Calendar of Events

This is a list of trail running events that may be of interest to VHTRC members. VHTRC-sponsored events are noted by the Furbutt logo in the "Sponsor" column. Other events are listed only as a service -- we do not endorse them and have no responsibility for them. We suppose it is reasonable to think some of these events are very good and others are less so. But we really don't know. Caveat emptor.

You can add VHTRC events to your calendar.

We do not list all running events here. But VHTRC members may suggest events. To do so, e-mail Quatro Hubbard.

Events must be on dirt trails or otherwise of particular interest to VHTRC members to be listed in the club's calendar. This is not a place to list road races.

(If you are looking for local road races, go to Washington Running Report or Race Packet. For national ultras try Ultrarunning Magazine. For national trail runs, try Trail Runner Magazine. )

Events that have occurred are on the calendar of past events.

Quatro Hubbard has overall responsibility for this calendar.

September 2016
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
September 25, 2016 Vermont
50 miles
Web site

50 mile course alternates between roads and trails, with lots of hills.  There is also a mountain bike race, a 50km run and a three-person relay option in the 50 mile run.

Brownsvillle, VT
September 25, 2016 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
October 2016
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
October 1, 2016 PB&J Fat Ass 50K
50 km
Web site

A runnable Fat Ass 50km on the easy rolling trails of Prince William Forest Park.  Registration for the 2016 race is closed.

Triangle, VA
October 1, 2016 Cloudsplitter
100 miles
Web site

The only 100 mile race in the commonwealth of Kentucky.  The out-and-back course is on the Pine Mountain Scenic Trail, starting and finishing in the Breaks Interstate Park in the southeastern part of the state.  The 100 miler has a 40 hour cutoff. There are accompanying 100km, 50km and 25 km races held concurrently. 

Elkhorn City, KY
October 1, 2016 Cat's Tail
26.5 miles
Web site

Catskill trail marathon with 7,000 feet of elevation gain.  The race will utilize a wave start.

Shandaken, NY
October 1, 2016 StumpJump
50 km
Web site

Lollipop single-track course with over 4400 feet of elevation gain, held primarily within the Prentice Cooper State Forest in southeastern Tennessee.

Chattanooga, TN
October 1, 2016 Cumberland Trail
50 km
Web site

Challenging event on the rugged New River section of the Cumberland Trail in the Cove Lake State Park in Tennessee.

Caryville, TN
October 1, 2016 New River Trail
50 km
Web site

There is now a 25km option in addition to the 50km.  Both race on a flat and beautiful rails-to-trails course in southwest Virginia.

Fries, VA
October 2, 2016 Blues Cruise
50 km
Web site

Race management says of the run: "This Ultra was created to give newcomers to the world of ultra running a relatively easy race to get started."  The race where the term "benign trail" was first coined.

Reading, PA
October 7, 2016 West Virginia Trilogy
50 km/50 miles/13.1 miles
Web site

"A triptych of runs on the Eastern Continential Divide" - day one is 50 km, day 2 is 50 miles, and day 3 is a half marathon.  This classic event is in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest, with the option to sign up for one race, two races or all three.

Seneca Rocks, WV
October 7, 2016 Grindstone
100 miles
Web site

A challenging 100 miler that is held in the same general location as TWOT. Part of the Beast Series. Note 6 p.m. Friday starting time.

Swoope, VA
October 8, 2016 TARC
100 miles
Web site

The first 100 mile trail race in Massachussets, held on a course near Boston by the Trail Animals Running Club.  The 100 miler consists of five 20-mile loops on a gently rolling single-track course.  There is also a 50 mile race option.

Weston, MA
October 8, 2016 Oil Creek
100 miles
Web site

This event has concurrent 50K, 100K and 100 mile solo races, registration for these races opens around mid-March.

Titusville, PA
October 14, 2016 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
October 15, 2016 Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock
50 miles
Web site

50 mile and 50 km races held primarily in Pilot Mountain State Park, utilizing the Sauratown trail system.

King, NC
October 15, 2016 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
October 16, 2016 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

A fall series of 10 mile races.  Each race also has a 5 mile option.  This race is held on the trails of Lake Fairfax Park in suburban Virginia.

Reston, VA
October 21, 2016 Run Around The Gorge
40 miles
Web site

Two-day stage race in the New River gorge in West Virginia.

Fayettville, WV
October 21, 2016 Joe’s Almost Annual B-Day Ride
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. Be sure to RSVP if you plan to participate. No run this year - bike ride only.

