Calendar of Past Events

These are past events on the VHTRC calendar. Until an event has a new date in the future, the event will be on this list. To see the list with future events, go to the regular calendar.

Date Event Description Place Sponsor
February 16, 2019 Mid-Maryland
50 km
Web site

This event is in Howard County. 5 loops of a 10km course in Rockburn Branch Park allows for a solo 50km run or a 5-person relay.

Elkridge, MD Other
February 16, 2019 Holiday Lake
50 km
Web site

Fairly flat and fast, this is a good intro race for new trail and ultra runners. The first race in the Lynchburg Ultra Series, and the deceptively tame start to the infamous 6 race "Beast Series." The 24th running of Holiday Lake in 2019!

Appomattox, VA Other
February 16, 2019 Frozen Heart
50 km
Web site

Three loops on single-track trail in St. Mary's River Park in southern Maryland.  There are also single loop and double loop races (17k and 34k), and a 3-person relay option.

Callaway, MD Other
February 9, 2019 The Algonquin
50 km
Web site

Flat, fast course on trail in Pocomoke River State Park in southeastern Maryland.

Pocomoke City, MD Other
February 9, 2019 Massanutten Training Academy Run #2
29.5 miles
Web site

The second Massanutten Training Academy run will cover the second third of the MMT 100 mile course, from Signal Knob/Elizabeth Furnace to Camp Roosevelt. Entry for this training event will open about two-three weeks prior to the run.

Massanutten Mountains, VA VHTRC
February 8, 2019 The Wild Oak Trail 100
100 miles
Web site

A run on the 27+ mile Wild Oak Recreational Trail, with four loops needed to finish this race. Tough and very low key. "Semi-Invitational." This is the "Real TWOT" since it is held on the traditional winter date in mid-February. For those planning to make a real attempt at the 100, plan on a Friday AM start, and others can start on Saturday.

Bridgewater, VA Other
February 2, 2019 VHTRC Awards Party
Not a run
Web site

A party for all VHTRC members, to announce and honor the winners of the VHTRC awards for the previous calendar year.  RSVP will open for the party right after the New Year.

Glen Echo, MD VHTRC
February 2, 2019 ICY 8 Trail Run
8 hours
Web site

Eight hour run on what are generally flat, runnable horse trails in Lake Anna State Park, located north of Richmond and west of Fredericksburg.  Runners have a choice of an 8-mile loop or a 4.7-mile loop to run each time out. 10 anniversary running in 2018; this is a good introductory event for first-time trail runners.

Lake Anna State Park, VA Other
February 2, 2019 Rocky Raccoon
100 miles
Web site

Five 20-mile loops on a very flat and fast 100% trail course. 50 mile option is also available.

Huntsville, TX Other
February 2, 2019 Uwharrie Mountain Run
40 miles
Web site

8 and 20 mile options also available.  Online entry for the lottery opens on November 1st.

Uwharrie National Forest, NC Other
January 27, 2019 VHTRC trail work day on the Bull Run Occoquan Trail
Web site

Please join us for a VHTRC trail work day Sunday January 27th on the BROT trail!  We will meet at 8:30 am at the Bull Run Marina parking area and will be done by 2:30 pm.  Please wear boots and bring work gloves and a lunch or snack with you.  Water is a must.  

Fairfax County, VA VHTRC
January 6, 2019 Willis River
50 km +
Web site

A free 50k (+/-) run on the Willis River Trail in central Virginia. There is a 35k option.

Cumberland, VA Other
January 5, 2019 Frozen Sasquatch Trail
50 km
Web site

Two loops on a 15.8 mile course in the Kanawha State Park outside of Charleston.  One loop 25km option is also available.

Charleston, WV Other
January 5, 2019 Salem Lake Shore Frosty Fifty
50 km
Web site

Double out-and-back around Salem Lake, primarily on dirt double-track. Flat and fast.

Winston-Salem, NC Other
January 5, 2019 Wachtung
50 km
Web site

A 5-loop course, with options to run a single loop (10 km), double loop (half marathon), four loops (marathon) or the full 50 km. Held on the Wachtung Reservation in north-central New Jersey.

