions.  If you have already submitted a photo, make sure you tell your friends about it.  The more attention an image receives, the better chance it has to be the most popular photo in the
 contest and win. The winner of the 2010 Travelling Colours Contest will receive a full refund on the 2011 membership dues. Second place will go home with a sock package kindly sponsored by businessmember Kintec Footlabs. Currently, Bill Daggs photo of him and an elephant in Africa is in the lead.

Photo right.  Bill admiring an elephant from a safe distance.

Pictures of your 2010 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here
 

2010 Point Series.  Through a strategic mix of wearing her Club Fat Ass shirt in non CFA events, signing up early for events, collecting garbage and referring new members, Jess Dagg has gained ground on Ean, Reagan, Des and Sibylle.  However, the race is still on, watch your back, Jess! The winner will win bragging rights and a pair of new runners!  Read about how to collect points. Up-to-date standings here.

Photo left. Pat's first bag of the year, Hollyburn Mountain.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.


BUSINESS MEMBERS

 

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

No doubt about it... fall has arrived.  The air is crisp, some white stuff has fallen in the higher regions and for most, our best races of the year are behind us.  Time to start thinking about (gulp!) what we want to accomplish in 2011.

Yes, that means it's also time to get off your fattening behind and join or renew with CFA for the upcoming year.

Great news for renewing members:  No inflation in your annual Club membership dues while the number and variety of Club events continues to grow.

Great news if you're thinking about joining:  New members who join in October get 2 extra months of CFA events to enjoy.

New to the Club or returning, be sure sign up before the end of December so you don't miss out on the hot, new 2011 Club garment.  Everyone who registers between now and the end of November also gets included in a draw for a refund of their dues, so if you're planning to sign up, sign up now!

As race season winds down, be sure to take advantage of a full slate of social events in November:  This year our Club social has an entertaining new theme.  Don't miss the First Annual Fat Ass Film Festival!  It's on 3 November at Kintec Footlabs in North Vancouver.  Ever wondered who runs the Club or what goes on in a board meeting?  Find out when you join us for the Steering Committee Open House on November 9.  Lastly, another social and culinary highlight, the Silly Chili Triathlon, is on 11 November.  Details for all events below.

With all the socializing, don't miss the great line-up of fall events with distances ranging from 10km to 50km. 
 

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

First Annual Fat Ass Film Festival. Wednesday 3 November - North Vancouver, BC. Join us and our friends at Kintec for an exclusive screening of videos from CFA runs and peak bagging expeditions throughout the year.  Who knows... you might be a movie star?  Cat-calling and throwing of insults allowed, although we ask that you not hurl peanuts or popcorn unless you plan to stick around and help with the cleanup.  There will be voting and awards. If you are willing to risk running the gauntlet of paparazzi and groupies, at 9:00pm we reconvene with the esteemed directors and movie stars next door at the Taylors Crossing Pub. 

If you would like to enter a movie (1-5 minutes) in the festival, please contact Sibylle.  This evening is free for members and non-members of CFA, but please sign-up soon as space is limited...  Just click here.


CFA - Steering Committee Mixer: Tuesday 9 November - North Vancouver, BC. There are so many things we could do to make the Club even better... if only a few more people would chip in a few hours per month.  If being a part of the management of the Club is something you'd consider, please join us for a Steering Committee Mixer.  We'll talk about plans for next year and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions about the roles of the different Steering Committees. 

We really need you!  We are especially looking for an enthusiastic person to chair the Event Host, Marketing and Sponsorship committees. Please drop me a line if you can attend.

Silly Chili Triathlon. 11 November - North Vancouver, BC.  This event is both something athletic and social to do with your family on the Remembrance Day holiday.  It involves a short run, an even shorter swim and a chili cook-off.  Beans or no beans.  Vegi or road kill.  Mild or burns through plate steel.  Give it your best shot!  Limited space, so please register here soon.

Go Deep: 13 November - North Vancouver, BC. Join our new Event Host, Reagan White on a challenging but beautiful 20 km or an easier, but equally stunning 12km course on lower Seymour Mountain.  Register here.

Seymour Super Fun Run: 27 November - North Vancouver, BC. A late fall challenge on and around the trails of Mount Seymour.  Not to be missed. Check it out here.

 

NEWS

2011 Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2011 is now open. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join or renew with CFA for the upcoming year.

Great news for renewing members:  Your annual Club membership dues won't change and the number and variety of Club events continues to grow.

Great news if you're thinking about joining:  New members get 14 months of free CFA events to enjoy.

Be sure sign up before the end of December so you don't miss getting the hot new Club garment.  Everyone who registers between now and the end of November also gets included in a draw for a refund of their dues, so sign up now!

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

 For the latest results, please click here.

CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Same contest, same rules, new year. Up-to-date standings here. Check out how to participate in the Refer a Friend Contest.
 
2010 Traveling Colours Contest Pictures of your 2010 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here. The winner of the 2010 Travelling Colours Contest will receive a full refund on the 2011 membership dues. Second place will go home with a sock package kindly sponsored by business member Kintec Footlabs.


2010 Point Series.  Through a strategic mix of wearing her Club Fat Ass shirt in non CFA events, signing up early for events, collecting garbage and referring new members, Jess Dagg has gained ground on Ean, Reagan, Des and Sibylle.  However, the race is still on, watch your back, Jess! The winner will win bragging rights and a pair of new runners!  Read about how to collect points. Up-to-date standings here.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events.  Please check them out here.

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

 

 

July/August 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

Summer is the toughest time of the year for your newsletter team.  Tough to stay indoors and write.  With so many Club activities to chose from, tough to pick which ones to write about.

With long, summer days and beautiful weather, July and August are traditionally the busiest months for CFA members and their friends.  This summer, the Club is offering everything from your traditional trail runs in the forest, to night runs, to peak-bagging extravaganzas... 

Our recent poll on how you prefer to stay in touch with Club Fat Ass revealed that most Club members prefer checking-on at our "online clubhouse" (the website) closely followed by Facebook and this monthly newsletter.  Great that the website has become such a hub and source of information and inspiration.  Thanks for your thoughts and feedback.  If you didn't get around to it, you can still participate in the poll and influence how the Club might better serve you.

New to Club Fat Ass or haven't been out in a while?  Be sure to check out our New Member FAQ's.  Also, be sure to take advantage of our new Ambassador Program.  Details below. 

Happy trails and happy summer!

 

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Club Fat Ass Events- Bagger Challenge - South Needles HikeBagger Challenge. 1 April - 10 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.    Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of last years bagging extravaganza to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo left: Wandering around on top of the South Needles 


Photo right: Views from the Howe Sound Crest trail

Photo left: Sunset over Capilano River  during the Midsummer Night Run.

Capilano Canyon Night Run - A Midsummer Night's Dream. August 21 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Don't miss this night running classic followed by a garden party and potluck extravaganza.  Details here.

Go Home via the Hanes Valley. August 28 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Chose between a nice and easy 14km trail or tough, backcountry wilderness runs of 18km or 30km length.  More here


Flash - Duel at the Pool - 2010.  September 3 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 5K swim in Kits Pool. At 8 complete laps to the kilometer, that makes this challenge 20 return laps, or 40 lengths of the world's best pool. Meet the Whale and Mako sharks here

Sunshine in September. 4 September - Langdale, BC Canada. 20km or 26km on beautiful, mostly single track trails just off the ferry terminal in Langdale on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Run in forests of grand old trees and gigantic mushrooms. Easy logistics with carpooling, walk on the ferry, run off the ferry and a lovely post-run get together with super views on the ferry ride back. As close to a get a way in a day as you can get! Changes this year include a new Event Host, bag drop and no more running on the highway. More details here.

5Peaks Buntzen Lake Warm-Up. 4 September - Port Coquitlam, BC Canada.  Details here.

Fall Mountain Highway Madness: 12 September - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Check it out here.

 

NEWS

New Member Welcome.  New to the Club? We've heard the word on the street is that CFA is only for the big dogs... you know, the ones that run all day and run all night and eat their young.  Our new New Member Welcome page is intended to dispel a rumor or two and help you find your way around, pick the events that are right for you and to connect with fellow members. 

Ambassador Program.  Also oriented at helping new Club members mingle with the old dogs, we're ramping-up an Ambassador Program.  The idea is to get you outgoing, positive and highly experienced big dogs to "adopt" a new club member.  Make them feel welcome.  Make sure they don't get lost.  Share some of the finer elements of CFA culture with them, like picking up trash and encouraging them to share their experiences and photos with other members in our online clubhouse.  Curious about becoming an Ambassador?  Contact CFA Membership person,  Jackie Montgomery.  You might just make some new friends and earn club points on the way!

Foursquare Game.  When not out there running with you, members of the Club's Steering Committee are constantly looking for ways to make the Club more fun and engaging for you.  We're currently evaluating Foursquare, an online game-thing that uses GPS data from your smartphone.  

Got an iPhone or similar phone with GPS?  Interested in social media stuff?  We'd love to involve you in testing how this might work for CFA events!  Please drop me a line if interested in being a tester.


CFA Steering Committee.  A small group of community minded people are selflessly working behind the scenes to build and manage your Club. We are always looking for help and fresh ideas.  We'd especially like to hear from enthusiastic folks to help as Event Host Chair and with PR and marketing.  Please drop me a line. For a couple of hours a month, you can make a big difference (and we actually have a lot of fun!)

2010 Membership Registration. Registration and Renewal for Club Fat Ass for 2010 is ongoing!   Don't miss out on a whole summer and fall of free events.

TECH TIPS

Image Uploading.  By popular demand here are some pointers on how to get your images into your blog and to the various slideshows on the website.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Check out the latest event reports here

CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Up-to-date standings here. Check out how to participate in the Refer a Friend Contest.

2010 Traveling Colours Contest.  Pictures of your 2010 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here.


Jess and Pat looking happy at the Fat Dog 100 finishPhoto right:  Ali running through dandelion meadow during the Slack Ass in Edmonton

Photo left: Jess and Pat happy to reach the finish of the Fat Dog 100

Photo right: Craig collecting bagger and shirt points

 

2010 Point Series. Jess has taken the lead with a steady diet of CFA events and wearing her favorite shirt during other races.  There is still time for you to participate, win bragging rights and a pair of new runners!  Read about how to collect points. Up-to-date standings here.

Bagger Challenge.  Peak bagging season is in full swing, trash talk is at new heights and Craig has used his holidays to tie with last year's winner, Ken Legg, and slowly close in on the leaders, Killaine and Ean.  Time for Craig to get back to work!  Have a look at the standings and links to how it all works here.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

With so many choices between Scheduled or Flash events in the past few weeks, there are no excuses for Fat Asses and their friends to not stay active in the outdoors. 

 

If you think your options for outdoor adventures were aplenty last month, the upcoming month represents an even bigger buffet of choices! 

 

Choices aside, I'd like to take the opportunity to remind you to stay safe while running and exploring the back country. There are some great resources about playing safe and being prepared on the Club Fat Ass website and from North Shore Rescue.  Please take a minute to review the information before you head out on those long training runs or peak-bagging expeditions.

'Looks like the word has finally gotten out that we Fat Asses are not all crazy endurance junkies who enjoy pulling the lungs out of unfortunate newbies who dare come out for a Fat Ass run!  There have been a record number of new members joining the Club over the last few months.  Please join me in welcoming our new members by introducing yourself and lending a helping hand when you see an unfamiliar face at a Club event.

Of note to new members:  almost all Club events have a "custom" distance category for runners looking to ease their way into the longer distances.  Veteran Fat Asses enjoy your company during Club events as much as you appreciate theirs, so don't be shy... ask if you might buddy-up.  Be sure to share the love and let your friends know that just about anyone can be a Fat Ass!

Finally, CFA member and RD of the STORMY Trail Race, Wendy Montgomery, is looking for some help.  If you're not running and have some time for a great, non-profit event this August, please consider helping out.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Club Fat Ass Events 2010, Bagger Challenge, trail running, ultrarunning, Howesound IslandsBagger Challenge. 1 April - 10 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Start racking up points now by bagging the snowless Howe Sound Island peaks.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of last years bagging extravaganza to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo left: Ken holds up a tree during the Tour De Howe Sound 

Photo right: Rick on a rather rickety bridge during a past XTC

Club Fat Ass Events, Vancouver Skyline XTC, trail running, ultrarunningVancouver Skyline XTC. 12 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This trail run with a twist explores some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver's famous North Shore mountains. Runners can choose to run 25K "Up," 25K "Down," 50K "Up and Down" or a "Roll Your Own" custom distance to suit their abilities. Runners will experience approximately 3,000 m (9,000 ft.) of elevation change over the 50 km course on moderate to challenging trails. Find out more and register here.

Club Fat Ass Events, trail running, ultra running, slackass50, EdmontonThe Slack Ass 50. 13 June - Edmonton, AB, Canada. Join Event Host Alli Conroy for 13 or 50 miles of Edmonton's extensive trail system along a beautiful river valley. A mix of forest trails and pavement, the trail will follow rolling, well-established trails through major parks for most of the route. There will be some steeper cross country style terrain to mix it up a bit so be prepared. Start/finish at the main pavilion at Hawrelak Park. Find out more and register here.

Photo left:  Event Host Alli taking a break during the Slack Ass in Edmonton

The Squamish Brick. 19/20 June - Squamish, BC Canada. Two back-to-back trail running days from Hell on the STORMY 50/100-mile course. Most 100-mile runners will agree that bricks (back-to-back long runs) build character and stamina. This little jog in the woods ought to do that. Run one day or run both. For anyone who is planning to run the STORMY 50-mile or 100-mile race in 2010 or otherwise. Great familiarization run and perfect timing at 7 weeks before the big event. More info here. Please note that to avoid any possible conflict with the Test of Metal bike race, the start on Saturday has been changed to 7:30am.

Club Fat Ass Events, Bagger Challenge, peaks, mountain running, fast packing, trail running

Photo above: Peaks to bag...

Flash - 5Peaks Mount Seymour Warm-Up. 11 July - North Vancouver, BC.  A fun and free group orientation run on the 6.3km and 9.8km courses on the 5Peaks course on Seymour Mountain. Combination of single track, technical hiking trails and alpine ski runs.   There will be faster and slower pace groups on each course, so there's something for everyone.  Get to know the trail you will race on so you can kick some butt on race day!  Of course, you are welcome to run with us Club Fat Ass Event, Full Monty, trail running, ultrarunning, Vancouver Islandeven if you are not registered for the 5Peaks race.  Details and free registration here. If you are able to lead a group, please contact me.

