BadAss 6 Hour Run
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Batawa Ski Club, 99 Ski Club Lane, Batawa, Ontario
34 Participants   Contact the Director
Event Summary

Welcome to the 14th running of The Fat Ass Trail Run and the 5th edition of the BadAss 6 Hour Run.

We are thrilled to be included in the Outrace Ultra & Trail Race Series this year. 

To be a BadAss you run the 4k loop as many times as you can in 6 hours.  

You must complete at least 4 loops to be considered a BadAss and receive your BadAss swag!


Kit Pick Up at Tri & Run Sports - Saturday Nov 11 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 


Race Day Kit Pick Up  -  Batawa Ski Chalet starting at 6:30 AM 

Mandatory pre-race meeting - 7:00 AM

BadAss Race Start - 7:30 AM

BadAss Race Cut-Off - 1:30 PM


Event Dates
Registration Ends: November 16, 2018
Event Start: November 18, 2018
Event End: November 18, 2018

Race Details
Details Price Now *
BadAss 6 Hour Run (4KM) Run as many loops as you can in 6 hours to be a Bad Ass $60.00
Nov 18, 2018 7:30 AM

* All prices are in CAD Dollars

What Our Race Is About

"Fat Ass events are an ultrarunning tradition. The tradition dates back to 1978 in California when Joe Oakes needed to come up with a 50-mile qualifying time for the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run. The only local distance event he could find was the 50 mile Christmas Relays which required a team of 7, so he entered himself for each of the 7 legs and attracted 10 teams to accompany his solo attempt. Organizing the relay was a chore, so the next year (1979) Joe just invited anyone who wanted to run an informal 50-miler to join him. He called it the Fat Ass 50.

The concept of low-key, no frills, low or no cost events has struck a chord with experienced, self-sufficient runners. The name Fat Ass has stuck for this type of event and numerous Fat Ass events have sprung up around the world.

Another Western States 100-mile participant, Ean Jackson, hosted the first Fat Ass 50 kilometer run in Canada on New Years day in 1993. Inspired by Joe Oakes, his objective was to create an annual hangover cure for himself and a few ultrarunning friends that could be totally managed over the Internet, leaving him free to run with his friends rather than fret about the details of event management.
The concept of providing detailed course directions to each participant and minimizing course markings was an early innovation."

This is the blueprint for the Fat Ass Trail Run that started 10 years ago with 23 people and has grown to over 700. We hold this event on private property so are limited to what, when and how we can mark things as well as we always try to limit our impact on the natural surroundings. Trail running typically requires runners to be more vigilant about their surroundings and requires them to take the responsibility of knowing where they are. We have increased our markings and directions year after year as more runners not familiar with trail running participate but there are limits to what we can or are willing to provide. A bigger concern for us is keeping the cost low while the value high.

Common comments:

mile markers...if you need to know how far you've gone wear a Garmin.
Aid every 3-4 k is sufficient. If you need aid more frequently carry your own.
Trail markings...ribbon and arrows are what you will get. Keep your head up and your ear buds out so you can hear instructions given at those junctions where we do provide a willing volunteer who will stand in the cold for hours to show you which direction to go. If you miss a turn back up, get back on track and let us know so you can be considered for the most lost award.
Porta potties...1 per 100 hundred runners is the formula. There are 3 indoors for women, 6 indoors for men and we provide 3 porta potties. That is 12 opportunities while the most we have had running is 700.

What runners have said:

Lee S:  "For a no frills race, there sure are alot of frills. Amazing course, tons of parking, warm building with indoor washrooms, hot food at finish plus dessert, hot coffee before and after race, multiple massage tables, multiple distances, chip timing, tech shirt, kids race, prize table, winners prizes plus fun prizes, ample aid stations, tons of volunteers, the use of PRIVATE land ... this race is the best bang for your buck anywhere! Did you not read the shirt? ..."suck it up"

Erin M:  "I really like the idea of no frills/ low cost events. I've got enough race shirts and finisher medals- what really appeals to me is the chance to race, have a good time, and not pay a small fortune to do it. I had a blast , and I'll be back next year for sure."