Mountainside, NJ Other
December 29, 2018 HUFF
50km
Web site

Held at Chain O' Lakes Park in Indiana, the HUFF trail run offers a 50k, a 3-person relay and a single loop 10 miler.

Albion, IN Other
December 15, 2018 Seashore Nature Trail
50 km
Web site

Double loop course on hard-packed dirt trails in First Landing State Park.

Virginia Beach, VA Other
November 17, 2018 Little Gunpowder
50 km
Web site

An incredibly well-supported event on very runnable trails. Out-and-back 50k on the Little Gunpowder trails, northeast of Baltimore.

Kingsville, MD Other
November 11, 2018 Phantastic Phall Phat Ass
13.1 miles
Web site

A "Phat Ass Haph Marathon" put on the week before Stone Mill on the Redland Trails in Montgomery County.  Hosted by the Muddy Shoes trail running group from MoCo, there is a 10k option as well.

Redland, MD Other
November 11, 2018 Jim Schatz Memorial Trail
10 km
Web site

This race is directed by VHTRC member Tom Simonds, on behalf of the Loudoun Road Runners, to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets. Formerly the Loudoun Trail 10k; host site is Camp Highroad in Bluemont, about 20 minutes outside of Leesburg.

Bluemont, VA Other
October 27, 2018 Pounding Creek Marathon/CATHalf Marathon
26.2 miles
Web site

Put on by the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners (CATs) and held on single-track mountain bike trails on the campus of the Miller School, just west of Charlottesville in Albemarle County.  The CATHalf was augmented with the Pounding Creek Marathon in 2018.

Charlottesville, VA Other
October 21, 2018 BROT Trail Work
Trail Work
Web site

First of a new series of quarterly trail work opportunitites in areas commonly used by VHTRC runners.

Clifton, VA VHTRC
October 20, 2018 Medoc Trail Races
26 miles
Web site

Fairly flat and fast marathon and 10 mile races in Medoc Mountain State Park near Raleigh. Registration is on June 1, and the race historically has filled quickly.

Hollister, NC Other
October 19, 2018 Hot TWOT
100 miles
Web site

A run on the Wild Oak Recreational Trail. Tough and very low key. This is the "Hot TWOT" since it is held during what should be the warmer fall weather, but it has been anything been hot at this time of year on these trails, so be prepared!  For those aiming to run the full 100, plan on a Friday AM start; others generally start on Saturday AM.

Stokesville, VA Other
September 30, 2018 National Capital
20 miles
Web site

Classic DC area fall marathon training race, now being held on the C&O Canal Towpath. 5 miler option also available.

Potomac, MD Other
September 29, 2018 Big Schloss
50 km +
Web site

A challenging, low-key race that is closer to 32 miles. Put on by Amy and Steve Platt through 2010; revived in 2014 by Kirstin Corris.  Generally held on the last Saturday in September, and limited to about 60 runners. Entry through online signup will open early August.

Wardensville, WV VHTRC
September 29, 2018 Shepherd's Spring
100 km
Web site

A new race from MMT and Catoctin RD Kevin Sayers, held primarily on the C&O Canal Towpath.  There are 100k, 50k and half marathon options. 

Sharpsburg, MD Other
September 22, 2018 Table Rock
50 km
Web site

Formerly a 50 miler and 50k, but in 2016 the 50 miler is gone, replaced with a 30k option. Race on a mix of single track, double track and gravel roads through the Pisgah National Forest area in southwestern North Carolina.

Morganton, NC Other
August 26, 2018 Women's Half Marathon Training Run
13 miles
Web site

The tentative date for the second of two practice runs on the Women's Half Marathon course, with group leaders and varying training distances available.  Open to anyone, including men, but entrants in the Women's Half are particularly urged to join us for this fun run, as are non-entrants who know the course.

