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Catoctin 50K Trail Run

15-Jul-2017 Gambrill State Park, Maryland, USA

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Trail Race Race Terrain
50KM / 31Miles
1 Day - 175 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

A rocky, slow, difficult and demanding trail run in Gambrill State Park (Maryland, USA) in very hot temperatures and humidity, almost entirely covered with tree foliage and with some stream crossings. The trail is not marked and the organisation does not provide maps but all course questions will be answered at the pre-race briefing.

All 175 runners must carry a minimum quantity of water, two bottles, to guarantee finishing the race. Equipment checks will be carried out prior to the start of the race. No crews, pacers or walking poles are allowed.

There are six aid stations along the route plus the start/finish area points fully stocked with water and snacks. There are partial cut off times at each checkpoint and a global cut off of 9 hours. There is a post-race barbecue.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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renzipt

03:54 23-09-16

2016 Cat 50 was advertized to me by friends as one of the, if not the, most difficult trail run on the East Coast, and I believe it! If you love a challenge of a physically and mentally grueling race, this is the one for you. The terrain was ridiculous at times, but it adds to the challenge and will make all other "normal" trails seem wimpy. The volunteers are crazy great and I will carry my Cat 50 card with pride. @UDhydrates (30L) was a must due to high temp, but plenty of calories are available at aid stations. I'll run it again and relish the moment that I cross the duct tape finish line! See you in 2017.

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bbates66

02:13 26-08-15

2015 Catoctin 50K -- The Beast in the East

I have started, stopped, erased, started, forgot, been reminded to complete and now finished this race recap over the past month or so. It's a complicated one that would be far too long to hold anyone's interest, if I truly did justice to all the twists (paths and ankles) and turns of this race. So, stay with me as best you can . . .

For the full review, visit my blog--

http://only26point2.blogspot.com/2015/08/catoctin-50k-beast-in-east.html

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