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.

November 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
November 18, 2017 JFK
50 miles
Web site

The oldest and largest U.S. ultramarathon.

Boonesboro, MD
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
November 18, 2017 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
November 19, 2017 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 23, 2017 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. Hosted by Bur.

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

Potomac, MD
November 26, 2017 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 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
December 2, 2017 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 will be off the charts.

Triangle, VA
December 3, 2017 Bear Creek
10 miles
Web site

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

Cumberland, VA
December 9, 2017 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.

Clifton, VA
December 9, 2017 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 16, 2017 Seashore Nature Trail
50 km
Web site

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

Virginia Beach, VA
December 30, 2017 Boyers Furnace
40 miles
Web site

This classic holiday Fat Ass race includes a nice mix of Massanutten Trail sections and dirt roads, with miles of spectacular views of the Fort Valley, Page Valley and Shenandoah Valley. 

Fort Valley, VA
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
January 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
January 1, 2018 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 in early to mid December.

Triangle, VA
January 6, 2018 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 6, 2018 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 6, 2018 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 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
January 14, 2018 MLK Training Weekend - Day 2
50 km
Web site

The traditional Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend kick-off to Massanutten 100 training, with two long training runs on portions of the MMT course. Day 2 is the Waterfall 50km race (Bur's Death March).

Luray, VA
February 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
February 3, 2018 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
February 3, 2018 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 3, 2018 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, 2018 The Algonquin
50 km
Web site

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

Pocomoke City, MD
February 10, 2018 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
February 16, 2018 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
February 17, 2018 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 17, 2018 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 Beast Series.

Appomattox, VA
February 24, 2018 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 24, 2018 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 through the VHTRC online signup  on Jan 24.

Fort Valley, VA
February 24, 2018 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
March 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
March 3, 2018 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 10, 2018 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
March 17, 2018 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 in May.

Fort Valley, VA
March 17, 2018 The Instant Classic
Marathon
Web site

A low-key and exceptionally well-marked marathon held on dirt roads and wide trails in Pocahontas State Park, south of Richmond.  Flat and fast; there is also a half-marathon option.

Chesterfield, VA
March 24, 2018 Hinte Anderson Trail Run - HAT
50 km
Web site

A late winter tradition. A beautiful trail loop that you do twice. A great first ultra.  All that and much more. 

Susquehanna State Park, MD
March 24, 2018 Tuscarora Trail Ultra
50 km
Web site

This race is held in the Tuscarora State Forest in Perry County in Pennsylvania, and while it is run on trail and forest service road, it is not run on the Tuscarora Trail.

New Germantown, PA
March 24, 2018 Terrapin Mountain
50 km
Web site

Run in the same general area as the Promise Land 50k, this event is part of the Lynchburg Ultra and Beast series. Half marathon option is also available.

Sedalia, VA
March 24, 2018 Mt. Tammany 10
40 miles
Web site

Very challenging race on the mountain, technical trails in the Delaware Water Gap along the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border west of New York City.

Columbia, NJ
March 24, 2018 Miocene Epic Endurance Challenge
6 Hours
Web site

A trail race on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, held on a five-mile loop in Calvert Cliffs State Park.

Lusby, MD
March 31, 2018 Chocolate Bunny
26.6 miles
Web site

A low-key, tough, night-time run on the southern section of the MMT course. Prior daytime experience on the MMT course is a prerequisite for entry into this run. Sign up for the 2018 event will open about 2 weeks prior to the event.

Luray, VA
March 31, 2018 Dogwood 12 Hour
12 Hours
Web site

This 12 hour race is now being held on a 3.5-mile course in Twin Lakes State Park in Prince Edward County, west of Richmond in Central Virginia.  There is also a 10 mile option.

Green Bay, VA
April 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
April 7, 2018 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 26th year of the VHTRC's premier event.

Clifton, VA
April 8, 2018 Buck Ridge Burn
13.1 miles
Web site

A dual distance trail race (half marathon, or a 5 km-ish option) that winds through the Michaux State Forest in southern Pennsylvania.  The races are directed by Jen Henry.