Photo left:  Event Host Carlos showing off the views and trail of the Full Monty 

The Full Monty: 17 July - Victoria, BC, Canada. Can you do the Full Monty? 25km or 50km on beautiful single track trails. Amazing views. Check it out here.

 

NEWS

Business Member.  Please help me to welcome Pushpa Chandra, who has joined us as a Business Member.  Be sure to check out Pushpa's naturopathic services in sports medicine.

CFA Steering Committee.  A small group of community minded people are selflessly working behind the scenes to build and manage your Club. We are always looking for help and fresh ideas.  We'd especially like to hear from enthusiastic folks to help as Event Host Chair and with PR and marketing.  Please drop me a line. For a couple of hours a month, you can make a big difference (and we actually have a lot of fun!)

2010 Membership Registration. Registration and Renewal for Club Fat Ass for 2010 is ongoing!   Don't miss out on a whole summer and fall of free events.

TECH TIPS

Staying In Touch. Your Options.  Lots of choice when it comes to staying in touch with Club Fat Ass. From the website to the newsletter, RSS feeds to Twitter and Facebook, there is no reason to miss what's new or an upcoming event.  You can find more about your options and tell me what you prefer here

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Mike Wardas during the Vancouver 100km run - exhaustionVancouver 100. Event Host - Craig Moore.  The skies cleared for what might be the toughest 100km run out there, helping to accomplish a high finisher rate.  We had 10 runners attempting the full enchilada, with a total of 51 athletes participating in one way or another.  You can check out photos, comments and results here.

Photo right: Mike battling exhaustion during the Vancouver 100

Photo left:  Chad and Kirsten getting off course during the Vancouver 100

Escape to Egmont. Event Host - Jackie Montgomery. With a brief break that allowed us some nice weather, we ran the first Escape to Egmont yesterday. With nine starters, we had fair representation of the communities of the sunshine coast. Powell River, Sechelt and Earls Cove runners made the trip to the Earls Cove ferry terminal for the 8:30am start. After starting off with a fairly long uphill along the highway, we made our way along Egmont road (past the brand new firehall!) and onto the forest service road that took us up to Klein Lake. For a full report and results, click here.

 

Chilly Willy 2 into the Heat. Event Host - Lorie Alexander. Well!  Chilly Willy 2 into the "heat" was Chilly Willy into the "rain". Karl did you do a rain dance! Full results here

trail running, Bellingham, ClubFatAssEvents, Chuckanut Calf CramperChuckanut Calf Cramper. Event Host - Genissa Sygitowicz. Fun was had by all at the inaugural Chuckanut Calf Cramper! We had beautiful, sunny weather, cool and perfect for running. After 5 hours on the trails, we were anxious for a cold homebrew and some BBQ. The course proved to be challenging even for the RD, who decided to turn herself around early and hightail it for the keg! Next year's event will be held on Saturday, May 28th (4th Saturday in May) and feature shorter run options in addition to a longer (30k ish) route.  Results, photos and videos here.

Photo left: Genissa Sygitowicz and her hound on the trails during the Chuckanut Calf Cramper.

Photos right: starters at the Burnaby Mountain Warm Up run

Club Fat Ass Events, 2010,  Burnaby Mountain Warm Up run, trail running, 5Peaks, Vancouver5Peaks CFA Burnaby Mountain Warm Up. Event Host - Craig Moore. We had a nice cool day for a group run on top of Burnaby Mountain. In fact it was only about 8C with a breeze that lacked the warmth of the previous few days when temperatures where up to double that. I for one kept my sweatshirt on until we started to run.  Starting in parking lot C was the right place to be for access to the race day course, but, as many of us hadn't been there before it was a little fun to find. Slowly everyone trickled in after driving in circles a bit and making phone calls to help locate the lot. Then we had the challenge of buying a parking ticket to steer clear of the campus security forces that I saw driving around. Actually, that was a nice way for some of us to get a little warm up run because the ticket meter was quite a distance from the area where we parked.  Read on here

Club Fat Ass Events, Tour De Howe Sound, DolphinsFlash - Foolishly Yours 50km. Event Host - Karl Jensen.  Results are posted here.

Flash - Tour De Howe Sound. Event Hosts - old time FA's, newbies and future FA's. Photos and videos of the weekend are posted here.

Photo left: Schools of dolphins delight the crew of the Tour De Howe Sound yachts

CONTESTS

Club Fat Ass, traveling colours contest, yellow, technical running shirtRefer A Friend Contest. Same contest, same rules, new year. Up-to-date standings here. Check out how to participate in the Refer a Friend Contest.
 
2010 Traveling Colours Contest.  Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2010 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here.

Photo left:  Christina in Switzerland wishes for more Fat Asses in her neighborhood.

2010 Point Series. Same contest, same rules, new year and new contenders.  Reagan is stealthily working on his New Years Resolutions and temporarily surpassed Action Jackson and yours truly.   Currently, we have a tie for 2nd between Des, Jess and Ean, but there's still time for you to win bragging rights and a pair of new runners!  Read about how to collect points. Up-to-date standings here.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

 

 

May 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

With spring in full swing and summer is overtaking, I hope your training is going well and you are enjoying the great outdoors.

There's an interesting variety of events on your Club roster this month. For something a bit different, don't miss the 2nd Annual Bagger Challenge, the 5Peaks Warm-Up at Burnaby Mountain (contact me if you like to lead a group), the Chuckanut Calf Cramper in Bellingham, Lorie's Chilli Willy 2 "Into the Heat" 100 miler and the Escape to Egmont on the Sunshine Coast.  Please find details below.

Last call to pick-up your 2010 Club colours!  Did you order a t-shirt when you signed up for 2010?  If you did and you don't have it yet, chances are it's patiently waiting for you at your local Kintec Footlab store.  Please make some time this week to pick-up your shirt, as those not claimed by the summer will go back into the Club inventory and will be made available to new members.

From the "Ask and you shall receive" file, you can thank Jackie for pointing out that it would be good to have a simple, easy-to-use  member directory for car-pooling, road trips and follow-ups with those interesting fellow members you meet at Club events.  Take a moment to check it out now.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel


UPCOMING EVENTS

Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 10 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Start racking up points now by bagging the snowless Howe Sound Island peaks.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of last years bagging extravaganza to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo left: On the Howe Sound Crest Trail near Brunswick Lake. 

Photo right: Lynn Loop Trail

North Shore Enduro. 8 May - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A fun run in Vancouver's rugged North Shore mountains, the Enduro is on a 7.6 km loop course that lasts up to 6 hours. A safe and challenging first trail run featuring some easy and some technical terrain. A great social event for the team runner (2-6 runners can form a team). A tune-up for Western States and other summer 100-milers for the competitive solo runner. More info and registration here.

Flash - Ultra Fuel Cook Off. 13 May - East Vancouver, BC Canada.  Get that skinny ass some padding.  Details here.

Tour de Howe Sound.  14-16 May, Howe Sound, BC, Canada. A sailing, trail running/hiking weekend adventure.  Featuring a sailboat "race" around the outside of Bowen, Anvil, Gambier and Keats Islands, Fell Running: 4 peaks on 4 islands, approximately 46 km of trails, 8,300m vertical climb and plenty of freshly-brewed ultra-fuel.  Room for one more boats that can sleep 4+!  Find out how to enter your boat and crew here.

Chuckanut Calf Cramper. 22 May - Bellingham, WA USA. Something special for our members in Washington.  Join new Event Host, Genissa, for a 20 mile run on well maintained dirt and gravel trails.  Option to turn around earlier and run fewer miles. Enjoy the beauty of the Chuckanut mountains while toning those calves! Details and registration here

Photo right: Chuckanut Mountains

Photo left: Pushing up Burnaby Mountain

Flash - 5 Peaks Burnaby Mountain Warm Up. 22 May - Burnaby, BC Canada. A fun and free group orientation run on the Sport (6.3K) and Enduro (9.8K) courses of the 5Peaks Simon Fraser University Race.  There will be faster and slower pace groups on each course, so there's something for everyone.  This event is for trail runners who are registered or thinking of signing up for the popular 5Peaks race on Burnaby Mountain in June.  Get to know the trail you will race on so you can kick some butt on race day!  Of course, you are welcome to run with us even if you are not registered for the 5Peaks race.  Details and free registration here. If you are able to lead a group,please contact me.

Flash - Chilly Willy 2 "Into the heat" 100 miler. 29 May - Vernon, BC. Tough but pretty. Figure 8 loops in beautiful Kalamalka Provincial Park. Fatass style with one major aid station for your drop bags. Details here.

Vancouver 100. 5-6 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The toughest 100 km in Canada... maybe the world! Due to the challenging nature of this event, participation for the full 100 km is by invitation only, but everyone can still participate by running part of the course with the 100 km participants, coming out to the aid station/picnic area at Cleveland Dam or crewing for a runner. More info and applications here.

Photo right:  Event Host Craig Moore powering down the Baden Powell Trail during a past Vancouver 100 adventure.

Photo left:  Angus Mclellan, film maker of the XS-NRG documentary about the Sunshine Coast Trail and the attempt of 4 city boys to run it's entire length non-stop taking a rest at one of the many beautiful bridges on the Sunshine Coast Trail.

Flash - Escape to Egmont. 6 June - Egmont, BC, Canada. A part-road/mainly-trail out and back run from the Earl's Cove Ferry Terminal, past Klein Lake to Ruby Lake. An excuse to check out the northern-end-of-the-lower-Sunshine-Coast (have I confused you yet? Anticipated distances are approx. 15k and 25k (but custom distances easily accommodated).  More here.

 

Vancouver Skyline XTC. 12 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This trail run with a twist explores some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver's famous North Shore mountains. Runners can choose to run 25K "Up," 25K "Down," 50K "Up and Down" or a "Roll Your Own" custom distance to suit their abilities. Runners will experience approximately 3,000 m (9,000 ft.) of elevation change over the 50 km course on moderate to challenging trails. Find out more and register here.

 

NEWS

New Member Chair.  Please join me in welcoming your new Membership Chair, Jackie Montgomery.  Jackie joined Club Fat Ass late last summer and promptly jumped in to rescue the Sunshine in September run. She enthusiastically is planning an array of new member initiatives and a flash event every month of the summer on the Sunshine Coast. Please don't hesitate to contact Jackie with thoughts and suggestions about your membership in Club Fat Ass.

Member Directory.  Thanks to Jackie's idea and Ran's coding magic, I am very excited to introduce our first online member directory. A few things you should know about the member directory:

  • Privacy.  We assume that you do not want to share your basic contact information outside of the Club.
  • Members only.  For privacy reasons, we felt that this was best.  Only current Club members can access the directory.  
  • Logged in.  Please make sure you enter your website user name and password before consulting the member directory. 
  • What information is shared?  The member directory shows your Username, First Name, Last Name, City, Province/State and Country. 
  • Accuracy.  The information about you in the directory comes from the information you provided when you set up your web account. 
  • Updates to Your Member Profile.  Say you  spelled your name wrong when you joined the Club or you have moved.  Whatever the reason, it's easy to change what shows in the member directory!  First, go to your user  profile.  Click on the "Edit" tab, then "Personal Info".  Finally, select the information you'd like to change. 
  • Note: To save you time (autofill), the information in your profile is also used when you register for Club events.  Beneath each field you will find an explanation as to who can see the information.  (e.g. the information in the "city" field is visible to logged in members, postal code and phone number is only visible to admin users and is used when you register for events to autofill your registration form)

Member Initiatives.  We've had a record numbers of new members over the past month.  Please be sure to say, "Howdy!" and do what you can to make our new members feel welcome if you see a new face at the next Club event.  To keep the drive alive and add even more value to your membership, we are planning a number of initiatives. Keep your eyes peeled for the new member Welcome Wagon, Member Ambassadors, Bring a Friend program, Member of the Month feature and Student Memberships.  If you're outgoing and would like to contribute, please let me know.

CFA Steering Committee.  A small group of community minded people are selflessly working behind the scenes to build and manage your Club. We are always looking for help and fresh ideas.  We'd especially like to hear from enthusiastic folks to help as Event Host Chair and with PR and marketing.  Please drop me a line. For a couple of hours a month, you can make a big difference (and we actually have a lot of fun!)

2010 Membership Registration. Registration and Renewal for Club Fat Ass for 2010 is ongoing!   Don't miss out on a whole summer and fall of free events.

TECH TIPS

Website Help
.  The list of help topics is ever expanding.  What would you like to see demystified to make your enjoyment of our events and website even greater?  Email us with suggestions for the help pages, please.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Fluffy Bunny. Event Host - Jess Dagg.  The sun started to shine just after we finished! But..... the rain held off at the beginning, so we all enjoyed cruising around the Buntzen Lake area. A new member, John Pickles, came out for his first CFA event, and I must have done alright, as he says he'll be back :-) Doug and Bill tackled the new "long" course I developed, and my estimate was thankfully correct at 27km. A good challenge they said, especially since this was Doug's longest trail run ever. He shortened it a bit, but still...Congrats Doug! He also won a Trail Runner subscription at the post-event coffee locale so that should keep him going. Thanks Trail Runner mag and other sponsors for prizes. Photo and results are posted here.

XS-NRG - the movie.  Six years ago, a handful of club members set out to run a 180-kilometer wilderness trail.  Their attempt became the subject of this documentary film that was shown to a select, sold-out audience this month.  While it was very cool to see so many familiar faces in the film, critics agreed that it was a great story about a famous trail, about friendship and about teamwork.  It was also quite funny!  The filmmakers plan to take it on the festival circuit.  Check here for the next viewing opportunity

 

Marathon Shuffle. Event Host - Eagle Walz.  The Marathon Shuffle on the Sunshine Coast is quickly proving to be one of the more popular Club Fat Ass events.  Over 75 starters explored the beautiful Sunshine Coast Trail, the trail work and new shelters by Eagle and his friends.  We hope that the attention will help to stop the clear cut logging of the old growth forest.  Mark this event on your calendar for next year. Results and photos here

5Peaks Bunzten Lake Warm Up. Event Host - 5Peaks (Eric Lorenz) and Club Fat Ass (Sibylle Tinsel) It was a perfect day for a run in a rain forest.  The sky was overcast when our car pool arrived at the parking lot near Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park.  Soon excited chatter bonded the runners trying to figure out which group to sign-up for. We had 9 run leaders for about 30 runners, not a bad ratio.  
There were two different distances, 8.8km Sports- and 14km Enduro to choose from.  We set out together on the Valley Trail, following Eric, who had devilish fun guiding via his GPS.  The rest of us leaders navigated from our memory of the course from years past and maps.  Photos and participants list here.

