About us

CAT Founders (Andrew J. Krueger, David Smith, Christian Dahlhausen)

CAT Founders (Andrew J. Krueger, David Smith, Christian Dahlhausen)

We founded ourselves as an informal trail running club in February 2011. Our organizational structure was informal, i.e. there were no formal board or membership. At the club’s inception, the CAT founders — Christian Dahlhausen, Drew Kreuger, and David Smith — eschewed a board or official leadership in order to keep things simple, and to focus on the fun of running and spending time together. At the same time, the founders recognized that an informal structure limited what the CATs could do to support a mission to promote trail running. So in March 2015 we “incorporated” as a 501.3c Non-Profit organization (through RRCA) in April 2015. The intend was to have an organization that would continue to foster trail running and community. We’ve had lots of success and fun interacting as an informal group that encourages friendship and a love of the trails in and around Charlottesville. Our club includes all types of runners, from those of us that are slow, back-of-the pack runners, to some of the speediest ultra runners in Virginia. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the non-profit Charlottesville Area Trail Runners Club (CATs) is to promote the love of trails and trail running. We strive to welcome runners of all types into the world of trail running, to sponsor events that promote trail running, including trail races and social events, and to provide stewardship in developing and maintaining a high quality trail network in and around Charlottesville. This stewardship extends to helping preserve the areas through which trails run, including working to prevent and repair damage created by the use of the trails. Funds raised by the CATs are be used to further its mission.

What we do

We are a group of trail runners based in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. We train together, support each other in races, and have fun both on and off the trail.

We usually meet up for group runs every Tuesday and weekend and vary our training locations, particularly when preparing for a race. A couple of our favorite training locations include various spots on and near the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding state, county or national parks.

If you are interested in trail running — either as a veteran or newbie — consider joining us for a run. Folks of all abilities and endurance levels are welcome! You can join our Google mailing list by signing up in the window below

 

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10 thoughts on “About us

  1. Pingback: CATHalf Trail Marathon - 14 November 2014 - RealCrozetVA

    1. Christian Dahlhausen

      Peter,
      Yes, absolutely! We love to encourage outdoor activities and trail running as a family activity.
      Also, feel free to send group run requests to our mailing list. I know there are many on the list that are looking for shorter, more minor friendly distance runs.
      In fact many participants in our Summer Trail Running Series have been families with their kids.

      Looking forward to have you!

      Christian
      Vice President & Treasurer

  2. Naaila

    Hi there! Super interested in joining, but I wasn’t sure if you guys just do races together or train on a regular basis together? Is there a weekly schedule that I’m overlooking on the website?

    1. Christian Dahlhausen

      Hi Naalia, Yes we do train and run together! We have a standing Tuesday evening group run and weekend runs that are varied. Soon we will have an organized half marathon training program for our CATHalf event in October. Best thing to join in is to get on our mailing list https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/charlottesvilleareatrailrunners and look out for run announcements. Feel free to email to the list anytime with questions or particular runs you’d are interested in. I usually add runs to our calendar here: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/b/0/embed?src=cvilleareatrailrunners@gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

      Christian

    1. Christian Dahlhausen

      Channon, I am sorry you are having trouble to access the member page. It looks like our SSL certificate has expired. Your browser should give you the option to proceed to the website however.

      I am working on updating our SSL certificate at the moment and it should be resolved by the end of the day.

      Christian

  3. Lea Donahue

    Hi, I am not new to running but new to trail running. I just moved to the area and I am interested in starting to trail run. I have been struggling with getting back to running after a prolonged sabbatical from running due to chronic autoimmune diseases. So basically I feel like a newbie to all of it again. Is there a specific group for new runners, sort of an intro to trail running group? I have been so down and out that I really am starting back at the beginning again. 🙁 I am interested in the trail series for sure, but sort of self conscious about my speed and ability right now. Thinking that trail running may be a bit more what I need to be doing other than road running. Thank you.

    1. Christian Dahlhausen

      Hi Lea, Welcome to the area! There is a lot going on in general and a lot going on in terms of running. We have a regular Tuesday night run (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/render?eid=MmxjN2Y1dTFlM3RpcXYyMHBsdGI0a2Q4ODhfMjAxNjEyMjdUMjMwMDAwWiBjdmlsbGVhcmVhdHJhaWxydW5uZXJzQG0&ctz=America/New_York&sf=true&output=xml#eventpage_6 ) that is very welcoming to veterans and newcomers. Otherwise we usually have weekend runs that go in the mountains or around Cville on the Rivanna Trail. It would be best for you to join the mailing list here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/charlottesvilleareatrailrunners or the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/charlottesvilleareatrailrunners/?ref=bookmarks Feel free to post anything running related to either of those. Folks are pretty responsive and I am certain that there are many more that are just getting into or back into trail running as well. There is also a New Years Group run planned which is always well attended. There are varying distances that people can opt into. Even though you are just getting into trail running its a great event at a popular starting spot for a mountainous run. There are many slower folks too that would run-walk or run with slower pace
      https://www.facebook.com/events/779470518858469/

      Happy Trails and Happy New Year!
      Christian

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