Pine Grove Furnace, PA
April 14, 2018 Singletrack Maniac
50 km
Web site

Held on a mountain bike trail system in Williamsburg's Freedom Park.

Williamsburg, VA
April 15, 2018 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.

Milton, MA
April 21, 2018 24 Hour Adventure Trail Run
24 hours
Web site

This event is run on the trails out of Camp 5 (Happyland Camp) in Prince William National Park.  The course consists of 6.25-mile loops.

Prince William Forest, VA
April 21, 2018 Chopawamsic Challenge
100 km
Web site

10 loops of a 10km course in Prince William Forest Park, with over 12,000 feet of elevation gain and an 18 hour time limit. 12 hour time limit for the 50k. Limited to 50 runners.

Triangle, VA
April 28, 2018 C&O Canal
100 miles
Web site

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

Knoxville, MD
April 28, 2018 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 28, 2018 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, 2018 Ironmaster's Challenge
50 km
Web site

Held in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Michaux State Forest in southern Pennsylvania, and co-sponsored by a local Chambersburg brew pub!  In addition to the 50 km race, there are 25 km and 15 km options.

Gardners, PA
May 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
May 5, 2018 Thoroughbred Races
50 km
Web site

This race, new in 2018, takes place on the Tobacco Heritage Trail in southside Virginia, run on a new rail trail scratched out of a former Norfolk Southern Railroad spur line between the towns of Lawrenceville and LaCrosse.  There is a 30k option.

LaCrosse, VA
May 5, 2018 Miwok
100 km
Web site

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

Sausalito, CA
May 5, 2018 Grayson Highlands
50 km
Web site

This race is held in the beautiful Grayson Highlands State Park in far southwest Virginia.

Mouth of Wilson, VA
May 5, 2018 Bear Mountain
50 Miles
Web site

Part of the North Face race series, this is a challenging race on a beautiful course just north of New York City in the Catskill Mountains.  Saturday races include the 50 miler, a 50 km, a trail marathon and a marathon relay.

Bear Mountain, NY
May 6, 2018 Bear Mountain
13.1 miles
Web site

Day two of the North Face series of races in Bear Mountain State Park. Saturday races are longer, and these Sunday races are the shorter options: half marathon, 10km and 5km.

Bear Mountain, NY
May 12, 2018 Glacier Ridge Trail
50 miles
Web site

An event in the Morraine State Park in western Pennsylvania.  There are 50km and 30km options as well. 

Butler, PA
May 12, 2018 UROC
100 km
Web site

The Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) is held at the Skylard Nature Preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains.The course includes single track trails mixed with some time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 100k, 50k and 25k options.

Skylark, VA
May 19, 2018 Massanutten Mountain Trails
100 miles
Web site

The 24th running of the VHTRC's rugged, demanding 100 mile race on the rocky trails in the Massanutten Mountains around Fort Valley.  Entry will again open on January 1.

Fort Valley, VA
May 19, 2018 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
May 27, 2018 Holy Cowans Gap
50 km
Web site

Alisa Springman and Sue Malone co-host this holiday weekend race in south-central Pennsylvania's Cowans Gap State Park.  Very challenging course in a beautiful area, with a lakeside barbeque at the finish.  Sign-up through the VHTRC website opens in late April for the 2018 race.

McConnellsburg, PA
June 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
June 2, 2018 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 8, 2018 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 9, 2018 OSS/CIA Night Run
50 miles
Web site

Challenging night run, held on a 25+ mile loop on primarily single track trail in Prince William Forest Park.  There is also a single-loop 25 mile race option. NOTE: new date in 2017 due to scheduling issues at PWFP.

Prince William Forest, VA
June 16, 2018 Highlands Sky
40 miles
Web site

A tough, slow, and beautiful run, on a course that is unique for this area. A great weekend for the whole family at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.  Registration opens on January 1.

Davis, WV
June 16, 2018 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 16, 2018 Eastern Divide
50 km
Web site

A race on the Cascade Crest trail at the Mountain Lake resort in Giles County, near Blacksburg (where Dirty Dancing was filmed in the late 1980s).

Pembroke, VA
June 22, 2018 Black Hills
100 miles
Web site

A challenging 100 mile race in the Black Hills of South Dakota. There are two other offered race distances (100 km or 50 miles).