Fountainhead Regional Park, VA VHTRC
August 26, 2018 Volunteers Party
Optional
Web site

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club holds an annual afternoon party for members and for the volunteers at its events over the past year. The party recognizes the vital contribution that volunteers make to the success of the club and its events. There is good conversation, bad jokes, and plenty of food and drink.

Carderock, MD VHTRC
August 18, 2018 River Valley Run Trail Festival
15 km
Web site

A very challenging 15k held on the trails of the River Valley Ranch in northern Maryland.  10k and 5k trail options also available. 

Manchester, MD Other
August 14, 2018 Pen Park Summer Meltdown
4 miles
Web site

Last in the CATS summer series of races, another weekday evening event, held on trails near Pen Park, on the northside of Charlottesville.

Charlottesville, VA Other
August 11, 2018 Women's Half Marathon Training Run
13 miles
Web site

The tentative date for the first of two practice runs on the Women's Half Marathon course, with group leaders and varying training distances available. Open to anyone, including men, but entrants in the Women's Half are particularly urged to join us for this fun run.

Fountainhead Regional Park, VA VHTRC
July 22, 2018 Rosaryville
50 km
Web site

Flat and fast race in Rosaryville State Park in Maryland.  There are also 10km, 10 mile, and 25km options.

Upper Marlboro, MD Other
July 21, 2018 Camp Holiday Trails
5 miles
Web site

5 mile race put on by the CATs on the trails of Camp Holiday, south of Charlottesville.

Charlottesville, VA Other
June 23, 2018 Mason-Dixon Longest Day Challenge
100 km
Web site

An invitational Delaware Trail Dawgs point-to-point run along the challenging Mason-Dixon line trail, with a goal of completing the entire 100k+ distance during the daylight of the longest Saturday of the year.

Susquehanna State Park, MD Other
June 16, 2018 Belmead Trail
20 km
Web site

Two loops of the trails on the historic Belmead property west of Richmond.  Single loop 10k option; second loop includes some different trails.

Powhatan, VA Other
June 15, 2018 Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
60 miles
Web site

Three straight days of trail races in the Chattanooga area, with Day 1 on Raccon Mountain (18 miles), Day 2 on Lookout Mountain (22 miles) and the final day Signal Mountain (20 miles).

Chattanooga, TN Other
June 12, 2018 OH!lly
5 km
Web site

A weekday evening 5k on the trails of the University of Virginia's Observatory Hill, put on by the CATs.

Charlottesville, VA Other
May 12, 2018 VHTRC Trail Work Party
Not a run
Web site

Come work on the trails in the Massanutten Mountains. Our primary purpose is to prepare for the upcoming MMT 100 miler, though these are the trails we use all year long. Have fun and do your part to maintain the trails we all love to run at the same time.

Massanutten Mountains, VA VHTRC
May 5, 2018 Hat Creek
24 Hours
Web site

This race takes place on a 5 mile loop at Hat Creek Camps south of Lynchburg.  Start time is at noon, and team competition is available in addition to solo runners.

Brookneal, VA Other
March 24, 2018 'NUTT Endurance Challenge
50 km
Web site

The "NUTT" Challenge is held on the mountain bike trails of the Western Slope of southern section of the Massanutten Mountains, with the Massanutten Resort. The 50km race consists of 5 laps of a figure-8 route; there are 25km and 5km options.

Keezletown, VA Other
March 2, 2018 Moonlight Run
14 miles
Web site

A traditional VHTRC romp in the dark in the northernmost section of the Massanutten Mountains - without lights.  Hosted by the VHTRC's Bill Wandel.

Front Royal, VA VHTRC
January 13, 2018 PHUNT
50 km
Web site

Start off the new year right with the Delaware Trail Dawgs at their annual fat ass 50k, held in Fair Hill Park.  There is a 25k option.

Elkton, MD Other
December 30, 2017 Pain in the Neck
50 km
Web site

Fat Ass event held on a fairly flat 5k loop course on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Cambridge, MD Other
November 18, 2017 Piedmont 8 Hour Run
8 hours
Web site

8 hour run on fairly flat trails located in Powatan State Park, on the James River just west of Richmond.  The loops are 2.85 miles in length.

