12th Annual Pigtails Run with Sweet Sweep

WHEN:  Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:00 AM

EARLY START:  Just like last year I will offer a 7:00 AM early start and so you have 8 hours to complete a marathon or 50K . (Early Starter is for runners needing 6+ hours only and if you finish it under 6 hours your official finish time will be 6:00.

CUT-OFF @ MILE-21.55 for 50K:  Both the 50K and Marathon will start at the same time at 8am. If you are concerned about being slower and finishing late, I suggest signing up for the marathon instead of the 50K. Please consider not keeping the volunteers and myself out in the cold winter weather. You must reach mile-21.55 @ 12:25PM for 50K, so you can continue to your 50K course and also you have to be looking pretty good to continue.

SWAG:  This year, registrants will get a surprise swag to add to your Pigtails collection! The first 150 runners will get the surprise. Volunteers will get one too.

FOOD BANKS:  Also, I am requesting food donations for the Maple Valley Food Bank and Federal Way Multi-Service Center (Food Bank). Please bring 2-3 items and have at least one item be chicken noodle soup or butternut squash soup so that we can warm ourselves up at the finish.

REGISTRATION:  (Plus fees in all pricing) Registration is open until mid-night December 8. If you email me after this, you will not get a response.

  1. For Marathon:  $40.00 ($50.00 after Oct 26).
  2.  For 50K:  $48.00 ($58.00 after Oct 26).

REGISTER:  https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?eid=2074

NOTE: We do not give refunds or transfer your entry to another runner and NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE:

Check In:  6:30-6:50AM for Early Starter and 6:50-7:50AM (All runners must check in.)

Race Briefing:  6:55 for Early and 7:55 for Regular

EVERYONE MUST CARRY A WATER BOTTLE. WE’RE GOING GREEN and less CUPS.

START/FINISH

CEDAR RIVER TRAILHEAD AT LANDSBURG PARK (SAME AS THE LAST FEW YEARS)

For directions,  Landsburg Rd SE & SE 252nd PL, Ravensdale WA 98051

RACE COURSE

This run is on Cedar River Trail. There is no significant hill unless you are running the 50K where there is a slight hill at mile 21 when you leave the marathon course to do an extra out and back to get the additional 5 miles before returning to the marathon course at mile 26. The marathon course is about 11 miles packed gravel and 15 miles paved bike path. The 50K is 16 miles packed gravel and 15 miles paved bike path. The race start/finish is at Landsburg Park in Ravensdale. There is a main parking area and more around the corner on the other side of the river. Please carpool as there a limited number of spots and there is not much parking along the road. Thank you for carpooling last year, it was much appreciated and we had enough room for all the cars. Please do not leave things in your car in plain site. This is a high car theft area. We have had cars broken into during the race. Also, I will have a volunteer show you where you cannot park. Last year, people blocked access to the water department and we got into a lot of trouble.

I will start all runners at the gate of the power line trail that parallels the Cedar River Trail for ½ mile out and ½ mile back. This will spread out runners before having to squeeze on the trail next to the gate where runners will run a little bit of road on the bridge over the river, through the parking area and finally on the Cedar River Trail (this is only 0.15mi from the power line gate). All runners will run the slightly downstream packed gravel rails to trail to the 1st aid station (with volunteers) at 5.85mi, continue straight to the 2nd aid station (with volunteers this year) at 11.25mi, 2.45 miles to the boundary of King County Parks/City of Renton at 13.7 miles at turn around and now slight upstream, 2.45mi back to 3rd aid station (same as #2) at 16.15mi, and back to 4th aid station at 21.55mi (same as #1). At that point marathoners will continue straight back to the finish (4.7mi to go). 50K runners will turn right/uphill towards Lake Wilderness for 2.45mi out (slightly more uphill grade) before turning around back to last aid station (same as #4) with 4.7mi to the end. The finish will end at the end of the Cedar River trail, so you won’t have to run through the parking area and on the road over the river as in the beginning. Please dress appropriately for the run and remember to bring warm clothes to change into at the finish.

