“What would one do at a typical Club event?” you ask. Most likely something outdoors that would get your heart pumping. Activities like running, snowshoeing, peak-bagging or cycling.
Club Events are hosted by Club members, so each Club event is a reflection of the unique personality of the Event Host. Fundraisers excepted, all Club events are free to Club members.
For an up-to-date listing of Club events, please check our Events page on Facebook.
To apply for membership, just click on the “Join” button on our Facebook page. We’ll approve you right away.
There are no annual membership dues. To help us cover costs, please consider donating whatever the Club is worth to you.
The Steering Committee is the small team of volunteer members who meet every other month to make decisions, ensure that stuff gets done and otherwise do the heavy lifting. Steering Committee members serve two (2) years or more.
If you’re interested in hosting an event or serving on the Steering Committee, please contact us.
Western States 100-mile Endurance Run.
The only local distance event Joe could find was the 50 mile Christmas Relays which required a team of 7, so he entered himself in each of the 7 legs and attracted 10 teams to accompany his solo attempt. Organizing the relay was a chore, so the next year (1979) Joe simply invited anyone who wanted to run an informal 50-miler to join him. He called it the Fat Ass 50.
The concept of low-key, no frills, low or no-cost events has struck a chord with experienced, self-sufficient runners. The name Fat Ass has stuck for this type of event and numerous Fat Ass events have sprung up around the world.
Inspired by Joe Oakes, another Western States 100-mile participant, Ean Jackson, hosted the first Fat Ass 50 kilometer run in Canada on New Years day in 1993. Jackson’s aim was to create an annual hangover cure for his ultrarunning friends... something that could be totally managed via the Internet, leaving him free to run with his friends rather than fret about the details of event management.
Since 1993, the Vancouver Fat Ass 50 has grown steadily in popularity and notoriety. The concept of providing detailed course directions to each participant rather than marking the course markings was an early innovation. So was providing special recognition to those who helped fellow runners, picked up trash or otherwise did good deeds during the event. Along the way fellow ultrarunner, Sibylle Tinsel, organized a night run and other free, oddball running events.
The challenge of linking athletes with enthusiastic hosts of fun, low-key, free events became the genesis for Club Fat Ass. Club Fat Ass was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2003. It welcomed it’s 1,000th member in March, 2015. As 2016 draws to a close, the Club has a membership of almost 2,000. You'll recognize a fellow Club member by the distinctive t-shirt they are wearing!
Since 2003, the Club has hosted over 500 trail running, road running, cycling, snowshoeing, back-country skiing, mountain climbing and peak-bagging events.
Please see the Help page for answers to many typical questions.