The Cat’s Tail – Catskill Trail Marathon


Sep 30, 2023 at 7:00 AM

The Cat’s Tail – Catskill Trail Marathon

Route 28

Shandaken NY, 12480


Entry Fee $65
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $75
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 26.2M

Type: Trail

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%

First Year of the Event: 2015


The Cat’s Tail is a rugged mountain marathon. In the first three years of the race, out of 257 starters, we have had 253 finishers under the 10 hour time limit. Only 4 DNF’s!! We attribute these high success rates to our tough entry requirements which are:

You must have minimally completed within the last year:

1) A legitimate marathon distance or greater race (no fat-ass or other unorganized events) in under 4 hours (or under 6 hours for a trail marathon)

2) The Escarpment Trail race within the 6 hour cut-off.

3) An ultra distance trail race within twice the time as the winner.

4) Another race that you think qualifies you to run 26+ miles of rugged Catskill trails with 7000+ feet of elevation gain in a reasonable time that will not have us out looking for you when it gets dark.

The fourth edition is scheduled for September 29, 2018. Following the same route as past years, it will begin at the Fox Hollow trail head off rt 28 in Shandaken, NY. Runners will go south over Panther Mountain and Giant Ledge before reaching rt 47. They will run just off the road south for a short distance to the Slide Mountain trail where they will turn east and ascend Slide, Cornell, and Wittenberg Mountains. Slide is the highest peak in the Catskills at 4,180 ft. On the northward descent off Wittenberg, runners will turn east onto a newly (2014) created trail leading them over Cross Mt. before heading northward over Mt. Pleasant and Romer Mt. and depositing them a short distance from Phoenicia and the finish line. The distance is around 26.5 miles with 7000+/- ft of ascent. Register here.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Sep 30, 2023

Held on Oct 01, 2022

Held on Oct 02, 2021

Held on Oct 03, 2020

Held on Sep 28, 2019

Held on Sep 29, 2018

Held on Sep 30, 2017

Held on Sep 24, 2016

Held on Sep 26, 2015

Event Results

View 2017 Results

View 2016 Results

View 2015 Results