10. February 2018 - 5:00 till 17:00
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Valentine's Fatazz Trail Run | Huron Natural Area | Saturday, 10. February 2018

Looking for a reason to get together with all those runners that you don't see in the dark of winter? Or just a reason to get outside during the February balhs? Mark your maps and calendars with this winter trail run and mindfulness walk.


TRAIL RUN: A 6.5 km loop will be marked for those we are interested in some groomed trails mixed with technical single track. A shorter more accessible loop will also be marked for those who are interested in a less challenging course.

MINDFULNESS WALK: Two 30 minute mindfulness walks will take place in the natural area. (Start times 10:00 am and 1:30 pm).

Clay will be on the course starting at 5am, the courses will be marked with flags by 8am, and flags will be removed around 5pm. Feel free to join at any time and stay as long as you like.

REGISTRATION: There is no formal registration (It’s a fatass run). However, it would be great to know how many people intend to show up on the day of the run. Please indicate you’re attending by clicking the “GOING” button on the Facebook page:

T-SHIRTS: There are no t-shirts (it’s a fatass run).

RACE PACKETS: There are a couple of sponsors who have made very generous donations, so keep your eyes on the Facebook page for updates.
#1 Each participant will receive a 50% discount code for Mindfulness Without Borders.
#2 Just as each of us is different in some way (or many ways), each participant will receive a small unique token from Celtic folk artist Kelly Green.
#3 Each participant will receive a 25% discount code for @CanadianTraiRunningCo

PRIZE DRAW: There will be a random draw made from all participants for two prizes which were donated by CROWN COURIER

PRE-RACE DINNER: There is no pre-race dinner.

COST: There’s a voluntary $10.00 donation, honour system. Proceeds from the event will go to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Donations of $25.00 and more, and accompanied with name, address, and email will get a charitable giving receipt.
Clay Williams will be there from 5am to 5pm, please try to find him, say “Hello” and make your donation / entry fee payment. There will also be two volunteers on the course wearing CANAL PURSUIT logos who will be accepting donations. Donations also accepted online at:

THE FLAG: For the past three years, Clay Williams has organized the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health, and he and the relay team have carried a Canadian Flag with them. He has asked people who know someone or are themselves struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, or any mood disorder to sign the flag, and the flag will be carried to Ottawa on the Canal Pursuit as a symbol that they don’t have to carry their burdens alone. Clay will be carrying the flag during the Valentine’s Fatazz Run, and would be happy to let you help carry it for a lap or two. Find him on the course and ask him about it and why he’s running to #DefeatDepression and #endthestigma.

LOCATION: Huron Natural Area, 801 Trillium Dr, Kitchener, ON N2R 1K4

PARKING: There is a small parking lot in front of the Huron Natural Area. If you arrive and see that the lot is more than half full, please park across the street at “XCG”. We will not be the only people using the park for the day, so please leave some room for public parking.

POTLUCK AID STATION FOOD: There is a small building with several picnic tables under a fixed roof. There will be space available to put things out on the tables. If you bring supplies only for yourself, keep them in a bag in your car or on the ground near the tables. If you bring supplies to share, put them ON the tables. LIKEWISE, ONLY TAKE THINGS FROM THE TABLES, NOT FROM BAGS ON THE GROUND. Also, part way through the course is an aid station with warm soup and high fives, sponsored by Conquer the Canuck Trail Weekend. Please give Tony a huge thanks each time you go by.

WASHROOMS: Near the aid station there will be two portable toilets, one is wheelchair accessible. Huge shout out to Portaplus Portables in Guelph for supporting the run!

TIMING: There is no formal start or stop time. Runners are welcome to start as early as 5am, and finish as late as 5 pm. Sunrise is at 7:27 am, sunset at 5:46 pm. There will be a leader board on one of the tables to write your name, your start time, and time for each lap that you ran, and finish time. After the event, the info for all runners will be available on the Facebook page.

The trail running course is a 6.5 km loop which will be flagged by 8am. About half of it is single track, with some small hills, and the technical level depends on snowfall and prior foot traffic. Snow angels are encouraged.
The accessible course is a slightly shorter loop, less technical, but with some hills. The condition depends on the weather, we will make an effort to pack the course with snowshoes prior to the event day.
The mindfulness course is quiet with the exception of an occasional runner passing by. Huron Natural Area is a small jewel of nature tucked into an industrial area. On a weekend, there is not a sight or sound of industry once you are into the forest.

POST RUN PIZZA: There’s a great place down the street called Rustic Slice for those who are interested.


