August 22, 2020
26.2 + 50k: 8:00 AM
13.1: 9:00 AM
13.1 · 26.2 · 50k
The Lost Cat is a rugged road-to-trail race on Dorset's Mount Aeolus takes you through hardwood forests and past historic marble quarries. Experience steep climbs, varied terrain, and scenic descents. Incredible valley views and historic buildings from the height of Vermont's marble boom. 50k consists of roughly 65% trail (30% singletrack, 35% doubletrack/jeep trail) 35% road (5% pavement, 30% packed dirt/gravel)
View the 2019 Runner's Manual HERE
Starting down low at Town Hall in East Dorset, you'll get a rolling prelude to the climbs ahead. Historic orchards and stands of sugar maple line this part of the course. The course then transitions to steeper class 4 roads and trails on Mount Aeolus after a beautiful 5k singletrack section through old pine plantations above Emerald Lake. All distances are a single loop-type format, and will end back in town where they started.
This is NOT a flat race! The half marathon has approximately 2,400' of climbing and the 50k has approximately 4,500'.
Due to the land ownership considerations, there will not be a course map available before the race. Rough outlines and Aid Station locations will be available, along with crew/spectator access directions. The course will be very well-marked.
There is a ~2 mile highway section positioned several miles into the course; all distances will cover the highway stretch. There is ample shoulder and good visibility, however it is the runner's responsibility to ensure they are safe on the road. This includes bright or reflective clothing, etc. There will be volunteers, flagging, and marking on the road sections of the course, but traffic will not be stopped on this segment. You will also cross an active set of railroad tracks... twice! While it's unlikely any trains will be present, be prepared to wait a couple of minutes.
Be prepared for mountain weather and changing conditions. As we say in Vermont, if you don't like the weather wait 5 minutes!!
The CUTOFF time for all distances will be 4 PM.
Free Photos + Swag
The Lost Cat will be photographed by renowned sports photographer Joe Viger. All participants will take home FREE web-sized downloads of their photos, courtesy of Nor'east Trail Runs! Higher resolution prints and downloads are also available - support your amazing photographers! Last year, two Lost Cat runners wound up on the cover of the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) page when one of Joe's photos was selected to represent USA trail running around the world!
All runners will receive a tech shirt. Finishers get a custom dog tag medal and a finisher's pint glass!
*Must register by August 1 to be guaranteed a shirt. Must register by August 5 to guarantee you name on your bib.
There will be fully stocked aid stations every 3-7 miles. Aid stations will feature Hammer Heed electrolyte drinks, Hammer gels, and Hammer Endurolyte salt tabs. Expect all the traditional sweet and salty aid station foods plus MAPLE SYRUP SHOTS available on-course. Seriously.
Bring a bottle or pack for water! It may be hot and humid and the next aid station might feel a lot further than it is!
There will be one drop bag location near the midpoint of the 50k with crew access. Drop bags/crew for marathon and 50k runners only.