Vancouver New Years Day Fat Ass 50K Run + Swim - Jan01

  • Date
    Friday, 01 January, 2021
  • Time
    From 09:00 am to 03:00 pm PST
  • Organizer name
    Club Fat Ass
  • Price
    Free
  • Website
  • Address
    Brockton Oval Fieldhouse, Stanley Park
    5 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC

What?
• A 50-kilometer resolution run to kick the New Year off on the right foot
• A less extreme challenge (1-49K) for the more hung-over and those with resolutions they are not likely to keep.
• A more extreme challenge (100K) if you're a REAL keener
• A refreshing post-run dip in the Pacific Ocean to blow away any cobwebs that remain
• Out and back course through the most beautiful areas of the city
• 60% trails, 25% bike paths, 15% sidewalks
• permitted by Metro Vancouver Parks
• 100 participants max. Please sign-up early to avoid disappointment.
• 27th year running!

Cost

• Free to Participating Members of Club Fat Ass. (Join here: https://www.clubfatass.com/join/)
• Bring a few bucks or your credit card to pay for parking, to buy yourself some junk food along the way and for the finisher party

Agenda

• 07:00 - Drag your sorry, hung-over carcass out of bed. Check the weather. Early start #1
• 08:00 - Early start #2
• 08:30 - Arrive at Brockton Track, Stanley Park. Check-in next to the fire hydrant in front of the change rooms.
• 08:50 - Welcome and final briefing
• 08:55 - Photo
• 09:00 - Start
• 11:00 - First 25K finisher
• 13:00 - First 50K finisher
• 15:00 - "Official" finish line close.
• 16:00 - Finisher party - Two Lions Pub (Westview Mall - Hwy #1 at Westview in North Vancouver)

Course
The course covers some of Vancouver's most beautiful areas along trails, gravel- and paved paths and some road/sidewalk. Terrain ranges from flat to gently rolling. Find detailed course descriptions here:

• Phone: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/edM4QrZ5Hq
• Paper: www.facebook.com/groups/clubfatass/10152007322157324/

Despite the detailed descriptions and warnings (e.g. If in doubt, read the directions!!), people get lost on the course every year. Consider it a rite of passage.

This is an informal, environmentally-friendly event. Be sure to use RunGo or print the course description and bring with you as there are no flags, marshals or other directions. Better yet, train on the course during the year.

What to Bring?

• Your New Years resolutions
• If you want a race number, bring one (for example, your favorite or most exotic race)
• Your own aid (if you don't know what that is, better wait another year)
• Your own official timing system (a watch/smartphone will do, even if the second hand doesn't work)
• Bathing suit, shower stuff and a change of clothes for afterward

Getting to the Start

The start and finish are at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver. Follow the signs as if you were going to the aquarium. Just past the aquarium, take the road to your right and follow it to Brockton Oval (the track). Best to park in the lot nearest the change rooms, as that's where the start is. Note that it's pay parking

Freeze Your Fat Ass 50

Celebrate surviving the Fat Ass 50 and kick-off the new year with a 50 second (or longer) "polar bear" swim in Burrard Inlet. Bring a towel and, if you want, a bathing suit.

Post-Run Awards

• Runners, friends, and family are encouraged to meet afterward for food and beverages and awards
• 16:00-18:00 @ Two Lions Pub. Conveniently located just over the bridge in Westview Mall (#1 and Westview 604-983-3083)

Notes

• It's not a race, but we do keep track of your times so you have something to compare to next year
• This is the first event in the 2020 Club Fat Ass Point Series
• We hope everyone will run the same course, but won't disqualify folks for getting lost and running extra distance
• This event is not sponsored or sanctioned or anything else that would qualify it as an official event. It does have a permit, though
• Parking, showers and change facilities (08:30 to 16:00) are available at Brockton Oval. It's pay parking. The machines take credit cards. The showers are lukewarm but seem hot after you've been for a dip in the ocean
• Results will be submitted to the media for the sake of posterity. We often get coverage on the television news. It seems a lot of people think we are odd because we willingly do this to ourselves.
• Expect rain, maybe snow, some trails, some pavement, some old friends and maybe some new.