Hills, rocks, and trails…oh my!
This rugged course on Dorset’s Mount Aeolus takes you through hardwood forests and past historic marble quarries. Portion of the proceeds to benefit Second Chance Animal Center!!
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. 50k consists of roughly 65% trail, 35% mostly dirt/gravel road
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 route 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 at the start!
This is NOT a flat race! The half marathon has approximately 2,400′ of climbing and the 50k has approximately 4,500′
Due to property owner 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!
Be prepared for mountain weather and changing conditions. As we say in Vermont, if you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes!!
The CUTOFF time for all distances will be 4 PM. This gives half marathoners 7 hours, making it a great event for walkers!
There will be fully stocked aid stations every 3-7 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 also get a custom dog tag and finisher’s pint glass!
Awards & Raffle
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 finishers at each distance!
There will be a raffle to benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter with great local prizes courtesy of our awesome sponsors on Sunday, 8/25 following the Dorset Hollow Road Race 5k & 10k! Tickets will be available to purchase at the Lost Cat. 100% of the proceeds go to Second Chance!