With cash or with human resources, Club Fat Ass supports the following causes:

Mary Leliveld Triathlon – BC Bursary Fund

Mary Leliveld loved amateur athletics. She was a competitive runner, cyclist, triathlete who competed for Canada on the Canadian National Triathlon team at the World Triathlon Championships in 2004. In addition to being a top age group athlete and an active member of Club Fat Ass, she inspired others to achieve their dreams through sport.

Mary died of melanoma way too early at the age of 40. Her spirit lives on and inspired her friends to host a Club Fat Ass event in her name. Mary Leliveld’s Happy Trail Run was conceived as a way for friends to celebrate Mary’s life and as a fundraiser for a bursary in her name. This fund helps deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to afford. Specifically, the fund will pay for race fees, travel and accommodations of athletes who are recommended by TriathlonBC.  TriathlonBC distributes a minimum of $500 annually, with a payout of no less than $250.

If you would like to support the fund, the specifics are:

Triathlon BC Mary Leliveld Fund
PO BOX 34098, Station “D”
Vancouver BC V6J 4M1 Canada

North Shore Rescue

North Shore Rescue (NSR) is a mountain Search and Rescue team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The team consists of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings.  NSR performs over 100 search & rescue operations annually.

Club Fat Ass members and NSR volunteers share a passion for the mountains and trails on Vancouver’s north shore.  Several NSR volunteers are Club members. Several Club members have benefited from NSR’s helping hands.

The Sunshine Coast Trail

The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180 kilometer (118 mile) hiking trail located approximately 100 kilometers up the coast from Vancouver near Powell River, British Columbia, Canada.

The Sunshine Coast Trail offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. The trail is not well known and it’s natural beauty threatened by logging.

To raise awareness of the trail, raise funds for trail maintenance and as part of a “boys weekend on the road” four Vancouver ultrarunners from Club Fat Ass attempted to run the full length of the trail non-stop in 2003.  The trail won.  They came back in 2004 and one runner completed the distance.  Their adventure was documented in a movie:  XS NRG. Other Club members have since upped the ante with faster times.

The runners wanted to share the logistics of their run with other experienced ultra runners who might want to beat their running record time of 44-hours.  You can find details of their run on the Club Fat Ass archive site.

Runners can expect to enjoy rocky coastline, flat and fast trails through old-growth forests of Douglas fir and red cedar, nasty, rooty climbs up steep mountains and equally challenging descents. The trail passes through several communities including Powell River. Total vertical gain and loss over the course of the trail are approximately 8,300 meters. In perspective, that is like climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and back twice from sea level.

Each year, running friends of the Sunshine Coast Trail get together for a taste of the trail with the support of Club Fat Ass. The 30K Marathon Shuffle in late April is listed in the Club event calendar.


Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay

The Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community-based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.  Here’s a list of current Easter Seals of BC events.

For several years, Club Fat Ass member, Glenn Pacé, ran 100 miles during the 24-hour relay and raise funds for disadvantaged children.  The Club is a proud sponsor of Glenn’s effort.