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Saturday 24 August 2013

18:00? Have dinner. Check the weather. Print off your route instructions and this agenda so you know how to get to the start
19:30 Arrive at the start - 3515 Fairmont Road, North Vancouver. Click here for a map. Mandatory check-in.
19:45 Welcome and final briefing
19:55 Photo
20:00 Start
21:20 First finishers
21:00 Potluck party starts
21:45 Last finishers (hopefully!)
? End of party

How to get to the Start

The start and finish is on the street in front of 3515 Fairmont Road in North Vancouver.

From Burnaby on highway #1 heading west from the Second Narrows Bridge, take the Westview Drive exit and head north toward the mountains. Turn left at Queens Road (3rd stoplight, tennis court.) You will go down a little hill with the Griffin Recreation Center on your left, then climb a little hill. At the top of the hill, take Thorncliffe Drive right, toward the mountains. You will t-bone into a school yard. Turn right onto Fairmont Road. 3515 is a yellow house at the top of the street on your left.

From West Van on highway #1 heading east, take the Capilano Road exit north toward Grouse Mountain. Past the Chevron station at the top of the hill, turn right onto Ridgewood Drive. Follow Ridgewood to the end (Highlands Boulevard) and continue straight onto Colwood Drive. You will contour around a schoolyard. At the corner of the school, turn left onto Fairmont Road. At the intersection with Thorncliffe, stay left and continue around the schoolyard. 3515 is a yellow house at the top of the street on your left.

From downtown and the the Lions Gate Bridge heading north, turn right into North Vancouver when you reach the north shore. Turn left at the lights onto Capilano Road. Stay on Capilano Road toward the mountains. Pass under the upper levels highway (#1) then continue with directions from West Van, as above.

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What to Bring?

  • Aid. (Whatever food, water or electrolyte drink you need for a 90-minute run and whatever clothing you need for the weather.) If you expect and are prepared for no external aid, you may be pleasantly surprised... but do not count on it!
  • Official timing system. (A watch will do, even if the second hand doesn't work.) Please be sure to keep track of your finish time and to give it to the timekeeper.
  • Change of clothes. (Not sure if contact lenses fit here? Andy Nicol, don't forget yours again if you plan to go for the record.)
  • Something to guide you through the night. (Flashlight or headlamp.) No, it is not obligatory, but most people find it helps! (Note: Competitive record holder Steve Bazin didn't use a light, but he knows the North Van trails so well he can run them blindfolded. Mike Parks, on the other hand, did it blind and wished he remembered a flashlight)

Pre- and Post-Event

  • park on the street wherever you find a spot. Please don't block anyone's driveway.
  • best to not count on a shower, as there is only so much hot water in the tank. The weather is usually pleasant and we hope to be mostly outdoors on the deck. Showers and change facilities are available about 10 blocks away at Harry Jerome Recreation Center at 23rd and Lonsdale (604 987-7529), but only until 10:00 Entry is $4.50
  • you can use the garden hose in the front yard to clean up. Don't forget to bring warm, dry clothes to change into.

Potluck Party

In past years, the potluck party has been the high point of the evening. We're hoping it continues to reflect the individuality, the creativity and the community side of our running friends and Club Fat Ass members.

While we have a handle on how many people will be running and a rough estimate of friends and volunteers from your registration form, it's tough to estimate the food and drink for everyone who will join in the potluck party. Moreover, each person has their own food and drink preferences and of course, appetite.

What can you count on? Coolers, ice, a stove, a barbeque, microwave and other kitchen stuff, some soft drinks and basic party munchies.

What should you bring? Food to share at the party and enough to drink to quench your thirst. Here are some food thoughts from previous years:

  • Papadans and coriander chutney, spicy pot stickers, Pad Thai, hot wings, homemade blackberry and cinnamon pie, ice cream, sushi, cheese plate, ginger cookies, spinach dip in a bread bowl, spinach salad, jalapeño cornbread muffins, veggie plate, chocolate covered strawberries, boozy jello, savory salmon egg puffs, pesto tortellini, quesadillas, potatoe salad, grilled vegetables, chili con carne, vegetarian chili; tomato bocconchini salad
  • stale nacho chips, day old Timbits, burnt pizza (note these items are at the bottom of the list for a reason, you single guys!)

If you believe the world would be a better place without paper plates and plastic utensils, you are most welcome to use our plates and cutlery as long as it lasts. If you bring your own plates and stuff with you, we'll wash them for you before you head home.

Other Notes

  • please read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
  • please, please, please do not drop litter on the trail. (Consider picking it up if you find any)
  • this event is not sponsored, sanctioned, permitted or anything else that would qualify it as an official event. It's a party!

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