Sturgis, SD
June 23, 2018 Manitou's Revenge
54 miles
Web site

In the summertime you know you want to run in the Catskills. This very challenging 54 miler is run on the same trails as the popular Escarpment race. The cut off is 24 hours.

Maplecrest, NY
June 23, 2018 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
June 30, 2018 Finger Lakes Fifties
50 miles
Web site

Series of races in Finger Lakes National Forest in western New York state. The 25 km, 50 km, and 50 mile races all share the same loop course. Registration opens on January 1 and tends to fill quickly.

Hector, NY
July 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
July 14, 2018 Catoctin
50 km
Web site

The run you love to hate. Tough, rocky trail, great support and post-run activities. Entry opens after June 1 and will fill very quickly.  There is also a 25k point-to-point race, with a later start, for veterans age 55 or older.

Frederick, MD
July 20, 2018 Hardrock
100 miles
Web site

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

Silverton, CO
July 21, 2018 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 55 km options also available.

Carson City, NV
August 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
August 4, 2018 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 4, 2018 Kanawha Trace
50 km
Web site

Primarily run on the Kanawha Trace trail, and put on by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners club.  There is are 25 km and 10 km options along with the 50 km.

Barboursville, WV
August 11, 2018 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 2018 race will open in early July.

Stokesville, VA
August 18, 2018 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
August 18, 2018 Maryland HEAT Race
50 km
Web site

A challenging 50k course on single-track trail provides scenic views and rock scrambles in the hilly Patapaco River Valley. 25k option. A BBQ after-party (with vegan option) included in the ticket price.

Columbia, MD
August 25, 2018 Cascade Crest
100 miles
Web site

A popular and scenic 100 miler in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Lottery similar to the MMT 100 system will be used to fill the field in early February.

Easton, WA
September 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
September 1, 2018 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 2018. and will open in late July.

Fort Valley, VA
September 1, 2018 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 7, 2018 Wasatch Front
100 miles
Web site

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

Kaysville, UT
September 15, 2018 12 Hour Trail Run
12 hours
Web site

A 12 hour run on trails in Prince William Forest National Park.  The loop is 6.5 miles in length with about 650 feet of elevation gain.

Triangle, VA
September 15, 2018 Barkley Fall Classic
50 km
Web site

No, this is not THAT Barkley.  Instead, this is a (relatively) saner introduction to Frozen Head State Park, the home of the Barkley Marathons. 

Wartburg, TN
September 29, 2018 Hinson Lake
24 hours
Web site

1.5032-mile loop on a flat dirt path, with numerous wooden bridges, around Hinson Lake in southern North Carolina. Low key and low cost; now with chip timing.

Rockingham, NC
September 30, 2018 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
October 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
October 6, 2018 PB&J Fat Ass 50K
50 km
Web site

A runnable Fat Ass 50km on the easy rolling trails of Prince William Forest Park, directed by the VHTRC's Sarah Curtis.  Entry through the VHTRC's online sign up system will open in late August.

Triangle, VA
October 7, 2018 Tussey Mountainback
50 miles
Web site

Dirt road and pavement course; previous participants speak highly of its beauty. 2019 date will move the race to late October.

State College, PA
October 12, 2018 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 and highly challenging event is in West Virginia's beautiful Monongahela National Forest, with the option to sign up for one race, two races or all three.

Seneca Rocks, WV
October 13, 2018 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 are also 100 km and 50 miler options. Moving from the spring to the fall in 2018.

Albion, IN
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
October 20, 2018 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; and will open a few weeks prior to the run.

Pen Mar, PA
October 20, 2018 Nasty 9 Trail Run
9 miles
Web site

This race will offer two race distances, a challenging nine mile course with over 2000 feet of vertical gain and a 3-4 mile course with about 500 feet of climbing. 100 percent of both courses will be on the awesome single-track of Brushy Hills, a watershed tract outside of Lexington.

Lexington, VA
October 20, 2018 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 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
October 27, 2018 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
November 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
November 4, 2018 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 17, 2018 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. Fun and fast, and noted for its outstanding aid stations.

Poolesville, MD