COURSE MARKINGS

The course will be marked with white chalk spray or flour and signs at intersections and turn-around. The course is flat with the first half predominantly downstream and second half predominantly upstream. Be careful not to wear yourself out in the first half!

There is one major intersection at Cedar Grove Road between aid #1 and #2 (and again between #3 and #4 on the back) that is a traffic light. There will be no course monitor there, so you must obey regular traffic light laws. No one will be there to stop traffic for you.

SAFETY

Try to do your best to be safe at all times and try not to put anyone else in an unsafe situation. Aid Station Volunteers will have cell phones to call for assistance or emergency evacuation from any point on the trail if needed.

AID STATIONS

**Approximate mileage (Aid stations #1, #4, and #5 are the same and #2 and #3 are the same).

Aid #1: 5.85mi (next aid 5.4mi)

Aid #2: 11.25mi (next aid 4.9mi)

Aid #3: 16.15mi (next aid 5.4mi)

Aid #4: 21.55mi (finish for marathoners in 4.7mi, next aid for 50K 4.9mi) CUT OFF FOR THE 50K IS 12:25 PM (for both Early & Regular Starter)

Aid #5 26.45mi (finish 4.7mi)

http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=580761

Total mileage marathon: 26.26mi

Total mileage 50K: 31.16mi

Aid stations #1, #4, and #5 (all the same station) will be manned and is a major aid station. There will be the usual ultra fare: candy, chips, cookies, gels, and probably something hot. No drop bags this year. In past years, only a few people used them and it was always a hassle to get them back to the runner’s expectations. You can leave stuff at the first aid station and grab it on your way back. If you forget to pick it up again, you will just have to wait until the aid station closes and for the aid station workers to return to the start/finish to get it back. If weather is really nasty, I will have garbage bags for runners to help with rain and wind. Aid stations #2 and #3 (same aid station) will be manned this year and will have water candy, and possibly some gels. Everyone should carry one water bottle and most of their fuel. There will be gels on course to help supplement but not to fuel everyone for their entire run.

**PLEASE, NO LITTERING ON THE COURSE. CARRY YOUR TRASH TO THE AID STATIONS AND DEPOSIT THERE.

BATHROOMS

I am putting 2-Sanicans on the trailhead side at the Finish / Parking area. Please do not use the sanicans across the street at the Landsburg park. I do not have permit to use the Watershed area. Like last year: I will put a Sanican at 6.7 mile (~less than a mile from Aid #1) and you will see it again at 20.7 mile. For any emergency use the Facili-trees and please do not forget to bring /pack out your TP!

PARKING

PLEASE CARPOOL! We will try to squeeze in as many cars in the main parking as possible. I will have a volunteer direct parking across the street so that the watershed gate is not blocked. This happened last year-some runners parked too close to the gate and the watershed threatened to get those cars towed. Cars can also park in a wide area across the river on the south side where we actually start the race. Finally, after that, there is street parking but there is not much room on the shoulder, so carpool and arrive early enough to get a spot. No parking pass required.

POST-RACE

There will be hot soup at the finish. If you would like, bring an item to share.

FINISHER’S AWARDS

Finisher’s medals. If you break the course record for the marathon, you will get $26.20. If you break the 50K course record, you will get $31.00.

COURSE RECORDS

Marathon:

Female: Marlene Farrell 3:02:10 (2012)

Male: Uli Steidl 2:31:26 (2012)

50K:

Female: Megan Hall 4:08:03 (2012)

Male: Mat Zuchetto 3:35:04 (2014)

Contact RD:  ELMOJR007@yahoo.com

DISCLAIMER

PARTICIPANTS IN THIS EVENT ASSUME ALL RISKS OF SUCH PARTICIPATION. PARTICIPANTS CERTIFY THAT THEY ARE PHYSICALLY FIT AND SUFFICIENTLY TRAINED TO COMPLETE SUCH PORTION OF THIS EVENT AS THEY CHOOSE TO COMPLETE. BY ELECTING TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT, THE PARTICIPANT WAIVES, RELEASES AND DISCHARGES FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LOSSES OR LIABILITIES FOR DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, PARTIAL OR PERMANENT DISABILITY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, MEDICAL OR HOSPITAL BILLS OR THEFT WHICH MAY ARISE OUT OF OR RELATE TO PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT. PARTICIPANTS AGREE NOT TO SUE, AND TO HOLD HARMLESS ANY AND ALL PERSONS, SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS, PARTICIPANTS OR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OR LIABILITIES THAT THEY HAVE WAIVED, RELEASED OR DISCHARGED BY THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE PIGTAILS RUN (AKA: PIGTAILS FLAT ASS).

