CATHalf Trail Half-Marathon



The CATHalf is a 13.3 mile trail race that takes place on the sweet single-track trails of The Miller School of Albemarle on Saturday, October 28th, 2017, at 8 am.

The Miller School’s 1,600-acre campus boasts an extensive and growing trail system that includes rolling wooded single-track, climbs through piney forests and open fields, and a tough but fun finish! Prizes will be awarded to top finishers and, of course, there will be a fun and festive party at the race finish! The trails are maintained by students on the Miller School of Albermarle Endurance Team and we organize this race together with the MSA Endurance Team coach, Andy Guptill.

The free CATHalf Training Program helps prepare all interested trail runners — including those new to trail running that have never run long distances before — to run the CATHalf. Check out our Facebook Group page for locations and start times of the weekly group runs and workouts on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


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Race day information


Start and Finish:


The Miller School of Albermarle

Miller School of Albermarle,  1000 Samuel Miller Loop, Charlottesville, VA. 22903

Start time:

October 28, 2017 at 8 amRace day registration and check-in opens at 6 am.


CAT members: $45
Non-members: $50

  • Distance: 13.3 miles
  • Surface: Mostly wooded single-track and mowed meadows with some gravel-road sections
  • Elevation gain: 3087 ft.
  • 3 well-stocked aid stations
  • 4 Hour cutoff. There will be a 2:25 cutoff for the mile 8 aid station and a 3:10 cutoff for the mile 10.4 aid station.
Total distance: 13.32 mi
Max elevation: 843 ft
Min elevation: 554 ft
Total climbing: 3087 ft
Total descent: -3087 ft

Google map location is here.


Ample parking in field to left of main school buildings.

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26 thoughts on “CATHalf Trail Half-Marathon

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  2. Heather Clark

    So glad to be able to participate this year. I signed up for the Training Program – but can help if needed.

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  4. Chloe Marsh

    Hi! I registered for the half last weekend but never received a confirmation email. Its highly possible I messed up me email when registering!! I did get a charge for race it, so just wanted to make sure everything was okay!

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Chloe,

      Yes I do have your registration on file. I going to resend you the confirmation email.
      Looking forward to have you at the race

    1. Christian Dahlhausen

      Yes we are! It will be on the same weekend. Last Saturday in October.
      Looking forward to have you! Registration will probably open in July.

  5. Christopher Gould

    I recall hearing that a full trail marathon might be offered in 2017. That would be great! My question today is has a date been set for the 2017 event. I have friends who would like to plan their flights etc. Thanks for any information.

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    1. Christian Dahlhausen

      Hi Jim,
      We typically close online registration the day before the event. If you want to get a guarantee for a finisher shirt however you may want to register until 4 weeks before.
      Hope that helps.
      Happy trails,

    1. Christian Dahlhausen

      Hi Carla,
      The CATHalf has no official cut-offs. You may power-hike the whole thing if you want.
      We just want everybody to have a good time in the woods.

      Hope that helps.
      Happy trails,

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