Burnaby Mountain Run. Event Host - Tara Haddad. We had a good crowd out, with a number of newbie members testing the waters and Event Host, Tara, testing her baby jogger with one of her twin boys along for the ride.  The weather was beautiful.  If memory serves right, this was the first and only Burnaby Mountain Run, when the rains were not torrential and we even got to enjoy the touted view ;-)  Des had registered, but wasn't toeing the startline - a bunch of point hounds were jubilant, only to discover, that Des had put in an early start and collected points alright.  Almost everybody scooped litter of the trail to do their good deed of the day and of course keep up with Des and Reagan in the Point Series.  More here.

Foolishly Yours 50km. Event Host - Karl Jensen.  Results here.

CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Same contest, same rules, new year. Up-to-date standings here. Check out how to participate in the Refer a Friend Contest.
 
2010 Travelling Colours Contest Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2010 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here.

Photo left:  What did the nurses say, John?

2010 Point Series. 
Same contest, same rules, new year. With Reagan, Des, Jess, Sibylle and Ean almost head to head, it promises to be a heated battle.  There's still time for you to win bragging rights and a pair of new runners, though!  Read about how to collect points. Up-to-date standings here.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

 

April 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

Spring has definitely sprung... and that means by now you should have received your bright yellow 2010 Club colours in the mail or at your local Kintec Footlab store.  Be sure to give it a good workout and let me know what you think of it.  Take lots of action photos of you in it, too, as there are good prizes in the Travelling Colours Contest this year!

Good news, bad news.  The good news?  The Club calendar of events is getting ever more crowded with awesome free events.  Bad news?  You can't do them all! 

I'd especially like to draw your attention to the 2nd Annual Bagger Challenge, the 5Peaks Warm-Up runs (contact me if you like to lead a group), and the Film World Premier of the XS-NRG documentary about four ultra-marathon athletes (some of whom you might just know) who attempt to conquer the 180km Sunshine Coast Trail, non-stop. Details below.

Last, but not least, have you met The Porker yet?  Find out what  our corpulent mascot has been up to recently in the newsletter below... and be sure to let me know if you'd like to be the first to take him out on a long run!

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel


UPCOMING EVENTS

Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 10 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer. Until 21 June only the snowless Howe Sound Island peaks qualify.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of last years bagging extravaganza to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo right: View of Howe Sound during a past Bagger adventure

Burnaby Mountain Run. 10 April - Burnaby, BC, Canada. Check out the trails around Simon Fraser University. Great views - weather permitting - and a killer hill! Details here

Photo right: Moody vistas at a previous Burnaby Mountain Run

Flash - 5Peaks Golden Ears Warm-Up. 17 April - Golden Ears Park, BC Canada. A fun and free group orientation run on the 8.8km Sports- and the 14km Enduro Course. There will be faster and slower pace groups on each course, so there's something for everyone.  This event is for trail runners who are registered or thinking of signing up for the popular 5Peaks race at Golden Ears Provincial Park on Saturday 24 April 2010.  Get to know the trail you will race on so you can kick some butt on race day!  Of course, you are welcome to run with us even if you are not registered for the 5Peaks race.  Details and free registration here. If you are able to lead a group, please contact me.

Film World Premiere - XS-NRG. 24 April - Powell River, BC Canada.  The Sunshine Coast Trail is a relatively undiscovered gem of a trail that stretches 180 kilometers from Sarah Point in the north to Saltery Bay in the south on the upper Sunshine Coast near Powell River, British Columbia. A few years ago, four city boys from Vancouver threatened to run the entire 180K trail non-stop.  Locals said it couldn't be done.  The attempt was filmed. The world premier of the film has now been scheduled for release in Powell River on the Marathon Shuffle weekend in April.  A week later, on 1 May, the film will premier in Vancouver. Find out what happened on the trail in this never before seen footage by film maker Angus McLellan and run the Marathon Shuffle the following morning to discover the trail firsthand. Buy your ticket here.


Flash - Marathon Shuffle. 25 April - Powell River, BC, Canada. The Marathon Shuffle is a new CFA event with a long standing history. Since 1991, Eagle Walz has hosted the "Shuffle" as a fund-raiser for the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (PRPAWS).  A CFA member is the only person to have run the whole SCT and CFA members are threatening to take back the current course records for the Marathon Shuffle, a 30km run or walk through beautiful terrain and remaining stands of old growth rainforest.  A Half Shuffle distance is also possible.  In support of Eagle and his environmental and social goals, CFA has "adopted" the Marathon Shuffle as a Flash Event.  (Free for members and non-members of Club Fat Ass).  More info here.

Photo right: On the Sunshine Coast Trail

Photo left: Suspension Bridge over Buntzen Lake during the Fluffy Bunny

Fluffy Bunny Trail Run: 1 May - Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. Are you tough enough for the Fluffy Bunny? 9.5km, 15km and  27km options provide fun distances for the whole family. Go for a dip in Buntzen Lake afterward.  Find out more here!

Photo right: On Lynn Loop Trail during the Enduro

North Shore Enduro. 8 May - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A fun run in Vancouver's rugged North Shore mountains, the Enduro is on a 7.6 km loop course that lasts up to 6 hours. A safe and challenging first trail run featuring some easy and some technical terrain. A great social event for the team runner (2-6 runners can form a team). A tune-up for Western States and other summer 100-milers for the competitive solo runner. More info and registration here.

Tour de Howe Sound.  14-16 May, Howe Sound, BC, Canada. A sailing, trail running/hiking weekend adventure.  Featuring a sailboat "race" around the outside of Bowen, Anvil, Gambier and Keats Islands, Fell Running: 4 peaks on 4 islands, approximately 46 km of trails, 8,300m vertical climb.  Boats that can sleep 4+ needed!  Find out how to enter your boat and crew here.

 



NEWS

2010 Club Garment and Poster Children.  By now you should have received your 2010 Club colours in the mail or at your local Kintec Footlab store.  Give it a workout.  Let me know what you think of it and please take lots of action photos of you in it for the Travelling Colours Contest!

Our very photogenic 2010 t-shirt poster children were chosen spontaneously at the Mosquito Creek Grill after running the Mountain Highway Madness in March.  Sarah Anderson and Noal Cattone from Seattle are enthusiastic new members of Club Fat Ass. They believe in their trademark, "Movement is Medicine" and claim not not to set any new land speed records. "Our next adventure is the Diez Vista 50k. We hope to get our Bad Ass Fat Ass shirts MUDDY!!!" Check out their FA style Urban Trail Race and website.

ActivePorker iphone App. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, please download the free ActivePorker app to stay connected to the club while you're on the go.  We are excited and encouraged by the steadily increasing usage of the app and are working on a few updates to be released in the coming months.   If you like the app, please leave a review on iTunes and let us know what you think.  You can also become a fan on the ActivePorker Facebook Fan page, to get the latest info about the app and to follow the hog-wild antics of our traveling club mascot.

The Porker.  "The Porker" is Club Fat Ass's official mascot. He has a rich history and is manifested in several forms: our "golden" mascot, our Club logo and most recently, the ActivePorker iPhone app (see above).  Our Club mascot is made of brass.  He's a bit bigger than a loaf of bread and weights a ton!  (Well, figuratively, anyway.  You can read all about his history here.

CFA Steering Committee.  A small group of community minded people are selflessly working behind the scenes to build and manage your Club. We are always looking for help and fresh ideas.  We'd especially like to hear from enthusiastic folks to help with PR and marketing and someone to represent the voice of Club members.  Please drop me a line. For a couple of hours a month, you can make a big difference.

2010 Membership Registration. Registration and Renewal for Club Fat Ass for 2010 is ongoing!   Don't miss out on a whole year of free events.

TECH TIPS

Website Help
.  The list of help topics is ever expanding.  What would you like to see demystified to make your enjoyment of our events and website even greater?  Email us with suggestions for the help pages, please.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Please click here for recent results, photos and reports.

Photo right: The mainlanders under Carlos' expert guidance posing at the Spaghetti Tree run in East Sooke Regional Park.


CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Same contest, same rules, new year. Up-to-date standings here. Check out how to participate in the Refer a Friend Contest.
 
2010 Travelling Colours Contest Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2010 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here.

2010 Point Series. Same contest, same rules, new year. Up-to-date standings here. Read here about how to collect points.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

 

March 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

One would think that wintertime is a slack time for an outdoors- oriented club.  Not so with this one!  

A big, fat "Thank you!" to our newest Event Hosts: Jason in Kirkwood, Missouri (International Ozark Foothills Trail Hopper), Glenissa Sygitowicz in Bellingham, Washington (Chuckanut Calf Cramper) and Katie Longworth of Victoria, BC (Spaghetti Trees). Looks like there will be more road trips this year!

Club members in the lower mainland of British Columbia were treated to an unseasonably warm early spring and the once-in-a-lifetime excitement of the winter Olympics and Paralympic games.  Some CFA members took the opportunity to invite Olympic guests out for a run on our beautiful trails. Thanks for all of you who volunteered to play tour guide and we look forward to sharing the the trails with more visitors during the Paralympics.

They're almost ready!  Good news for all who have patiently waited for the 2010 no stink, long sleeve collectors shirt.  First dibs if you're attending the Capilano Night Run this Saturday.  For all others, look for an email with pick-up or mailing information next week.  If you have time to help with packaging one evening (Sunday), that would be lovely.

Speaking of shirts, we have a deal for you:  Buy a classic blue or black short sleeve Club Fat Ass shirt and get a box of PowerBar Sport bars or gel chews.  You can order yours here.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel


UPCOMING EVENTS

Club Fat Ass Events: Capilano Canyon Night RunRun with A Local.  Club Fat Ass' contribution the the Olympic and Paralympic excitement matching locals and visitors up for runs. Details here.

Capilano Canyon Night Run. 13 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs followed by a potluck party. More info here!

Photo right: a chain of bobbing lights on the trail of Capilano Canyon during last year's night run.

Photo left: Some young Fools charging down Mountain Highway


Spring Mountain Highway Madness. 21 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This mind-numbing interval session is officially held twice a year. Runners complete one or more 15 km laps (with approximately 1 km or 3,300' of elevation change per lap) on a wide dirt and gravel access road (no traffic). Check it out here!

Photo right: Crossing the floating bridge across Buntzen Lake during Run To the Clouds

Run to the Clouds. 27 March - Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. A 12.5km or 25km run, all on trails with some gravel road sections. Come see and run around beautiful Buntzen Lake and surrounding mountains. A challenging route with over 2000 vertical feet (or 600 metres) of elevation gain/loss. Fantastic views of Buntzen Lake and the Greater Vancouver area. Details here.

Spaghetti Trees. 3 April - Victoria, BC Canada.  The newest offering on the Club Fat Ass calendar features a 12km or 16km trail run in East Sooke Regional Park past ancient copper mines and gorgeous west coast vistas.  Get to the start via an optional bike ride along the Galloping Goose trail from the ferry.  Play along with antics along the course and finish the day with a pint of local micro brew in a 116-year-old pub. Why is it called Spaghetti Trees? We'd love to hear your guesses :).  Find out more here

Photo right:  Amazing views on a clear day during the Burnaby Mountain Run.

Club Fat Ass Event - Burnaby Mountain Run in BurnabyBurnaby Mountain Run. 4 April - Burnaby, BC, Canada. Check out the trails around the Simon Fraser University. Great views - weather permitting - and a killer hill! Details here.

Flash - 5Peaks Golden Ears Warm-Up. 17 April - Golden Ears Park, BC Canada. A fun and free group orientation run on the 8.8km Sports- and the 14km Enduro Course. There will be faster and slower pace groups on each course, so there's something for everyone.  This event is for trail runners who are registered or thinking of signing up for the popular 5Peaks race at Golden Ears Provincial Park on Saturday 24 April 2010.  Get to know the trail you will race on so you can kick some butt on race day!  Of course, you are welcome to run with us even if you are not registered for the 5Peaks race.  Details and free registration here.

Film World Premiere - XS-NRG. 24 April - Powell River, BC Canada.  The Sunshine Coast Trail is a relatively undiscovered gem of a trail that stretches 180 kilometers from Sarah Point in the north to Saltery Bay in the south on the upper Sunshine Coast near Powell River, British Columbia. A few years ago, four city boys from Vancouver threatened to run the entire 180K trail non-stop.  Locals said it couldn't be done.  The attempt was filmed. The world premier of the film has now been scheduled for release in Powell River on the Marathon Shuffle weekend in April.  A week later, on 1 May, the film will premier in Vancouver. Find out what happened on the trail in this never before seen footage by film maker Angus McLellan and run the Marathon Shuffle the following morning to discover the trail firsthand. Buy your ticket here.

Club Fat Ass Event  - Marathon ShuffleFlash - Marathon Shuffle. 25 April - Powell River, BC, Canada. The Marathon Shuffle is a new CFA event with a long standing history. Since 1991, Eagle Walz has hosted the "Shuffle" as a fund-raiser for the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (PRPAWS).  A CFA member is the only person to have run the whole SCT and CFA members are threatening to take back the current course records for the Marathon Shuffle, a 30km run or walk through beautiful terrain and remaining stands of old growth rainforest.  A Half Shuffle distance is also possible.  In support of Eagle and his environmental and social goals, CFA has "adopted" the Marathon Shuffle as a Flash Event.  (Free for members and non-members of Club Fat Ass).  More info here.

Photo left:  Views before the last descent down to Powell Lake and well deserved refreshments at the Shinglemill Pub after the Marathon Shuffle.

 



NEWS

2010 Club Garment.  They're almost ready!  Good news for all who have patiently waited for the 2010 no stink, long sleeve collectors shirt.  First dibs if you're attending the Capilano Night Run this Saturday.  For all others, look for an email with pick-up or mailing information next week.  If you have time to help with packaging one evening (Sunday), that would be lovely.

Speaking of shirts, we have a deal for you:  Buy a classic blue or black short sleeve Club Fat Ass shirt and get a box of PowerBar Sport bars or gel chews.  You can order yours here.  A big thanks to MEC's Lori Moody for facilitating this.

