Causes We Support

Easter Seals 24 Hour 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.

In 2008 Club Fat Ass member, Glenn Pace, set our to run 100 miles during the 24 hour relay and raise funds for less fortunate children.

Here the link to his fundraising page:

Here is how it panned out:

Mary Leliveld Triathlon - BC Bursary Fund

Mary Leliveld loved amateur athletics. She was a competitive runner, cyclist, triathlete who competed for Canada on the Canadian National Triathlon team at the World Triathlon Championships in 2004. In addition to being a top age group athlete, she inspired others to achieve their dreams through sport.

Mary died way to early at the age of 40 of melanoma. Her spirits lives on and inspired her friends to host a Club Fat Ass event in her name. Mary Leliveld's Happy Trail Run was conceived as way for friends to celebrate Mary's life and as a fundraiser for a bursary fund set up in her name. The directive of this fund is to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in. Specifically, the fund will pay for race fees, travel and accommodations of athletes who are recommended by TriathlonBC.

The three types of beneficiaries of the fund are:

TriBC distributes a minimum of $500 annually, with a payout of no less than $250.  For the 2008/09 year,  23 year old university student, Karen Forsman,  was awarded $500, helping to off set her expenses associated with the World Championships in Australia. 

If you would like to support the fund, the specifics are:

Triathlon BC Mary Leliveld Fund
PO BOX 34098, Station "D"
Vancouver BC V6J 4M1 Canada

Or contact an administrator of the fund:

Tracey Mager

North Shore Rescue

North Shore Rescue (NSR) is a 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.

The team provides search and rescue services to:

  • Provincial Emergency Program (PEP)
  • RCMP and municipal police services
  • Municipal fire services
  • BC Ambulance Service
  • Other SAR teams in BC and Washington
  • Local and regional governments during civil emergencies

NSR performs approximately 90 search & rescue operations annually. Members participate in different support or rescue categories, depending on individual skills and participation levels.

The team mission is:

If you are fit, know the local mountains, have some first aid and are ready to commit serious time on this well known team, we want to hear from you. Read the membership section of our website. If you are still interested, download, complete and fax in the form

Quick Links
North Shore Avalanche Advisory
How do I join NSR?
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Sunshine Coast Trail

The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180 kilometer (118 mile) hiking trail located approximately 100 kilometers up the coast from Vancouver near Powell River, British Columbia, Canada.

The Sunshine Coast Trail offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. The trail is not well known and it's natural beauty threatened by logging.

To raise awareness of the trail, raise funds for trail maintenance and as part of a "boys weekend on the road" four Vancouver ultrarunners from Club Fat Ass attempted to run the full length of the trail non-stop in 2003.  The trail won.  They came back in 2004 and one runner completed the distance.  Their adventure was documented in a movie:  XS NRG.

The runners wanted to share the logistics of their run with other experienced ultra runners who might want to beat their running record time of 44-hours.  To that end, their run is listed as a Club Fat Ass Flash event: STC 180.

Runners can expect to enjoy rocky coastline, flat and fast trails through old growth forests of Douglas fir and red cedar, nasty, rooty climbs up steep mountains and equally challenging descents. The trail passes through several communities including Powell River. Total vertical gain and loss over the course of the trail is approximately 8,300 meters. In perspective, that is like climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and back twice from sea level.

Each year, running friends of the Sunshine Coast Trail get together in April for the Flash - Marathon Shuffle for a 12K or 30K taste of the trail.