CAT Board

The CAT board is comprised by:

David Smith
David has always been a big fan of hiking and the outdoors, He took up the hobby of trail running about six years ago and has completed 10 trail ultramarathons, usually in the middle or back of the pack. David teaches at the University of Virginia, where he is a professor and associate dean at the McIntire School of Commerce.
Christian Dahlhausen
Christian Dahlhausen
Vice-President & Treasurer
Christian loves to be outdoors and has taken up trail running in 2008 when he moved from Bonn, Germany to Charlottesville. Started with shorter distances and ran a couple of road Marathon’s but quickly became hooked to trail running and ultra distances. Christian loves the communal aspects of trail running and big variety of ages and abilities in the sport. He is one of the three founders (among Andrew J. Krueger, David Smith) of the CAT’s. Christian is a Systems Engineer at Academic Preservation Trust in Charlottesville.
John Andersen
John has competed in everything from 24 hour mountain bike races, to triathlons, to marathons and ultramarathons. His passion is trail running and just getting outdoors.“What I love about running is that the only limits we have are those we place on ourselves. It’s amazing what we can accomplish – or not accomplish – simply by our outlook. Our bodies are amazing machines capable of so much more than we realize. I truly believe that everyone has an inner athlete just waiting to come out if they let it.”
John Gulley
John Gullley

I have been enjoying the Charlottesville area trails for five years and am excited to help the CATs encourage the local trail running community.

Simone Sengers -Van der Pluijm
Simone Sengers-Van der Pluijm
I always enjoyed running on trails but never knew that was a thing until last Summer when Jason Farr, my son’s x-country coach and CAT member, told me about the crazy long trail races he did. I thought he was completely nuts, but I was also intrigued. How do you run 50 or 100 miles? But here I am, earlier this year I ran my first 50K. It’s amazing how trail running has helped me to get stronger mentally and physically. Inviting and helping others to experience the same is my drive to join the CAT board. I would love to help the Cats build an even stronger trail running community by helping people make the step from a 5k to a 50k.

If you have concerns, questions or comments you may reach us at board[at]

Board Emeriti and influential members

  • Andrew Krueger
    One of the three founders of the CAT’s. One of the legendary CAT SkinnyB’s. Sadly has moved now.
  • Bob Clouston
    Everybody knows Bob. He has been around since the beginning and long before that. He sometimes claims he is cutting back to easier terrain and 50Ks or less, yet can often be found on the AT or trails of Wintergreen, and is kicking around the idea of another 100 miler in 2016.  Bob is a retired software developer, an avid skier, and father to one son, Jon, who lives in Harrisonburg.
  • Eric Moore
    More a road than a trail runner. Eric has been around before the CAT’s formed the CAT’s. Eric often led the “Sundays at the Park” runs (our first organized group runs that always started at the Rivanna Trailhead at The Park). that were followed by breakfast at Panera’s.
  • John Gulley
    One of our CAT regulars that host mid-distance week group runs. John runs the Tuesday evening group and has a big fellowship. He recently received a CAT-Award for being so awesome.
  • Jen Lebendig
    Jen is THE aid station captian of the trail world.
  • Andy Jones-Wilkins
    Former board member and Director of Programs
  • Sophie Speidel
    Former board member and Director of Courses

10 thoughts on “CAT Board

  1. Dan Pulskamp

    Good morning,

    I am the race director for 2 Ultra Marathons in the Richmond area. Both take place at State Parks and may be of interest to your members. Is it possible to place it on your calendar? The next event is the Dogwood 12 Hour Run at Pocahontas State Park on April 9th 2016. The event features a 12 Hour loop run (run as much or as little as you want), a 10 mile option and a 4 person relay. More information can be found at the race website I can be reached at Thank you very much.

    Dan Pulskamp
    Race Director
    Dogwood 12 Hour Run

  2. Katie Fisher


    The Sweet Briar Business Seminar class this semester is hosting a 1 in 5 5k for RAINN, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network. The 5k will begin in the upper quad and the trail will go along the dairy loop, a hilly road with beautiful views of the campus, going right through the riding center.
    Registration Time 8am
    Race Start Time 9am till 12pm or 1pm
    This race is friendly for all ages and participants can choose to either run or walk. The name of the race stems from the statistic that 1 in 5 women in college will be victims of sexual assault (Time Magazine). For more information, please visit

    To register please visit

    I was wondering if you would be willing to share this with your runners and also add this to your calendar.

    Please feel free to share this with anyone you think would like to be involved also if you have any questions about the event feel free to contact me.



    1. admin

      Thanks Katie. This sounds like a fun trail 5k for a good cause. A good catchy name too!
      I will forward it to our mailing list.
      Thanks, Christian

  3. Hannah Cooper

    Is there any way to submit this event to your race calendar?
    Oct. 8th, 2016
    Race starts at 9:30AM
    Registration starts at 8:00AM
    Early $20
    Day of $25
    *New Location*
    Lockn’ Grounds
    Oak Ridge Farm
    Arrington, VA
    Contact Hannah for more info:

  4. Elizabeth Raftery

    Good morning,

    The Marine Corps Association & Foundation has bibs for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon. If anyone in your club is interested in running the marathon and does not have a bib, they can sign up for one at MCA&F is fundraising in support of active duty Marines and to receive a race bib, you must meet our fundraising minimum of $400. 100% of the proceeds go to our Foundation’s programs that directly support Marines. Members of your club who already have bibs can also fundraise and run for team MCA&F. All runners fundraising for MCA&F receive an official race shirt and swag bag. Please feel free to email me at if you or anyone in your chapter has any questions.

    Thank you,

    Elizabeth Raftery
    Marketing Specialist
    Marine Corps Association & Foundation

  5. david solomon

    Need help in getting the word out to your group and others regarding Gordonsville’s first 5K run this May 20, 2017 as part of our annual Fried Chicken Festival activities. Course will be through the Gordonsville area and has Ragged Mountain Running as a key sponsor of both gift certificates and prizes. Race will be from 10 am – 11 am with cool down afterwards in time to join the festival. Registration will be on line at the Town of Gordonsville’s website (events).

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