The first day of the Martin Luther King weekend this year will feature a run on the trails in the Massanutten Mountains that are south of Route 211, using a course that is similar to the Catherine’s Fat Ass. The Catherine’s 8 course involves more trail than that summertime race, and the distance is closer to 28.4 miles.
This roughly Figure-8 shaped course will start and finish at the Route 211 East parking lot. This is the trail head location for the Massanutten South trail, and is the same start and finish location as the revised Gap to Gap run, which will be held on Martin Luther King weekend Day 2.
The run will start at 8 AM. Please arrive in time for parking, check-in and whatever prep is needed before a short briefing at 7:50.
All entrants will be assigned an item to bring to Cat 8 for use at the common aid stations.
There will be two aid stations on the course, both at the same location: the Catherine’s Furnace itself. Volunteers would be welcomed to man the aid station. If you are available and interested in helping out, contact Quatro (see sidebar).
No drop bags will be shuttled to the aid stations, so carry what you need if it is not likely to be at the aid stations.
The map that covers this area is PATC Map H of the south half of the Massanutten Mountains. The latest version of this map was released in 2011, and should have the Brown Hollow Trail (the “pink” trail), which is part of this course. Older versions of Map H will have all the other trails that the runners will cover.
While this is not an official Massanutten Training Academy event, this run will cover some of the trails that are used in the MMT 100 and is an excellent early training run for those who sign up to run MMT. It is also a fine run for those who are not planning to run MMT.
This is an event with very real risks to your well being. The VHTRC does not provide medical care for runners at this event. Runners are responsible for their own health, safety, and well being at this event. No doctors, nurses, or emergency medical technicians, or anyone with any medical training are available along the course, at any aid station, or at the finish. The club does not supply any medical goods or services, including bandages, splints, antiseptic, or Ibuprofen or any other drugs to maintain the health of runners. Physical, medical, and emergency care is the runners' responsibility. In case of an emergency, we will endeavor to get local emergency personnel to an injured runner as soon as possible. Since most of our events are in remote areas, medical care may be far away in distance or time. Each year, runners finish — or are forced to drop out — with scrapes, deep cuts, hematomas, dislocations, and sprains. Runners have experienced cuts, bruises, bee stings, and asthma attacks. This is an event with very real risks.