Dear Friends and Members of Club Fat Ass,
I'd like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012.
It's been a great year of running and camaraderie. With one more more Flash adventure coming up between Christmas and New Year, there's still an opportunity to squeeze in a run with your friends before 2011 comes to a close!
As you wrap-up the current year, be sure to take a moment to see how your efforts stacked-up against those of your hyperactive friends. Does the Point Series include all of the Club events you participated in? Are the best moments between you and your CFA t-shirt reflected in the Travelling Colours Contests? If you are gunning for a prize, be sure you're up-to-date by 27 December. Winners are announced on the website and prizes awarded at the party after the Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50km Run.
2012 is shaping up to offer even more events and challenges. Don't forget to renew or join the Club before the end of December. If you're planning great athletic accomplishments in 2012, be sure to note them online so your friends and fellow Club members can hold your feet to the fire. You might even win a prize.
Rather run than shop 'till you drop? Get that special someone a Club membership ($75), a signature t-shirt ($25) or check out our cheeky merchandise at the Club Fat Ass store as a way to say you care about friends and fitness.
Merry Christmas, peace on earth and happy trails,
Chief Executive Fat Ass
Flash - Cheers for Beers. 27 December - 1 January - Vernon BC. 6 Marathons in six days could be called a Canadian six-pack, eh? Check out the line-up of courses host Lorie has in mind here.
Photo left: Beautiful Kal Park is one of the 6 locations for the Canadian Six Pack line-up of marathons. Original photo is posted here.
Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run. 1 January 2012 - Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 50
km resolution run to kick off the New Year on the right foot. Those who are more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep can opt for a custom course of 1 to 49 km. More details here
Photo left. One never knows what the weather holds in store for the Vancouver New Year's FA 50 Run...
Photo right: Trish plays the agony pipes at the Run for the Haggis
Flash - Snowshoe for the Haggis. Sometime in Februrary - North Vancouver, BC Canada. A snowshoe run/hike followed by a full-on traditional Robbie Burns celebration with elements of poetry, music, address to the haggis, feasting, and drinking of Scotch whiskey. More details will be posted on the website soon.
Photo left: Running through fresh pow during the Squamish Scrambler
Squamish Scrambler. 11 February - Squamish, BC, Canada. This is an out-and-back snowshoe hike/run up to Elfin Lakes Cabin in Squamish (22km). Bring the family as far as Red Heather, a 10km return snowshoe hike, or continue on up towards Little Diamond Head, or out towards Mamquam Lake, depending on conditions and motivation. Savor spectacular views of The Tantalus Range, Howe Sound and Sky Pilot. More info here.
Photo right. The Capilano Canyon Night Run is as much a social affair as a run.
Capilano Canyon Night Run. 18 February - North Vancouver, BC, Canada. A 90-minute run that starts in a suburban neighborhood, traverses the twilight zone, then stimulates your senses with a trail run in the mist and inky blackness of the Capilano Canyon. Choose between a guided group run at a gentle pace for the socially-inclined and first time night runner, or a competitive run for those more motivated by the clock and the opportunity to rip their buddy's lungs out. Both runs are followed by a pool party, a potluck party as a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Entry limited to the first 50, so please register early!
2012 Club Colours and Membership Registration. We have pre-ordered special Fat Ass Wear t-shirts this year. I still have all sizes available, but numbers are limited. If you'd like a new, no-stink, short shirt sleeve 2012 collector shirt, better not procrastinate and renew your membership now.
Business Members. We are happy to welcome back Active Life Physio and Kintec. Both businesses have been long time supporters of Club Fat Ass. Please consider them when you need physio treatment or anything related to your feet and shoes.
If you are interested in a business membership, please check out what Club Fat Ass can offer you here.
Steering Committee. We need your help, ideas and feedback. Now is the time to get off your rear end and start thinking about joining the Club Fat Ass Steering Committee. Please contact Sibylle if you can contribute a little bit of love and enthusiasm to helping manage the club.
All our annual contests
will wrap-up on 31 December at midnight. Check how you're doing in the Club Point Series
. 'Still time to make your way to the top of the leader board by submitting all your wandering t-shirt photos. Ask your friends to favorite them. Rope your friends into becoming Fat Asses. See how you've done with your New Years Resolutions
Refer A Friend Contest. Jess Dagg, Carlos Castillo and David Papineau are in a tie for a pair of trail shoes kindly provided by business member Kintec. They better refer a couple more friends to Club Fat Ass to claim the prize! Should we still have a tie December 27th, we will draw a winner. Check out how you can win next year by sharing the love in the Refer a Friend Contest. Current standings here.
Travelling Colors Contest.
It is not too late for submissions. Instructions on how to participate are posted here
. If you have already submitted a photo, make sure you tell your friends about it. The more attention an image receives, the better chance it has to be the most popular photo in the contest and win. The winner of the 2011 Travelling Colours Contest will receive a full refund on the 2011 membership dues. Second place will go home with a Sole Footcare Package kindly sponsored by businessmember Kintec Footlabs
. A gallery of current submissions are posted here
Club Point Series. We seem to have a winner, but then again it is not too late to earn some strategic points by submitting photos of you and your favorite club shirt in non-CFA event, refering new members or hosting a Flash Event. All points need to be submitted by 27 December. Check-out who is going for the prize - a pair of trail shoes from Kintec - here. Learn how to collect points for next year.
CAUSES YOUR CLUB SUPPORTS
Club Fat Ass and our members support a variety of charities, causes and events. Please check them out here.
If you have any causes close to your heart and want to raise awareness and/or funds let us know. A number of CFA Event Hosts use their events as fund raisers. Be sure to consider the special section on the Club website that offers ideas on how to raise money for your favorite cause while hosting a free CFA event.
CFA does not sell or otherwise distribute our member list.