Runners will descend on Orcas for 25k and 50k races

Islanders: prepare for an influx of athletes at the end of January.

What used to be known as the “Fat Ass Race” on Orcas Island is happening again – but over two separate weekends.

This year there will be a 25k Race on Saturday, Jan. 28 followed by a 50k Race on Saturday, Feb. 4.

These racers tackle the trails in Moran State Park, with each race made up of 400 entrants coming from all over the West Coast.

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is working with local runner and Funhouse Commons director Pete Moe, and race organizer James Varner to reach all the race entrants with special offers available to them when they visit the island.

Chamber President Michell Marshall welcomed the runners at the 2011 event, and will do the same again in 2012. A volunteer group will greet the runners and cheer them on during race days.