PIGTAILS RUN “SWEET 16” – THE FAT ASS RETURNS
The plan is for a very sweet non covid and LIVE race for us all.
WHAT IS A FAT ASS?
Fat Ass races are in the grand tradition of ultras being relaxed, low key, low amenities but still a solid good time.
REGISTRATION DONATIONS / RACE COSTS
We will be handling registration and costs a different way this year. Although it is listed on ultrasignup so we can enter the race times after the race; you will need to follow these instructions to register.
- Email – email@example.com
- With the following information –
- Full Name
- Age on Race Day
- City and State
- Expected Finish Time
- If this is a special race for you
- With the following information –
Once this information is received you will be added to the UltraSignup event.
- Suggested donation $20 – Donations are appreciated, and these keep the run going. Donations are used to pay for event costs, ie permits, insurance, food, supplies, improvements for future races etc. Left over funds are donated to charity. We will be accepting donations on race day but if you are wanting to send early you can.
- Venmo ID:
- PayPal ID:
- If sending prior to the race please clarify this as the race donation, thanks
IN ADDTION TO THE MONETARY DONATION WE ARE ALSO ASKING FOR YOU TO
- Please bring 2-3 items and have at least one item be chicken noodle soup or butternut squash soup so that we can warm ourselves up at the aid station and the finish. All left over donated can goods will be going to various local Food Banks.
- If you want to bring other items to share please feel free to do so.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE AND CUT OFF TIMES
RACE DAY: 12/11/2021
Early Start: 6:30AM for 50K & Marathon Only (Bring headlamp), Regular Start for 50K & Marathon: 7:30AM, Start for Half Marathon: 8:30AM with no early start.
Check In: 6:10AM-7:25AM-8:25AM (All runners must check in.), Race Briefing: 6:25 for Early and 7:25 for Regular and 8:25 for Half.
CUT OFF FOR THE 50K IS 12:00 PM and for Marathoner is 1:00 PM.
RACE DAY – COURSE – COME BACK AFTER 4/1 TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE AWARE OF POSSIBLE COURSE CHANGES. IT WILL BE IN THE SAME VACINITY IF MOVED BUT IT MAY REMOVE THE 8 MILES OF TRAIL NEAR A ROAD.
START/FINISH: CEDAR RIVER TRAILHEAD AT LANDSBURG PARK
For directions, Landsburg Rd SE & SE 252nd PL, Ravensdale WA 98051
25187 Landsburg Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038
Proposed possible changes –
start the route in Maple Valley at Four Corners shopping area (by the Panera and Grocery Outlet). There is a lot of parking there and the trail is right there. The only drawback there is no bathroom unless the local businesses like McDonalds, Starbucks, etc will be open by that time. There’s a Safeway and Fred Meyer nearby. You would run out to the intersection where the Green to Cedar trail becomes the Cedar river trail and make that right turn that the 50kers do on their way back to the finish on my original course. For a half marathon, you turn around at the last bridge that crosses the Cedar River (it’s a big foot bridge) on the way to Landsburg and turn around. There is a road about half a mile before that for an aid station. Marathoners would do a double out and back. 50Kers can run all the way to the Landsburg parking (original start) and do that out and back twice for about 32 miles.
RACE COURSE –
THIS COURSE IS USATF SANCTIONED
This run is on Cedar River Trail. There is no significant hill unless you are running the 50K where there is a slight hill at mile 21 when you leave the marathon course to do an extra out and back to get the additional 5 miles before returning to the marathon course at mile 26. The marathon course is about 11 miles packed gravel and 15 miles paved bike path. The 50K is 16 miles packed gravel and 15 miles paved bike path. The race start/finish is at Landsburg Park in Ravensdale.
I will start all runners at the gate of the power line trail that parallels the Cedar River Trail for ½ mile out and ½ mile back. This will spread out runners before having to squeeze on the trail next to the gate where runners will run a little bit of road on the bridge over the river, through the parking area and finally on the Cedar River Trail (this is only 0.15mi from the power line gate). All runners will run the slightly downstream packed gravel rails to trail to the 1st aid station (with volunteers) at 5.85mi, continue straight to the 2nd aid station at 11.25mi, 2.45 miles to the boundary of King County Parks/City of Renton at 13.7 miles at turn around and now slight upstream, 2.45mi back to aid station at 16.15mi, and back to aid station at 21.55mi . At that point marathoners will continue straight back to the finish (4.7mi to go). 50K runners will turn right/uphill towards Lake Wilderness for 2.45mi out (slightly more uphill grade) before turning around back to last aid station with 4.7mi to the end. The finish will end at the end of the Cedar River trail, so you won’t have to run through the parking area and on the road over the river as in the beginning. Please dress appropriately for the run and remember to bring warm clothes to change into at the finish.
The course will be marked with spray paint and signs at intersections and turn-around. The course is flat with the first half predominantly downstream and second half predominantly upstream. Be careful not to wear yourself out in the first half!
There is one major intersection at Cedar Grove Road between aid #1 and #2 (and again between #3 and #4 on the back) that is a traffic light. You should NOT cross here and go under the street via the tunnel, the course will be marked with X’s at the above intersection. The intent this year is to have more course markings!