Front Royal, VA
October 22, 2016 Quad State Quad Buster
46 miles
Web site

You run in four states in one day, traditionally held on the Saturday the weekend before the Marines Corps Marathon. It's a long run over challenging trail - you will have to move with dispatch to finish in daylight. Entry is limited to VHTRC members.

Pen Mar, PA
October 22, 2016 Uwharrie
100 miles
Web site

Very challenging 100 mile race, with a 100 km option, in the Uwharrie National Forest in central North Carolina. Entry opens on January 1.

Troy, NC
October 22, 2016 Patapsco Valley
50 km
Web site

Held on the trails of Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area, outside of Baltimore.  Brought to you by the VHTRC's Mario Raymond.

Baltimore, MD
October 22, 2016 Cactus Rose
100 miles
Web site

Not a race for first-timers, or for needy ultrarunners.

Bandera, TX
October 23, 2016 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

A fall series of 10 mile races.  Each race also has a 5 mile option.  This race is held on the trails of Riverbend Park in suburban Virginia.

Great Falls, VA
October 29, 2016 The CATHalf Marathon
13.1 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.

Charlottesville, VA
October 30, 2016 Tussey Mountainback
50 miles
Web site

Dirt road and pavement course; previous participants speak highly of its beauty.

State College, PA
November 2016
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
November 5, 2016 Mountain Masochist
50 miles
Web site

Virginia's premier fall ultrarunning event is still going strong, even with David no longer in charge. A tough, "long" course in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  Be alert for spring signup, as this race fills quickly.

Lynchburg, VA
November 5, 2016 Stone Cat Trail Races
50 miles
Web site

Put on by the G.A.C. and sponsored by a brewery. What is there not to like about that? Arguably, one of the best running weekends in the East. Marathon option in addition to the 50 miler.  The races are now so popular, there is a lottery for entry.  Lottery is held from July 1-10.

Ipswich, MA
November 6, 2016 Potomac Heritage
50 km
Web site

The event that proves that there are beautiful trails inside the Beltway. The post-run party is not to be missed! 

Washington, DC
November 6, 2016 Loudoun Trail
10 km
Web site

This race is directed by VHTRC member Tom Simonds to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat.  The host site is Camp Highroad in Bluemont, about 20 minutes outside of Leesburg.

Bluemont, VA
November 6, 2016 Fire on the Mountain
50 km
Web site

A challenging, scenic and largely isolated run on the beautiful trails of the Green Ridge State Forest in western Maryland. About 75 percent trails, primarily single-track, and about 25 percent logging road.

Flintstone, MD
November 12, 2016 Stone Mill
50 miles
Web site

The fall Maryland 50 miler that is run on single-track trails, and for less than $1 per mile.

Poolesville, MD
November 12, 2016 Rosaryville 50K
50 km
Web site

Run on the trails of Rosaryville State Park.

Upper Marlboro, MD
November 12, 2016 Canary in the Cave
25 km
Web site

WVMTR event in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia.

Fayetteville, WV
November 19, 2016 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
November 19, 2016 JFK
50 miles
Web site

The oldest and largest U.S. ultramarathon.

Boonesboro, MD
November 19, 2016 Little Gunpowder
50 km
Web site

Out-and-back 50k on the Little Gunpowder trails, northeast of Baltimore.

Kingsville, MD
November 20, 2016 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

A fall series of 10 mile races.  Each race also has a 5 mile option.  This race is held on the trails of Laurel Hill Park in suburban Virginia, on the grounds of the former Lorton Penitentiary.

Lorton, VA
November 24, 2016 VHTRC Turkey Chase
2 hours
Web site

The VHTRC version of this traditional fall running classic. Thanksgiving morning on the C&O Canal and the trails around Great Falls on the Maryland side.

Signup and more information will be available a week or two before the run.

Potomac, MD
November 27, 2016 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

A fall series of 10 mile races.  Each race also has a 5 mile option.  This race is held on the trails of Fountainhead Regional Park in suburban Virginia.

Fairfax Station, VA
December 2016
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
December 4, 2016 Bear Creek
10 miles
Web site

A fun out-and-back run on the Willis River Trail in Bear Creek State Park and Cumberland State Forest in central Virginia.

Cumberland, VA
December 10, 2016 Magnus Gluteus Maximus
50 km
Web site

The first event in the now-storied history of the club. Very low-key, a lot of fun, and no fee for those who RSVP and then show for the run. Come ring in the holidays with Furbutt and the VHTRC! Be sure to fill out the online RSVP to enter, which will be available on the event Web page beginning on November 1.