Mindfulness Without Borders - - Compassion education for a better world
Conquer the Canuck Trail Weekend - Marathon ultra trail weekend
Celtic Artist Kelly Green - - St Jacobs Farmer`s Market
One Thousand Trees - - - Editing, publishing, inspiration and encouragement
Crown Courier - - The complete delivery solution
The Chocolate Race - - Accessibility Sponsor
Canadian Trail Running Co. - - - Trail Running Community
  • Are the trails in runnable shape ?
  • **** with the weather forecast I'm going to have to pass again...too much driving for me in these conditions :( I'll make it one year though hopefully! Have a great time everyone. I'm going to donate online Clay :)
  • Last minute updates: - - If you're bringing a cash donation and want a receipt, please include a slip of paper with your name, address, and email so we can send a receipt. - - Please be sure to put your name on the bright pink bristol board. There will be random draws for a couple of awesome prizes that were donated by Crown Courier. - - Expect some fresh snow and temps in the single digits (minus).
  • THIS JUST IN!! Online donations can be made here: https://mdsc.akaraisin.com/ui/16136/g/16511 Click on the "Donate Now" button, then "Event" button on the right. For cash donations on race day, there will be three people at the venue sporting vinyl flags with the Canal Pursuit and Defeat Depression logos. They're the only legit people accepting donations.
  • I'll be bringing some COBS Bread The Boardwalk breads for everyone!
  • Sorry Clay I can't make it Have a great time
  • Entry fee/donation reminder / opportunity: this is a DONATION ONLY event so I encourage everyone to give as much as you feel is right. And The Chocolate Race is once again stepping up. Not only are they paying for part of the port-a-potties, but the person who makes the largest donation, either from their own pocket or doing the biggest fundraiser, will receive a code for FREE entry into this year's Chocolate Race, the Original Chocolate race!!
  • Will there be WC? 🙄
  • Update: Long term weather forecast shows a decent temperature (-5°C) on event day, and several small snowfalls leading up to the day. Hopefully that means more packed snow and less ice. But you know how weather forecasts go. I'm hoping to have our donation page up soon and will put up a post as soon as it's ready, for those of you who would like to donate online. Otherwise I will be accepting donations on the day of the event. I'll have a final update late next week, stay tuned!
  • Sorry Clay not this year, not in town. Hope you have fun and the weather holds out for everyone.
  • Hey everyone! We're looking for two things: Other-abled athletes and helpers. If you know an other-abled athlete who might enjoy some time outside on February 10th, please invite them to join us and PM me to let me know. If you are willing to assist an other-abled athlete to get around a snowy trail course, please PM me to let me know. I want to ensure that anyone who wants to come and join is included, and that we have enough volunteers to assist everyone who needs it. The accessibility of the event is very much dependent on the weather in the days leading up to Feb 10th. The trails are not plowed but there is foot traffic on them in the winter. I'll try to give a condition report the day before the event so people are aware of how to prepare. We will have a wheelchair accessible port-a-pottie on site for anyone who needs it.
  • We're very proud to announce that Canadian Trail Running Co. will be giving each participant in the day's events a 25% discount code. Thanks Katherine Yager for getting in touch with me!
  • UPDATE: Two mindfulness walks have been scheduled: One at 10:00 am and one at 1:30 pm. There's no need to register separately for these walks, number is not limited. Just be at the pavilion at the natural area around the start times, and dress for the weather. Amber McAuley will do an orientation with the group just prior to the walk. @mindfulnesswithoutborders
  • A huge thank-you to Crown Courier for supporting the run / walk!! Crown Courier will be making a donation and some of the staff will be participating in the day's events. http://www.crowncourier.com
  • Great event idea Clay! I'm happy to be involved along with the Mindfulness Without Borders family! Stay tuned for updates about the mindful walk schedule.
  • Shout out to One Thousand Trees for supporting the run and helping with organization.
  • Kudos to The Chocolate Race for being our Accessibility Sponsor!!
  • Shout out to Mindfulness Without Borders for supporting the run and providing a discount code to all participants of the event.
  • Huge thanks to Tony Martin and Conquer The Canuck - 2 Day Race Series for marking the course and providing an aid station with warm soup!!
  • R U busy this Sunday afternoon? (Jan 7th) I've printed a few dozen flyers and will be dropping them into mailboxes of businesses near the Huron Natural Area to promote the run. If you are willing and able to join me, meet me at 1:00 pm at the Huron Natural Area parking lot. Thanks!! (forecast for Sunday is a high of -9°C)
  • Hey Everyone!! I have a short story and then a question. I'd really like this event to be accessible to other-abled athletes. "Accessibility" will depend in large part on the weather leading up to the event, and the amount of help I can get to do some running/walking on the course a couple of days prior to the event to pack snow. I'm letting people know that everyone is welcome, and also making them aware of the limitations of the facility. One of the costs of the event is the port-a-potties. So here's the question: Do you or someone you know want to be our Accessibility Sponsor? $40.00 will do it, as this is how much more a wheelchair accessible port-a-pottie costs than a standard one. It can be a company or a person. PM me please.....
  • PARTICIPANT'S GUIDE has been added to the "Details" tab. There are still a few details to iron out, but most of the info you'll need for the day is there.
  • Latest update: Each participant in the run and the mindfulness walks will receive a small handmade wooden Celtic Shield, a symbol of protection, complements of Kelly Green. Kelly doesn't make duplicates, so in the same way that each person who struggles with depression does so differently, each of the Celtic Shields is one of a kind.
  • Rhonda-Marie Parke
  • Wheee! Was wondering if this would be happening again - delighted to find it's a go!