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Q: I don't want to run, but I'd like to help. What might I do?
A: You're a hero! If you can make the time, we can find you something to do as part of the event crew. Some thoughts at crew tasks.
Q: If I decide to run, what should I bring?
A: Whatever you'd normally wear for a run of the distance you select to run given the conditions of the day. Don't forget to read and print out the information in the Agenda.
Q: Are there aid stations?
A: We recommend you come prepared to run without external aid. There may be some aid, but only if your family and friends step forward and offer to organize a central aid station. (See aid.)
Q: What can I win?
A: Nothin. The solo man and woman and the team to finish the most laps get bragging rights. All participants and times go up on the Results page for posterity sake.
Q: I've never done a trail run before. Is this a good place to start?
A: Yes. As far as north shore trails go, this route is tame and safe and at 7.6 kilometers per lap, totally achievable by a mere mortal.
Q: How tough is the course?
A: Tough question to answer! How well are you trained? You doing the whole 6-hour enchilada or running as part of a team? Why not see for yourself and run the course one day between now and the event?
Q: Do I really need to print off the course instructions and bring them with me?
A: We recommend you do. The loop course is fairly straightforward, but it is not marked with surveyor tape or chalk or anything else that might potentially leave a trace of the event.
Q: Can I wait until the last minute and join at the start?
A: Yes, but we prefer you don't. Last minute registration makes it very difficult to organize and coordinate the event. Besides, we only take day-of-event registrants on run day which means you'll have to spend another $35 if you want the cool Club Fat Ass t-shirt and free access to other events later in the year.
Q: What if I get lost?
A: You shouldn't get lost, but if you do, you're not far from civilization.
Q: Do I get credit for any time I spend off-course?
A: Are you kidding? If you do find an obvious mistake in the course directions, point it out to Marc at the post-run party for a free beer!
Q: Couldn't you mark the course like just about every other running race I've ever been in? It's a pain to pause and read instructions.
A: It's a requirement of Club Fat Ass that events be low impact and environmentally friendly. We don't want to put chalk/flour on the ground, hang surveyor tape in the trees, paint rocks, put up signs or glow sticks or do anything that might leave a trace of the race. Besides, having to pause and read the directions may slow down the faster runners.
Q: What is the 'Rule of the Trail'?
A: If you pack it in, you can pack it out. (That means don't you dare litter!) Leave nothing but your footprints on the trail. We strongly encourage you to pick up any trash you find along the trail and to point this out to Andy when you submit your lap times. There may be a recognition award for the person who packs out more than they packed in.
Q: What if I have to heed the call of nature.
A: There are washrooms at the start/finish.
Q: I am supposed to be self-sufficient because there is no aid provided. Can I get a friend to come out and give me food and drink along the route?
A: Absolutely! In fact, it would be nice if your friend were to help everyone. Please have your friends and family members contact us and we will do all we can to insure that they have fun, as well.
Q: Can I bring my friends and family to the post event party even if they didn't run or volunteer? Do they have to be Club Fat Ass members?
A: Friends and family are absolutely welcome and no, they do not have to be Club Fat Ass members. Please be sure to specify how many guests you will bring with you on your registration form and please ask them to be self-sufficient.
Q: Are there any trophies, prizes or other hardware or freebies?
A: If you assume there's no aid, no course marking, no t-shirt, no enthusiastic spectators and no prizes or freebies of any sort, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Q: When will the 'official' results be available?
A: We hope to have the results up on this website within 24 hours of the finisher party. We will also distribute the results to major local and national ultrarunning communities.