Clifton, VA
December 10, 2016 Hellgate
100 km
Web site

David Horton's 100k starts one minute after midnight, and it is tough, cold, and icy. You will love it! This race has become semi-invitational, with registration starting after the Grindstone 100.

Natural Bridge, VA
December 17, 2016 Seashore Nature Trail
50 km
Web site

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

Virginia Beach, VA
December 17, 2016 Devil Dog
100 miles
Web site

Five-loop event on the trails of Prince William Forest Park, with a three-loop 100k option. This new holiday tradition is brought to you by Toni Aurilio and Team Gaylord, so the entertainment and enthusiasm levels should be off the charts.

Triangle, VA
January 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
January 1, 2017 Redeye
50 km
Web site

Start out the new year with some cold miles at Prince William Forest Park and clear your head of any lingering hangover.  Sign up online for this very low-key run generally opens the Monday after the MGM 50km.

Triangle, VA
January 1, 2017 Rotary Resolution
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
January 7, 2017 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
January 7, 2017 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
January 7, 2017 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
January 14, 2017 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
February 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
February 4, 2017 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.

Glen Echo, MD
February 4, 2017 ICY 8 Trail Run
8 hours
Web site

Eight hour run on what are generally 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.

Lake Anna State Park, VA
February 4, 2017 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
February 4, 2017 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
February 10, 2017 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: the 2nd Saturday in 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
February 18, 2017 Febapple Frozen Fifty
50 miles
Web site

10 mile loops, so there are also 10 mile, 20 mile and 50 km options.  Uses the same trails as the Mayapple 100 km and 50 km races, held in May.

Maplewood, NJ
February 25, 2017 Hashawha Hills
50 km
Web site

Alan's description of the course is, "The trails are single track, old woods road, and open fields. The course is very fast. There are no mountains, no rocks, and no roots, but there are a few small stream crossings and constant small hills with a couple of bigger ones thrown in just for fun."

Westminster, MD
February 25, 2017 Reverse Ring
71 miles
Web site

Why anyone who has completed The Ring would want to do this is anyone's guess. Entry is open only to those in the Fellowship, so the rest of you can breathe a sigh of relief and run Hashawha. Mike Bur and Quatro Hubbard are the "organizers."  Entry will open for the 2017 event on January 24.

Fort Valley, VA
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
March 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
March 4, 2017 Seneca Creek - Greenway Trail
50 km
Web site

A run on the beautiful Greenway Trail in Montgomery County. Marathon option available along with the full 50 km distance.  The start and finish are at Seneca Creek State Park.

Gaithersburg, MD
March 11, 2017 Elizabeth Furnace
50 km
Web site

A challenging, low-key 50 km in the Elizabeth Furnace area of the Massanutten Mountains, utilizing the old Dogwood Half Hundred course. Excellent training for those inclined to run the MMT 100 miler two months later.

Fort Valley, VA
March 11, 2017 Bel Monte Endurance Run
50 miles
Web site

This event is put on by the folks who bring you the UROC/Great Eastern races, and it is held near Charlottesville. Event also includes a 50k and 25k.

Sherando Lake, VA
April 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
April 8, 2017 Bull Run Run
50 miles
Web site

A beautiful, challenging run amongst the bluebells along the rolling Bull Run Trail in Northern Virginia. This is the 25th year of the VHTRC's premier event.

Clifton, VA
April 15, 2017 Don't Run Boston
50 miles
Web site

The best way to finish your Boston Marathon taper - run a 50 miler the day before.  Put on by TARC, there is also a 50 km option. In 2017 the race will be held on a Saturday to avoid Easter Sunday.

Milton, MA
April 22, 2017 Dogwood 12 Hour
12 Hours
Web site

This 12 hour race is held on a 2.5-mile course in Pocahontas State Park south of Richmond.  There is also a 10 mile option and a 4-person relay field available.

Chesterfield, VA
April 29, 2017 24 Hour Ultra Run & Relay
24 hours
Web site

A 24 hour run that is on a 3.75 mile dirt trail.

Hampton, VA
April 29, 2017 Indiana Trail
100 miles
Web site

The only 100 mile trail race in the state of Indiana, held at the Chain O' Lakes State Park. There is also a 50 miler option.  The 100 miler is the first race in the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning.

Albion, IN
April 29, 2017 North Face Endurance Challenge
50 miles
Web site

Series of races utilizing trails in the Algonkian Regional Park, Great Falls Regional Park and also the Potomac Heritage trail.

