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.

April 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
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 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 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 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.  Limited to 50 runners.

Triangle, VA
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
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 C&O Canal
100 miles
Web site

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

Knoxville, MD
April 29, 2017 Promise Land
50 km
Web site

Beautiful trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with only three climbs to negotiate. Third and probably best event in the Lynchburg Ultra Series.

Bedford, VA
April 30, 2017 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 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 Farm Park Challenge
10 hours
Web site

A unique event, at least for this area, on the trails of the Montgomery County Agricultural Farm Park.  The "challenge" is to complete the 5.2 mile course within an hour for the duration of your race.  10 hour, 6 hour and 3 hour challenges offered, with winners determined by the fastest time for the final loop.  A marathon is also offered, with a 10 hour time limit.

Derwood, MD
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 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 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
May 7, 2017 Spring Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

This final race in the spring Backyard Burn trail race series offers 10 and 5 mile options. This event is hosted at Pohick Bay Regional Park.

Lorton, VA
May 13, 2017 UROC
100 km
Web site

The Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) returns to its roots in Virginia after a few years out west.  New setting is 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 13, 2017 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 13, 2017 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 14, 2017 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 20, 2017 Hat Creek
24 Hours
Web site

This race takes place on a 5 mile loop at Hat Creek Camps south of Lynchburg.

Brookneal, VA
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
May 28, 2017 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 on April 24.

McConnellsburg, PA
June 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
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 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 Kettle Moraine
100 miles
Web site

There is also a 100 km. Signup begins on Jan 1.

LaGrange, WI
June 3, 2017 Cayuga Trails
50 miles
Web site

Trail 50 miler in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Ithaca, NY
June 6, 2017 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
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 10, 2017 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 due to scheduling issues at PWFP.

Prince William Forest, VA
June 11, 2017 Fountainhead
13.1 miles
Web site

Half marathon with a 10 km option at Fountainhead Regional Park.

Fairfax Station, VA
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 16, 2017 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
June 17, 2017 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 17, 2017 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 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 17, 2017 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 17, 2017 Running with the Devil
12 hours
Web site

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
June 23, 2017 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 24, 2017 Blue Crab Bolt
10 km
Web site

First in a summer trail running series in suburban Maryland.  This 10 km race with a 5 km option is held on the trails of Seneca Creek State Park.

Gaithersburg, MD
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
June 24, 2017 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
June 24, 2017 Catamount
50 km
Web site

There is a 25 km option.  The 50 km is a two-loop course on a wide, hard-packed trail system located below Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak.

Stowe, VT
July 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
July 1, 2017 Night Train
50 km
Web site

The course for this Central Virginia event is a double out and back, held on a rail to trail crushed gravel path that crosses the famous High Bridge twice.

Farmville, VA
July 1, 2017 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 8, 2017 Cacapon 12 Hour Challenge
12 hours
Web site

This 12 hour run involves 5-mile loops on single track trails in Cacapon State Park

Berkeley Springs, WV
July 8, 2017 Buckeye Trail
50 km
Web site

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

Brecksville, OH
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
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 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
July 15, 2017 Catoctin
50 km
Web site

The run you love to hate. Tough, rocky trail, great support and post-run activities. Entry form available after June 1.  New in 2016: a 25k with a later start, for veterans age 55 or older.

Frederick, MD
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
July 22, 2017 Catherines
50 km
Web site

Popular event on the little-used trails in the southern section of the Massanutten Mountains, now under the direction of Dan Aghdam. Registration through the VHTRC online signup system opened on May 31 for the 2017 race.

Luray, VA
July 29, 2017 Viaduct Trail Ultramarathon
100 miles
Web site

This Fat Ass 100 miler is comprised of four 25-mile laps of this rail-to-trail course.  There is also a 50 mile option.

Lanesboro, PA
July 29, 2017 Blue Crab Bolt
10 km
Web site

Part of the Blue Crab Bolt series of races. This 10 km race with a 5 km option is held on the trails at Schaeffer Farms in suburban Maryland.

Germantown, MD
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 5, 2017 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 5, 2017 Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail
50 km
Web site

Out and back run on the Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail in the Caledon Natural Area near Fredericksburg.

King George, VA
August 8, 2017 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
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 Wildcat Ridge Romp
100 km
Web site

Like most New Jersey Trail Series events, this is a multi-loop race.  10 mile, 50 km, and 50 mile options for this race, held within the Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area.

Rockaway, NJ
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 Twisted Branch
100 km
Web site

100km race in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Naples, NY
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
August 26, 2017 Blue Crab Bolt
10 km
Web site

Race series in suburban Maryland.  This 10 km race with 5 km option is held at Little Bennett Regional Park.

Clarksburg, MD
August 26, 2017 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 26, 2017 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
August 27, 2017 Volunteer's Party
Optional

VolParty

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club holds an annual 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.

The party will be held near Carderock, Maryland. Specific directions will be provided when you RSVP.

The party starts at 1 p.m., with an optional morning run beginning at 9 a.m. Many of the guests will come just for the party. The party food and drink is provided by the club, so no need to bring any donations or offerings. Dress is casual — did you expect anything else? 

The party is free for volunteers and VHTRC members, but please RSVP so we know how much food and drink to purchase.

The Run: There will be a group run starting at 9 a.m. on the nearby trails at Carderock and Great Falls. The run will be informal, 5–20 miles long, with various options in between. We anticipate running for up to 3 hours, allowing enough time to clean up by 1 p.m. for the party. 

We look forward to seeing what many of you look like in something other than running shorts and skirts.

Carderock, MD
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 Superior Sawtooth
100 miles
Web site

Three races at this tough event now: the Moose Mountain Marathon, Superior Trail 50 Mile, and Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile. This is the race formerly known as the Superior Trail 100.