Mike K:  "I'd like to say that I'm not one to complain, but let's face it, I am. Having said that, I really can't find anything to complain about. Personally I don't think headphones should be allowed in any race, so that's a no-brainer. The course was marked better than any year I can remember (I was 1 of the original 23) and I've never had an issue with the course. The coffee at the finish line was pure genius. This is as close to perfect as any race could hope to be. Good job!"

Shannon M: "This was my first time ever doing a trail run and I loved it! The atmosphere was fun and I will definitely sign up for next year! Thanks for a fantastic experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Tricia B: "It was an awesome day!!"

From a road runner:

About the Big Bum:

Course Information

Surfaces: You may encounter grass, mud, rocks, tree roots, old rail bed, water, snow and or ice.

Elevation: YES. You will run up and down the Bata Ski Hill, numerous times. 

Markings: We use signs and red ribbon to mark.  There are NO mile markers so if you need to know how far you have gone wear a Garmin.  If you get lost easily keep your head up, your eyes open and your ear buds out.

Aid Stations: There are 2 aid stations on the BadAss route which you will pass 3 times per loop . There will be water, coke, sweet and salty snacks.  One of the aid stations is for BadAss participants ONLY and will have additional food such as potatoes, chicken broth and pizza towards the end. Feel free to bring a bag and/or cooler to leave at this aid station. There will also be massage therapists reserved for BadAss participants. If it's not mentioned here don't expect it, if you want it bring it, if we surprise you with something not mentioned...great!

Participants Receive

Registration fee $60 - This includes your race, post race lunch, and a chance to win one of many generously donated draw prizes



We love them and encourage their presence on our weekly trail runs HOWEVER with our field at 600 participants we must ask that you leave your furry friends at home.


We ask that you leave your headphones at home. We strongly discourage the use of headphones as it detracts from the whole trail experience as well as limits your interaction with others and your environment. We have found historically that runners wearing headphones tend to get lost more frequently, miss trail directions and are unaware of other runners trying to pass.  


Please abide by the "take out what you bring in and leave nothing but footprints" moto. We are here by the graciousness of Mrs. Bata and the Bata Corporation so while it is wilderness it is privately owned. Leave all garbage at aid stations.

Other Stuff

A quick moving trail runner, especially one who seemingly emerges from out of nowhere on an unsuspecting trail user, can be quite alarming. Give a courteous and audible announcement well in advance of your presence and intention to pass others on the trail stating something like, “On your left,” as you approach. Keep in mind your announcement doesn’t work well for those who are wearing headphones and blasting music. Show respect when passing, by slowing down or stopping if necessary to prevent accidental contact. Be ready to yield to all other trail users (bikers, hikers, horses) even if you have the posted right of way. Uphill runners yield to downhill runners in most situations.

We do not condon bandit runners.  Not only are bandits a serious safety and liability concern they can jeopardize the issuance of future permits and insurance.

Please leave your alcohol for post-race celebrations.


If you are unable to come and you want to give your spot to someone else this is acceptable but you must notify us by Monday November 1. There will be no switches after Nov 1st. There will be no refunds or deferrals for any reason.


To get to the Chalet from the 401 coming from the East or West take exit 525 (hwy 33) heading north.  As you come off the exit and begin heading north the Trent River will be on your right.  Drive north through Glen Miller until you see the Batawa turn.  This is about 5-6 minutes from the 401 at the speed limit.  When you get to the Batawa turn go left; if you go right then expect a SPLASH!!!  Once you have completed your turn drive to the end of the road, turn left then follow the Ski Hill signs to the parking lot.  You will know you have arrived by the fact there will be other cars there. There will be volunteers to assist with parking. Proceed to the chalet.

Race Director

Erin McDougall