Photo right: an enthusiastic Swiss member, Christina Prati, sporting her CFA shirt at a race finish

CFA Steering Committee.  A small group of community minded people are selflessly working behind the scenes to build and manage your Club. We are always looking for help and fresh ideas.  We'd especially like to hear from enthusiastic folks to help with PR and marketing and someone to represent the voice of Club members.  Please drop me a line. For a couple of hours a month, you can make a big difference.

2010 Membership Registration. Registration and Renewal for Club Fat Ass for 2010 is ongoing!   Don't miss out on a whole year of free events.

TECH TIPS

Website Help
.  The list of help topics is ever expanding.  What would you like to see demystified to make your enjoyment of our events and website even greater?  Email us with suggestions for the help pages, please.

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosFacebookClub Fat Ass Store


PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Please click here for recent results, photos and reports.


CONTESTS

Refer A Friend Contest. Same contest, same rules, new year. Up-to-date standings here. Check out how to participate in the Refer a Friend Contest.
 
2010 Travelling Colours Contest Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2010 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here.

2010 Point Series. Same contest, same rules, new year. Up-to-date standings here. Read here about how to collect points.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

 

January 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

A belated "Happy New Year!"

I hope you kicked off 2010 on the right foot, got the year off to a running start and are resolved to give Craig Moore some serious competition for being the most active CFA member in 2010.

Thanks to all who renewed their membership or joined the Club over the holidays. Woo-hoo... your 2010 club t-shirts have been ordered and they are going to be really nice. I am looking forward to getting them in your hands by early March.

This year has already seen an exciting innovation for Club Fat Ass:  an application on the iPhone!   Club Fat Ass is possibly the first and only running club to offer an iPhone app to provide news right on your phone.  If Santa brought you an iPhone, be sure to download the free ActivePorker and let us know what you think. Thanks to new member Reagan White!

Your Club Steering Committee is about to launch into another year.   This group meets about 7 times in 2010 to help manage the Club.  Our goals are simple:  more events and more members to enjoy them.

Many thanks to Ryan and Vanessa, your outgoing Marketing and Event Host chairs.  Ryan, who hosts the popular Squamish Scrambler and Mutha's Nature Trail run events, has served on the committee for 2 years.  Vanessa will continue to make sure our  club t-shirts are the pick of your collection.

Can you spare a couple of hours/month this year to help improve and grow the Club?  Lots of rewards.  No heavy lifting or experience necessary.  Please contact me!  

'Hope to see you at the Foolish Runs, the Squamish Scrambler or the Capilano Canyon Night Run in February and March.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Club Fat Ass Event: Squamish Scrambler Snowshoe RunHealthy Eating Workshop. 23 January - Vancouver, BC.  Check out this nutrition workshop by business member Curb Ivanic of Core Fitness. Special rate for Club Fat Ass members. Details here.

Squamish Scrambler. 6 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head, or out towards Mamquam Lake, depending on conditions and motivation. Savor spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot.  More info here.

Photo left:  Snowshoers on the return route from the Elfin Cabin.

Photo right: On the dark trails during last year's Capilano Canyon Night Run

Club Fat Ass Events: Capilano Canyon Night RunCapilano Canyon Night Run. 13 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs followed by a potluck party and celebration of Fat Tuesday. Entry limited to first 50 entrants, so please register early!

Photo left: Breaking trail during last years Spring Mountain Highway Madness

Club Fat Ass Events: Spring Mountain Highway MadnessSpring Mountain Highway Madness. 21 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This mind-numbing interval session is officially held twice a year. Runners complete one or more 15 km laps (with approximately 1 km or 3,300' of elevation change per lap) on a wide dirt and gravel access road (no traffic). Check it out here!


NEWS

2010 Club Garment.  The order is in and the wheels are now in motion for the production of your limited edition 2010 Club garment.  The colours are "sunshine yellow" for both the girls and the boys shirts. We haven't decided on screen colours yet... how about purple for the girls and orange for the boys? 

CFA Steering Committee.  A small group of community minded people are selflessly working behind the scenes to build and manage your Club. We are always looking for help and fresh ideas.  If you can spare a couple of hours a month to work with one of our committees, please drop me a line. We are especially looking for enthusiastic people to with PR and markenting experience and someone to represent the voice of Club members.

2010 Membership Registration. Registration and Renewal for Club Fat Ass for 2010 is ongoing!   Don't miss out on a whole year of free events.

Sponsors.  A big, fat "Thank you!" to the business members of CFA who supported our Club this past year and those who signed up or renewed for 2010.  Please make sure you consider them when shopping or looking for professional services.  Please also remember that, apart from providing draw prizes, most of our Business members also offer Club Members a discount, so be sure to ask at the cash register.

(click on the Kintec coupon for your print version)

TECH TIPS

Member Posting Privileges.  Did you know that current Club Fat Ass members have special privileges at the "online clubhouse"?  Did you know that you can organize your training runs as Flash events?  Sure, it's a bit more trouble than sending out an email to the usual suspects, but by sharing your plans with others in the running community, you become an instant leader.  (Sandbaggers, beware: It's harder for run leaders to secret train!)   Routine or exceptional, you can share your running adventures and experiences with your friends and fellow Club members with a blog.  To do this, log in with your member username and look for your navigation block in the left hand column.  Click "create content" and then chose blog.  If you don't see this feature and are a 2010 member, please  drop me a line.  Current members can also share a bit about themselves and have their photo appear with their written contributions to the clubhouse.  Just complete your User Profile.

Web Account Information.  Save time.  Don't miss emails. The start of an event-full new year is the perfect time to confirm your web account information.   Registering for Club events is a snap if you take advantage of the autofill feature.  Your registration form is completed for you from the information in your web account profile.  Please make sure the information and email address is current as this is were the website sends notifications and password requests.  Note: currently, your web account information is separate from the information you submitted with your membership registration.

GPS Maps.  Imagine... never getting lost during a Club Fat Ass event again!  A growing number of Club members are using GPS devices to help them stay on the right trail.  One of our Club resolutions for 2010 is to provide accurate GPS information for all Club events.  Please help us!  If you used a GPS device to record a CFA event, please send me the GPX file, a map image and/or a link to the map you created.  I will share with the Event Host and add to the course page to supplement our course descriptions for the benefit of all.

CFA ON THE WEB

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PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Club Fat Ass Events - Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50km Run - David Papineau hamming it up at the finishVancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. Event Host - Ean Jackson. New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~Mark Twain
Like many running friends, I have managed to accomplish many running goals because I established goals in the first place. Getting those running goals out in front of each other while doing something we love was what I had in mind when I loosely organized the first Vancouver New Years Day Fat Ass 50 in 1994. 
Club Fat Ass Events: Vancouver New Years Day Fat Ass 50kmStraight up, I also needed to get out of the house and move a bit.  I figured that by picking a stupid run distance, for a day that has the worst weather in the year, on a day when most friends have the least amount of sleep and are the most hung-over, I'd find an equally stupid friend to run with and earn bragging rights. I was shocked and amazed that New Year's day 17 years ago when 10 friends showed up.
Club Fat Ass Events: Sibylle and ultra virgins, Anthony and Rachel at the finishWith the weather forecast calling for record rainfalls on the first day of the second decade of the second millennium, I was even more shocked an amazed that 106 running friends should show up for this bizarre resolution run. It was a record-breaking year in many ways.  Read on!

Ultra Quadzilla. Event Host - Lorie Alexandar.  While the Vancouver Fat Ass contigent ran 50km on New Year's Day and thought they had it rough, Lorie hosted and ran the Ultra Quadzilla.  The challenge was to run 4 X 50km on consecutive days starting on New Year's Eve.  Lorie, started on the first day with 50miles - to top of her year of 50 x 50 miles.  Read about the Quadzilla here.

Club Fat Ass Events: Galbraith Mountain TourGalbraith Mountain Tour. Event Host - Daniel Probst. The promised views were shrouded in fog, but the rains held off for the 14 runners who participated in the Galbraith Mountain Tour.  Fueled by donuts provided by Daniel's mom the "slow" group was only 45min behind the fasties. Here is what Carolyn Goluzza had to say after the run: "I had SO much fun on this run!! Great trail system, awesome group to run with, and the views...well the trees were really pretty! And a big thanks to Daniel and his mom for the donuts!!!" To read more comments, see photos or results click here.

Club Fat Ass: Pure Satisfaction RunPure Satisfaction: Event Host - Craig Moore.  Pure Satisfaction has always been a popular run: right from day one seven years ago. I’ve enjoyed every year of it even in the slippery cold and sometimes rainy and the sometimes dark starts. And I figure people keep coming back year after year so others must like it too. Like our dedicated Chief Fat Ass, Sibylle, who has participated more than anyone else now (6 times).
And there are enough finishers since 2003 to enable me to collect some pretty serious statistics. We’ve had 213 finishers, an average of 30 finishers each year, and we’ve max’d out at 52 starters (2008) before we changed a few rules about getting CFA points. This year we had 33 starters matching the 2007 total of 33 as well.  And it’s nice to see so many people running the distance they want to do. Everything from a gentle hour or two custom length to one leg of 12.5km and up to 50km. Craig's full report, photo and results are posted here.

CONTESTS

Travelling Colours ContestAs the year came to a close, there were some interesting battles going on between the top finishers in the 2009 Travelling Colors Competition.  Tactics included:  promoting t-shirt photos on Facebook and Flickr with the message to friends and family being, "Vote for me!"  All's fair in love and war! 

Congrats to Bill who won a refund on his 2010 dues for his colourful image taken during a Caribean holiday with fiance, Jess Bassil, and his son.  Runner up was Katie's post run photo at the Run To the Clouds and third place is awarded to Ean, proudly presenting the brass porker he purchased in a garage sale while running the Vancouver Skyline XTC last summer. A slideshow of all 2009 contributions is posted here.

Get a head start on this year's contest by taking lots of photos of yourself in your Club garment and sharing them by following the instructions here.

2009 Point Series. Ta da... the most active Club member of 2009 was Craig Moore of North Vancouver, Canada with 68 Club points.  His strategy? Craig participated in 20 CFA events in 2009.  He signed-up early, showed up, hosted two events, and collected trash at most of the events he participated in.  Craig won a certificate for a pair of running shoes from Kintec Footlabs.

Second and third place go to your's truly and Action Jackson, but we only play for fun not to win.  Fourth place place was claimed by Des Mott of North Vancouver.  Des collected 50 points through a healthy mix of hosting an event and cleaning trash from the trails.

Congrats to everyone in the Club for making this contest a lot of fun. Final 2009 Standings are posted here.

The 2010 Point Series is already in full swing. Read here about how to collect points and win a pair of spanking new trail shoes for accumulating more points than your fellow club members.  2010 standings are posted here.

Refer a Friend Contest. Congrats to Kristie Congram, who won the inaugural Refer a Friend Contest and a SOLE footcare package valued at over $200 provided from Kintec Footlab. Kristie might not have had an active running year as injuries and surgeries put her training on hold, but she certainly was active recruiting new members from as far away as Missouri. 

This contest is intended to recognize those hyper-active Club members who share their love of Club events by dragging along their friends.  Tell them on a run.  Tell them at work.  Tell them when they ask about your Club colors at the gym.  Tell them in person or tell them on Facebook.  However you tell them, be sure to tell them you told them... because you could win a pair of trail runners from Kintec Footlabs!  Check out the simple Refer a Friend Contest rules and meet the competition here

New Year's Resolution Contest. And the winner is...Claudia!  She was able to accomplish 80% of the athletic resolutions she made for 2009.  Claudia also received a certificate for a pair of running shoes from our business member, Kintec Footlabs. Here are all the 2009 resolutions and self-evaluations. 

Want to share your 2010 resolutions with the world?  Here's how you can do it!  You can check out any musings related to the contest here

The member who comes closest to their resolutions will win a SOLE footcare package courtesy of our friends and sponsors at Kintec Footlabs.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

 

December 2009 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Troll the malls or hit the trails?  Decisions, decisions... 

With the Pure Satisfaction Run and the Galbraith Mountain Tour coming up in the next 10 days, there are still opportunities to squeeze in a few more Club runs before Santa comes to call.

It's been a great year of running and camaraderie and 2010 is shaping up to offer even more Club events and challenges.  Don't forget to renew or join the Club before the end of December... especially if you'd like a 2010 "collectors edition" yellow long-sleeve, no-stink Club Fat Ass t-shirt.

Rather run than shop 'till you drop?  Get that special someone a Club membership ($75), a signature t-shirt ($25) or check out our cheeky merchandise at the Club Fat Ass store as a way to say you care about friends and fitness.

Already figured-out who has been naughty and who has been nice?  Think about documenting your athletic goals for 2010 in the New Years Resolution contest and kicking the year off on the right foot with a resolution run and polar bear swim on New Years day. 

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and peace on earth!

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Pure Satisfaction: 13 December - North Vancouver, BC. 12km or 24km on slippery, wet, rooty, dark trails...the perfect way to start the busy Christmas season. Bring your jingle bells and wear your Santa hat. Details here.

Photo left: Collin Freeland during a past Pure Satisfaction Run

Photo right: amazing views of Mount Baker during the Galbraith Mountain Tour

Galbraith Mountain Tour. 19 December - Bellingham, WA. A 15-mile trail run on the Lake Padden & Galbraith Mountain trail systems. Prepare for the lack of stairs, boulders, roots and bears but with all the fun of the true single track. If we have clear weather there will be amazing views of Mt. Baker, San Juan Islands & the Northshore mountains of Vancouver. More details here.


Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. 1 January 2010 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 50 km resolution run to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Those who are more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep can opt for a custom course of 1 to 49 km. More details here!

Photo left:  Snowy trails in Stanley Park during last years Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50km Run.

Photo right: Daniel Probst in shorts at the Squamish Scrambler

Squamish Scrambler. 6 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head, or out towards Mamquam Lake, depending on conditions and motivation. Savour spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot.  More info here.


NEWS

2010 Membership Registration. Registration and renewal for Club Fat Ass for 2010 is in full-swing.  Don't miss out on the special order no-stink, long-sleeve, yellow 2010 collectors Club shirt... and be sure to kick the new year off on the right foot with your first Club run of the year

2010 Club Garment. Did you know Club membership dues include a garment? Collectors take note... the 2010 Club t-shirt will be sunshine yellow for both boys and girls.  It will be the same fabric and cut as our past "FatAssWear" long-sleeve garments that were custom-designed by CFA member Vanessa Fors and cut, sewn and screened in Vancouver, Canada.  As in previous years, we expect to have the new shirts ready for mail-out/pick-up toward the end of February. To make sure you get the limited edition 2010 Club colours, you must sign up before December 31st, as that's when the order goes in. Don't miss out, sign up now!

