March 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,

Your Steering Committee has been busy planning an adventure-packed agenda of spring and summer events for you.    For something a bit different  pack your bags for the Spaghetti Tree Run, a 16km or 12km trail course along the wilds of the west coast of Vancouver Island the end of March,  or the Marathon Shuffle, a 32K (or 12km Half Shuffle) run on the Sunshine Coast Trail near Powell River, BC the end of April.

Factoid:  Hundreds of people from around the world subscribe to this newsletter, but many have never participated in a Club event!

We've heard mere mortals tremble at the thought of running with the Fat Asses.  While it's true that some Fat Asses are a little out there on the overachiever scale, most are just like you.  If you've been watching from the sidelines, waiting for the chance to run with the big dogs without having to keep up with them, be sure to mark the North Shore Enduro in your running calendar for early May. 

At only 7.6 kilometers to the lap over a nice variety of trails, this event is perfect for the beginning trail runner.  It's also a great way to expose your kids to the sport without killing them. "I prefer something longer," you say?  Divide and conquer by making it a team effort... or keep running for up to 6 hours and try to beat the current solo record of 9 laps! 

The Enduro is one of the Club's 2 annual open house runs, so first time participants are entitled to a free trial membership.  Take the plunge and tell a friend.  You can do it!

And if you don't want to wait that long, join us tomorrow for the classic Spring Mountain Highway Madness.  Mike Kuiack, our new Event Host, is pretty sure we'll have less snow than last year!

Lastly, a reminder that  all memberships expired December 31st.  If you haven't renewed yet, take a moment to do it now:  

2013 Membership Registration + Renewal.

Happy Trails,

Sibylle Tinsel
Chief Executive Fat Ass


Photo left: Dave Cressman of Distance Runwear having fun during last year's snowy Spring Mountain Highway Madness run.

Mountain Highway Madness - Spring Edition. 17 March - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. This mind-numbing interval session is officially held twice a year. Runners complete one or more 15 km laps (with approximately 1 km or 3,300' of elevation change per lap) on a wide dirt and gravel access road (no traffic).  Details.

Photo left:  Stunning coastal views will reward you during the Spaghetti Tree run!

Spaghetti Trees. 30 March  - Victoria, BC, Canada.  Teagirl Katie, the girl who runs in a dress (and stockings) shows off the best our west coast has to offer.  Find the elusive Spaghetti Trees on the 12km or 16km trail  loop run in East Sooke Regional Park.  Skip past ancient copper mines and gorgeous west coast vistas.  Get to the start via an optional bike ride along the Galloping Goose trail from the ferry.  Play along with Katie's antics along the course and finish the day with a pint of local micro brew in a 116-year-old pub. Why is it called Spaghetti Trees? We'd love to hear your guesses :).  Find out more here

Burnaby Mountain Run. 14 April - Burnaby, BC, Canada. Check out the trails around the Simon Fraser University. Great views - weather permitting - and a killer hill! Details here.

Photo right: Above the clouds on Burnaby Mountain

Photo left: A group of hikers enjoying the old growth forest on the Sunshine Coast Trail during the Marathon Shuffle

Flash - Marathon Shuffle. 28 April - Powell River, BC  Canada.  A fun, low key shuffle (hike or run) on a 29 km section of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Half Shuffle (12km) option. Hosted by the PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society), the Powell River Hikers and the BOMB (Bloody Old Men's Brigade) Squad to promote the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Great trails through old growth, temperate rain forests, along creeks and lakeshore. Magnificent vistas of the Sunshine Coast, adjacent islands, nearby lakes and the city.  Free for members and non-members, a donation to PRAWS is suggested. 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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