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Actually it's a pretty simple concept, so there's not much more to say except a few words from our friends :


John F Kennedy, ex-President of the USA

... We don't do these things because they are easy - but because they are hard ...

David Blaikie

... Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being -- a call that asks who they are ...

Dave Flimpyhead

... The emergence of Fat Ass has been something akin to a spiritual revelation - in contrast to the total blandness of the NSW triathlon scene and the few boring marathons previously available, Fat Ass has stood out like a shining beacon, beckoning with the promise of the uncertain, the untested and definitely the uncomfortable. I yearn more of the same - not the same runs but the same uncertainty. I want to look at the Fat Ass calender and see new runs, not repeats from last year. We know that Fat Ass isn't for everyone. Most people prefer to stick to the same few organised runs, year in and year out, trying to beat their PB by three seconds or whatever they do. There are a million trails out there and even more stupid ideas waiting to be articulated. I don't want to know which Fat Ass runs are going to be on the calender in ten years time. I am not interested in running the Blue Labyrinth #25 in 2024 to qualify for a Fat Ass singlet. Anything which resembles the mainstream running scene should be jettisoned ... Flimpyhead email continued

Dave Flimpyhead

... It's just a bunch of people dreaming up long runs just for the hell of it, and trying to out-do each other in stupidity ...