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Bataan 75th PNW Edition

Free Race: “Bataan 75th Pacific Northwest Group Run”

When:  April 9, 2017, Sunday, Start: 4:00 AM – 8:00 PM (16 Hours)

Distances: 25.5K, 51K, 76.7K and 102K

Where:  47.361561, -122.023875 (directly across Maple Valley Bar & Grill, Bike Masters and Little Caesar Pizza)

Remembering the Bataan Death March: 75th YEAR on April 9, 2017

Here’s the link for Bataan Death March History: http://history1900s.about.com/od/worldwarii/qt/Bataan-Death-March.htm

 BDM Brief Summary:

75 years ago the horrific Bataan Death March of Americans and Filipinos POW was held after the fall of Bataan.

On December 22, 1941, the Japanese troops began ground invasion of the capital, Manila, American and Filipino troops retreated to Bataan Peninsula as their last defense and during the withdrawal lost most of their food supplies. And a Japanese blockade precluded the possibility of food resupply. By April 1942, they had been holding out in the jungles of Bataan for three months and were clearly starving and suffering from diseases.

On April 9, 1942, the USAFFE commander Major General King surrendered his forces to the Japanese. The approximately 76,000 troops (64,000 Filipinos & 12,000 Americans) became POW (Prisoner of War). Thus the infamous deadly march began. With no food and limited water and in scorching heat, they took them 4-days to marched ~63 miles to reach the prison camp Camp O’Donnell. Only about 54,000 troops reached the camp. It’s estimated that 18,000 Filipino deaths and 650 American deaths and about 3,000 escaped into the jungle and joined guerilla group.

The conditions within Camp O’Donnell were also brutal and harsh, leading to thousands more POW deaths even within their first few weeks there.

It was not until January 27, 1944 (almost 2 years later), that the U.S. government informed the American public about the brutal Death March. During their imprisonment, the POW’s are talking, telling everyone and hoping that food and medicines are on the way but nothing happened. Even though care packages from families, food & medicines through Red Cross were later found out that’s being mailed and delivered but nothing of them was given to any POW’s.

About my father: He’s a semester away to graduate in college (the first one in our family to college) when the war broke and he was drafted as an enlisted. He’s 25, 5’7”, 160 lbs and muscular built. He’s an amateur boxer and an avid body builder. He got trained as a Combat Engineer and demolition man to blow up bridges. He would have been 100 YO this year. Like I mentioned, he survived the horrifying Death March and got imprisoned there for another 9-months. He got sickened by Malaria and about to die because there’s no medicine and food. During that imprisonment if you’re about to die, you’ll be thrown to a shallow grave yard pit and buried the next day. My Dad was considered dead and so he got thrown in the pit but at night he managed to crawl out and survived. He was merely 65 lbs in weight when he got rescued. He became a successful elementary school teacher for 30 years.

Hi friends,

In memory of my DAD Kelly Aquilino Pascual (one of the Death March Survivor & POW), I am putting a free ultra-running event on Cedar River Trail on April 9, Sunday. It’s a Fat Ass group run and so “No Fees, No Wimps & No Whining”. I will provide food for the aid stations and the first 50 entrants on the list will get a Dog Tag. I know there are a lot of races being held on this weekend but if you’re not signed up on any-races and trying to save $ then you can run with me. And if you already signed up for Lumberjack Endurance Run (50M, 100K, 100M), you can run again my race for a DOUBLE. And so you’re invited to do 1, 2, 3 or 4 loops. I am hoping to complete 4-LOOPS for 63.60 Miles.

