|Ada says: Ha, ha, I don't have to run...|
|Blake says: "climb tree"|
|The gals: Hayley, Joanne, and Kassandra, ready to rock, I mean Summit Rock. Joanne sporting her customary cat-in-the-hat injinji trail socks - she has a knack for trail fashion.|
|Hayley, smelling the barn|
|Doing her best to ignore the cute little boys handing out medals|
|Umm, so when is mamma getting here?|
|There she is.|
|Uhh, that hurt.|
|That really hurt. Ada empathizing.|
|Kassandra, blowing kisses to the crowd.|
2015 Saratoga Fat Ass Race Report
Actually I don't really "race" fat ass events. To me these things are more like semi-organized group runs. To the best of my knowledge, fat asses were introduced as way to put on a race or run, for no cost. You would ideally keep the participant number below the threshold that would require you to get a permit for the event, and there would be no medals, t-shirts, etc. Aid would be sparse as well, although I have known some fas ass organizers to be pretty generous. Around here these races are predominant in January and February - the thinking being that most runners take some time off around christmas doing a lot of eating and sitting and replenishing fat stores. But then the fat has to come off before we get into real racing season.
The Saratoga Fat Ass is one of my favorite courses. It is a course that I repeat in training year around because of what beautiful terrain you get to experience. I've run it in both directions, the 50 mile version, when it was hot, when it was raining, it never disappoints. This year was no different as we had pretty much perfect trail conditions with perfect running weather. Also, this year marks the first that the race was organized by the generous Keith Blom, who has probably been running this thing since it was invented. I love that in the ultra-trail community there are so many people that decide to give back to the sport, and I've seen Keith volunteer at a bunch of the stuff around here and he is always high-energy, thoughtful and on-the-ball.
I talked my new trail running buddy James into joining us for the race this year and we also hooked up with local trail star Jean Pommier (his account here: http://fartherfaster.blogspot.com/2015/01/2015-week-2-two-ultras-already-yeah.html).
|Mingling before the start.|
|I mean really beautiful morning.|
|Jean, hammering the downhills.|
|James practicing some new downhill technique.|
|Jean, leading the way across slate creek.|
|Kristina Irvin was out and about - good chance to catch breath...|