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.
There's an interesting variety of events on your Club roster this month. For something a bit different, there's the new TCT Social Club, the Vancouver book launch for "A Dream Of Giants" and of course familiar classics like the Bagger Challenge and the Marathon Shuffle.
If you or your friends are still scared about taking out a Club Fat Ass membership, be sure to mark the North Shore Enduro in your calendar. At only 7.6 kilometers to the lap, this event is perfect for the beginning trail runner. "I'm looking for something a bit longer and more challenging," you say? Keep running laps for up to 6 hours! 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 in the world for not toeing the line. Please find details below.
Last call to submit your designs for the Club Fat Ass Youtube and Twitter pages. Contest closes 31 April and the winner will receive a Club Fat Ass Wear collectors shirt. Details here. Talking about winning, we are still looking for a couple more volunteer run leaders for the 5Peak Warm Up Run series. Volunteers will be entered into a draw for the new 5Peaks 50 Miler, Meet Your Maker, in September. Contact Sibylle
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.
TCT Social Club. 1 April - 3 September - Trans Canada Trail, BC Canada. See how far you can run on the TCT from Horseshoe Bay to the Coquihalla Summit. Self guided. Details here.
Photo Left. Last year's Baggermeister, bill Maurer, enjoying the vistas.
Photo right. Wendy and Ean at Harry Jerome's statue on the TCT in Stanley Park.
A Dream Of Giants - Book Launch Extravaganza. 18 April. Vancouver, BC Canada. Join us for the Vancouver launch of "Dream of Giants", a book about the Sunshine Coast Trail, by Emma Larocque. Bob Davey, one of the original trail builders, will cover highlights of the trail and first hand information about the trail and the upper Sunshine Coast area for hikers, runners, canoeists, kayakers, environmentalists and others who might be interested in taking an adventure holiday close to the lower mainland. The event is free for members and non-members alike. More info here.
Flash - Penrose Bay Pentathlon, Potluck and Pre-Marathon Shuffle Party. 28 April - Powell River, BC Canada. Details here.
Flash - Marathon Shuffle. 29 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.
Photo left: A group of hikers enjoying the old growth forest on the Sunshine Coast Trail during the Marathon Shuffle
North Shore Enduro. 5 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.
Membership Registration. Club membership registration for 2012 is ongoing. Yes, that means it's time to get off the couch and join the Club or renew your membership so you can benefit from all of the sweaty pleasures CFA offers.
2012 Travelling Colours Contest.
Same contest, same rules, new year. Pictures of your 2012 adventures wearing your Club t-shirt (any colour) can be posted to Flickr following the instructions here
2012 Point Series. Up-to-date standings are
. New member Marc is giving Action Jackson a run for his money by hosting weekly training runs and racking up the points. Learn how to collect points here
, or try to pry some secrets from Des the next time you see him at an event!
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.