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Yes... we still plan to hold the race in 2020. Yes... there will be some safety adjustments to make sure everyone is safe and we comply with the new "norm". Contrary to below there will be a change at the finish line... instead of a handshake you'll get a smile and loud congratulations. More to follow...
The purpose of this race is to have an event with a generous aid station cut off and time limit so entrants of all abilities can experience our festive finish line. We'll be waiting for you with congratulatory hand shake, a fire pit, hot cider and light fare so you can enjoy and savor your accomplishment. You don't need to be an experienced trail runner to participate. Many first time trail runners have done very well. Some runners have walked the entire distance and made it... with a few minutes to spare. Are you a fleet footed runner who absolutely rules over the rocks? Join us 'cause we want to see how fast this course can be run.
The Bobcat is an out and back starting at the Manor Parking Area in Cunningham State Park (Thurmont, Maryland). The race is run on both the Catoctin Trail (Blue) and the Cat Rock Trail (Yellow). Runners will start by looping the parking area stretching the field out before going NORTH bound on the Catoctin Trail. The trail is directly in front of the Manor Visitors Center. Runners have the pleasure of running up "Bob's Hill". This is a steep, rocky and slow section. Total rise is about 800' in 1.5 miles (1875 elevation) . 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 south to the Start/Finish. Turn LEFT when the Cat Rock Trail ends at the Catoctin Blue Trail. Total elevation gain for the course is approx. 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 does not 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.
About the Race Director
Hi, My name is Kevin Sayers and I'm the Race Director. The year was 1994, and I ran across an article about ultrarunning in a magazine and said "I just gotta do that". One hundred miles in 24 hours? What's not to like? Since that time I enjoyed a 39,000 mile running adventure throughout North America. Now, I’m a race director and have made it my mission “to conduct and promote fun and rewarding running events for entrants, crews and volunteers alike”. My running history on UltraSignup (1996 - current)
As the Race Director I consider my myself a cheerleader who encourages and inspires all to reach their goal. My commitment is to be available at all times during a race and greet every runner at the finish with a smile, hand shake, high five, fist bump or a combination there of.
UltRunR.com website since 1996
Completed the Grand Slam of Ultra Running in 1998 Completed the JFK 50 Mile Run as a 100 miler (1998, 1999)
Aid Station Captain - Bull Run Run 50 Mile - Centerville A.S. since 1999
Received Vermont 100 "1,000 Mile" belt buckle in 2007
Race Director - Catoctin 50k Trail Run & Half Cat since 1999 Race Director - Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run since 2011
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
Race Director - Antietam Creek 3 Hour Run since 2020
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