The Lost Art of the Fat Ass …
But in an age in which organized races take place nearly every weekend –
and some have grown so popular as to require near-immediate registration, or a lottery, to get in –
low-key, under-the-radar, non-race events provide a refreshing change of pace to runners
who feel the fun is lost in the pursuit of yet another finisher’s tee.
In ultrarunning parlance, these informal affairs are known as “Fat Ass” (or “fatass”) events.
Sometimes, they’re exclusive, and they’re always at least a little bit hush-hush.
“A Fat Ass is not a race,” says “Sherpa” John Lacroix, 34, of Thornton, Colorado.
“It’s a glorified group run. No aid, no shirts, no awards, no wimps.”
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