The Mega Fat Ass is all ready to go this Saturday January 18, 2014 at
8:00am. We were successful in marking the course this past weekend
and working to get the course cleared after the wind storm this past
weekend. Unlike last year, both the 17 mile and 34 mile course are
completely snow free, but as usual plan on mud and wet conditions, as
the weather forecast calls for rain this Saturday.
Here are a few things to prepare for this weekends race:
If you haven't already done so...take the time to go online and
purchase a discover pass. This may be for the person's car (with
individual license plate) you may be carpooling with..HINT HINT!! The
Discover Pass is NOT covered in the entry for the Mega Fat Ass or the
Capitol Peak 50 mile/55k in April, so if you are planning to run
either of these races or any other races that are on Washington state
land (including WA state parks), you might as well purchase an Annual
See the Discover Pass website FAQ site that will help answer any
questions you may have. http://discoverpass.wa.gov/
Everyone also needs to make sure they have a waiver signed before starting:
(for minors under 18:
Printing these forms and bringing them already signed at registration
will help speed up registration! ThIs DNR waiver are NOT part of the
Also, we have decided to preserve the same course as in previous years
for this years Mega Fat Ass 34 mile and 17 mile. However, there are
new trail names that DNR have been out updating in the forest to
reflect the new map. Some of the trail names on this map have been
changed throughout Capitol State Forest, to reflect the new DNR
Capitol Forest Map. When in doubt, follow the red/yellow flagging or
orange spray paint arrows to follow the Fat Ass course.
Please thank the South Puget Sound Mobile Search and Rescue (SPSMSAR)
for their continued support for Capitol Peak Ultras events! SSMSAR
will be stationed at all the 3 checkpoints with water, but with no
food...remember this is a fat ass so bring your own food. If you have
a drop bag, we will have your drop bags taken to the Falls Creek
station but not the other stations...so plan accordingly! Please
clearly mark your name on your bag, otherwise you may not see it
For those running the 34 mile only, you can start at early (preferably
7am "on the nose" prior to the regular start) but please let us know
you are starting early and remember there is no guarantee you will see
your drop bag when you get to Falls Creek the first time. Please take
the 7am start if you think you will take longer than 8 hours for the
Post-race potluck: please bring a can of chicken noodle soup or
butternut squash soup (if vegetarian). We will cook it all together
and be hot and ready at the finish. If you forget soup, we will also
have Ramon noodles, hot coco and coffee also. Everyone is welcome to
hang out at the finish with FOCF, food, burn barrols and good times!
This year there is a camp host living under the camp host shelter.
Please respect the camp host if you plan to camp at the start. We
will open the gate at 2pm on Friday, but if no one is there, the gate
might be closed but will be unlocked and latched. Please make sure
you close the gate behind after you pull through...this is just to
keep others that might not be affiliated with the event from camping.
DNR have graciously let us use the Margaret McKenny campground so
please respect the camp host and anyone else after dark hours.
Camping will also be available for anyone wanting to stay Friday night
January 17. Please make sure you have a Discover Pass. Please park in
designed parking or campground but not immediately next to the finish
line event tents. There will not be camping available Saturday night,
since this event is specially permitted for Friday night and Saturday
Also, we will also be giving out bib numbers before the start. Even
if you already registered, please come early (prior to 7:30am) and
you will receive a bib number upon a receiving your signed DNR waiver.
If you haven't signed up yet, online registration will be available
until Thursday 1/16/14 at 11:59pm at the following link:
Or if anyone misses the online registration, there will be day of race
Additional donations to Friends of Capitol Forest will also be much
appreciate...FOCF are the ones who help built the new shelter at
Margaret McKenny campground and have worked hard on many thousands of
hours each year on trail projects in Capitol Forest! They will also
be out at Falls Creek to cheer you all on!
See you all soon this Saturday!
Thanks for all your continued support!