Mileage Chart:

  1. 1-out and back = 15.90 Miles (25.5 K with ~150 feet gain)
  2. 2-out and back = 31.80 Miles (51 K with ~300 feet gain)
  3. 2-out and back = 47.70 Miles (76.7 K with ~450 feet gain)
  4. 4-out and back = 63.60 Miles (102 K with ~600 feet gain)

Here’s the course map: http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=585952

 Course Description:

Start/Finish area is directly across from Maple Valley Bar & Grill. Aid Stations will be provided at start area, at 3.23 mile and at 7.95 mile turn-around. The course is a smooth gravel path from “Cedar to Green River Trail” for 3.23 miles to T-intersection and to continue on to “Cedar River Trail” southbound for 4.72 miles and turn around at the trailhead of Landsburg Park for a total of 7.95 miles. Elevation gain per loop is a very gradual ~150 feet.

Aid Stations:

Aid Station #1: 3.23 miles from start (un-manned), Aid Station #2 (turn-around): 7.95 miles from the start and Team Hammond volunteered to man this station. Thank you Hammond Family (Steve, KellyJo & Lex).

Parking:

There’s no designated parking. Please carpool & find a safe spot to park. Do not leave any valuables and anything important visible in your car.

 Porta-Toilet:

We have 4-Porta=Potty (2 at the start and 2 at the turn-around). The 2 at the start will be provided by Bill Barmore, aka HOTROD. The other 2 at the turn-around are located in the park across the street about 600 feet away from aid station.

 To sign-up, please PM me the following:

Email me: elmojr007@yahoo.com or PM me on FB.

Name: ___, E-mail:_, City & State: ___, Gender / Age:___, # of LOOPS:___, Start Time : ___

RESULTS:
25.5K
1 Scott Sebelsky M-55 2:42:00
2  Lori Secrest F-45 3:20:00
3  Christy Hammond F-40 3:24:00
4 Stephanie Jackson F-38 3:43:00
5 Kevin Morimoto M-45 3:44:00
6 Melissa Osborn F-39 3:44:00
7 Kelly Linman F-31 3:46:00
8  Bobbie Sheff F-42 3:48:00
9 Wendy Foster F-51 3:56:00
10  Lisa Seidel F-50 4:06:00
11 Janice Northrup F-53 4:25:00
12 Mihaela Mann F-45 4:37:09
13 Jules Mann M-54 4:37:09
14 Jorge Ferrer M-38 4:38:00
15 Vickey Baker F-71 4:53:55
16 Cathy Fowler F-56 4:53:55
17 Robin Canell F-49 5:43:00
18 Greg Carpenter M-52 5:43:00
51K
1 Shawn Aebi M-55 6:08:00
2 Claudia Hensen F-47 6:31:00
3 David England M-61 7:07:00
4  Leslie Miller F-36 7:24:00
5  Jenny Appel F-43 7:36:00
6  Susie Ro F-46 7:46:00
7 Mike Mahanay M-61 8:17:45
8 Cyndie Merten F-60 8:21:00
9 Deborah Evdemon F-49 9:00:00
10 Rick Haase M-71 9:00:00
11 Patrick Grengs M-51 9:21:00
12 Rich Menzel M-74 9:30:00
76.6K
1 Shana Tolean F-51 9:41:00
102K
1 Monte Pascual M-56 16:35:00

 

11th Annual Pigtails Run with Sweet Sweep

NEW RD:  Hi my name is Monte P. (aka Sweet Sweep) and I’m quite happy to be the new RD for the 2016 Pigtails Run (Pigtails Flat Ass).

WHEN:  Saturday, December 17, 2016 8:00 AM

EARLY START:  This year I will offer a 7:00 AM early start and so you have 8 hours to complete a marathon or 50K . (Early Starter is for runners needing 6+ hours only and if you finish it under 6 hours your official finish time will be 6:00.

CUT-OFF @ MILE-21.55:  Both the 50K and Marathon will start at the same time at 8am. If you are concerned about being slower and finishing late, I suggest signing up for the marathon instead of the 50K. Please consider not keeping the volunteers and myself out in the cold winter weather. You must reach mile-21.55 @ 12:30PM, so you can continue to your 50K and also you have to be looking pretty good to continue.

