Nov 06, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Bobcat Trail Run 11 Mile
Thurmont MD, 21788
Entry Fee $45
(Lowest or Early Registration)
Entry Fee 2 $45
(Highest or Late Registration)
Prize Money: no
Participant Limit: 100
Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 100%
First Year of the Event: 2018
You can finish this! The generous aid station cut off and time limit is designed for entrants of (almost) all abilities to finish. We’ll be waiting for you with congratulatory hand shake, a fire pit, hot cider 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 here. 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 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 of the Bobcat Trail Run 12 Mile. What’s my running resume?
Check my running history right here on UltraSignup.
Completed the Grand Slam of Ultra Running in 1998
Completed the “JFK 50/100” (1998, 1999)
Race Director – Catoctin 50k Trail Run since 1999.
Race Director – Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run since 2011.
Race Director – Greenbrier Ultra’s since 2018
Race Director – Shepherd’s Spring 100k – 50k – Half Marathon since 2018
Race Director – Cow Bone 6/12/24 Hour (new May 25, 2019)
Aid Station Captain – Bull Run Run 50 Mile – Centerville A.S. since 1999.
Ultrunr.com website since 1996
Consider my position as a cheerleader not a gate keeper. It’s to encourage runners of all abilities and ages to enter and most importantly, to finish. My goal is to conduct a fun and rewarding experience for every participant and volunteer. One of the best things of being a Race Director is greeting all runners at the finish line with a congratulation in the form of a handshake, fist bump, a hug or a combination of all three… and seeing their expression of finishing! I’ve been around since ’96 and have run and directed enough races to gain valuable insight to know how to do it… and do it right.
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