Powhatan, VA Other
October 27, 2017 Joe’s Almost Annual B-Day Ride (discontinued, 2017)
50 miles
Web site

This is a bike ride on the Skyline Drive, timed to coincide with Joe Clapper's birthday and with the glorious fall foliage of Shenandoah National Park.

Front Royal, VA Other
October 1, 2017 Hemlock
13.1 miles
Web site

Half marathon on the Bull Run trails.

Clifton, VA Other
September 23, 2017 Boulder Beast
27 miles
Web site

"The rock gardens on this course make coming down from Signal Knob during The Ring a cakewalk." The pre- and post-race festivities include a bottomless stein.

Lock Haven, PA Other
September 23, 2017 Legend Brewing Ultra & Relay
12 hour
Web site

8-10 mile loop on single- and double-track with two staffed aid stations. Can also be run as a two-person relay. All proceeds go to Belmeade Stables.

Powhatan, VA Other
September 16, 2017 Stumpy's Marathon (discontinued in 2017)
26 miles
Web site

Stumpy's Marathon. Is No Longer (RIP - 2017)

Newark, DE Other
September 3, 2017 Labor Pain
12 hours
Web site

5-mile loops on generally flat trails.

Reading, PA Other
July 9, 2017 XTERRA Rosaryville
15 km
Web site

This event is part of the XTERRA Trail Run Atlantic Series.  There is a 5 km option in addition to the 15 km.

Upper Marlboro, MD Other
July 8, 2017 Buckeye Trail
50 km
Web site

Trail race in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, located just south of Cleveland.

Brecksville, OH Other
June 17, 2017 Running with the Devil
12 hours
Web site

Postponed until 2019. 2 mile loop at Mountain Creek ski resort with over 900 feet of elevation gain/loss on each loop. 3 hour and 6 hour options also available.

Vernon, NJ Other
May 21, 2017 Reservoir Relay
18 miles
Web site

All sorts of options with this race on the Bull Run trail.  You can run it solo, or as part of a 2-person or 3-person relay team.

Fairfax, VA Other
April 29, 2017 Trail Triple Crown
26 miles
Web site

Another outstanding Trail Dawg event. Races on this day include a full marathon, a half marathon, 10k, and 5k. Runs take place in White Clay Creek State Park. You can run three races in one morning!

Newark, DE Other
April 22, 2017 Mt. Penn Mudfest
15 km
Web site

The Mt. Penn Mudfest is held in Egleman’s Park & Lake, and is hosted by Reading's Pagoda Pacers club. Lollipop course made up of a 5k uphill "stick", a 5k loop, and a 5k descent back down the stick to the finish.  Note generous start time of 10 AM!

Reading, PA Other
April 1, 2017 'Nutt' Endurance Challenge
50 km
Web site

5k and 25k options in addition to the 50k for this 5k loop course on mountain bike trails on the western slopes of the Massanutten Mountains.

Keezeltown, VA Other
April 1, 2017 REI Night Run
10 km
Web site

This night run offers 10 km or 5 km options, and will be held in the Pine Grove section of Prince William Forest Park.

Triangle, VA Other
February 25, 2017 Black Mountain Marathon & Mount Mitchell Challenge
26 miles & 40 miles
Web site

A very popular race to the top of Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain on the East Coast.  Entry is now through a lottery system, which opens on September 1.

Black Mountain, NC Other
January 1, 2017 Rotary Resolution (discontinued, 2017)
10 km
Web site

New Year's Day race on the grounds of the historic Morven Park  estate outside of Leesburg.  There is also a 4 km option.

Leesburg, VA Other
May 7, 2016 VHTRC Trail Work Party
Not a run
Web site

Come work on the trails in the Massanutten Mountains. Our primary purpose is to prepare for the upcoming MMT 100 miler, though these are the trails we use all year long. Have fun and do your part to maintain the trails we all love to run at the same time.