BATHROOMS ALONG COURSE
There has always been one port o’ potty at the start/finish. Depending on need and registration numbers we will add a second one here and one on the course.
COURSE AND SAFETY ON IT
Try to do your best to be safe at all times and try not to put anyone else in an unsafe situation. Aid Station Volunteers will have cell phones to call for assistance or emergency evacuation from any point on the trail if needed.
Total mileage marathon: 26.26mi
Total mileage 50K: 31.16mi
PLEASE CARPOOL! We will try to squeeze in as many cars in the main parking as possible. DO NOT BLOCK THE GATE OF THE WATERSHED directly above the Home Aid Station. This has happened where some runners parked too close to the gate and the watershed threatened to get those cars towed. Cars can also park in a wide area across the river on the south side where we actually start the race. Finally, after that, there is street parking but there is not much room on the shoulder, so carpool and arrive early enough to get a spot. No parking pass required.
No drop bags. In past years, only a few people used them and it was always a hassle to get them back to the runner’s expectations. You can leave stuff at the first aid station and grab it on your way back. If you forget to pick it up again, you will just have to wait until the aid station closes and for the aid station workers to return to the start/finish to get it back.
There are water/Hammer electrolyte drink along the course, you can refill your bottle (no cups on the course).
All runners should bring donations of 2-3 canned items 1 being chicken noodle soup and the other butternut squash soup. These will be at the finish line and manned aid stations.
MANNED AID STATION
In addition to the soup we will provide the regular race fare of chips, gummy candy, pop, cookies, mini candy bars, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pickles, bananas, oranges.
Hammer nutrition will be providing ENDUROLYTES FIZZ® and HAMMER GEL® for the manned stations – registrants will also receive these items in their bag at back pick-up.
FINISH LINE FOOD
Soups (butternut squash and chicken noodle)- in addition to the soup we will provide the regular race fare of chips, gummy candy, pop, chocolate milk, cheese and ham quesadillas, candy, pickles, cookies, bananas, oranges ….
- With the return of the Fat Ass race there will be left over swag while it lasts at packet pickup. Hats will sell for $10 each/.
- Other than that all runners will receive a race medal and a Pigtails patch for you to place wherever you want.
- Extra patches will be available at $1 each but only available at the finish line if they are available.
- NO MAILING OF SWAG NOT PICKED UP ON RACE DAY!
Volunteers are needed!
8-9 volunteers are wanted for help at the manned aid station, timing table, check in and finish line food prep.
Volunteers will receive a special swag item – I’m still contemplating the volunteer swag, it will most likely be an embroidered sweatshirt with race patches and year
There will be no photographer this year to keep costs down. We will gladly take your photo at the finish for you and we encourage you to share photos of your run with us if you take them on the course.
CURRENT COURSE RECORDS
The top 3 Female and Top 3 Male runners in each race distance will receive a ceramic piggy bank celebrating that win.
Upholding the longstanding tradition of record breaking cash prizes – The Marathon and The 50K will continue to receive $31.10 and $26.20 in cash for a record breaking time of the distance they registered for. If you dropped, you do not qualify for cash prizes. You will still have the fame in future race websites and on ultra signup. See below for more information on records and dropping distances.
Female: Marlene Farrell 3:02:10 (2012)
Male: Uli Steidl 2:31:26 (2012)
Female: Gina Slaby 3:40:58 (2017)
Male: Zach Gingerich 3:18:07 (2017)
With the only live half marathon participation being in 2019 and then the race being virtual in 2020, course records for this distance will be determined for 2022 with this race.
Should you be asked to drop due to time constraints or you just feel your body wanting to stop 50K and Marathon runners can drop to the lower distance race with no time penalty. You will need to alert the timers of your drop at the finish. If you have a record breaking time on the distance you dropped to, you will unfortunately not be eligible for the cash prize but you will have your name in fame – here and in the race results posted to UltraSignup.
ANIMALS AND STROLLERS ON COURSE
Unfortunately, the course does have some crushed rock portions, actually over 6 miles of it; so strollers aren’t the best idea.
Also, race insurance doesn’t cover dogs on the course and we ask that you leave them at home. Sorry folks, no dogs on course. You will not be allowed to start if you have a dog with you. You will not leave your dog in your car upon arrival and being told you can’t start with one. SO LEAVE THE PUPS AT HOME WHERE IT IS WARM AND THEY ARE COMFORTABLE.
If weather is really nasty, I will have garbage bags for runners to help with rain and wind. Everyone should carry one water bottle and most of their fuel. There will be gels on course to help supplement but not to fuel everyone for their entire run. Weather is iffy this time of year – rain, sleet, snow or possibly sun, be prepared to have the best race.
**PLEASE, NO LITTERING ON THE COURSE. CARRY YOUR TRASH TO THE AID STATIONS AND DEPOSIT THERE.
SPONSOR – Hammer Nutrition
Once again we have been given the continued support from Hammer Nutrition. They will be providing: ENDUROLYTES FIZZ® and HAMMER GEL® for the start and aid locations, registrants will also receive these items in their bag at back pick-up
WAIVERS: You can pre print the waiver here to bring with you. There will be some available at check in.