(The RD visits the high point on the Siamese course)
Next Me-Ow: May 2, 2015. Registration opens sometime before then on UltraSignup.
Net Proceeds from The Me-Ow! Marathons go to The Friends of Whiskeytown for improvements to Whiskeytown Park. In 2014 we donated $524 which will be used toward the construction of the Mill Creek bridge. Thank you!
Loosely inspired by the legendary Barkley Marathons
(which is in no way responsible for any of this)
You have to be pretty dumb to enter Me-Ow. It’s sorta like Barkley only easier and without all the tradition. So if you finish it everyone is like, “umm, yeah, so what?” Which is a pretty disappointing and frustrating response to what will be, for some of you, mile for mile the toughest race YOU ever finish in your life. And when it’s all over, you’ll be right back where you started- you’ll have gone nowhere and your net elevation gain/loss/change will be exactly zero. Therefore, registration opens on Millard Fillmore’s birthday.
Important Notice: All race distances are rounded to the nearest marathon. (Jeff Hall Rule).
how is it: sign up for the puddy-tat (1X), or siamese (2X) option.
12 hour time limit for the p-t, 18 for the siamese. No, it’s not fair. (It’s Ran-gela’s fault).
(do not assume that the siamese is or is not simply two laps of the puddy-tat).
where? somewhere within 26.2 miles of California’s “toxic hellhole” (google it).
when? Sometime around Sinko de MeOw.
why? no one knows.
no aid, provide and pack your own.
re-supply (drop bags) at the end of each marathon.
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, might even get up into triple digits
(don’t worry: fahrenheit, not centigrade!)
lions and rattlers and bears. oh my.
don’t whine. nobody cares.
The Puddy-Tat (1X):
when we say, “rounded to the nearest marathon”, think generously.
no qualifications necessary*
bring your grandma.
starts at 9 AM Saturday.
The Siamese (2X):
starts at 6 AM Saturday. must finish by midnight, Sunday is a day of rest.
two singles, conjoined (also a popular breed of cat. clever!)
(no, it isn’t the puddy-tat twice, but the second loop is shorter than the first!)
there’s a good chance you won’t finish.
your friends will tell you they are proud of you anyway,
it’s a “moral victory”. Yeah. Right.
if you DO finish: we will give you an EXACT duplicate of the award given to Barkley Marathon Finishers.
The 4-Legged Beast (aka The Quads, 4X):
Do the Siamese, then do it again in the opposite direction.
Offered in 2015 for the first time!
*qualifications: none for the Single, but if you can’t do a road marathon in under six hours you’d better bring a box of flashlight batteries. Siamese: must have competed an ultra marathon, preferably a 50 miler in the past year.
from time to time 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/or Saturday night. $20 covers you and a friend or family member for the weekend (kids free). RV parking is about a mile away. If you have some firewood, bring a bundle to share. Important…
THIS YEAR’S RACE (SINGLE & DOUBLE) WILL BEGIN AND END AT THIS CAMPSITE!
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.
100% Discount? All Barkley finishers (any year) are invited to enter for free (any distance) so you can show everyone else how easy it really is.
Need more info? click here for FAQ
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. If you aren’t sure which distance to enter, choose the shorter one that you are considering. Plan carefully for your nutritional needs. In the double and quad be sure you have plenty of batteries, a back-up light and clothing for possibly freezing temperatures at night in the high country. The instructions will be as easy to follow as possible but if you lose focus you could end up wandering off in the wrong direction for several miles before realizing that you are not where you are supposed to be. Bring a compass and know how to use it, instructions will usually say things like “face SW and head downhill…”. 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.