The Bobcat starts off where the Catoctin 50k Trial Run ends... at the Manor Parking Area. What's in a name? It's a combination of "Bob's Hill" and the "Catoctin Trail"... Hence... "Bobcat Trail Run". The purpose of this race is to provide a "shorter" trail race with a generous aid station cut off and time limit so entrants have the best chance of finishing.Click Here for Photo's
The race is an out and back starting at the Manor Parking Area in Cunningham State Park (Thurmont, Maryland). Runners will start by looping the parking area stretching the field out before going north bound on Catoctin Blue trail and ascending "Bob's Hill". This is a steep, rocky and slow section. Total rise is about 800' in 1.5 miles. After cresting the hill the course remains a little rocky but very run-able. At the trail intersection of the Catoctin Blue Trail and the Cat Rock Yellow trail (approx. 2.5 miles) runners will turn right onto the Cat Rock Yellow Trail and follow that to the turn around point. The turn around point is the Cat Rock Yellow Trail head parking area on Route 77. The only aid station will be at the turn around point. The distance from the start to the aid station is 5.5 miles. Runners reverse direction and run back to the Start/Finish. Turn left when the Cat Rock Trail ends at the Catoctin Blue Trail. Total elevation gain for the course is 2200'.
Time Limit and Cutoff's
You have 2.5 hours to make the aid station (5.5 miles) and 5 hours to finish the race. Translated... you need to do 27 minute miles. 27 minute miles doesn't mean this is a "killer" course but rather you're given plenty of time to finish.
Swag and Awards
Swag... definitely! Entrants and volunteers will receive a 100% Cotton Tee Shirt and a Finishers Cup. There are no overall, place or age group awards. Runners of all abilities are welcomed and encouraged but the desire is to provide and environment were all are encouraged to finish rather than blistering the course at sub atomic speed.
About the Race Director
Hi! My name is Kevin Sayers and I'm the Race Director. Check my running history right here on UltraSignup . Completed the Grand Slam of Ultra Running in 1998 Completed the JFK 50 Mile Run as a 100 miler (1998, 1999) Race Director - Catoctin 50k Trail Run & Half Cat since 1999. Race Director - Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run since 2011. Aid Station Captain - Bull Run Run 50 Mile - Centerville A.S. since 1999. Race Director - Greenbrier Ultra's since 2018 Race Director - Bobcat Trail Run (11 Miles) since 2018. Race Director - Cow Bone 6-12-24 Hour since 2019 UltRunR.com website since 1996 Consider my position as a cheerleader not a gate keeper. It's to get runners to finish not cut them off. My goal is to conduct a fun and rewarding experience for every participant, crew and volunteer. For me the most rewarding experience of being an RD is greeting each and every runner at the finish line with a congratulation, a handshake, a fist bump, a hug or a combination of all three and seeing their face of "finishing" the distance. Being around since 1996 I've gained enough insight to know how to do it... and do it right.
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