Monday, January 9, 2012

Capitol Peak Mega Fat Ass Update


Happy 2012! This year brings some changes to Capitol Peak Ultras events. You should have already received a confirmation for the Capitol Peak Mega Fat Ass on January 21, 2012. And thus another reminder...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 Pass.

See the Discover Pass website FAQ site that will help answer any questions you may have.

Also, we have decided to preserve the same course as last April's 55k for this years Mega Fat Ass 34 mile and 17 mile. The only change is there is a brand new trail you will take (new 6A trail) on the return to the finish, instead of a spur logging road. The course will be clearly marked and so look for the sign "To Finish"...this time I promise is not as far as last years "To Finish" reminder:)

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. Drop bags will be taken to the Falls Creek station but not the other plan accordingly! Please clearly mark your name on your bag, otherwise you may not see it again. For those running the 34 mile only, you can start at early (preferrably 1 hour "on the nose" prior to the regular start) but please let us know you are starting and remember there is no guarantee you will see your drop bag when you get to Falls Creek the first time.

Camping will also be available for anyone wanting to stay Friday night April 20th. There is no camping fee, but please make sure you have a Discover Pass. If the gate closed, it will only be latched and not locked. Please relatch the gate after you enter the campground Friday night. Please park in designed parking or campground but not immediately next to the large event tent. There will not be camping available Saturday night, since this event is specially permitted for Friday night and Saturday only.

Also, we will also be giving out bib numbers at registration. Even though this is a fat ass, we wanted to test out our new timing system for the 50mile/55k in April. This will also make things easier to get overall results at the finish but will not have any overall or age group awards...think of it as a fat ass with some structure:) Please come early to registration (prior to 7:30am) and you will receive a bib number upon a receiving your signed waiver and $5. Additional donations to Friends of Capitol Forest will also be much appreciate...FOCF are the ones who built the new 6A trail and many other trail projects in Capitol Forest!

See you all soon!

Thanks for all your continued support!

John Pearch