Lutsen, MN
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
September 9, 2017 Women's Half Marathon
13.1 miles
Web site

The third big event of the VHTRC's race year. A festive run, for women only, held on the southern sections of the beautiful Bull Run Trail (including the infamous Do Loop). Lottery for entry opens on July 11.

Fairfax Station, VA
September 9, 2017 KTA Trail Challenge
50 km
Web site

A "daunting trail challenge" on a point-to-point course using sections of the Mason Dixon and Conestoga trails in York and Lancaster counties. Formerly known as the Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run.

Pequea, PA
September 9, 2017 Pine Creek Challenge
100 miles
Web site

Out-n-back race on a rail trail through Pine Creek Gorge, the "Grand Canyon of the East," in northern Pennsylvania.  100 km option.

Wellsboro, PA
September 9, 2017 Odyssey Trail Running Rampage
40 miles
Web site

Four trail races at Douthat State Park west of Lexington, with distances of 40 miles, marathon, half marathon, and 5 miles to choose from.

Clifton Forge, VA
September 16, 2017 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 16, 2017 Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic
50 km
Web site

YUTC is a popular trail race put on by the North East Ohio Trail Club. There is a 25 km option in addition to the 50 km.

Youngstown, OH
September 16, 2017 Barkley Fall Classic
50 km
Web site

No, this is not THAT Barkley.  Instead, this is a saner introduction to Frozen Head State Park, the home of the Barkley Marathons.  This is still a very challenging race, even though it is largely run on formal trails.

Wartburg, TN
September 17, 2017 Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

First in a fall series of trail races in Northern Virginia parks.  10 mile race, with a 5 mile option.  This race is held at Pohick Bay Regional Park.

Lorton, VA
September 17, 2017 Rick O'Donnell Memorial
5.22 miles
Web site

The VHTRC's Bill Susa hosts this race in Greenbrier State Park. There are two race options.  The 5.22 mile single loop event, or the 8 Hour Ultra Challenge.

Boonsboro, MD
September 17, 2017 Patapsco Trail Fest
26.2 miles
Web site

Sunday is the trail running day for the Trail Fest weekend at Patapsco Valley State Park, with a half marathon and a one mile fun run option in addition to the trail marathon on offer.

Ellicott City, MD
September 23, 2017 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
September 23, 2017 Mountain Madness
50 km
Web site

Trail race in Shepherd Lake Recreation Area in New Jersey's Ringwood State Park. 7.77 mile "fun run" option is also available.

Ringwood, NJ
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
September 23, 2017 Trails for Tails
40 miles
Web site

5 laps of 8 miles each along the trails and some roads in the Codorus State Park in south-central Pennsylvania.

Hanover, PA
September 23, 2017 Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line
100 miles
Web site

A majority of the course follows the Arizona Trail and the historic Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stage Line route that was in use in the late 19th century.  Many of the aid station locations match the stage line's watering holes. Former VHTRC member Ian Torrence directs this event, which includes a 55k and relay option.

Flagstaff, AZ
September 24, 2017 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 24, 2017 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
September 29, 2017 The Bear
100 miles
Web site

Steep climbs and autumnal colors in the Northern Wasatch Range of northern Utah and southern Idaho.

Logan, UT
September 29, 2017 Yeti
100 miles
Web site

30 hour time limit for this popular event in far southwest Virginia, run on a former railroad bed that has been converted into the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Abingdon, VA
September 30, 2017 Hinson Lake
24 hours
Web site

1.5032-mile loop on a flat dirt path, with numerous wooden bridges, around Hinson Lake. Low key and low cost.

Rockingham, NC
October 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
October 1, 2017 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 1, 2017 Hemlock
13.1 miles
Web site

Half marathon on the Bull Run trails.

Clifton, VA
October 6, 2017 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 7, 2017 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 8, 2017 Tussey Mountainback
50 miles
Web site

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

State College, PA
October 13, 2017 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 14, 2017 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 14, 2017 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 14, 2017 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 14, 2017 New River Trail
50 km
Web site

There is a 25km option in addition to the 50km, and an early start option.  The race is held on a flat and beautiful rails-to-trails course in southwest Virginia.

Fries, VA
October 14, 2017 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 15, 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 Lake Fairfax Park in suburban Virginia.

Reston, VA
October 20, 2017 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 21, 2017 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 21, 2017 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, 2017 Run Around The Gorge
40 miles
Web site

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

Fayettville, WV
October 28, 2017 Cactus Rose
100 miles
Web site

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

Bandera, TX
October 28, 2017 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 29, 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 Riverbend Park in suburban Virginia.

Great Falls, VA
November 2017
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
November 4, 2017 Mountain Masochist
50 miles
Web site

Virginia's premier fall ultrarunning event is still going strong. A tough, "long" course in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Lynchburg, VA
November 4, 2017 Schaeffer
13.1 miles
Web site

Held at Schaeffer Farms trail near South Germantown Recreational Park.

Germantown, MD
November 4, 2017 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 4, 2017 Pinhoti
100 miles
Web site

Point-to-point course on the Pinhoti trail in the Talladega National Forest, east of Birmingham in central Alabama.

Heflin, AL
November 5, 2017 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 11, 2017 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
November 11, 2017 Canary in the Cave
25 km
Web site

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

Fayetteville, WV
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
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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
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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
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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 9, 2017 Magnus Gluteus Maximus
50 km
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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 9, 2017 Hellgate
100 km
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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
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
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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
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Double out-and-back around Salem Lake, primarily on dirt double-track. Flat and fast.

Winston-Salem, NC
February 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
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 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 24, 2018 Hashawha Hills
50 km
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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
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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
March 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
March 3, 2018 Seneca Creek - Greenway Trail
50 km
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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