Saturday distances are 50 miles, 50 km and marathon.  Sunday races will be a half marathon, a 10 km and a 5 km.

Sterling, VA
April 29, 2017 C&O Canal
100 miles
Web site

A flat and fast 100 mile race held on the scenic C&O Canal.

Knoxville, MD
May 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
May 6, 2017 Massanutten Mountain Trails
100 miles
Web site

The 23rd running of the VHTRC's rugged, demanding 100 mile race on the rocky trails in the Massanutten Mountains around Fort Valley.  Entry will open on January 1.

Fort Valley, VA
May 6, 2017 Miwok
100 km
Web site

A highly recommended trail run in the beauty of Marin County, north of San Francisco.

Sausalito, CA
May 6, 2017 Rock the Ridge
50 miles
Web site

24 hour time limit for this race in the Mohonk Preserve in the Hudson Valley region north of New York City.  There is a relay option in addition to the individual 50 mile race.

New Paltz, NY
June 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
June 3, 2017 World's End
100 km
Web site

Apparently this one is pretty challenging.  Run on the Endless Mountains in Loyalsock State Forest and Worlds End State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania.  There is a 50k option.

Forksville, PA
June 3, 2017 Old Dominion
100 miles
Web site

The Old Dominion is the second oldest 100 miler. The course is a mix of road and trail in and around the Massanutten Mountains and Fort Valley.

Woodstock, VA
June 9, 2017 San Diego
100 miles
Web site

A major 100 miler in the mountains of eastern San Diego County. VHTRC member and former BRR RD Scott Mills is co-RD of this event.

San Diego, CA
June 10, 2017 Laurel Highlands
70 miles
Web site

One of the purest trail runs around. Tough and historic. There is also a 50K option and a relay.

Ohiopyle, PA
June 16, 2017 Bighorn Trail
100 miles
Web site

Highly recommended run. Also a 50 miler, 50K and 30K. The VHTRC Blue Train destination race for 2016!

Dayton, WY
June 17, 2017 Mohican
100 miles
Web site

Traditional trail run in Ohio, there are 50 mile and trail marathon options along with the 100 miler.

Loudonville, OH
June 24, 2017 Western States
100 miles
Web site

The first trail 100 miler has a beautiful course, great aid stations, and a field selected by lot rather than merit.

Squaw Valley, CA
July 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
July 8, 2017 Buckeye Trail
50 km
Web site

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

Brecksville, OH
July 14, 2017 Hardrock
100 miles
Web site

Very tough, oxygen-deprived run of the San Juan Mountains in beautiful southwest Colorado.

Silverton, CO
July 15, 2017 Tahoe Rim Trail
100 miles
Web site

This race promises lovely views of Lake Tahoe from the low-rent side of the border.  50 miler and 50 km options also available.

Carson City, NV
July 15, 2017 Vermont
100 miles
Web site

One of the oldest 100 mile runs. Beautiful countryside, friendly management, and a runnable course. 100 km option is also available.

Woodstock, VT
August 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
August 5, 2017 Angeles Crest
100 miles
Web site

If you want to run this Los Angeles area race, make plans well in advance, since race management chooses to fill the field a year early.

Wrightwood, CA
August 12, 2017 Eastern States
100 miles
Web site

The race that appears to have put an end to any discussion about which 100 miler in the East is the toughest.

Waterville, PA
August 12, 2017 Martha Moats Baker Memorial
50 km +
Web site

A low-key run to explore the other trails around Wild Oak in the Jefferson National Forest. A creation of the legend, Dennis Herr. Entry into the 2017 race will open in July.

Stokesville, VA
August 19, 2017 Leadville
100 miles
Web site

This is the event for those who don't need oxygen to function. The lowest point on the course is 9200 feet. 

Leadville, CO
September 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
September 2, 2017 The Ring
71 miles
Web site

If you want to run the Reverse Ring in late February (and who wouldn't?!), you have to get this run done first! Entry will be by lottery in 2017.

Fort Valley, VA
September 2, 2017 Iron Mountain
50 miles
Web site

16 mile and 30 mile options as well as the traditional Iron Mountain 50 miler, with staggered start times for each. These races in a beautiful section of southwest Virginia are under the direction of Kevin Townsend.

Damascus, VA
September 8, 2017 Wasatch Front
100 miles
Web site

At one time, before Hardrock, Wasatch was thought to be the hardest 100 miler. The last event in the Grand Slam is challenging and beautiful.

Kaysville, UT