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


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.


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.


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