Contests.  You can find a list of all Club contests under Member Benefits on the left of the website.  All contests will come to an end on 31 December.  Winners will be announced during the awards for the Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50.  If you participated in any Club contests, please review the rules to improve your chances of winning.

CFA Steering Committee.  A small group of community minded people are selflessly working behind the scenes to build and manage your Club. We are always looking for help and fresh ideas.  If you can spare a couple of hours a month to work with one of our committees, please drop me a line.

Business Members.  A big, fat "Thank you!" to the business members of CFA who supported our Club this past year.  Please make sure you consider them when shopping or looking for professional services.  Please also remember that, apart from providing draw prizes, most of our Business members also offer Club Members a discount, so be sure to ask at the cash register.

TECH TIPS

System Emails Go AWOL.  Our Club website should automatically send new account confirmation, event confirmation and a short summary of messages that are posted to the "online clubhouse".  There was a hiccup that saw some messages get sidetracked.  Sorry! Thanks to Ran's detective work it is fixed now.  I should have touched base with you if this impacted you, however, if you are still waiting for an activation email or new password, please drop me a line.

Website Content Notifications.  Our website makes it possible for you to subscribe to a variety of new content.  This means that if you are subscribed you will receive an email notification when new content is posted.  The settings for this feature can be customized.  For example you can subscribe to all blogs or only your friends blogs.  By default, you will receive notifications of any comments made on posts you submitted.  You can subscribe and unsubscribe at any time either from a link directly below the post in question, through a link in the notification email or in your user account settings at http://www.clubfatass.com/user (log in before going there).  If you find that you are getting too many or not enough updates, please take a moment to adjust your settings. 

GPS Maps. Wouldn't it be nice if all our events could provide GPS course coordinates?  We rely on you to make this happen.  If you used a GPS device to record a CFA event, please send us the GPX file, a map image and/or a link to the map you created.  We'll add this to the course page to supplement our course descriptions.

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PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Seymour Super Fun Run.  Event Host - Michael Wardas.  This run was blessed with lots of water.  We almost needed snorkels to navigate the rivers on the trails. Read Jason's report - Midwest U.S. Style here and savour Reagan's ode to the Super Seymour Fun Run:
15 of us set out from the coffee shop to run, walk, jog, slosh, slide and teeter, until we petered
out and about the misty Seymour mountains.
2 of us turtlepacers stuck together
We bounced down Ned’s and over the Bottle Top
2 became 1 when a calf cried stop!
3 times alone I thought I might quit,
My legs and lungs felt like s***
1 PB&J, 2 Clif bars, and 85oz of Gatorade kept me grooving,
1 foot in front of the other kept me moving
Then 2 dudes on bikes told me, “We just saw a running pack, up on Bridle.”
With a new surge of energy, I would not idle.
Up the trail, only 5K to go!
2 gals on bikes now = instant go go go!
… and to boot, they knew the way to Horse Loop!
Old Buck we’re here!  Thank you mountain biking hotties,
So stoked, I shed a tear - I kid you nottie.
280 minutes after we all set out,
I crossed the goal and let out a shout!
27K on a day like today was something else,
and when my 2 eyes saw the other Club Fat Asses
I let out another shout!
Cool people and good times means…
…we’ll do this again.
How convenient - only 15 days until Pure Satisfaction begins! I should be able to feel my legs again by then…

Foolish Gerbil 100 Mile Trail Run: Flash Event Host - Karl Jensen. A determined group of 8 runners started out at 9:00 am to run a loop or two ...or 16 at the Foolish Gerbil 100 Mile Run.  The air was crisp but the skies were dry for a moment and at least for the first three loops it never rained hard.  By the 3rd loop the eight runners had picked up 5 more Foolish Gerbils. 
Claudia went AWOL after two laps.  Pushpa's friend Harold who had never run more than 10km was seen on his 2nd loop and Wendy Montgomery, Caroline King, Neil Ambrose and Sibylle Tinsel called it a day after 3 loops or 30km - just in time before the forecasted heavy downpours hit.  Lorie, Karl, Kirsten, Barry, Tim, Pushpa and John pressed on.  
While we started in pretty decent running weather, the conditions deteriorated as the day wore on and by late afternoon it had become wet, cold, miserable, nasty and generally unpleasant.  Karl's full report is posted here.

Chilly Willy. Flash Event Host - Lorie Alexander. Chilly Willy was a great success and a lot of fun if I do say so myself. The course was amazing and beautiful as I promised hills and more hills with the added tumble weeds every time the wind blew. Van and Jess and I started early to accommodate travel for the girls. I took the high trail and they found the tumble weeds.. Amazing amounts of them, they just arrived the evening before and covered about 150ft of the trail. We moved them and they came back! What's a few extra scratches on legs. We all arrived back to the start in time for a pics and the race was on. Read on...

CONTESTS

New Year's Resolution Contest. It's time to stop thinking and to start acting about your New Year's Resolutions!  We're again offering CFA members and anyone else who is interested a place where they can log their 2010 fitness resolutions. You can look at this as a goal-setting tool, as a way to keep yourself honest or as a contest to see how close you come to meeting your goals. More information at New Years Resolution Contest.

On a similar note, the 2009 New Years Resolution Contest is coming to an end... only a few weeks to the end of the year!  This year's contestants are asked to provide an update as a comment on their original resolutions by December 20th.  Please rate your achievement in percentage points. You can check out any musings related to the contest here: http://www.clubfatass.com/contest/NewYearsResolutions/2009.

The member who comes closest to their resolutions will win a pair of running shoes courtesy of our friends and sponsors at Kintec Footlabs.

Photos left and above: Bill Dagg, his son and Jess Bassil enjoying a tropical vacation in Belize

Photo below: Bill Dagg in the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

2009 Travelling Colours ContestTime for some scheming and scamming...if you submitted photos to this years contest, you might want to ask your friends to comment and fave your contribution.  The image recording most views/comments and faves (as determined by Flickr) will win this years contest and win a full refund of his or her 2010 Club membership dues. Pictures of your 2009 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can still be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here.

2009 Point Series. Craig and Sibylle have been creatively collecting photo, garbage and referal points and are leading the pack.  Up-to-date standings here. Read here about how to collect points and win a pair of spanking new trail shoes.  Point collection will end 20th of December, all points submitted/collected after that date will count for 2010. 

Refer a Friend Contest. This contest is intended to recognize those hyper-active Club members who share their love of Club events by dragging along their friends.  Tell them on a run.  Tell them at work.  Tell them when they ask about your Club colors at the gym.  Tell them in person or tell them on Facebook.  However you tell them, be sure to tell them you told them... because you could win a SOLE footcare package valued at over $200!  Check out the simple Refer a Friend Contest rules and meet the competition here.  Currently in the lead is Kristie Congram, followed by Tim Wiens, Yours Truly and Gary Robbins. 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

 

November 2009 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

It's almost December!  Yikes, where has the year gone?  With gray days and lots of running in the rain, it's time to think positive and start planning our training and racing for 2010.

Please remember to get your club registration in before 1 December to be included in the draw for a membership refund.  The other deadline not to miss is the custom order for Club garments this year.  If you'd like a collector's edition no-stink, long-sleeve 2009 CFA t-shirt, be sure to sign-up to the Club before 31 December 2009.

Do you have Christmas presents for everyone on your "A" list yet? (What do you mean you've not even given it a thought? What do you think about on those long runs, anyway?)  An annual membership in Club Fat Ass is a gift that gives all year long. If your loved one's needs are more along the lines of a hoodie, BBQ apron or (gasp!) a thong, check out the Club Fat Ass store for great gift ideas or get the classic CFA shirts here!

Don't forget that winners of our 2009 contests will be determined at the end of December.  While the time for 2009 running resolutions is past and it's late in the season for earning Club participation points, everyone still has a chance to win a membership refund in the travelling t-shirt contest or a foot care package from our friends at Kintec Footlabs in the Refer a Friend contest .  Make sure you have your photo contributions up on Flickr (or send it to me) and promote them with your friends for the best chance to win.  More about our contests in the newsletter below.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Flash - Foolish Gerbil 100 Mile Trail Run. 21 November - Vancouver, BC.  A 100 mile run on the trails in Pacific Spirit Park.  Join The Fools for a loop, or two, or three....or 16.   Great training for the Vancouver New Year's Day 50km.  Find out more here.

Seymour Super Fun Run: 28 November - North Vancouver, BC. A late fall challenge not to be missed. Check it out here.

Photo left: Some of The Fools running in circles during last year's Foolish Gerbil series.

Photo right: It doesn't happen often, but sometimes the sun shines on the Pure Satisfaction trails

Pure Satisfaction: 13 December - North Vancouver, BC. 12km or 24km on slippery, wet, rooty, dark trails...the perfect way to start the busy Christmas season. Bring your jingle bells and wear your Santa hat. Details here.

Galbraith Mountain Tour. 19 December - Bellingham, WA. A 5.8 or 20-mile trail run on the Lake Padden & Galbraith Mountain trail systems. Prepare for the lack of stairs, boulders, roots and bears but with all the fun of the true single track. If we have clear weather there will be amazing views of Mt. Baker, San Juan Islands & the Northshore mountains of Vancouver. More details here.

Photo left: The Coquitlam Fat Asses out in full force on New Year's Day

Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. 1 January 2010 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 50 km resolution run to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Those who are more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep can opt for a custom course of 1 to 49 km. More details here!

 


NEWS

2010 Membership Registration. Registration and Renewal for Club Fat Ass for 2010 is open!  As an incentive to register early all members who sign up/renew before 1 December will be entered into a draw for a membership refund.  While you can join CFA all year round, now is the best time as you will get in on the order for the special, no-stink, long-sleeve, member designed 2010 collectors Club shirt.  

New members can participate in all remaining events in 2009 as well as all of the 50+ free events the Club offers during 2010.

2010 Club Garment. As always, your membership dues include a special Club garment. Our very own Club Fat Ass Wear shirt is designed by CFA member Vanessa Fors and cut, sewn and screened in Vancouver, Canada.  As in previous years, we expect to have the new shirts ready for mail-out toward the end of February. To make sure you get the limited edition 2010 Club colours, you must sign up before December 31st, as that's when the order goes in. Don't miss out, sign up now!

CFA Steering Committee.  Our Steering Committee Open House a few weeks ago saw an enthusiastic crowd with great ideas.  Craig proposed to be the liaison for Club Fat Ass' training runs with 5 Peaks, Evelyn is figuring out fun ways to engage old and new members via Social Media and Reagan is going to look at our events from the perspective of a new member.    

We still have room for your creativity and ideas.  Actually, let me reword this, we NEED your creativity and ideas.  Scared of meetings?  Not to worry.  We meet to discuss a certain topic every other month and meetings last only 90min.  Drop me a line if you'd like to get involved.  

TECH TIPS
 
New Navigation. Have you noticed our revamped website navigation?  We believe this is a more logical way to organize information on our online clubhouse and that it will be easier for you to find the stuff you want.  This was one of several steps we have been busily planning and prepping behind the scenes. 

The next phase will involve a different look for the main content area, also with the goal of making it a breeze to quickly find the important stuff like upcoming events, reports and your favorite member stories. 
 
We'll wrap things up with a new coat of paint sometime in the New Year.  Thanks for all of you who have contributed to the planning with ideas, suggesting features or pointing out short falls. Of course, you can still give us feedback and contribute anytime!
 
GPS Maps. Wouldn't it be nice if all our events could provide GPS course coordinates?  We rely on you to make this happen.  If you used a GPS device to record a CFA event, please send us the GPX file, a map image and/or a link to the map you created.  We'll add this to the course page to supplement our course descriptions.

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PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Bagger Challenge 2009: Event Host - David Crerar.  Congratulations to Ken Legg, winner of the Munro Quaich for the inaugural 2009 Baggers' Challenge

If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain.
The best is always yet to come,
That's what they explain to me.
Just do your thing, you'll be king,
If dogs run free.

Read more about the 2009 Bagger Challenge here.

Photo right: Bagger Ken hoist the champagne bottle to celebrate victory

Photo left: A wet start to the 2009 Get Your FA Off the Couch

Ann's Get your FA Off the Couch: Event Host - Ann Taylor. Thanks to all who endured another balmy monsoon at Ann's Get Your Fat Ass off the Couch.
Seventeen hardass runners... and Benny the ultradog.... "gleefully" started the run soon to be renamed Pineapple Express! Gottfried greeted our runners at the top of Homestead with some tasty snacks...Thank you Gottfried!!  Full results, photos and report here.

Photo right: Sunrise at Dundarave Beach during the Seawall 100

Seawall 100:  Event Host - Lucinda Iglesias. It was a beautiful fall day in Vancouver, the kind of day that you just want to hit the road and put the pedal to the metal…and get a speeding ticket. But that was nothing compared to the frustration of not being able to run, thanks to H1N1. Lucinda and I organized that run so that I could do a 100 miler among the so pleasant territory of my daily runs but ironically I haven’t able to run any of it so far. More here.

Adventure Slideshow: Speaker Event thanks to Kintec Footlabs. It was a full house for the Club Fat Ass Adventure Slideshow and Year End Social.  Members, members-to-be, spouses and friends, kids and dogs came out to share stories and photos of their outdoor adventures over the past year. More here.

Photoleft: Hannover from north Slope of Hat on the HSCT

Flash - Coldstream Chilly Willy 100: Event Host - Lorie Alexander.  Better late then never. I have been waiting for the results of the relay groups and list of names but they seem to be fast on running and slow on submitting. They certainly know how to have a good time so I'll make an exception for them "Kal RATS" this time. Chilly Willy was a great success and a lot of fun if I do say so myself. The course was amazing and beautiful as I promised hills and more hills with the added tumble weeds every time the wind blew.Continue here.

