- When: March 1 & 2, 2023
- Where: Municipal Park (725 Patrick Henry Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060)
Entries are online ONLY at Sugarloaf Mountain Racing
What is Fast CAT?
Fast CAT is a timed straight 100-yard dash for dogs. Dogs are held at the start line and the coursing lure is activated prompting the dog to follow chasing it to the finish line and into a catch pen. The course is completely fenced, and dogs are run individually. Dogs are timed when they complete the 100-yard dash. The time is converted to Miles Per Hour (MPH).
FORMULA: 204.545 / RUN TIME = MPH
MPH X HANDICAP = POINTS (ROUNDED TO NEAREST 0.01)
Based on the dog’s size at the withers, a handicap is applied, and points are earned:
- 18” or greater = Handicap is 1.0
- 12” up to less than 18” = Handicap is 1.5.
- Below 12” = Handicap is 2.0.
MPH X HANDICAP = POINTS
Titles are earned at specific point levels and the highest suffix may appear after the dog’s name:
- BCAT = 150 points
- DCAT = 500 points
- FCAT = 1,000 points
- FCAT# = Each additional 500 points
Coursing is an athletic activity that can tax a dog’s physical strength. Dogs that are overweight and/or out of condition may be at greater risk for injury and exhaustion. The Inspection Committee has the authority to disallow a dog’s entry into an event and, in such instances, applicable entry fees will be refunded. Dogs will be examined for lameness before running. Bitches in season, lame and unfit dogs will be excused with entry refunded. Please do not bring bitches in season that are not competing.