Join us for the 2020 CATs TrailFest on Saturday, October 24, 2020. This will be the 6th year for our trail races at the Miller School of Albemarle and we expect this year’s races to be the biggest and best so far!! Like last year, the 2020 TrailFest will be comprised of the CATHalf Trail Half Marathon, the Pounding Creek Trail Marathon, and a 10K Trail run!
The beautiful campus of The Miller School of Albemarle features challenging climbs, miles of sweet single-track trails, and spectacular vistas of the Blue Ridge mountains. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience these unique trails by registering for one of the races now.
The CATHalf is a one-loop half-marathon with over 2500′ of vertical climbing. The Pounding Creek Marathon adds a second loop of the half-marathon course. The 10-K will race will provide a shorter, but no less breathtaking experience on the Miller School Trails.
The three races will all start on Saturday, October 24th, 2020, beginning at 8 am.
Prizes will be awarded to top finishers, age group winners, as well as random runners 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 Albemarle Endurance Team and we organize this race together with the MSA Endurance Team coach, Andy Guptill. A significant portion of the proceeds benefit the MSA Endurance Team.
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: We are moving forward with plans to hold the races, but have to acknowledge that the races may need to be canceled, or held with smaller number of runners. We are implementing a new signup method where you will not be charged now. Once we decide to the race is a “Go”, and we know how many runners we can have, you will be notified whether you are in the race or not, and charged at that time if you are selected.
Race day information
Start and Finish
Upper Field at Miller School of Albemarle
Race Day Schedule
Race day October 24, 2020
NOTE: Everything here is subject to change due to COVID-19 safety precautions. For example, the aid stations may be limited to self-serve with limited fare. Start times may be staggered.
6:30-7:45am: Packet Pickup
8:00 am RACE START – All races start
Friday October 23th, 10am – 6pm
1159-B Crozet Avenue
Crozet, VA 22932
- All finishers will receive a sweet tech shirt at the finish line.
- There will be prizes for top finishers and age group winners.
- We also have fun prizes and swag to give away randomly!
- Approximate award times:
11:00 am 10K
11:30 am CATHalf
2:00 pm PC Marathon
We will run the race, rain or shine. Cold or Hot.
Hang around for the fun finish line party! We will have Krispy Kreme donuts, Bodo’s Bagels, coffee, grilled cheese, soup, and other foods at the finish line. Stay for the party!
Price Schedule (CATs member prices in parentheses)
|Jan 1-7, 2020 Early Bird Special||Jan 8-Jun 4, 2020||Jun 5-Aug 6, 2020||Aug 7-Sep 23, 2020||Sep 24-Oct 23, 2020||Race-Day, October 24, 2020|
|CATHalf Trail Half Marathon||$40.00
|Pounding Creek Marathon||$45.00
|*CATs 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||10K|
|Elevation gain||~2,500 ft||~5,000 ft||tbd|
|Cutoff||7 hours||7 hours||7 hours|
Max elevation: 843 ft
Min elevation: 554 ft
Total climbing: 3087 ft
Total descent: -3087 ft
The course is awesome – but tough! The CATHalf is one loop, the Pounding Creek Marathon adds a second time around the loop in the same direction. The 10K course will follow a segment of the loop, but cut back earlier.* Runners can expect mostly rolling wooded single track, with periods of field running and a little time on gravel roads. While there are no HUGE long climbs, there is a lot of climbing and descending in small bites throughout the race (see elevation profile above) with a total amount of climbing of ~2500 feet per loop. Pace yourselves, this course will wear you down and beat you up!
– PC Marathon — 7 hours
– CATHalf — no cutoff (if finished in less than 7 hours)
– 10K — no cutoff (if finished in less than 7 hours)
– Marathon runners must your their first loop (i.e., the half marathon) in 3.5 hours.
– Cutoffs at 2nd loop aid stations if you don’t appear to be on pace to finish in 7 hours, are as follows: Puke Hill/Burke @ 14.7 miles: 4 hrs, Upper Meadows @ 18.6: 5 hrs, Upper Meadows @ 20.4: 5:30 hrs, Puke Hill/Burk @23.1: 6hrs 10 mins. Judgements to pull somebody that do not make a cut-off will be made by aid station volunteers based on how runner looks and feels, if runners are falling way off pace, weather, etc.
Aid stations [UPDATE]
The corona virus is likely to limit our aid station fare. Be aware that you will need to be more self-sufficient. We will update this once we have a plan in place.
There will be two aid stations on the course per loop. There will also be an aid station at Mile 13.1 (start/finish). The mileage on the aid stations is as follows, roughly: 1.6 (Puke Hill/Burke Run), 5.5 (Upper Meadows AS), 7.0 (Upper Meadows AS), 10.0 (Puke Hill/Burke Run), and 13.1 (Start/Finish).
Aid stations will have water, sports drink, and a few trail race classics such as soda, M&Ms, Gummy Bears, and chips. We may also have gels, but please be sure to bring your own favorite if you prefer to fuel with gels.
We suggest carrying handheld water bottles or a hydration pack in order to limit your cup usage on the course as well as to make hydrating easier between aid stations.
*Stay tuned for a map containing the 10K route and cut-back!
Google map location is here. [UPDATE]
Ample parking available in the fields right next to the Start/Finish
Max elevation: 853 ft
Min elevation: 558 ft
Total climbing: 2730 ft
Total descent: -2726 ft