Flash - Foolish Gerbil 80K Trail Run

22 Jan 2011 08:10
Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver, BC



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New start time is: 08:10.  The washrooms didn't open until 08:00 for the FG50K and since the Park has plenty of trails we don't want to make a bunch of new ones.

What:  An 80 K (or custom) run on the trails in Pacific Spirit Park.

Why:  Because bad habits are hard to break.

  The Fools and anyone who wants to join in the fun.

Where:  Meet at the Park Centre on Sixteenth Avenue

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Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 08:10

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  The course will consist of a 10 kilometer loop mostly on the south side of Sixteenth Avenue.

Course Description:

The # refers to the trail numbers as shown on the official park map available at the Park Centre. 

DIRECTIONS FOR THE 10K LOOP: Start and Finish is the gate at the parking lot entrance.

  • Go north through the back of the parking lot onto #2, Cleveland to #10, Heron.
  • Left onto Heron to #21, Salish.
  • Left again onto Salish and across 16th to the continuation of Salish.  Stay on Salish until you reach #12, Imperial trail.
  • Left on Imperial to #22, Sasamat.
  • Right on Sasamat to junction of #19, St. Georges.
  • Right on St. Georges to Camosun Street.
  • Right on Camosun Street, just after the school on your right you will see a trail entrance, take that short trail to the big information board at the corner of Camosun, 41st Ave and S.W. Marine Dr.
  • Take the SW Marine trail that parallels the highway.  After about .75 K you will come to an intersection.
  • Go right for a very short distance and then left onto the trail that goes into the forest. 
  • This is trail #21, Salish.  Do not take the Clinton trail #3 or the trail that continues to parallel the highway.
  • Follow Salish, Heron and Clevland all the way back to the Park Center.
  • Do it again and again and....  Reverse directions if you want a change of scenery.   

Lap Counting:  You are responsible for counting your own loops.

Results:  If you want to be included in the results print your name, distance (or number of loops) and time on the sheet that will be under the windshield wiper of Karl's silver Dodge Grand Caravan licence 280 LCT.

Climbing:  Minor elevation changes.

  Be prepared to be self-sufficient. There will be water at the Park Centre washrooms.  Of course we will also have access to our vehicles at the end of each loop.

:  Nothing is foolproof to a talented fool.

Entry:  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 below. You are responsible for your own well-being and safety and must be self sufficient. Please read the Release of All Claims. By participating in this event you agree to the terms of the Release of All Claims.

Karl Jensen  


Ean Jackson's picture

Great run!

As I watched my daughter's foolish gerbil run 'round and 'round in it's little treadmill this morning, it brought back fond memories of my run yesterday.

Lesson's learned:

  • start counter-clockwise to avoid confrontations with icy pavement
  • don't even think about running more that 20K with the big dogs
  • take aim a bit earlier when offering high-5s to fellow gerbils or be prepared to slap the air
  • bring more food and chow and suck it up for at least 50K the next time

Many thanks, Karl

Mark Feng's picture

Bad habit has been developed!!!

Thanks Karl for orgranzing the event! Look forward to the next run in a couple of weeks.



David Crerar's picture

Thanks for organising, Karl!

pulled the plug after 30K

3:23 (actually  about 0:57 if you don't count the time I spent in the washroom. Training tip: past-prime trail mix doesn't make for good carbo-loading).

Ean Jackson's picture

'wondered what

you were doing in there.  No better laxative than rancid peanuts and year-old gummi bears that have been stored in an old sock...

pburns's picture

In for a few

I Will try some new shoes and come out.  My calf strain is still in the rebuilding phase and I don't want to re-injure it because I am off to Hawaii.  

[Edit] Just did one lap. Even got lost and ended up behind the school at a big fence -- that place is confusing. 

Good for probably 30k

I 'could' say I'll do 40, but given my race schedule 30 is probably just about right.  There's something about actually doing half of it though ...

post run massage?

I'll be there, possiibly 5 laps - plus or minus 3.
Eagerly anticipating the tender ministrations of Certified Medical Officer Jackson. Hmmm...


poochin' it!

in for 3 laps .. maybe 4 .. but 2 with my pooch .. don't step on her!   

Is your pooch really small enough ...

that I'll step on it?  My dog's getting up there or I'd consider bringing her too.  Mind you, she's more likely to be fitted with a saddle than stepped on.

itty bitty puppy!

well .. 16 lbs and she goes to my knee .. :P   


pooch made it 20 .. and i made it 40 .. woohoo!



Mark Feng's picture

4 laps?

 I'm in for a few laps, maybe 4?

Yaktrax vs Microspikes

If you had to choose between Yaktrax and Microspikes which would you prefer for Saturday...and in general...

Btw: Congrats on the recertification on othose skills we never want to have to use real-time!


No, I'm not swearing.  They are shoes with screws in them.  Any old pair of running shoes will do.  I made a pair to run the Iditasport 100 Mile Race in Alaska in mid-February of 2001.  I still have the shoes and use them occasionally when the conditions call for them.  They are cheap, effective and you can tailor them to suit your needs:


Ean Jackson's picture

Got my First Aid Certification

last weekend and will bring the YakTrax on Saturday morning, so I'm prepared!

See you at the start

paps's picture

How Could You Not Want To Do It?

It would be foolish not to do this one... unless they have the flash flooding of the November 2009 Foolish Gerbil. In which case... good luck everyone!


Foolish gerbil lasso/loopdy-loops here I loop! Thanks for posting this one well in advance Karl! I've written it in my calendar! "I'm so excited...and I just can't fight it..." Ok, now here goes the call for fellow loopers ... company, on any loop, is mightily appreciated... (remember you can custom these CFA events )

Note to self: don't forget headlamp/flashlight. Dusk starts early in PSP!


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