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 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
April 24, 2015 Moonlight Bootlegger
5 km
Web site

Night race on the trails of Explore Park east of Roanoke.

Roanoke, VA
April 25, 2015 C&O Canal
100 miles
Web site

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

Knoxville, MD
April 25, 2015 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 25, 2015 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 25, 2015 24 Hour Ultra Run & Relay
24 hours
Web site

A 24 hour run that is on a 3.75 mile dirt trail. You can apply miles from another event you ran earlier that day. Runners have run a double with BRR in the past, but again this year the two races are not on the same weekend.

Hampton, VA
April 25, 2015 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 26, 2015 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 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
May 2, 2015 Miwok
100 km
Web site

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

Sausalito, CA
May 2, 2015 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 2, 2015 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
May 2, 2015 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 2, 2015 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
May 3, 2015 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 3, 2015 Great Falls Park
5 km
Web site

An event at Great Falls National Park that is part of the REI Mid-Atlantic trail race series.

Great Falls, VA
May 9, 2015 Singletrack Maniac
50 km
Web site

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

Williamsburg, VA
May 9, 2015 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 9, 2015 50's For Yo Momma
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
May 9, 2015 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 16, 2015 Massanutten Mountain Trails
100 miles
Web site

The 21st 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 16, 2015 Fountainhead Off-Road
13.1 miles
Web site

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

Fairfax Station, VA
May 16, 2015 Capon Valley
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.

Yellow Spring, WV
May 24, 2015 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 nice barbeque at the finish.  Sign-up through the VHTRC website opens a few weeks before the race.

McConnellsburg, PA
May 30, 2015 Blue Crab Bolt
10 km
Web site

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
May 30, 2015 Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot
5 km
Web site

Cross-country race held on the grounds of Castalia Farm near Charlottesville, with the very sane start time of 6 pm, and a post-race "Hunt Breakfast" that includes a tasting from Barboursville Winery.

Keswick, VA
May 31, 2015 Cayuga Trails
50 miles
Web site

Trail 50 in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Ithaca, NY
June 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
June 6, 2015 Kettle Moraine
100 miles
Web site

Celebrating Year 20 of this classic in 2015.  There is also a 100 km. Signup begins on Jan 1.

LaGrange, WI
June 6, 2015 Blue Crab Bolt
10 km
Web site

Second of three races in this series in suburban Maryland.  This 10 km race with 5 km option is held at Little Bennett Regional Park.

Clarksburg, MD
June 6, 2015 FTC Trails Challenge
5 km
Web site

Sponsored by the Fauquier Trails Coalition, this is a "Swiss Alpine" version 5 km race on the Lord Fairfax Community College campus near Warrenton.

Warrenton, VA
June 6, 2015 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 6, 2015 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 13, 2015 OSS/CIA Night Run
50 miles
Web site

Challenging night run on a 25+ mile loop on primarily single track trail in Prince William Forest Park.

Prince William Forest, VA
June 13, 2015 XTERRA Richmond Trail Runs
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.

Richmond, VA
June 13, 2015 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 19, 2015 Bighorn Trail
100 miles
Web site

Highly recommended run. Also a 50 miler, 50K and 30K. The VHTRC Blue Train destination race for 2015!

Dayton, WY
June 20, 2015 Blue Crab Bolt
10 km
Web site

This 10 km race with a 5 km option is held on the trails at Schaeffer Farms in suburban Maryland.

Germantown, MD
June 20, 2015 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 20, 2015 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.

Davis, WV
June 20, 2015 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 '80s).

Pembroke, VA
June 20, 2015 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 27, 2015 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
June 27, 2015 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 27, 2015 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
July 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
July 4, 2015 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. 

Hector, NY
July 10, 2015 Hardrock
100 miles
Web site

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

Silverton, CO
July 11, 2015 Buckeye Trail
50 km
Web site

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

Brecksville, OH
July 11, 2015 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.  Don't delay, as entry slots generally fill quickly.

Frederick, MD
July 11, 2015 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 12, 2015 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 18, 2015 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 18, 2015 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
July 18, 2015 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 19, 2015 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
July 25, 2015 Catherines
50 km
Web site

Popular event on the little-used trails in the southern section of the Massanutten Mountains, returns under new management after a long, successful run under founder Jeff Reed.

Luray, VA
July 25, 2015 Burning River
100 miles
Web site

For those who like a little heat and humidity with their 100 miles on trail. Point-to-point course in Northeastern Ohio. There are 50 mile and 100 mile relay options as well.

Cuyahoga Valley, OH
July 26, 2015 Escarpment
30 km
Web site

Highly recommended and challenging race in the Northern Catskill Mountains, for experienced endurance runners only.

Haines Falls, NY
August 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
August 1, 2015 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 1, 2015 Conococheague Fat Ass
50 km
Web site

50 km race in the Tuscarora State Forest, Perry County, which is located in south central Pennsylvania.  This event is being co-directed by Don Halke and Randy Deitz.

New Germantown, PA
August 1, 2015 Angeles Crest
100 miles
Web site

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

Wrightwood, CA
August 8, 2015 Maryland HEAT Race
50 km
Web site

This year what has been a 16 mile trail race in Patapsco State Park is also being offered as a 50 km option. Beer and BBQ afterward are included in the ticket price.

