Help

This page is intended to help you find anything you need to know about the Club.  Just click on the question to find the answer. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us.

Questions

  • Thinking about joining?
  • What’s the Club all about?
  • What’s a Club event?
  • What’s the “Online Clubhouse”?
  • How do I find a Club event?
  • How do I join the Club?
  • What does it cost to join the Club?
  • Thinking about hosting an event?
  • Can any Club member host an event?
  • How do I put on an event?
  • What does Club Fat Ass do for me that I can’t do on my own?
  • Got a technical question?
  • I can’t do much in the Clubhouse. What’s up?
  • How do I share photos and videos?
  • What happened to the old Club Fat Ass website?
  • Other Questions
  • Can I get a Club t-shirt?
  • What’s the difference between a “Fat Ass” and a “Club Fat Ass” event?
  • Some of the terms you use are new to me. Please clarify.

Answers

Q: Thinking about joining?

A: Just ask to join our Club Facebook group.  It's free!


Q: What’s the Club all about?”

A: It’s all about the events!  Please see About for a comprehensive backgrounder on how the Club came to be.


Q: What’s a Club event?

A: Great question! They are what you make them. Generally speaking, Club events involve moving in the outdoors with like-minded people, thought they could also be educational (how-to) or entertaining (slide show/movie.)

Most events today are trail runs. They can be as long distance or short, but they are always inclusive. For example, a trail running event may offer a 100-mile distance, but you’re encouraged to participate even if you only run 10K.

While most Club events are free, some have a fundraising angle. All are quite informal: no t-shirt, no finisher medals, no course marking, no race marshals or other fancy stuff you pay for at more formal events.


Q: What’s the “Online Clubhouse?”

A: It’s the place where members share Club events, questions, personal accomplishments, adventures and stuff with fellow members when we’re not actually doing stuff together.  From the technical perspective, the Online Clubhouse is a Facebook Group.

Q: How do I find a Club event?

A: All Club events are showcased in the Online Clubhouse, click on Events on the menu between Members and Photos.


Q: How do I join the Club?

A: You need to be a member of the Club in order to participate in the Online Clubhouse and Club events. Anyone can apply to join the Club for free. There is no hazing or initiation, but to avoid spammers and other bad folks from membership, you will need to be approved by one of the Club administrators. If you look like you might be a runner in your Facebook profile, you’ll be approved!


Q: What does it cost to join the Club?

A: Your time or your money. The Club is based on free events. Someone has to host those events. Someone has to administer the Club. Someone has to pay the bills. We hope all Club members will contribute some time by hosting a free event, by helping at an event or with Club administration. The Club is supported financially by member donations and fundraising events.


Q: Can any Club member host an event?

A: Yes… and we hope every member will!


Q: How do I put on an event?

A:It’s easy, it’s free and it takes about 5 minutes!

Just create an event in the Club Facebook group and promote it.  If five (5) Club members or more attend, you have an "official" event and all guests get points in the annual Point Series.  (Fewer than 5 attendees is still a worthwhile endeavor, but doesn't qualify for points, so be sure to promote your Event!)  Also note that you need to share your Event on the Facebook Events page at least 2 days beforehand in order for it to qualify. 

Please see the Event Hosting instructions on the Clubhouse “Files” page.


Q: What does Club Fat Ass do for me that I can’t do on my own?

A: Save you a lot of time. Save you a lot of money. Make it easier for you to put on a better event. Help you to attract more participants. Help make you famous. The list of benefits to Event Hosts is quite compelling!


Q:  I can’t do much in the Clubhouse. What’s up?

A: Only Club members can participate in the Online Clubhouse. Please apply for a free membership in the Facebook Group.


Q: How do I best share my photos and videos from events?

A: The two ways we recommend are Facebook and Flickr.  It seems every time we get this figured-out and documented, however, the technology changes.   Here’s our rationale and some guidance on how-to:

Facebook

  • Facebook is a social networking website that makes it easy for you to connect and share with your family and friends online
  • Given the Club’s “Online Clubhouse” is on Facebook, this is the easiest way to share a few photos or videos with other members of the Club
  • Pros:  The Club Facebook Group is where Club events and discussion about the Club happen.  Facebook is free, it’s technically sophisticated and widely used.  Facebook offers decent online help for posting photos/video.
  • Cons.  You need an account.  Some people don’t like Facebook.  There are privacy concerns.  Facebook keeps changing things.

Facebook Uploading Specifics

  • Log into your Facebook account
  • Join the Club Fat Ass Facebook Group. (You will need to be approved by a Club Admin, so it might take a day.)
  • Decide where you want to share your photo.  If you share on the main group page, it will be seen by all Club members.  If you share on an event page, it will only be seen by people who have indicated they are “going” or “interested” in going to that event.
  • Above the dialog box, click on “Add Photo / Video” and upload from your phone or computer
  • Be sure to identify fellow Club members (tag button) and note the name of the event and location (in location) in the description of the photo.

Flickr

  • Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website that makes it easy for you to share photos and video
  • Pros.  The Club has used Flickr for many years.  Flickr provides a way to bring all event photos and video together in one place.  It offers lots of free storage.  Flickr offers decent user guides and other help.
  • Cons.  You need a Flickr account.  You need to understand tagging. Uploading can take a while.

Flickr Uploading Specifics

  • Log into your Flickr account
  • Join the Club Fat Ass Flickr Group. (You will need to be approved by a Club Admin, so it might take some time.)
  • Upload your photos to your Flickr account:
    1. Chose the photos you like to upload
    2. Specify you would like to add to the Club Fat Ass Flickr group
    3. Tag your photos:
      1. ClubFatAss, ClubFatAssEvents ClubFatAssEventsYear (replace “year” with the current year e.g. 2016)
      2. EventName and EventNameYear (replace “EventName” with the name of the event and “year” with the current year, i.e. VancouverNewYearsDayFatAss50 and VancouverNewYearsDayFatAss502016 )

Q:  What happened to the old Club Fat Ass website?

A:  It’s still around, so you can find all of the event reports, blog posts and other content,  You can find it by linking to archives.


Q:  Can I get a Club t-shirt?

A: The Club Fat Ass t-shirt is a controversial must-have for anyone who runs! We have a limited inventory of short-sleeved black and blue technical t-shirts available for only $25.


Q:  What’s the difference between a “Fat Ass” and a “Club Fat Ass” event?

A: The term “Fat Ass” as it applies to running events was coined by Joe Oakes in 1978 to mean “no t-shirt, no aid, no wimps.” Several community-minded folks around the world host “Fat Ass” events. “Club Fat Ass” aims to help more folks host “Fat Ass” events by introducing standards for quality and expectations and by making it easy to find Fat Ass events.


Q:  Some of the terms you use are new to me. Please clarify.

A: In the hope that we might better match the expectations of people who host events and those who participate, we’ve defined some of the terms we use below:

CFA Event – an event offered by Club Fat Ass
CFA Event Host – person who hosts a Club Fat Ass event
Guest – someone who participates in a Club Fat Ass event
Aid – what you may or may not get in a Club Fat Ass event
Crew – those who may or may not assist with a Club Fat Ass event
RP (Reference Point) – a location in an event where a guest might find aid or crew