The view of the Shenandoah Valley from Bird Knob, taken during the 2001 Catherine’s Fat Ass.
July 23, 2022 • Luray, VA
56 starters, 52 finishers
It was another HOT year for Catherine’s Fat Ass. The run began at 7am and the air was thick with humidity. As the runners climbed up Bird Knob to their first aid station, the temperatures rose into the 90s. We are extremely thankful to the many volunteers who worked to keep this event successful and the runners hydrated. Of the 25 volunteers we had this year, many worked multiple positions.
Congratulations to top finishers Joseph Crawford, Erin Kelman, and Anthony Wolosik, all finishing under 6 hours. Joseph Crawford took first in just 5:06. Our female podium winners include Nora Jodrey, who also finished in under 6 hours with her first ultra and took first place by over 40 minutes. Jana Fridrichova, who did an additional 4 miles after missing the turn onto the Purple trail after flying through the Bird Knob aid station #1, fought her way back to the front of the pack, taking 2nd. Emma Fields and Cat Hinkle tied for 3rd, despite this being their first time on Massanutten trails (they mentioned it was rocky). Honorable mention goes to James Jordan for toughing his way through his first ultra as well. It was on his bucket list to complete an ultra before his 30th birthday. James, I think you have time to complete another. Come back and join us!
The after party, as always, was a huge success and we were able to break down after all the runners had finished and get out of the parking lot just before a big storm rolled in. Thanks again to the CFA participants for running, volunteering, cheering, and/or supporting this weekend. We hope to see you next year for the run on July 22, 2023!
Special thanks to retiring Run Director, Dan Aghdam, for all of the support this year as I take over the reins. I know I have big shoes to fill keeping this event as exciting as you have made it.
1 - First female, and her first ever ultra!
2 - 2nd female, despite 4 bonus miles
3 - Cat and Emma finished tied for 3rd female
4 - Missed turn onto purple/ 2 bonus miles
5 - Nice race by the race’s founder!
6 - His first ever ultra!
7 - Said “nope” to climbing the evil purple switchbacks; took a hard right and finished by way of pink trail, instead
8 - Opted out of Morgan Run fun/did Furnace out-n-back for 20 miles
9 - Bad ankle; opted out of Morgan Run for 16 miles - Good luck at Eastern States!!
10 - Dropped at Bird Knob 1 and instead helped with finish line set up