Flash - The Silly Chili Triathlon: Event Hosts - Ean Jackson and Sibylle Tinsel. The Run.  13 starters.  All finished.  When we met at Griffin gym, it was pouring, but the rain mercifully stopped for an hour as we did intervals on Mosquito Creek trail.  Keegan Freeland was the speedster of the group. The Swim.  17 starters.  Nobody drowned.  After a few laps, most of us played pile-on the plastic raft and Dads against the dudes.  At one point there were 5 kids and 4 parents on-board. The Chili Cook Off.  It was a full house this year with well over 35 people and 15 fabulous chilies.  (Regrets to those who were turned away... no more room in the kitchen!)  More here.

Photo right: Ean's Boy Buff Chili - no beans and no ground meat

Photo left: New member Heather enjoying the trails during the Go Deep

Go Deep: Event Host - Cheryl Johnson. What can you say about a wonderful run with a great bunch of people on a day made for running.  It was sweet!  Sweet Go Deep is a great, great course. To make it even better 15 of my favorite Fat Assses came out to the start, including two new members. Welcome Heather and Scott! 
The weather was cool with traces of snow in the air on the higher trails. The trails were nearly empty - maybe that's why no one claimed garbage points - and higher up a layer of crusty snow and ice made for an additional challenge. Full results here.

Please check out other past results and reports here.

CONTESTS

2009 Travelling Colours ContestDon't miss your chance to submit you pictures of your 2009 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour, any year)  The winner of this popular contest will receive a full refund of his or her 2010 Club membership dues. Pictures of your 2009 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here. All submissions to date are posted here.  Please feel free to comment on photos or add them to your Flickr faves.  The image recording most views/comments and faves (as determined by Flickr) will win this years contest.

2009 Point Series. Craig has been scheming and scamming collecting photo and garbage points and officially surpassed Yours Truly and "Back in Action" Jackson.  Up-to-date standings here. Read here about how to collect points and win a pair of spanking new trail shoes.  Point collection will end 19th of December, all points submitted/collected after that date will count for 2010. 

Refer a Friend Contest. This contest is intended to recognize those hyper-active Club members who share their love of Club events by dragging along their friends.  Tell them on a run.  Tell them at work.  Tell them when they ask about your Club colors at the gym.  Tell them in person or tell them on Facebook.  However you tell them, be sure to tell them you told them... because you could win a SOLE footcare package valued at over $200!  Check out the simple Refer a Friend Contest rules and meet the competition here.  Currently in the lead is Kristie Congram, followed by Tim Wiens and Gary Robbins.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

October 2009 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

No doubt about it.  It's fall again.  The air is crisp, there has been some white stuff in the higher regions and for most of us, our best races of the year are behind us.  Time to start thinking about (gulp!) what we want to accomplish in 2010.

Yes, that means it's also time to get off your fattening behind and join or renew with CFA for the upcoming year.

Great news for renewing members:  Your annual Club membership dues won't change and the number and variety of Club events continues to grow.

Great news if you're thinking about joining:  New members get 14 months of CFA events to enjoy.

Scared of being called a FA and need a gentle kick-in-the-behind before you join?  Take advantage of the free trial membership for Ann's Get Your FA Off The Couch run on Saturday 17 October. Ann's event has beautiful 10K and 20K trail loops and there's a free beer at the finisher party. Tell a friend and pass it on...

Be sure sign up before the end of December so you don't miss getting the hot new long-sleeve, no stink, Club t-shirt.  Everyone who registers between now and the end of November also gets included in a draw for a refund of their dues, so sign up now!

Don't miss the Adventure Slideshow 4 November at Kintec Footlabs in North Vancouver.  This is our big annual Club social event and a warm-up for Christmas party season.  Catch up on the adventures of your fellow members, plan your adventures for the upcoming year or just kick back and eat some munchies while fellow members share stories and photos about their adventures during the Bagger Challenge.  The event is free and open to all, but please register.

Lastly, please join us for our November Steering Committee meeting.  We need your help to manage and improve your Club! Details below.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Club Fat Ass Event - Bagger Challenge - Wendy Montgomery conquering peaksBagger Challenge 2009 July 1 - October 22, BC, Canada.  Only a few days of baggage left! Competition has been intense, but with snow on the higher peaks, the baggery is descending while excitement for the Bagger's Banquet and award of the coveted quaich are climbing. Find out more here.

Photo left: Wendy Montgomery happily bags Little Crown Mountain (Peak #4) on a recent  peak bagging blitz

Photo right: Pamela Keck negotiating the trails during last years Get Your Fat Ass Off The Couch

ClubFatAssEvent - Get Your Fat Ass off The CouchAnn's Get your FA Off the Couch: 17 October - North Vancouver, BC. A fun run on winding trails and backroads of lower Seymour Mountain. Two distance options, the "Old Chesterfield" 20 km or the "Cushy Couch" 10 km. Enjoy the fall atmosphere in a temperate rain forest. Trial membership available. More info and registration here.

Photo left: Tim and Des on the seawall in Stanley Park during the Seawall 100

Club Fat Ass Event - Tim and Desmond on the Seawall in Stanley Park during the Seawall 100Seawall 100: 24 October - West Vancouver, BC.  An urban 100 miler, mostly on the Seawall path from Dundarave Park in North Vancouver to UBC. Enjoy an ultramarathon challenge with minimal concerns about wild beasts, altitude or elevation gain. Could definitively be described as the easiest 100 miler in North America if there is such a thing as an easy 100 mile run. Custom distances of 25-50-75 miles. Find out what else run100widow and her hilarious husband have up their sleeve here.

Club Fat Ass Events - Bagger Challenge: Paul Cubbon reaching for Hat PeakAdventure Slideshow: 4 November - North Vancouver, BC. Join us and our friends and sponsors at Kintec for a social wrap up to the year.  The evening will start with images from our 2009 events, munchies and the opportunity to mix and mingle.  Slideshows and presentations of recent self propelled adventures, including the Baggers Challenge will be the highlights of the night.  If you would like to contribute with a story and/or photos please contact Sibylle.  This evening is free for members and non-members of CFA, but please be sure to preregister.

Photo right: Paul Cubbon reaching for Hat Peak on the Howe Sound Crest Trail

CFA - Steering Committee Mixer: 5 November - North Vancouver, BC. Please join us Thursday, November 5th at 19:30 in North Vancouver for a Steering Committee Mixer.  We'll talk about plans for next year and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions about the roles of the different Steering Committees.  Please drop me a line if you can attend the evening.

We need you!  Join the Club Steering Committee and help improve your Club. We are especially looking for an enthusiastic person to chair the Membership and Event Host committees, some help with media relations and marketing promotions (any tweeters out there?) and the Sponsorship committee.  

Flash - Coldstream Chilly Willy 100: 7/8 November - Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, Vernon, BC. Lorie dares you to run all night long under an almost full moon just after Halloween around a haunted lake! 100 miles or custom distances - pick your poison.  Find out more here.

Flash - The Silly Chilly Triathlon: 11 November - North Vancouver, BC.  A triathlon with a spicy twist.  Do one, two or all all three disciplines. Family friendly.  Check out what's involved here. Because the last leg of the tri is held in our kitchen, space is limited and we ask that all pre-register. Don't miss out.

Club Fat Ass Events - Happy Jess at Mystery Falls during the 2008 Go DeepGo Deep: 14 November - North Vancouver, BC. Challenging but beautiful 20 km course on lower Seymour Mountain. Register here.

Seymour Super Fun Run: 28 November - North Vancouver, BC. A late fall challenge not to be missed. Check it out here.

Photo right: Jess Bassil negotiating the tricky trail at Mystery Falls during a previous Go Deep adventure.

Photo left: Arthur Chat Gee keeps his ears warm with this funky hat on a wintery Baden Powell Trail

Club Fat Ass Events - Arthur Chat Gee keeps his ears warm with this funky hat on a wintery Baden Powell TrailPure Satisfaction: 13 December - North Vancouver, BC. 12km or 24km on slippery, wet, rooty, dark trails...the perfect way to start the busy Christmas season. Bring your bear and jingle bells and wear your Santa hat. Details here.

Galbraith Mountain Tour. 19 December - Bellingham, WA. A 20 or 5.8 mile trail run of the Lake Padden & Galbraith Mountain trail systems. Prepare for the lack of stairs, boulders, roots and bears but with all the fun of the true single track. If we have clear weather there will be amazing views of Mt. Baker, San Juan Islands & the Northshore mountains of Vancouver. More details here.

 


NEWS

2010 Membership Registration (Yikes!). Club membership registration for 2010 is now open. Yes, that means it's time to get off your fattening behind and join or renew with CFA for the upcoming year.

Great news for renewing members:  Your annual Club membership dues won't change and the number and variety of Club events continues to grow.

Great news if you're thinking about joining:  New members get 14 months of free CFA events to enjoy.

Scared of being called a FA and need a gentle kick-in-the-behind before you join?  Take advantage of the free trial membership for Anne's Get Your FA Off The Couch run on Saturday 17 October. Anne has beautiful 10K and 20K trail loops and there's a free beer at the finisher party. Tell a friend and pass it on...

Be sure sign up before the end of December so you don't miss getting the hot new long-sleeve, no stink, Club t-shirt.  Everyone who registers between now and the end of November also gets included in a draw for a refund of their dues, so sign up now!

TECH TIPS

Subscriptions. Ever wondered how to set and fine tune your subscriptions for notifications when there are updates to the Club Fat Ass website?  Log in and go to your account page, look for the "Subscription" tab and click on it.  From there you can set your default subscription settings for different content types like blogs, events and forum topics.  Note that you can override these settings for each individual post.  Just look for the subscribe/unsubscribe link at the bottom of most posts.

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PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

 Please check out past results and report here.

CONTESTS

Club Fat Ass Travelling Colours Photo Contest - Turtlepace on Strachan Mountain, Sibylle Tinsel2009 Travelling Colours ContestPictures of your 2009 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour, any year) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here.  Check out photos submitted so far here. This contest is ongoing and photos earn view counts, favorites and comments all year round.  The photo that is deemed most interesting by Flickr standards will win!  So, be creative and get your friends to comment on your photo or make it a favorite.  Contest details are here.

Photo left: Sibylle bags Strachan Mountain

2009 Point Series. Yours truly surpassed old, "Back in Action" Jackson, but Craig stealthily has been collecting photo and garbage points and is on my heels....  Up-to-date standings here. Read here about how to collect points and win a pair of spanking new trail shoes.

Refer a Friend Contest. This contest is intended to recognize those hyper-active Club members who share their love of Club events by dragging along their friends.  Tell them on a run.  Tell them at work.  Tell them when they ask about your Club colors at the gym.  Tell them in person or tell them on Facebook.  However you tell them, be sure to tell them you told them... because you could win a SOLE footcare package valued at over $200!  Check out the simple Refer a Friend Contest rules and meet the competition here.  Currently in the lead is Kristie Congram, followed by Tim Wiens.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

September 2009 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

July and August have been active months, haven't they?

With 6 scheduled Club events, 13 Flash adventures, peak-bagging expeditions and fabulous weather, it's been a summer full of Club activity for all ages and abilities. And summer's not over yet! Check out the Club event schedule for September.

A talented trail runner, long-standing Club member and friend, I am excited to welcome Curb Ivanic and Core Running to our growing community of Business Members.  If you want to improve your running performance and lower the risk of injury, be sure to sign-up for Curb's clinic.  Starts soon...  Special offer for Club Fat Ass members below!

I'm also excited to welcome Jackie Montgomery as Event Host of the popular Sunshine in September run.  Jackie is proud to announce that she has replaced a road section with trails and can't wait to share it with you this coming Saturday.  Leave your car at Horseshoe Bay and enjoy a relaxing ferry ride to the start.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS


Sunshine in September: 5 September - Langdale, BC Canada. 20km or 26km on beautiful, mostly single track trails just off the ferry terminal in Langdale on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Run in forests of grand old trees and gigantic mushrooms. Easy logistics with carpooling, walk on the ferry, run off the ferry and a lovely post-run get together with super views on the ferry ride back. As close to a get a way in a day as you can get! Changes this year include a new Event Host, bag drop and no more running on the highway. More details here.

Fall Mountain Highway Madness: 13 September - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Check it out here.

Mutha's Nature Trail Run: 20 September - Vancouver, BC Canada. A new edition to our calendar. Join Event Host Ryan Conroy for 10km, 25km or 50km on relatively easy trails with moderate elevation gains. More here.

Bagger Challenge 2009 July 1 - October 22, BC, Canada. See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer. All but the island mountains qualify as munros (in excess of 3000 feet) under the Scottish peak-bagging system.  Only 7 weeks of baggage left!  Find out more here.

Ann's Get your FA Off the Couch: 17 October - North Vancouver, BC. A fun run on winding trails and backroads of lower Seymour Mountain. Two distance options, the "Old Chesterfield" 20 km or the "Cushy Couch" 10 km. Enjoy the fall atmosphere in a temperate rain forest. More info and registration here.

Seawall 100: 24 October - West Vancouver, BC.  An urban 100 miler, mostly on the Seawall path from the Dundarave Park in North Vancouver to UBC. Enjoy an Ultra marathon challenge with minimal concerns for naughty beasts, altitude or elevation gain. Could definitively be described as the easiest 100 miler in North America if there is such a thing as an easy 100 mile run. Custom distances of 25-50-75 miles. Find out what else run100widow and her hilarious husband have up their sleeve here.



NEWS

Fall Clinics

Core Running Performance Clinic

Join Curb Ivanic for his upcoming Core Running Performance Clinic in North Vancouver. 

This clinic is a scientifically-designed program created specifically for runners.  You have a 37% - 56% chance of getting injured if you run regularly.  Strengthen your core and running muscles as well as learn proper technique and biomechanics to improve your running performance and reduce your risk of injury. Core Running workouts are unique & include biomechanics drills, core & joint stabilization and plyometrics & mobility.

When: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays mornings from Sept 21 – Oct 26 (10 or 15 clinics over 5 weeks) 7:00 – 8:00am

Where
: Pro Arte Dance Centre, #3 – 1225 Keith Road, North Vancouver, BC

How much
:  

  • 3 workouts per week $299; $269 CFA members
  • 2 workouts per week $199; $179 CFA members
  • Includes 2 workout DVD’s & course manual

How:  Contact Curb curb@ultrafitness.net directly.  Register early! Clinics are intentionally small and limited to 12 runners.

