(The RD visits the high point)
Next (and Last!) Me-Ow: May 14, 2016. 7AM.
Loosely inspired by the legendary Barkley Marathons (which is in no way responsible for any of this), with influences from the Plain 100, adventure races, scavenger hunts, etc.
What this is: One of the gnarliest courses on the continent. Approximately 20,000+ feet of total elevation change (net elevation change = 0). Bushwhacking, power line roads, some regular old mapped and groomed single track, some old abandoned and overgrown trails and “roads”, four BIG waterfalls, two peaks with stunning views… In other words, it’s for the trail runner who has done some 50 Milers and maybe some 100s (K or M) and is ready for something a bit different.
Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. If condition worsens, discontinue use and consult a physician. All rights reserved. Use at your own risk.
It’s also a very social event. We are camping together all weekend to share stories and beers and such, make new friends and enjoy the beauty of our lakeshore group campsite. We encourage runners to run with a buddy, all the better to find your way and discover the best and fastest routes.
We’ll give you a map and a description of where you will find your checkpoints (20 or so) and some hints about the best routes. New twist this year: You choose your own adventure: Your final results will be simply how many pages you bring back (from the books that mark the checkpoints) and your elapsed time. If you want to do it in stages, you can return to camp Saturday night (on foot, no rides!) and your time in camp will not counted and you can go back out and finish on Sunday. Or you can go straight through. 34 hour cut-off (Sunday 5PM) either way.
there’s water all over. we generally don’t treat flowing water out there in the spring, but if you choose not to, don’t blame us if your results are different than ours.
could be snow in a few places, or it might close to triple digits
(don’t worry: fahrenheit, not centigrade!)
lions and rattlers and bears. oh my.
don’t whine. nobody cares.
At participating locations only. Penalty for private use. Substantial penalty for early withdrawal. Avoid contact with skin.
from time to time (especially as the race draws near) we put stuff on the meow marathons’ fb page. it’s generally a silly waste of your time, but “like” us if you want to encourage that sort of thing to continue.
New for 2016: There will be no charge for the Me-Ow! Marathons which will now be a non-competitive fun run. Anyone who is camping with us that weekend is eligible to enter. If we offered a race with an entry fee we would have to get a permit and there are sections of the course that are non-permittable.
Camping: Dry Creek Group Camp (on the lake) for anyone who wants to camp with us Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Camping fee = $49 for the weekend includes one vehicle, three nights and two hot meals. All net proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Whiskeytown for trail improvements at Whiskeytown Park. And don’t forget your bribe! – Bring the RD one bottle of micro-brew (22oz) (or a Starbucks gift card if you have scruples about beer). . If you have some firewood, bring a bundle to share. You do not have to do Me-Ow to join us for the weekend.
Registration is limited to the first 50 who sign up for the Last Me-Ow! Procrastinate if you are looking for a way to get out of this while pretending you really want to do it.
Yes, this will be the Last Me-Ow! The Park Service has informed us that in the figure they don’t want us sending runners off-trail at Whiskeytown (which is part of what makes Me-Ow! purr) and I don’t have enough time to scout a new course somewhere else and several Me-Ow! alumni have begun similar (maybe even better) events. Check these out:
lawetlatla foot thing
(note: some of these are private or secret groups, if you want more info you might just have to leave a comment on the Me-Ow! FB page and hope that one of the RDs contacts you). All are on the west coast.
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Rules: Give us time, we’ll come up with something.
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Final Caveat- Essential Reading!
Plan carefully for your nutritional and safety needs while out on the course. Be sure you have a good light and plenty of batteries, If you decide to drop out, you may have to walk many miles back to the start or even to any place where you might hope to get lucky enough to get a ride back. Pacers are not allowed, but sticking with another runner is a smart strategy. At some points you may brush into poison oak: We will provide you with anti-PO wipes and will have Technu at the campground just in case. Long loose-fitting pants can be helpful also.