Flash - Vancouver Christmas Fat Ass 50 K

22 Dec 2007 09:00
22 Dec 2007 16:00


A run on the traditional Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50 course


  • you are training for the VNYDFA50K
  • you procrastinated too long and didn't get into the VNYDFA50K
  • you want to get an early start to losing some of all that weight you're going to put on over the holidays
  • you signed up for a spring 100 miler and you need to get in some miles

Who: You

Where: Meet at the Brockton Oval track in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.

When: Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 09:00

Route: The Vancouver Christmas Fat Ass 50 K will follow the Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50 course: http://www.clubfatass.com/events/VancouverNewYear/course

Aid: Be prepared to be self sufficient. There should be lots of water along the course, unless it's turned off due to freezing weather. The concession stands in Stanley Park and along Spanish Banks will probably be open in the afternoon, so bring some cash. We may have aid stations at Spanish Banks and at the Camosun St & SW Marine Drive turn around point, but don't bet your race on it.

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 should 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.

Contacts: Gilles Barbeau and Karl Jensen


Christmas Fat Ass 50K Results

The Christmas Fat Ass 50K started in cold, rainy weather. The organizers, Gilles (it was his idea) and Karl (only the messenger) got quite a scare when Ellie appeared at the start line. Gilles and Karl both had terrifying flashbacks of the punishment she inflicted on them during the Big Fat Ass 100K last spring. Fortunately she joined the fast boys, Tim and Bill, and was not seen again until that group, now accompanied by Ran, was headed back from the turn around. Penny ran to the start from her home in Edgemont, North Vancouver and turned around at the intersection of the Admiralty and Salish Trails and ran back from there. Chad started at his home near Trimble Street by Spanish Banks and ran to Brocton Oval where he joined Penny and the old, slow fat boys, Ron, John, Gilles and Karl. Ran joined the fast kids somewhere near Jerico and ran the Pacific Spirit Park portion of the course. The rain, while somewhat cold, made for excellent running. Unfortunately, the rain had turned into about an inch of cold, wet slush on the trails through Pacific Spirit Park making it impossible to complete that section without getting freezing water into shoes. Ron, proving that at least he was not slow, by this point had surged ahead of the slower pack. The return portion along Spanish Banks was against a strong headwind, but by this time the rain had mercifully stopped. Chad left the old, slow fat boys at Trimble and returned home, giving him a few bonus kilometers. By unanimous vote he only gets credit for 50K since he set a pace that the old, slow fat boys found somewhat challenging.


Tim Weins
50 km 4:30
Ellie Greenwood 50 km 4:31
Bill Dagg 50 km 4:31
Chad Hyson 50 km 5:27
Ron Adams 50 km 5:27
Gilles Barbeau 50 km 5:44
John Machray 50 km 5:44
Karl Jensen 50 km 5:44
Penny Jakobsen 45 km
Ran Katzman 22 km


pjakobsen's picture


Hi Karl - I sent my time and my guess for distance to this e-mail. You didn't get it? Time was 4:28 and I after checking that it was 19.5 to the trail where I left you, I think it was at least 45k that I did. How was the rest of your run?

Time and Distance

There's a typo in the email address. It should be kej not keg. However, keg does have a nice ring to it. The results are up now. Sorry about the poor formatting. I couldn't get it to do what I wanted.

Thanks for coming out.

Thanks Guys!

Big thank you to John - who stored my stuff in his vehicle and had a spare key so no cold waiting around at the end - really appreciate it especially on such a delightful Vancouver weather day! Karl, Gilles and all - hope your run was good - I was dead by the end so this may have put me off NY run (though running memories never last that long!)
Sibylle's picture

Tough Guys and Girls

I was thinking of you guys running in the miserable weather we had yesterday...I think Rain No Train is setting a bad example for me!  Hope everybody had a great training run. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,


Will join at Jericho beach

I'll intercept you guys at ~10:15 at Jericho beach (east) and start my run from there.

Planning to do the 22 km out and back portion of the Pacific Spirit.

Sibylle's picture

Love to join You!

I'd love to join you, but we will be making our annual trek to Squamish to cut down our Christmas Tree together with the Montgomery Fat Asses.  I will run on the course on Sunday, I believe Craig will join me.
Chad Hyson's picture

Count me in....

Count me in....
pjakobsen's picture

I'm in too

Probably will do less than 50, but was planning on a long run that day, so this will be perfect. See you there, with bells on....

Time and Distance

Penny, Did you calculate your time and distance for the results?
Ean Jackson's picture

Hot Shower at the Finish

The facilities at the start/finish at Brocton Oval are locked.  You'll surely appreciate them after a long run in the cold. You can get in if you ask someone who is leaving, but otherwise it's a bit of a pain in the you-know-what.

I have a pass key which you are welcome to use as long as you get it back to me before New Years Day.

As you will see, there have been a few changes to the trails in Stanley Park around Prospect Point and on the finish.  The return changes are for the better, Ellie.  Hopefully, you won't get lost anymore!  If anyone in the Christmas FA50 has a GPS, I'd sure appreciate it if you would validate the distances I have down on the course description.

I'd join you, but I plan to do the traditional thing and go back into the woods and cut down a Christmas tree that day.  Don't forget your Santa hats and jingle bells! 


See you there

I'm up for the 50km - will be a nice warm up for New Years - and who know's maybe I might not get lost for once :)

I'm in for a shorter run

Craig is talking about a shorter, customized course so I'll come along too

Change of plans

I won't be there on Saturday after all. It's a crazy time of year.
TimWiens's picture

I'm In

I'm in. This will be a good last long run three weeks before my half and full Disney World marathons.

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