(The RD visits the high point)
Next Me-Ow: April (TBD) 2016. 6AM – Midnight.
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.
The 2016 edition (4th annual) of the Me-Ow! Marathons will be held in late April, in conjunction with the (1st annual) Four Falls Fifty K. While Me-Ow runners don’t need no stinkin’ aid stations or course markings, you’ll probably be able to take advantage of a couple of the FFF aid stations and the parts of our course that overlap will have flagging.
What this is: The gnarliest, possibly hardest 100K race on the continent. 40,000+ feet of total elevation change (net elevation change = 0). About 1 mile of pavement, 1 mile of bushwhacking, some power line roads, a bunch of 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 camp together the night before and after and 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 (16 or so) and some hints about the best routes.
Registration opens the first week of January.
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.
Qualifications: You must have completed at least one 50 Mile or longer trail race.
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.
Camping: Dry Creek Group Camp (on the lake) for anyone who wants to camp with us Friday and Saturday night. Camping fee = 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.
ALL RACES BEGIN AND END AT THIS CAMPSITE!
Sanitized for your protection. Sign here without admitting guilt. Beware of cat. You must be present to win.
1. intentionally short-cutting the course will result in a lifetime disqualification. let’s keep the playing field as level as possible. it’s the only level thing out here.
2. taking yourself too seriously, or failing to appreciate the literary magnificence inherent in the snide, facetious tone of Me-Ow! communications, will result in merciless mockery.
3. no pacers, wheels, motors, dogs (cats are OK if leash-trained), or littering.
unlike Barkley, it’s OK to use capitals sometimes and GPS is OK. a lot of good it’ll do you. (if you don’t put OK in caps, it’s just ok, like the sound a sick seagull makes).
4. more rules will be added if people do stuff that disturbs my fragile emotional balance.
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Final Caveat- Essential Reading!
Me-Ow takes a light-hearted approach in our propaganda, but do NOT take this race lightly. For many entrants it will probably be the hardest footrace you have ever participated in. Plan carefully for your nutritional needs. 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.