|General Info :||This run was held for the first time on 10th February 2001, and we have not set a date yet for the next opportunity to do this as a race, although you are welcome to download the maps and do it yourself as a training run.
One of the fundamental decisions with the FAT ASS series is to have regular (approx monthly) long distance runs. This means scheduling runs in the summer months, when we are all better off at the beach. Why not combine them and have a run along the best of the beaches ? This run gives a great tour of every single beach from Palm Beach to Bondi Beach in one hit ! You can even stop for a swim, a meal, at the pub or coffee-shop or even gawk at the topless bathing beauties !
Like some of the best ideas in long distance running, the idea for this run is imported from California where the Fear and Loathing in San Francisco is a well-established DIY run through urban San Francisco. Finding the route is one of the special on the day additions !
10th February 2001
|Date/Time :||To be decided|
|Start Location :||Car Park at North Palm Beach Surf Club, Palm Beach, New South Wales (detailed start map here). This is approx 40km / 25 miles North of the Sydney CBD, which is 40 mins to an hours drive depending on time/traffic. Palm Beach is not on a train line and other than car/taxi the only other public transport is by bus.|
|Finish Location :||Wherever you decide to stop - it is a point to point course. Unless you take your own crew along, or you do a car-shuffle beforehand, you will have to be responsible for getting back to the start or your howe by yourself.|
|Start Facilities :||Car park (possibly free for drop-offs but if you leave it there you need to pay approx $8), toilets, water tap.|
|Distance :||There are the following options: 20.6km, 38.1km, 66.3km and 88.9km|
|Time Limit:||None - take as long as you like|
|Entry Fee:||Free! (although you may make a donation after the event if you feel the experience warrants payment)|
|Course Description :||A mixed terrain urban run - sand, single-track footpath, steps, short road sections and sandy beach are all included. There will be lots of twists and turns so using the map to be provided is important.|
|Course Summary :||This Fat Ass run starts at North Palm Beach Surf Club. The route starts with an out and back to the Barrenjoey Lighhouse which offers superb views of the coastline that will be followed. The route then tracks southwards towards the city but following as many bush tracks, footpaths and as much off-road as possible, although there are short sections of road. The route is hilly and will be tough.
|Full Map & Instructions:||
All maps and instructions will be handed out on the day, but feel free to check them out first:|
If you don't want to run on sand, feel free to bypass and run on the road
Leg 1 - Palm Beach to Narrabeen - 20.6km
Map1 | Map2 | Map3 | Instructions
Download the leg1 map as a word-97 file (3.7Mb)
Sunday, 11-May-2003 00:31:01 CDT
Leg 2 - Narrabeen to Manly - 17.5km
Map4 | Map5 | Instructions
Download the leg2 map as a word-97 file (2.9Mb)
Sunday, 11-May-2003 00:46:05 CDT
Leg 3 - Manly to Opera House, CBD - 28.2km
Map6 | Map7 | Instructions
Download the leg3 map as a word-97 file (2.4Mb)
Sunday, 11-May-2003 00:58:36 CDT
Leg 4 - Opera House, CBD to Bondi Beach - 22.6km
Map8 | Map9 | Instructions
Download the leg4 map as a word-97 file (2.4Mb)
Sunday, 11-May-2003 01:11:07 CDT
|Aid Summary :||As there will no aid supplied, you should carry at least one water bottle. Luckily there are many water taps and shops passed along the way so it is very easy to self cater. Make sure you bring some money to buy your own goodies.|
|Route Marking Summary :||As there will no track markings for the race whatsoever, you should pick up a FREE! map of the course at the start, or purchase your own. If you come off track, look at your map and work out the best way to get back on route.|
You should also bring along a plastic envelope or something to keep the map dry if it rains or if you sweat heavily.
|Intending Runners :||If you have read the introduction about Fat Ass runs and the waiver that you MUST sign and are still keen to run then email me|