This rugged course on Dorset's Mount Aeolus takes you through hardwood forests and past historic marble quarries. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Second Chance Animal Shelter. 

Stick around after the race and fuel up with some local treats and offerings from our sponsors!

Check out some photos from the 2019 race here

Course

This course offers steep climbs, varied terrain, and scenic descents. Incredible valley views and historic buildings. A mix of singletrack, ATV roads, packed dirt, and pavement.

The race will start at Town Hall in East Dorset with a rolling prelude to the climbs ahead. Historic orchards and stands of sugar maple line this part of the course. You will then transition to steeper class 4 roads and trails on Mount Aeolus after a 5k rolling singletrack section above Emerald Lake. All distances are a single loop-type format, and will end back in town where they started.  

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. 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. There is also one railroad crossing you will do 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!!

Aid stations

There will be fully stocked aid stations every 3-6 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.

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! 50k finishers take home something unique to remember the race that can't be had anywhere else, we promise. You'll have to find out what it is by finishing... Custom, locally made awards for top three male and female at each distance! 

Upcoming Races

Aug 22 2020
50 KM
The Lost Cat offers steep climbs, varied terrain, and scenic descents. Incredible valley views and historic buildings from the height of Vermont's marble boom. The 50k consists of roughly 50% trail (about half and half singletrack and doubletrack/jeep trail) and 50% road (10% pavement, 40% packed dirt/gravel) 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'. If you don't like dirt roads, you won't like this course. In the style of classic races like the JFK 50 and the Vermont 100, the Lost Cat is a great way to showcase your speed and practice tough transitions while hitting a wide variety of terrain. This is not the most technical course, though some sections are technical enough to make you regret saying that. Depending on the year and how recently some of the jeep roads have washed out, some sections can look more like rocky technical trail or like smooth runable road. 2019's race featured a rock pile the size of a small house near the finish of the course. Be prepared for lots of changing gears and unbelievably cruisy descents. Road shoes and trail shoes are both a bad choice. Note that the 50k has the most trail of any of the distances. If you drop down to the marathon you'll be missing out on one of the most scenic sections of the course, 5 miles of trail straight up Mount Aeolus. 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.
4,500 4,500 ft.
Single Loop Course
6 Aid Stations
8 :00 Cutoff
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
3 Surface Rating
Some rocks, root, and/or ruts

Results

50 KM View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
08/24/19 61 4:27:00 5:29:53
08/25/18 10 4:32:10 6:05:35
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information.

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