 

Building a Strong Foundation

Sophia Sauter with Active Life Physio is also gearing up for a new clinic:  Building a Strong Foundation (BSF.)  This clinic starts on September 14, 2009 at 7:45 PM at the John Braithwaite Community Centre in North Vancouver. Building a Strong Foundation™ is an 8-week functional and sport-specific, (one-hour) group training program designed specifically for performance enhancement of endurance athletes. For more information and to register please visit  http://www.humanmotion.ca/pages.php?pageid=36

CFA Steering Committee.  We need you!  Join the Club Steering Committee and help make the club grow. We are especially looking for an enthusiastic person to chair the membership committee, some help with media relations and marketing promotions (any tweeters out there?) Please drop me a line if you can spare a couple of hours a month.

Social Media.  Check out these pointers on how to use Social Media to stay connected with what is new at CFA, what you're doing and thinking while on the trails and how to share Club events with your friends. 


TECH TIPS


Blog and Story Tags.  If you are an active blogger on the CFA website, you might have noticed that the categories for your stories have been changed.  There are now fewer, more logical categories for you to tag your stories with.  We hope this will make it easier for you to find stuff... especially once we implemented the planned navigation and design changes.
 
Navigation and Design Upgrade.  When not running, Ran Katzman - CFA member and volunteer code monkey, has been working hard planning a major upgrade to our "Online Clubhouse".  The goal is to make the website easier to use.  In particular, you asked for ways to make it easier for you to find what you want on the site, easier to share stuff you like with friends, and otherwise freshen-up the site.  Many thanks for your thoughts and suggestions.  Expect those changes to happen this fall.

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PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

5Peaks Buntzen Lake Warm Up: "It was a perfect day for a run in the mountains. The morning dawned clear and fresh and the temperatures soon reached the mid twenties.  This was the first Club Fat Ass hosted orientation run for a 5Peaks race.  Response was overwhelmingly positive from both run leaders and participants, especially for the short notice runners were given.  Thanks to everybody who made this a success. Quite a few runners switched their shoes to take advantage of the Salomon shoe demo before heading out on either the 11km Sports- or the 15.5km Enduro course.  Run leaders soon fell into a pace with their respective charges and enjoyed the vistas. With a leader/runner ratio of 1/3 everybody was well taken care off.  Read on here.

Photo left: Starters at the 5Peaks Buntzen Lake Warm Up.

Photo right: Craig making his way across the suspension bridge near Norvan Falls.

Go Home. Event Host - Des Mott. Well, the second running of the Hanes Valley went off without any problems. I had been a bit worried 3 days before the event as only 5 people had signed up, but my pleading for more eventually worked and 20 started with 2 no shows.

Photo left: Action Jackson and Neil Ambrose on Coliseum Mountain, part of the popular Bagger Challenge.

Photo right: Wendy Montgomery came out of retirement and has just bagged Crown Mountain, her 3rd peak!

Six runners opted for the 14 km out and back to Norvan Falls. Fourteen of us continued on our way in to the Hanes. As Rob, Dave and myself proceed to the creek crossing, we ran in to some hikers who told us they had heard what sounded like a large rock slide coming from the direction of Hanes Valley. I was a little concerned, because Wendy had set out earlier and should have been in the Hanes by this time. It turned out that the rock slide was closer to the third debris chute. Read on.

Flash - Loving Lynn. Event Host - David Crerar. The inaugural Loving Lynn 33K run was held on Sunday, August 23rd below a sunny sky and a canopy of trees. Originally misbilled as a 50K, it actually felt like a 50K, with grueling climbs, dexterous rock-hopping up Lynn Creek, and the spongy, rooty, and gravelly goodness of the trails that run the entire length of Lynn Creek. More here.

Photo left: taking a break during Loving Lynn

Photo right: Starters at the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail run

Flash - Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Event Host - Carlos Castillo. Once again a brave group of adventurers strapped up their hydration packs, took one, possibly, final look at their vehicles and punched the start of their chrono's and headed into the deep dark woods of the west coast rainforest.  The start was delayed by about 30 minutes as Jeff, our play leader, made arrangements as to who was doing what with which cars at which end! The weather was cool but clear, so we were looking forward to some breathtaking views and climbs ...continued here.

Flash - Duel at the Pool. Event Host - Ean Jackson.  Read all about the attacks of the Whale-, Mako- and Reef Shark here.

Photo left: shark antics

Photo right: Starters at the Capilano Night Run

Capilano Canyon Night Run - A Midsummer Night Dream.  Event Hosts - Sibylle Tinsel and Ean Jackson.  It's a lazy Sunday morning in August.  The 8th annual Capilano Night Run ended a few hours ago.  The co-host of the event tasked me with summarizing the evening before I can play, so here I sit in the hammock eating some delicious brownies left over from the party trying to think what to write... Since this event is intended to focus on the party, I'll start there... Full report, results and photos here.

CONTESTS

2009 Travelling Colours ContestPictures of your 2009 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here.  Check out photos submitted so far here. This contest is ongoing and photos earn view counts, favorites and comments all year round.  The photo that is deemed most interesting by Flickr standards will win!  So, be creative and get your friends to comment on your photo or make it a favorite.  Contest details are here.

Photo left: Craig's recent submission, note the street sign...

2009 Point Series. Yours truly surpassed old, "Back in Action" Jackson, but he, Craig and Des follow closely on her heels.  Up-to-date standings here. Read here about how to collect points and win a pair of spanking new trail shoes.

Refer a Friend Contest. This contest is intended to recognize those hyper-active Club members who share their love of Club events by dragging along their friends.  Tell them on a run.  Tell them at work.  Tell them when they ask about your Club colors at the gym.  Tell them in person or tell them on Facebook.  However you tell them, be sure to tell them you told them... because you could win a SOLE footcare package valued at over $200!  Check out the simple Refer a Friend Contest rules and meet the competition here.  Currently in the lead is Kristie Congram.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

July 2009 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass, 

I hope you are having a great summer.  If you're in the west, you better like running in the heat.  For those back east, aren't you glad you have a Goretex running jacket?

July and August are traditionally the busiest months for CFA members and their friends.  This summer, the Club is offering everything from your traditional trail runs in the forest, to speaker nights on GPS, to night runs, to bagging peaks... there's even a volcano run in Hawaii! 

Our recent survey told us that most people who consider themselves accomplished runners are scared to death of Club Fat Ass.  "Wackos!"  "Those folks are crazy... way too tough for me."  "They are not human!"

Yet, we welcome new runners and almost all Club events have a "custom" distance category for runners looking to ease their way into the longer distances.  Be sure to share the love and let your friends know that just about anyone can be a Fat Ass!

Lastly, I received a request for volunteers from friend, CFA member and RD, Wendy Montgomery,  for the upcoming Stormy Trail Race in Squamish.  Please consider helping out.

I trust this note finds you happy and setting PBs.  'Hope we cross paths at one of the many upcoming summer events.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS


Bagger Challenge 2009 July 1 - September 23rd, BC, Canada. See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer. All but the island mountains qualify as munros (in excess of 3000 feet) under the Scottish peak-bagging system.  Find out more here.

Photo left: Lynn Valley

Photo right: Mauna Loa Eruption
 
Flash - E Momona 'Okole e holo ia ka hale 'u'uku o Pu'u 'Ula'ula (Fat Ass Run to the Red Hill Cabin).  August 1 - Big Island, Hawaii, USA. Trail run on the Pu'u lava fields of Mauna Loa.  Registration here.
 
Photo left: looking west over Capilano River during a previous Midsummer Night Run.
 

Capilano Canyon Night Run - A Midsummer Night's Dream. August 15 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Don't miss our classic night run, followed by a garden party. More info here.

Flash - Dash for the Crash. August 16 - North Vancovuer, BC Canada. Many years ago, a jet crashed into the side of Grouse Mountain.  While most of the wreckage has long since been removed, a jet turbine remains.  It's very close to a nice running trail, so it makes a great destination for a Sunday outing with friends and family. More info here

Flash - Duel at the Pool - 2009.  August 19 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 5K swim in Kits Pool. At 8 complete laps to the kilometer, that makes this challenge 20 return laps, or 40 lengths of the world's best pool. Meet the Whale and Mako sharks here.

Photo right: Action Jackson, aka Mako Shark getting ready for the Duel At The Pool

Photo left: Ascending the scree field from the Hanes Valley during last years Go Home.

Go Home via the Hanes Valley. August 22 - North Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Chose between a nice and easy 14km trail or tough, backcountry wilderness runs of 18km or 30km length.  More here.

Flash - Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Assault. August 22 - Jordan River, BC, Canada. 47K tough but stunning kilometers of coastal trail along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Find out what it takes here

Flash - Loving Lynn. August 23 - North Vancouver, BC Canada. An epic run along the entire length of Lynn Creek, to celebrate Lynn Creek, the lifeblood of the North Shore trail running scene. Check it out.


NEWS

CFA Steering Committee.  We need you!  Join our Steering Committee to help your club behind the scenes. We are especially looking for an enthusiastic person to chair the membership committee, some help with media relations and marketing promotions (any tweeters out there?) Please drop me a line if you can spare a couple of hours a month.

Social Media.  Check out these pointers on how to use Social Media to stay connected with what is new at CFA, what you're doing and thinking while on the trails and how to share Club events with your friends.

2009 Membership Registration. Registration and Renewal for Club Fat Ass for 2009 is ongoing!   Don't miss out on a great selection of runs.


TECH TIPS


Subscriptions. Ever wondered how to set and fine tune your subscriptions for notifications when there are updates to the Club Fat Ass website?  Log in and go to your account page, look for the "Subscription" tab and click on it.  From there you can set your default subscription settings for different content types like blogs, events and forum topics.  Note that you can override these settings for each individual post.  Just look for the subscribe/unsubscribe link at the bottom of most posts. 

CFA ON THE WEB

Club Fat Ass PhotosClub Fat Ass StoreClub Fat Ass RSS feedFacebook

PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Club Fat Ass Event - Bill's Great Peak Ascent - running up Mountain HighwayYou'll find the latest event reports, including results, photos and videos here.
 

CONTESTS

Club FatAss Shirt at the Boston Marathon2009 Travelling Colours ContestPictures of your 2009 adventures wearing your Club shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here.  Check out photos submitted so far here. This contest is ongoing and photos earn view counts, favorites and comments all year round.  The photo that is deemed most interesting by Flickr standards will win!  So, be creative and get your friends to comment on your photo or make it a favorite.  Contest details are here.

Club Fat Ass shirt at the Kneeknacker North Shore Trail Run2009 Point Series. "Out of Action" Jackson is still the runaway leader, closely followed by Craig, Sibylle and Des.  Up-to-date standings here. Read here about how to collect points and win a pair of spanking new trail shoes.

Refer a Friend Contest. This contest is intended to recognize those hyper-active Club members who share their love of Club events by dragging along their friends.  Tell them on a run.  Tell them at work.  Tell them when they ask about your Club colors at the gym.  Tell them in person or tell them on Facebook.  However you tell them, be sure to tell them you told them... because you could win a SOLE footcare package valued at over $200!  Check out the simple Refer a Friend Contest rules and meet the competition here.  Currently in the lead is Kristie Congram.

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favourite cause while hosting a free CFA event.

North Shore Rescue. NSR is a volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  A few of our members are also NSR members. We'd like to continue our record of not using their services and rather help with their promotion of back country safety.  NSR depending on your donations... consider a few bucks donated as a life insurance policy for yourself or a loved one!

Run for the Cure.
  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.  If you would like to support one of your fellow members, please click here.

Easter Seals 24 Relay. The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.

CFA member, Glenn Pace, again ran the 24 hour relay (this time he completed 110 Miles) to raise funds for less fortunate children. Here the link to his fundraising page. Read about his 2008 adventure here

BC Lung Association. Event Host, Craig Moore, uses his events to raise awareness and funds for the BC Lung Association.

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund. Mary was a friend and member of CFA. The fund was established in her memory to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society
The boys who ran the Sunshine Coast Trail 180 in 2003 and 2004 vowed to help raise funds for PRPAWS, a society that aims to protect old growth forest in the Powell River area.  You can help, too, by participating in the Marathon Shuffle.


SPONSORS

 

CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.

 

 

2005/08 Newsletter

Promoters of oddball endurance events and a healthy outdoor lifestyle

August 2005


Coming Events

The Full Monty:
Saturday - 20 August at 10:00 - Victoria, BC, Canada - Event Host, Carlos Castillo promises spectacular views and a great running experience on his inaugural 25km and 50km course. More
Capilano Canyon Night Run (A Midsummer Nights Dream):
Saturday - 20 August at 20:00h - North Vancouver, BC Canada. A 90-minute run that starts at dusk in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Details
Forbidden Forest Run:
Date and location are top secret. How tough are you? Apply for an invite on the website!


In this Issue

News

Squamish Scrambler

Website


Event Reports Results


Fluffy Bunny

Bill's Great Peak Ascent

XTC

The Double

North Shore Enduro



Causes Your Club Supports


Jesper Olsen's World Run

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society)


Pat Barry and Sibylle Tinsel near the finish of the Whoa Nelly course during the Fluffy Bunny

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Dear friends and members of Club Fat Ass,

As the summer winds down and our family holidays are happy memories it's time to get the this newsletter to you. What do you think of the new "look and feel"? Anything you would like to see from the newsletter we are not doing or things we might do better?

Thanks for your patience during my time in Germany. My Internet access was sketchy at best and I wasn't as prompt in answering your emails as usual. The running terrain where I stayed was exceptional with vast expanses of beech and oak tree forests and hilly, but runnable trails. I even had the opportunity to participate in a Half Marathon together with my sister, brother in law and a bunch of their running buddies.

Well, now it's back to the more challenging trails of North Vancouver...
'Hope to see you out there. Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


"You can actually suffer a little bit more going slowly than when you're going really fast. A faster marathon might even be easier than a slow one, in terms of what it takes out of you mentally. ." - by Frank Shorter

NEWS


Squamish Scrambler

Check out what our newest Event Host Gary Robbins has in store for you at the Squamish Scrambler in Squamish on 17 September. Rumors have it that the courses offers something for newbie to expert trail runners and mountain bikers and that even we slow pokes could potentially win the event by outsmarting the fast guys... Details will be available on Gary's website soon.

Website

Thanks for your overwhelming positive feedback on our revamped website. As you might have noticed, the site is constantly updated with event announcements, photos and member stories. We even provide RSS feeds from your favourite running websites (if you like a RSS feed added, please email me)

I invite you to use the new features and become part of a great community. Did you know that you can post stories, images and participate in the discussion forums? To get started, you will need to create a user account on the site or, if you have one already, log in. Your personal navigation column will appear on the right below the "Upcoming Events" section. You can use the sites features even if you are not a CFA member, however, members enjoy more posting privileges. I am working on a help manual to make it easier for you to use the site.

