CATHalf &Pounding Creek Trail Marathon


This year, we are introducing a full trail marathon, the Pounding Creek Marathon, to accompany the CATHalf! The marathon will consist of two loops of our half-marathon course, with the second loop running in the reverse direction from the first. And don’t worry, we will still run the CATHalf just the same as in previous years. But now, if you feel like going the extra distance in your training, you have the choice of committing to the fun and challenges of a longer race!

The two races will start at the same time and take place on the sweet single-track trails of The Miller School of Albemarle on Saturday, October 27th, 2018, at 8 am.

The Miller School’s 1,600-acre campus boasts an extensive trail system that includes rolling wooded single-track, climbs through piney forests and open fields, and a tough but fun finish! Each loop includes about 2,500 feet of elevation gain. Pounding Creek is the beautiful creek that runs through Miller School’s campus. The marathon is named in honor of that landmark.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each race 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. Proceeds from the race go to benefit the MSA Endurance Team.


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Race day information


Start and Finish:

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

Start time:

October 27, 2018 at 8 amRace day registration and check-in opens at 6 am.

  CATHalf Half- Marathon Pounding Creek Marathon
CAT members  -Sept 30: $45

Oct 1-Oct 26:  $55

Race day:  $65

 -Sept 30:  $65

Oct 1-Oct 26:  $75

Race day:  $85

Non-members   -Sept 30:  $50

Oct 1-Oct 26:  $60

Race day:  $70

-Sept 30:  $70

Oct 1-Oct 26:  $80

Race day:  $90

(CAT members: Before registering, go to Member-Only Discount Codes tab under Membership menu on this website and click on your race to receive discount)
  • Surface: Mostly wooded single-track and mowed meadows with some gravel-road sections
  • 3 well-stocked aid stations per loop
   CATHalf Half- Marathon Pounding Creek Marathon 
 Distance 13.3 miles  26.6 miles
 Elevation gain ~2,500 ft  ~5,000 ft 
 Cutoff  4 hours 7 hours
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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28 thoughts on “CATHalf &Pounding Creek Trail 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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