“Not a Race”

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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.
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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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