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
NO Day of race registration PLEASE
Distance changes allowed up to and on race day
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 and Marathon IS 2:00 PM. Please remember your volunteers that worked hard in the cold all day do want to go home. If you feel like you will take longer than 6.5 hours take the early start to get the extra hour so we can all go home and get warm.
The manned aid station on the course will begin packing up at 1:30pm
RACE DAY – COURSE –
Start the route in Maple Valley at Four Corners shopping area (by the Panera and Grocery Outlet). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints address is 26800 236th Pl SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038 and it is next to the start. Do not park there. Park at 4 Corners Shopping area. 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 –
Trailhead and stay on the trail – The 13.1 and 26.2 will turn around at the big bridge by Big Bend National Park, the 26.2 will repeat this twice. The 50K will go on the trail to the Old Start/Finish at Landsburg Park and will repeat this twice. There is a little more elevation for all races than prior years, but not much overall.
Total mileage marathon: 26.26mi
Total mileage 50K: 31.16mi
THIS COURSE IS USATF SANCTIONED
This run is on Cedar River Trail. The start and finish will be at Maple Valley Four Corners Shopping area – there is a trail entrance between MOD Pizza and the Church of Latter Day Saints.
The course will be marked with spray paint and signs at intersections and turn-around.
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.
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.
Half Marathon runners will hit the manned aid station at 5.5, 7.75
Marathoners will hit the manned aid station at approx mileage 5.5, 7.75, 18.5, 20.5
50K runners will hit the manned aid station at approx mileage 5.5, 10.5, 21.5, 26
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.
There will be 1 unmanned aid station at the old Landsburg trail entrance turn around point for the 50k racers.
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 ….
Since this is a fat ass and the course finishes near a ton of yummy and warm places to eat the fare will not be over the top but there will be plenty of standard race fare and soup.
PLEASE CARPOOL! – Start the route in Maple Valley at Four Corners shopping area (by the Panera and Grocery Outlet). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints address is 26800 236th Pl SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038 and it is next to the start. Do not park there. Park at Four Corners Shopping area.
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.
- 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.