April/May 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

With spring in full swing, I hope your training is going well and you are enjoying the great outdoors.

A record number (almost 200 people) participated in the 29K Marathon Shuffle this past weekend in beautiful Powell River, BC.  Was it the beautiful weather, the stunning Sunshine Coast Trail or the free pint from Townsite Brewing that caused records to fall?

The name is without doubt intimidating.  If you or your friends are still scared taking out a Club Fat Ass membership, be sure to mark the North Shore Enduro in your calendar for this coming Saturday at 8:00. At only 7.6 kilometers to the lap, this event is perfect for the beginning trail runner... and the price is right.

"I'm looking for something a bit longer and more challenging," you say?  Keep running laps for up to 6 hours! Gary Robbins' record of 9 laps in 6 hours is said to be soft.

The Enduro is one of the Club's 2 annual open house runs.  CFA virgins of all abilities benefit from a free trial membership, so no reason for not toeing the line.  Please preregister.  Details below.  

Looking for a birthday gift for that special someone?  Looking to get an early start on Christmas presents?  Just love a deal?  While inventory lasts, the Club is offering a "Two for One" spring-cleaning t-shirt sale.  Get your Club Fat Ass colours now! Details here.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


Bagger Challenge. 1 April - 25 October - North Shore Mountains, BC Canada.  See how many North Shore peaks you can run up and bag in a summer.  Start racking up points now by bagging the snowless Howe Sound Island peaks.   Find out more here.  We are also looking for GPS data of previous bagging adventures to share with all Baggers this year.

Photo left: Eric Rannaud sporting his canary yellow club shirt on the Howe Sound Crest Trail last summer.

Photo right: On the trail during the North Shore Enduro

North Shore Enduro. 4 May - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Take advantage of a free membership trial offer for Fat Ass virgins: A fun run in Vancouver's rugged North Shore mountains, the Enduro is on a 7.6 km loop course that lasts up 
to 6 hours. A safe and challenging first trail run featuring some easy and some technical terrain. A great social event for the team runner (2-6 runners can form a team). A tune-up for Western States and other summer 100-milers for the competitive solo runner. More info and registration here

Photo left:  Mike Wardas making his way up the debris chute on the return trip of last year's Vancouver 100.

Vancouver 100. 1-2 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The toughest 100 km in Canada... maybe the world! Due to the challenging nature of this event, participation for the full 100 km is by invitation only.  Anyone can participate, however, by running part of the course with the 100 km participants, coming out to the aid station/picnic area at Cleveland Dam or crewing for a runner. More info and applications here.

Flash - 5 Peaks Squamish Warm Up. 2 June - Squamish, BC Canada. A fun and free group orientation run on the Sport and Enduro courses of the 5Peaks race in SquamishCombination of single track and technical hiking trails.  There will be faster and slower pace groups on each course, so there's something for everyone.  This event is for trail runners who are registered or thinking of signing up for the popular 5Peaks race in Squamish in June.  Get to know the trail you will race on so you can kick some butt on race day! Of course, you are welcome to run with us even if you are not registered for the 5Peaks race. Details and free registration here.  If you are able to lead a group, please contact me.

Vancouver Skyline XTC. 11 June - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This trail run with a twist explores some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver's famous North Shore mountains. Runners can choose to run 25K "Up," 25K "Down," 50K "Up and Down" or a "Roll Your Own" custom distance to suit their abilities. Runners will experience approximately 3,000 m (9,000 ft.) of elevation change over the 50 km course on moderate to challenging trails. Find out more and register here.


Two for One Shirt Sale. To get you motivated, for a limited time only we are offering a "Two for One" shirt sale.  Get your Club Fat Ass colours now. Details here.

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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