Massanutten Mountains, VA VHTRC
May 7, 2016 Capon Valley (discontinued in 2015)
50 km
Web site

A 50 km that has developed a great reputation, this picturesque race is just across the Virginia border in West Virginia. The 2016 race was canceled.

Yellow Spring, WV Other
March 12, 2016 Thomas Jefferson (discontinued, 2017)
100 km

Multi-loop race on single track trails in Walnut Creek Park near Charlottesville.

Charlottesville, VA Other
October 31, 2015 Midnight Maniac (discontinued in 2015)
13 hours
Web site

Night race on a 3.6-mile fire road course at the Warhill Sports Complex in Williamsburg. 8 pm to 8 am race time equals 13 hours - that's right, this race is held around the start of daylight savings time, so you get that extra hour of running time!

Williamsburg, VA Other
September 26, 2015 Belmead Trail Fest (discontinued in 2015)
50 miles
Web site

8.9-mile loops on the bridle trails of the historic Belmead Plantation west of Richmond.  10 km, Marathon and 50 km options also available. Event canceled for 2016, and future events are uncertain pending sale of the plantation.

Powhatan, VA Other
September 19, 2015 Virgil Crest (discontinued 2015)
100 miles
Web site

After a nine year run, the Virgil Crest Ultras held their last running in 2015.  The races will not be put on in the future.

Finger Lakes, NY Other
September 12, 2015 Groundhog (discontinued in 2015)
50 km
Web site

Punxsutawney Groundhog 50k was discontinued after the 17th running in 2015 due to land use restrictions.

Punxsutawney, PA Other
August 1, 2015 VHTRC Member & Volunteer Recognition Party
Not a run
Web site

On hiatus in 2016 - look for its return in 2017!

Mason Neck, VA VHTRC
June 13, 2015 XTERRA Richmond [discontinued in 2016]
21 km
Web site

21km and 10km trail races, both held on a primarily single-track course in and around the James River in downtown Richmond. This is a very challenging course on rolling mountain bike trails. XTERRA opted not to return to Richmond in 2016

Richmond, VA Other
May 9, 2015 50's For Yo Momma (discontinued in 2015)
50 miles
Web site

Held at Hargus Lake in the A.W. Marion State Park in Ohio, and run on a 4-mile loop.  There is also a 50km option.

Circleville, OH Other
March 11, 2012 Buzzard's A.C. Marathon (discontinued 2012)
26 miles
Web site

Canceled in 2012.

Harrisburg, PA Other
October 15, 2011 SMUT Run (discontinued 2012)
100 km
Web site

The Southern Massanutten Ultra Trail (SMUT) Run is a low-key, difficult 100 km fatass race, with a 50 km option.  Entry opens on September 15.  Note not only new distances this year, but new starting location.

Luray, VA Other
October 8, 2011 Andiamo (discontinued 2011)
45.5 miles
Web site

This is not a trail run, but it has traditionally been sponsored by the VHTRC. It is a run of the entire W&OD bike path. This race could return in the future, pending the identification and approval of a new race director.  Contact the VHTRC board if you are interested.

Purcellville, VA VHTRC
June 25, 2011 Anstr's Run und Fest (discontinued, 2011)
Not a run
Web site

Anstr Davidson's birthday party and annual attempt to upstage We$tern $tate$.  There is a trail run in the morning, but the main event is the party.  RSVP via email to Anstr. 2011 was the last Run und Fest.

Arlington, VA Other
January 23, 2011 Eagle Run (discontinued, 2011)
10 to 26 miles
Web site

A tour of Mason Neck to see eagles and history with Gary Knipling as our guide. Eagle Run Sunday was one of the defining events of the VHTRC.  The 20th anniversary Eagle Run - and the last - was held on January 23, 2011.  Thanks to Gary for 20 great years, and to everyone for their support over those years.

Mason Neck, VA VHTRC
November 13, 2010 Potomac Overlook Trail Runs (discontinued 2010)
4 km, 8 km
Web site

These popular, short trail runs are back. Run either of two distances. It's inexpensive, close, and the small entry fee goes to local parks.

Arlington, VA VHTRC