CAT Board


Laura Wolf

Laura Wolf
Laura enjoys the social aspect of the running community and connecting with others through a shared love of the outdoors. She is also competitive and likes challenging herself. She has been an athlete since her youth when she was on swimming, field hockey, tennis and lacrosse teams. After college she took up running for fitness and fun. Laura joined the CATs 50K training program in 2017 and finished her first ultramarathon– the Promise Land 50K++. She enjoys running varying distances from 25K to 50 miles. Laura is also a competitive mountain biker. When she’s not adventuring in the woods, Laura works with individuals with disabilities as an Autism/Behavior Consultant.

Dan Blondeau

Dan Blondeau

David Smith

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.

John Andersen

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.”

Marc Griffin

Marc Griffin

If you’ve run an ultra in Virginia, chances are good you’ve raced with Marc.  He’s a 10 time finisher of the Beast Series, and is a regular at other ultras too.  Marc also holds the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon run while wearing handcuffs.  

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Debbie Henderson


Debbie Henderson 





Matt Smythe

Matt Smythe


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Board Emeriti and influential members

      • Andrew Krueger
        One of the three founders of the CATs. One of the legendary CAT SkinnyB’s. Sadly has moved now.
      • Eric Moore
        More a road than a trail runner. Eric has been around before the CATs formed the CATs. Eric often led the “Sundays at the Park” runs, the first organized club group run.
      • Jen Lebendig
        Jen is THE aid station helper of the trail world.
      • Andy Jones-Wilkins
        Former board member and Director of Programs
      • Sophie Speidel
        Former board member and Director of Courses
      • John Gulley
        Board member 2017-2019
        Bringer of the “Special Sauce” and founder of the popular Tuesday night run.
      • Simone Sengers-Van der Pluijm
        Board member 2017-2019
        Social Committee Chair
      • Amanda Blondeau
        Board member from 2017-2019
      • Allie Bateman
        Board member from 2019-2020, president in 2020.
      • Christian Dahlhausen
        Christian is a CATs founding member, and VP up until he moved back to Germany in 2020.  He handled all kinds of necessary things to get the club up and running.
      • Bob Clouston
        Board member from 2016-2022, still helping with some of the administrative tasks of the club.

17 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).

  6. Kenny Szabo

    My name is Coach Szabo, I am the Director of Sport Performance for ADAPT in Charlottesville. I am emailing you today to offer myself as a volunteer at any events, and offer our coaching at any training events in the area.

    ADAPT stands for Athletic Development and Performance Training. We were locally founded by Mike Curtis, a Division 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Our goal is to provide elite level training to youth athletes, not only to increase athletic development, but to reduce injuries and educate athletes so they can maintain a healthy lifestyle after sports. We specialize in providing safe, efficient, and effective training at an affordable price.

    I am currently reaching out to organizations like this one trying to build relationships. I would love to discuss how ADAPT could potentially collaborate with the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners.

  7. Rosi Beachy

    Could we publish our event to your calendar?

    Hope’s Legacy’s First Annual “Hoofin’ It For Horses 5K Trail Run
    Sunday May 6, 2018
    Location: 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton, VA 22920
    Start: 5K starts at 8AM sharp
    Race takes place on Hope’s Legacy’s new permanent home called Castle Rock Farm.
    All proceeds benefit the horses and donkeys in our care.
    Preregistration available at RunSignUp:

  8. Harry Stillerman

    The Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club will be holding our Ramblin Rabbit 5K event on Saturday, May 26 at Piedmont Virginia Community College at 7:30 AM. We welcome runners and walkers alike to join us for a fun family event featuring a paved course with scenic views, music, food, and prizes. Event proceeds will benefit the Central Virginia Boys and Girls Clubs and the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club. I am writing to ask if we can be added to your event calendar and to share information with your group. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide in helping us promote this event.

  9. Julie Morrill

    I’m trying to renew my membership but keep receiving a “You do not have permission to access this page” when I log in. The site lets me log in but not do anything once I’m in. Any suggestions? What might I be doing wrong?
    Thanks for your help!

  10. Travis Bishop

    I wanted to see if there might be an interest in running in some of our trail runs around the Charlottesville area. Bishop’s Events, LLC organizes a couple events in the area. Let me know if you’d like more info on the races.

    1. Bob Clouston

      Hi Rosi, we don’t keep a calendar of area races. You are welcome to promote this on our Facebook page and Google email group. We ask that you limit it to one post (on each) per event.

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