(The RD visits the high point on the Siamese course)

Next Me-Ow: May 2, 2015.

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!

The Me-Ow! Marathons (we put the cat in catatonic)screenshot_687

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 a little bit 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 (not all) 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.

Click to Register

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) or THE QUADS (4XXX).

the puddy tat is a loop, the siamese is a bigger loop,
the QUADS is the siamese followed by a modified backwards siamese.

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 (approximately) the end of each marathon.

Not recommended for children. For external use only. If condition worsens, discontinue use and consult a physician.

no course markings.  we will give you a map and brief description telling you where you will find the checkpoints.  you will tear a specified page from a book at each checkpoint- you MUST have all the required pages at the end of each marathon.
the route you take between checkpoints is mostly up to you but in most cases there will be one (fairly obvious) best route to the next book and in some cases certain routes will be specified as off-limits and illegal.

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.

The Puddy-Tat (1X):

when we say, “rounded to the nearest marathon”, think generously.

no qualifications necessary*
bring your grandma.
starts at 8:06 AM.  must finish by sunset (8:06 PM), we don’t want little kids out playing after dark.

Subject to change without notice. For off-road use only. One size fits all.
Please remain seated until the trail has come to a complete stop. Slippery when wet.

The Siamese (2X):

starts at sunrise (6:07 AM) Saturday.
(no, it isn’t the puddy-tat twice)

Keep out of reach of children. Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.
All rights reserved. Use at your own risk.

The 4-Legged Beast (aka The Quads, 4X)

Do the Siamese, then do it again in the opposite direction with modifications.
you probably won’t finish.
your friends will tell you they are proud of you anyway,
it’s a “moral victory”.  Yeah. Right.
start at sunrise Saturday (6:07 AM)
cut-off at campsite turnaround = 4:07 AM
(there are 3 places on the second loop where we reserve the right to pull you from the course if it is apparent you cannot finish by sundown at your current pace)
must finish by sundown Sunday (8:07 PM).
if you DO finish: we will give you an EXACT duplicate of the award given to Barkley Marathon Finishers
Offered in 2015 for the first time!

At participating locations only. Penalty for private use. Substantial penalty for early withdrawal. Avoid contact with skin. Sanitized for your protection. Sign here without admitting guilt. Beware of dog. You must be present to win.

*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.  QUADS: must have completed a 100M race in the past two years.  exceptions may be made for the exceptional.

Winners of all three distances will receive exact duplicates of the prize awarded to finishers of the Barkley Marathons!

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, Saturday and/or Sunday night. $10 per night per tent.  RV parking is about a mile away. If you have some firewood, bring a bundle to share.  Important…




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.

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.  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.




This guy is panning for gold on the 2013 course.

MeOw Cheerleader (Leopard Lily)


You had to sign up for the Siamese or QUADS if you wanted this view.
You can see the starting area (beach) 5000′ below.

Mrs MeOw helps scout out the course.

There are four major waterfalls in the park, we’ll send you to all of them!

Near one of the checkpoints.


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Your shoes might get wet.



6 thoughts on “meow

  1. 1. I’m here to request a discount code for your amazingly disastourous race. 2. Getting out of bed the next morning after my 1st ironman. 3. Rescuing children from a burning house, being a dad, find I g my mind after losing it, possibly. 4. 0. Used to own one but he gave me cat scratch fever! Don’t worry he found a new home to terrorize. 5. I love cats. 6. I love cats. 7. Man’s medium if they make them. 8. Sandwich bag. Because I hope to go out in flames. 9. I have cat scratch fever or my momma told me to do this! 10. If she told me to do this race I would but I would check her meds to see if she had taken them correctly!

  2. 1. why are you here?
    I am nut. I need to sign up for a hard race to motivate me to start training again

    2. what’s the hardest physical challenge you’ve ever met and why?
    my first 50K. San Gabriel Mountains on the AC 100 course. three trips around mount Wilson.. I was under train and over cockey..Why because I wanted to go farther.

    3. other notable achievements? (pick 3 that are true and interesting. keep it very short, you can tell me the gory details later) Opening Grilla Bites ( a true ultra), Whiskey Town 50k, and Shasta Damn marathon 2008 after only training for 4 weeks

    4. how many cats do you own and why?
    0.. My daughter is allergic

    5. true confession:
    I once ran a 3:07 Marathon and qualified for Boston

    6. false confession:
    Some day again I will Qualify for Boston

    7. t-shirt size:

    8. body-bag size:
    6′. I like a little wiggle room

    9. suggest a slogan or motto or tag-line for us to put on the t-shirts:
    “Next year I’ll go farther”

    10. what would you do if your mother asked you?
    Almost anything except out on sunscreen..

  3. I just signed up. I had so much fun at the Shasta 4mph challenge that I just couldn’t resist coming back to Whiskeytown for more punishment.

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