SWAG:  This year, registrants will get a running Beanie to add to your Pigtails collection! The first 150 runners will get a Beanie. Volunteers will get one too.

FOOD BANKS:  Also, I am requesting food donations for the Maple Valley Food Bank and Federal Way Multi-Service Center (Food Bank). Please bring 2-3 items and have at least one item be chicken noodle soup or butternut squash soup so that we can warm ourselves up at the finish.

OPTIONAL DONATION:  I will match your $$ donations (if you donate $5 it will becomes $10) and please be generous. Since I’m a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. I’m collecting monetary donation for VFW’s National Veterans Service. It’s a VFW Service to assist nearly 67,000 veterans nationwide. From assisting veterans in filing for disability compensation to requesting hearings before the VA Board of Appeals, these skilled professionals garner over a billion dollars in compensation benefits for veterans annually. Thank you!

REGISTRATION:  $40.00 for the run (plus fees). Registration is open until mid-night December 15. If you email me after this, you will not get a response.

http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=39964

NOTE: We do not give refunds or transfer your entry to another runner and NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE:
Check In:  6:30-6:50AM for Early Starter and 6:50-7:50AM (All runners must check in.)
Race Briefing:  6:55 for Early and 7:55 for Regular
EVERYONE MUST CARRY A WATER BOTTLE. WE’RE GOING GREEN and less CUPS.

START/FINISH
CEDAR RIVER TRAILHEAD AT LANDSBURG PARK (SAME AS THE LAST FEW YEARS)
For directions,  Landsburg Rd SE & SE 252nd PL, Ravensdale WA 98051

RACE COURSE
This is a completely flat run. There is no significant hill unless you are running the 50K where there is a slight hill at mile 21 when you leave the marathon course to do an extra out and back to get the additional 5 miles before returning to the marathon course at mile 26. The marathon course is about 11 miles packed gravel and 15 miles paved bike path. The 50K is 16 miles packed gravel and 15 miles paved bike path. The race start/finish is at Landsburg Park in Ravensdale. There is a main parking area and more around the corner on the other side of the river. Please carpool as there a limited number of spots and there is not much parking along the road. Thank you for carpooling last year, it was much appreciated and we had enough room for all the cars. Please do not leave things in your car in plain site. This is a high car theft area. We have had cars broken into during the race. Also, I will have a volunteer show you where you cannot park. Last year, people blocked access to the water department and we got into a lot of trouble.

I will start all runners at the gate of the power line trail that parallels the Cedar River Trail for ½ mile out and ½ mile back. This will spread out runners before having to squeeze on the trail next to the gate where runners will run a little bit of road on the bridge over the river, through the parking area and finally on the Cedar River Trail (this is only 0.15mi from the power line gate). All runners will run the slightly downstream packed gravel rails to trail to the 1st aid station (with volunteers) at 5.85mi, continue straight to the 2nd aid station (with volunteers this year) at 11.25mi, 2.45 miles to the boundary of King County Parks/City of Renton at 13.7 miles at turn around and now slight upstream, 2.45mi back to 3rd aid station (same as #2) at 16.15mi, and back to 4th aid station at 21.55mi (same as #1). At that point marathoners will continue straight back to the finish (4.7mi to go). 50K runners will turn right/uphill towards Lake Wilderness for 2.45mi out (slightly more uphill grade) before turning around back to last aid station (same as #4) with 4.7mi to the end. The finish will end at the end of the Cedar River trail, so you won’t have to run through the parking area and on the road over the river as in the beginning. Please dress appropriately for the run and remember to bring warm clothes to change into at the finish.

COURSE MARKINGS
The course will be marked with white chalk spray or flour and signs at intersections and turn-around. The course is flat with the first half predominantly downstream and second half predominantly upstream. Be careful not to wear yourself out in the first half!

There is one major intersection at Cedar Grove Road between aid #1 and #2 (and again between #3 and #4 on the back) that is a traffic light. There will be no course monitor there, so you must obey regular traffic light laws. No one will be there to stop traffic for you.

SAFETY
Try to do your best to be safe at all times and try not to put anyone else in an unsafe situation. Aid Station Volunteers will have cell phones to call for assistance or emergency evacuation from any point on the trail if needed.