Become a CFA Event Host

We are always looking for new fun and funky events for our members. If you would like to become a CFA Event Host, please see what's involved at our Host an Event page and get started by filling out the form with your thoughts.

CONTESTS

2005 Point Series
The CFA Point Series has been updated with points earned during the XTC in June, Bill's Great Peak Ascent in July and the Fluffy Bunny early August.

Cheryl Johnson joined Bill Dagg and Craig Moore in the lead of the 2005 CFA Point Series. Cheryl earned 3 points for the Fluffy Bunny: 1 point for early registration, 1 point for participation and 1 bonus point for collecting garbage during her 4 hours on the trails. All three have 11 points each and participated in 5 CFA events to date. A close contender is Patricia Barry with 8 points earned for participating in 4 CFA events since January.

Rhonda Schuller finally made it out of the negative numbers by picking up garbage during the Fluffy Bunny. She also was awarded 2 points for crewing for Randy Hunter during the Double in early June. Way to go, Rhonda!


Photo above: A great finish line aid station thanks to new members Karine Lavoie and Steven Lamothe. Steven had to bail out last minute because his babysitter found something better to do. He spent the money saved for the sitter on goodies for the runners and earned points toward the series



2005 Traveling Shirt Contest

Don't forget to pack your CFA shirt when going on holidays. Send in your traveling shirt photos for a chance to win a 2006 membership refund.

Pictures to date are posted in the Contest Image Gallery

Photo left: Gary Robbins at his exuberant first time Knee Knacker finish in July


Past Event Reports and Results

Fluffy Bunny...
Or how an Event Host can get lost on his own route!

I don’t throw the title “hard ass

2005/09 Newsletter

Promoters of oddball endurance events and a healthy outdoor lifestyle

Dear friends and members of Club Fat Ass,

With many Club events and other outdoor activities to choose from, its sure been a busy past few weeks!

Before you continue to the Event Reports and Results below, I'd like to remind you that I still have a couple of unclaimed CFA shirts. (You know who you are.) Please contact me to arrange a pick-up time, so you can wear your shirt and participate in the photo contest.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wendy's Get Your Fat Ass Off The Couch: Saturday, 15 October at 7:30am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Fun run (20km or 45km) on winding trails on upper and lower Seymour Mtn. Find out more here.

Go Home: Saturday, 19 November at 7:30am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. A tamer version of the Go Deep or Go Home 80/20. 20km on beautiful trails on Seymour Mountain. Details!

photo: fog at Mount Seymour during last year's Go Deep or Go Home

M&M Fun Run: Saturday, 26 November at 8:00am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Prepare for all the Christmas indulgence...26km or 52km. Details!

NEWS

Website
Thanks for your great feedback on the website and to all who helped with the needs analysis, implementation and migration from the old site. If you've never been involved with doing a website, be forewarned... it's a lot more work than what the salesperson tells you!

We chose the new format because of the promise of easy-to-use features that would make it easy for Club members to host events, find events and share experiences.

Post your personal running stories, upload photos, participate in the forum or comment on existing stories or photos. We even can set you up with your own blog. 'Need help? Please first check out the online help where we try to answer most frequently asked questions. If that doesn't get you satisfaction, please contact me and I'll do what I can to help.

Please remember that the site is best viewed in Firefox (free download at www.firefox.com). We are working to fix the shortcomings in Internet Explorer. Thank you for your patience.

Become a CFA event host

We are always looking to add fun and funky events for our members. If you would like to become a CFA Event Host, please see what's involved at our Host an Event page and get started by filling out the form.

PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Squamish Scrambler. The views that were promised will have to wait until next year, but the cloud and fog only seemed to add to the atmosphere of being in the mountains, especially when a strange voice echoed back at us from below... more

Fall Mountain Highway Madness
As they quaffed a cool one... Read the full report and check out results!

FFR
The Capilano Commandos survived their dangerous mission. All event information is highly classified and only available on special request ;-)

Go Deep or Go Home
Check out results and photos here. If you participated and your time is not listed, please email me your results.

Capilano Canyon Night Run
A fine summer evening greeted starters as they assembled on a suburban North Vancouver cul-de-sac for the Capilano Canyon Night Run (a Midsummer Nights Dream) this past Saturday. As young Erik raised his cap gun just after 8:00 pm, young Austin shouted, "3-2-1 Go!" and 24 Club Fat Ass members set off into the dusk for a trail run. Read on...

Full Monty
New Event Host Carlos did an amazing job before, during and after the Full Monty near Victoria, BC, Canada. His event report and results were up before he even had a shower ;-) Check out detailed results, photos and Carlos' full report here.

CONTESTS

2005 Point Series

Craig Moore stealthily took the lead by stashing garbage into his empty water bottle during the Mountain Highway Madness this past weekend. Up-to-date standings here.


2005 Traveling Shirt Contest

Don't forget to pack your CFA shirt when going on holidays. Send in your traveling shirt photos for a chance to win a 2006 membership refund.

Pictures we've received to date here!

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let me know. A number of hosts use their events as fund raisers and there is a special section on our website to highlight certain fund raising efforts.

Jesper Olsen's World Run Jesper's has almost finished the North American leg of his World Run. He will likely arrive in New York October 7. Despite being tired and repeated equipment problems his daily log shows him in good spirits and enjoying the company and help of ultra runners along his route. You can find out more about his adventure at: www.worldrun.org

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society


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2005/10 Newsletter

Promoters of oddball endurance events and a healthy outdoor lifestyle

Dear friends and members of Club Fat Ass,

I am looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming fall events. There are still 4 more great runs to choose from, or better yet, do them all and get 2006 off to a running start with the Vancouver New Year's Fat Ass 50 on January 1.

Somebody overheard me announcing that this will be the first year I am going full distance on New Year's Day. I must have been high on endorphins...

Have fun reading the CFA October 2005 Newsletter below.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS

Wendy's Get Your Fat Ass Off The Couch: Saturday, 15 October at 7:30am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Fun 20km run on winding trails on upper and lower Seymour Mtn.

Go Home
: Saturday, 19 November at 7:30am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. 20km on beautiful trails on Seymour Mountain.

M&M Fun Run: Saturday, 26 November at 8:00am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Prepare for all the Christmas indulgence...26km or 52km.

 

Pure Satisfaction: Sunday, 11 December at 8:30am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. A trail run to celebrate the pure satisfaction of being in good shape during a busy and dark month. 12km, 24km and 48k

NEWS

Sponsors
We couldn't do without our sponsors. A big "Thank You!" to Paula Stepp at Trail Runner Magazine for their continued support. Trail Runner has provided a number of Club Fat Ass events with draw prizes in the from of subscription certificates.

Trail Runner also offers members of Club Fat Ass a special discounted subscription price for Trail Runner magazine. The rate is only $12.95 for a year (plus $ 10 additional postage for Canada). This rate is $5 off their regular annual rate.

Club Colours
In previous years, we ordered Club t-shirts quarterly based on our actual membership numbers. This year, you may have noted that you received your Club t-shirt as soon as you signed up. This is because I took the risk of pre-ordering and screening t-shirts. We have some 2005 blue club t-shirts left. With a new year and new t-shirt colour on the horizon, I would like to clear them out. While they last, I'd like to offer them to current members for $15 and non-members for $20 plus postage of $2. They make great gifts and the price is unbeatable! If interested, please send me an email with quantities and sizing.

 

 

New Event
I am excited to announce that yet another trail run has been added to the ever growing calendar of Club Fat Ass events. Inspired by veteran Event Host Craig Moore during the Double last June, Peter Zubcsek is organizing the Burnaby Mountain Run for his debut as Event Host.

Become a CFA event host

We are always looking to add fun and funky events for our members. If you would like to become a CFA Event Host, please see what's involved at our Host an Event page and get started by filling out the form.

PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Squamish Scrambler

  The views that were promised will have to wait until next year, but the cloud and fog only seemed to add to the atmosphere of being in the mountains, especially when a strange voice echoed back at us from below... more Club Fat Ass; Endurance Runs, Ultra Runs, Squamish Scrambler

 

 

 

CONTESTS

2005 Point Series

Sign-up early for the upcoming events to win points towards the 2005 Club Fat Ass Point Series. Latest standings here.

2005 Traveling Shirt Contest

Still looking for more photos of the Club Fat Ass shirt in action. Get a 2006 membership refund if your submission wins. Pictures we've received to date here!
Photo: Gary Robbins preparing for the inaugural Squamish Scrambler this past summer  

 

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let me know. A number of hosts use their events as fund raisers and there is a special section on our website to highlight certain fund raising efforts.

Jesper Olsen's World Run Jesper's has finished the North American leg of his World Run. He arrived in Ireland October 11 and is scheduled to complete his World Run October 23. Despite being tired and having repeated equipment problems his daily log shows him in good spirits and enjoying the company and help of ultra runners along his route. You can find out more about his adventure at: www.worldrun.org

 

Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society

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2005/11 Newsletter

Promoters of oddball endurance events and a healthy outdoor lifestyle

 

Dear friends and members of Club Fat Ass,

Club registration and membership renewal is now open for 2006! Please click here to renew or register for the first time.

 

I aim to have the first batch of our new 2006 Club t-shirts by late January. Please make sure you get your Club colors in this order by signing-up before 15 November. Thanks to all of you who already renewed your membership for 2006.

Another word about shirts: Last year's blue MEC shirts were very popular. Mine survived countless washings and still looks like new. We still have a few left, so if you would like to purchase one for yourself or a friend (only $15 for current members and $20 for non-members), please contact me. They make awesome Christmas presents!

Have fun reading the November 2005 Newsletter below

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


UPCOMING EVENTS
Club Fat Ass, dom Repta, Go Deep Or Go Home, Ultra Running, Trail Running, tough, Vancouver, North Shore, Canada, BC, 2005, Seymour Mountain

Go Home: Saturday, 19 November at 9:00am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. 20km on beautiful trails on Seymour Mountain.

M&M Fun Run: Saturday, 26 November at 8:00am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. Prepare for all the Christmas indulgence...26km or 52km.

Pure Satisfaction: Sunday, 11 December at 8:30am - North Vancouver, BC Canada. A trail run to celebrate the pure satisfaction of being in good shape during a busy and dark month. 12km, 24km and 48k

Vancouver New Year's Fat Ass 50 Run: 1 January 2006 - Vancouver, BC Canada. A 50 kilometer resolution run to kick the New Year off on the right foot. A less extreme challenge (1K to 49K) for the more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep.

NEWS

2006 Membership Registration. Make sure you get your t-shirt and the size you want by renewing your membership now. New members signing up before the end of the year benefit from 3 great 2005 events plus all events in 2006. At $35 this is a value hard to beat. What are you waiting for? Find out more and join here!

Your Very Own BlogBy popular demand, the Club now offers a free blog to all members. Release that inner journalist!. It's easy, it's cool...try it out. To get started, all you need to do is to set up a free account on our website or of you have done that already, sign-in. To learn more about how to use the Club website, please check the updated help pages. Check out what other members are blogging about in "Recent blog posts" in the right side column on our site.

Become a CFA event host

Your Club is always looking to add fun and funky events. If you would like to become a CFA Event Host, please see what's involved at our Host an Event page and get started by filling out the form.

PAST EVENT RESULTS AND REPORTS

Wendy's Get Your Fat Ass Off The CouchClub Fat Ass, Wendy't Get Your Fat Ass Off The Couch, Friends, Cameraderie, Trailrunning, Rainforest, Fall, Start
I am sure that a few people were having second thoughts about running the event as they listened to the downpour throughout the night. Luckily, we were rewarded with a great day that was warm and got progressively sunnier as time passed.

Thank you to the group that waited for me as I lifted myself out of the mud. We may have broken the course record if we had not had to stop. We missed it by one minute. See Wendy's full report and results here.

CONTESTSClub Fat Ass; WS100, Ultra Run, Trail Run, Success, Glenn Pace, Finisher, Happy

2005 Point Series
Up-to-date standings here

2005 Traveling Shirt Contest
Don't forget to pack your CFA shirt when going on holidays. Send in your traveling shirt photos for a chance to win a 2006 membership.
Pictures we've received to date here!




Photo: Glenn Pace savouring the accomplishment of finishing the WS 100 Mile Endurance Run

CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS

If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFa Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. There is a special section on our website to highlight certain fund raising efforts.

Jesper Did It!!!
Club Fat Ass, Jesper Olsen, World Run, Ultra Running, Canada, BC, Kamloops, 2005Jesper Olsen recently became the first documented person to run around the world!. The New York Times published a great article about his adventure. You can read it here. You can still access Jesper's website and read up on his epic run: www.worldrun.org


Mary Leliveld Tri BC Fund
It's been almost a year since fellow Club Fat Ass member and friend, Mary Leliveld, passed away. Our thoughts are with her partner, Doug, and her family. Mary's Happy Trail Run will be held around her birthday in August 2006. In the meantime, the Tri BC Fund, set up in Mary's name can accept your donation year round.

PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society

SPONSORS

We could not do it without the generous support of our sponors. Many thanks to Mountain Equipment Co-op for their help with the Club shirts and Trail Runner Magazine for the gift subscription draw prizes and discounts on magazine subscriptions.

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2005/12 Newsletter

Promoters of oddball endurance events and a healthy outdoor lifestyle

 

Dear friends and members of Club Fat Ass,

It was great to see so many members out at the Go Home and Mike and Melissa's Fun Run last month. We were extremely lucky with the weather conditions and I am hoping we get some more sunshine for the last Club Fat Ass event this year, Craig Moore's Pure Satisfaction on December 11.

Club Fat Ass is proud to announce that North Shore Athletics has joined the Club as a Sponsor Member. What this means is that North Shore Athletics will be providing prizes for Club Fat Ass events in the Vancouver area. What's more, they are offering all Club members 15% off any regularly priced inventory with this coupon (click on the link and print out the coupon) and a free toque for purchases over $150. Thank you, Keith Nicoll and the North Shore Athletics team!

Real estate has gone up. Gas has gone up. Please note that Club membership dues will go up starting 1 January 2006. If you haven't yet renewed your membership for next year, do it now so you can benefit from the lower fees. Also, consider giving a Club membership to a friend for Christmas.

Have fun reading the December 2005 Newsletter below or