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 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 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.”
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.
Before joining the CATs I was primarily a road runner, partially because I was intimidated to be out in the woods during solo runs. I’ve now been bitten by the trail bug and will pick a trail anytime over the road. I can also understand how humbling it is to make that transition, as trail runners are typically tougher but they bring you to magnificent places like Blackrock Summit or Turk Mountain.
The CATs are more than a running group, they are a community. Along with being a community, the CATs offer many ways for people to get involved in trail running, whether it is through training program, summer series, or runs posted on the group pages. Trail running is much more fun with others, and there are no shortage of opportunities.
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 captian 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