AID STATIONS
**Approximate mileage (Aid stations #1, #4, and #5 are the same and #2 and #3 are the same).

Aid #1: 5.85mi (next aid 5.4mi)
Aid #2: 11.25mi (next aid 4.9mi)
Aid #3: 16.15mi (next aid 5.4mi)
Aid #4: 21.55mi (finish for marathoners in 4.7mi, next aid for 50K 4.9mi) CUT OFF FOR THE 50K IS 12:30 PM (for both Early & Regular Starter)
Aid #5 26.45mi (finish 4.7mi)

http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=580761

Total mileage marathon: 26.26mi
Total mileage 50K: 31.16mi

Aid stations #1, #4, and #5 (all the same station) will be manned and is a major aid station. There will be the usual ultra fare: candy, chips, cookies, gels, and probably something hot. No drop bags this year. In past years, only a few people used them and it was always a hassle to get them back to the runner’s expectations. You can leave stuff at the first aid station and grab it on your way back. If you forget to pick it up again, you will just have to wait until the aid station closes and for the aid station workers to return to the start/finish to get it back. If weather is really nasty, I will have garbage bags for runners to help with rain and wind. Aid stations #2 and #3 (same aid station) will be manned this year and will have water candy, and possibly some gels. Everyone should carry one water bottle and most of their fuel. There will be gels on course to help supplement but not to fuel everyone for their entire run.

**PLEASE, NO LITTERING ON THE COURSE. CARRY YOUR TRASH TO THE AID STATIONS AND DEPOSIT THERE.

BATHROOMS
I am putting 2-Sanicans on the trailhead side at the Finish / Parking area. Please do not use the sanicans across the street at the Landsburg park. I do not have permit to use the Watershed area. New this year: I will put a Sanican at 6.7 mile (~less than a mile from Aid #1) and you will see it again at 20.7 mile. For any emergency use the Facili-trees and please do not forget to bring /pack out your TP!

PARKING

PLEASE CARPOOL! We will try to squeeze in as many cars in the main parking as possible. I will have a volunteer direct parking across the street so that the watershed gate is not blocked. This happened last year-some runners parked too close to the gate and the watershed threatened to get those cars towed. Cars can also park in a wide area across the river on the south side where we actually start the race. Finally, after that, there is street parking but there is not much room on the shoulder, so carpool and arrive early enough to get a spot. No parking pass required.

POST-RACE
There will be hot soup at the finish. If you would like, bring an item to share.

FINISHER’S AWARDS
Finisher’s medals. If you break the course record for the marathon, you will get $26.20. If you break the 50K course record, you will get $31.00.

COURSE RECORDS
Marathon:
Female: Marlene Farrell 3:02:10 (2012)
Male: Uli Steidl 2:31:26 (2012)

50K:
Female: Megan Hall 4:08:03 (2012)
Male: Mat Zuchetto 3:35:04 (2014)

Contact RD:  ELMOJR007@yahoo.com

DISCLAIMER

PARTICIPANTS IN THIS EVENT ASSUME ALL RISKS OF SUCH PARTICIPATION. PARTICIPANTS CERTIFY THAT THEY ARE PHYSICALLY FIT AND SUFFICIENTLY TRAINED TO COMPLETE SUCH PORTION OF THIS EVENT AS THEY CHOOSE TO COMPLETE. BY ELECTING TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT, THE PARTICIPANT WAIVES, RELEASES AND DISCHARGES FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LOSSES OR LIABILITIES FOR DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, PARTIAL OR PERMANENT DISABILITY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, MEDICAL OR HOSPITAL BILLS OR THEFT WHICH MAY ARISE OUT OF OR RELATE TO PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT. PARTICIPANTS AGREE NOT TO SUE, AND TO HOLD HARMLESS ANY AND ALL PERSONS, SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS, PARTICIPANTS OR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OR LIABILITIES THAT THEY HAVE WAIVED, RELEASED OR DISCHARGED BY THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE PIGTAILS RUN (AKA: PIGTAILS FLAT ASS).