Friends and family members call her “Adventure Allie.” She loves running, hiking, exploring, skating, and skydiving, and when she’s not doing one of those things, she’s working to change the landscape of education. Although she doesn’t race much, Allie has run a few 50Ks and is looking forward to adding a few more races and challenges to the list!
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 Devops Engineer at Academic Preservation Trust in Charlottesville.
|Lauren Wolf Richardson
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.
I’ve been running trails in Virginia since 2001, and ultras since 2004. Even though I run as many road races as trails these days, I still love trail running and the community, and like the chance to give back. When not running, I might be skiing, or checking for new wildlife photos on my trail cam at my home in Wintergreen.
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 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.”
If you have concerns, questions or comments you may reach us at board[at]cvilleareatrailrunners.org
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.
- 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, the first organized club group run.
- Jen Lebendig
Jen is THE aid station captain 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