Gain a few pounds over the holidays? Been thinking about running in the new year? Maybe thinking about running, but not sure how much or little you can handle?
Come out this Saturday, January 5, to Coleen's Frozen Fat A## Run. If you're new to this, a Fat A## run is a low-key, training-style event that covers a variable amount of miles. No shirts, no medals, just fun and exercise. This event is unique in that it follows a three mile loop so you’re good if you’re a 5k’er and want to do just a loop or a 50k’er that wants to run all night.
The event takes place 7pm-7am at the Olathe Prairie Center, W. 135th in Olathe. From 135th, turn on S. Cedar Niles Road - the event will be headquartered out of the stone house just a short distance off 135th. Yes, that is pm to am. This is a nighttime event so bring a headlamp/flashlight. Feel free to join in after 7pm as well. There is no starting gun so you may begin anytime you’d like.
The Lawrence Trailhawks will have basic supplies at the house – which also has a restroom and heat! The event is free, but donations to the Prairie Center are accepted as well as food for yourself and fellow runners if you’re the type that might want to whip up a delicious chili or soup! Most participants will run awhile then partake of the fun indoors before returning to the cold darkness.
This is an entirely trail course, but nothing technical. Even beginners should be fine. Just remember that no dogs are allowed.
Last year was cold, the water crossings were icy, my headlamp batteries went out about six miles in, but I pulled 15 miles and had a wonderful time. There is nothing quite as beautiful as the bobbing glow of headlamps across a field late into the night.
The Trailhawks are supportive of every runner so join them Saturday!