Saturday, January 10, 2009

It's that time again kids. The Fremont Fat Ass 50K.
January 24th 8am
It's time again for the 3rd annual FFA 50k. Mike Palmer and myself are inviting anyone who wants to come out and have a lot of fun. It will be the same course as last year. You should carry at least 1 bottle and snacks. There are no aid station or awards it's just a fun run. So no whinning . There are places to get water about every 3-5 miles, we will provide detailed maps made by FJ Jerry Roninger at the start.
The start is at Quarry lakes East bay regional park in Fremont.
The Fremont 50K for 2008 will occur Saturday 1/24, at 8AM at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont. We'll start from the Quarry Lakes Parking area near the Ensenada Picnic Area (turn RIGHT immediately after you pass through the park entrance). The parking fee is $5.00; the parking lot at Quarry Lakes is the size of the lot for a major Big Box Retail shopping center so I think everyone will be accommodated. There are restrooms and drinking fountains near the large pagoda covered picnic areas.

If you don't want to pay the park entrance fee, you may be able to park at the Isherwood Staging Area--although this place tends to fill up if the weather is nice.

These are the directions to reach Quarry Lakes:

From I-880 in Fremont, take the Decoto Road exit east and proceed to Paseo Padre Parkway. Turn right on Paseo Padre, then left on Isherwood Way. Proceed to the park entrance on the right. From Mission Blvd (Hwy. 238) in Fremont, turn south on Nursery Ave. (away from the hills) and right (west) on Niles Blvd. Turn left on Osprey Drive and left on Quarry Lakes Drive. Proceed to the park entrance on the left.

You can learn more about this park by going to the EBRPD website:


You'll need to be self-supported for this run. Drinking water and restrooms are available at Quarry Lakes, Niles Community Park, a park in Union City that's just off the Alameda Creek Trail, and in Coyote Hills.

These are the websites for the Alameda Creek Trail and Coyote Hills:

Please let me know if you're interested in this run. I hope to see some of you there that Saturday. I expect about 20 runners. We'll have some maps there but not enough for everyone; I suggest running in a group as much as possible.

I'd really appreciate anyone who has a GPS to bring it along so we can get several measurements of the course. We're still thinking about making this into an official wintertime 50K race.

Feel free to call me if you have questions--work is the best place--and the number is below. My cell phone is (510) 384-2012.


Ben Woodard said...

Catra, What is the course like? How flat vs. hilly? How much is paved vs. trail? Is is laps?

Chihping Fu 傅治平 (超馬阿爸) said...

Hi Catra,

I'll do the run and I don't need the map.



Catra said...

Ben flat except for a climb in Coyote hills. It's a fast course.

Catra said...

Great Chiping see you there.

Eudemus said...

It isn't looking good for me this year. Having just run my first pain-free 3 miles in two months last night, it's doubtful I'll be up for a full 50K in less than two weeks. I may come out and run a few miles at the beginning just to be part of the festivities. We'll see how things go over the next week.

janet said...

Hi Catra, my buddy Luis and I both want to come run! And hopefully we will make it this year (unlike last year when it rained and we wimped out!). Thanks for organizing -- and best of luck at HURT!

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

Hi Catra,

David and I would like to come. We'll bring a Garmin. We'll need a map too. Anything else we can bring?


Baldwyn said...

Hey, I was thinking of a long run this weekend! I'll be pretty slow, I hope that's ok. See you on Saturday.

Eudemus said...

OK. Since my running is progressing well and I have the nod from my PT to give it a bit more push, I am going to show up on Saturday. I will most likely be doing only 2-3 hours of running (no ultra for me) and will be keeping it at a VERY easy pace (dictated by my HRM), but I will be there.

See you all on Saturday!

Kim said...

Hi Catra,
I'd like to come with Janet-- hopefully she'll let me share her map :). Thanks for organizing--should be a beautiful day tomorrow.

Jerry said...

There will be plenty of maps so everyone can have their own - plus plastic bags to keep them dry, just in case...