Columbia, MD
August 8, 2015 Kanawha Trace
50 km
Web site

A rails to trail race by the WVMTR, now an August race date.  There is a 10 km option along with the 50 km.

Barboursville, WV
August 8, 2015 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 8, 2015 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.  Signup through e-mail begins on June 30 for the 2015 race.

Stokesville, VA
August 21, 2015 Ghosts of Yellowstone
100 miles
Web site

Scenic 100 miler (with a 38-hour time limit) in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest of Montana, that is brought to you by Alex Papadopoulos.

Pony, MT
August 22, 2015 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 22, 2015 Fool's Gold
50 miles
Web site

With a backdrop of the Tobacco Root Mountains of Montana, this race is held in conjunction with the Ghosts of Yellowstone 100 miler.  There is a 50 km option as well.

Pony, MT
August 23, 2015 Patuxent River Park
5 km
Web site

An event at Patuxent River Park that is part of the REI Mid-Atlantic trail race series.

Upper Marlboro, MD
August 29, 2015 Bald Eagle Megatransect
25 miles
Web site

This run bills itself as a challenging 25 mile endurance hike/trail run in central Pennsylvania. The course will take the entrants up and over Bald Eagle Mountain a number of times for a total elevation gain of 5000 feet.  Registration opens on Jan 1, and historically this race has filled quickly.

Lock Haven, PA
August 29, 2015 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 29, 2015 Twisted Branch
100 km
Web site

Inaugural running in 2015 of this 100km race in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Naples, NY
September 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
September 5, 2015 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 into the 2015 event will open up on July 31.

Fort Valley, VA
September 5, 2015 Iron Mountain
50 miles
Web site

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

Damascus, VA
September 6, 2015 Labor Pain
12 hours
Web site

5-mile loops on generally flat trails.

Reading, PA
September 11, 2015 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 11, 2015 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 12, 2015 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 12, 2015 Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run
28.4 miles
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.

Pequea, PA
September 12, 2015 Groundhog
50 km
Web site

Punxsutawney is a beautiful place to run in September.  The event includes a 25 km race and a 10 km race as well as the 50 km.

Punxsutawney, PA
September 13, 2015 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

First of six events in this fall series of 10 mile races.  Each race also has a 5 mile option.  This race is held on the trails of Wakefield Park in suburban Virginia.

Annandale, VA
September 13, 2015 Stumpy's Marathon
26 miles
Web site

Another presentation of the Trail Dawgs, Stumpy's is held on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Newark, DE
September 19, 2015 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 19, 2015 Virgil Crest
100 miles
Web site

The former Iroquois Trail 100 miler is now the Virgil Crest Ultras, with a 50 km, 50 miler, and 100 mile relay option in addition to the solo 100 mile race.

Finger Lakes, NY
September 19, 2015 12 Hour Trail Run
12 hours
Web site

A 12 hour run on trails in Prince William Forest National Park.

Triangle, VA
September 19, 2015 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 20, 2015 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 25, 2015 The Bear
100 miles
Web site

Steep climbs and autumnal colors in the Northern Wasatch Range.

Logan, UT
September 26, 2015 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 26, 2015 Not Yo Momma's
100 miles
Web site

The race is held in Great Seal State Park, just north of Chillicothe.  Multiple 25-km loops make up the majority of this 100 mile course.  There are also 100-km, 75-km, 50-km and 25-km race options.

Chillicothe, OH
September 26, 2015 Belmead Trail Fest
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.

Powhatan, VA
September 26, 2015 Hinson Lake
24 hours
Web site

1.5-mile loops on a flat dirt path, with numerous wooden bridges, around Hinson Lake. Low key and low cost - still only $1 per hour.

Rockingham, NC
September 26, 2015 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 27, 2015 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

Second of six events in this 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
September 27, 2015 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 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
October 2, 2015 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 3, 2015 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 3, 2015 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 3, 2015 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 3, 2015 Gunpowder Keg
50 km
Web site

Multi-loop Fat Ass event in the Bunker Hill area of Gunpowder Falls State Park northeast of Baltimore.

Kingsville, MD
October 4, 2015 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 9, 2015 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 10, 2015 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 10, 2015 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 10, 2015 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 will open up on the VHTRC online system in September, 2015.

Triangle, VA
October 10, 2015 Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock
50 miles
Web site

50 mile and 50 km races held primarily in Pilot Mountain State Park.

King, NC
October 18, 2015 Mill Mountain Trail
Half Marathon
Web site

A 20km race on trails on Mill Mountain, overlooking Roanoke.

Roanoke, VA
October 18, 2015 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

Third of six events in this 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 23, 2015 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.

Front Royal, VA
October 24, 2015 Uwharrie
100 miles
Web site

Very challenging 100 mile race, with a 100 km option, in the Uwharrie National Forest in central North Carolina.

Troy, NC
October 24, 2015 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 24, 2015 Cactus Rose
100 miles
Web site

The VHTRC's Devon Kiernan is encouraging the Blue Train to come down and challenge this great, tough course.  Not a race for first-timers, or for needy ultrarunners.

Bandera, TX
October 24, 2015 Run Around The Gorge
40 miles
Web site

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

Fayettville, WV
October 25, 2015 Tussey Mountainback
50 miles
Web site

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

State College, PA
October 31, 2015 Midnight Maniac
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
November 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
November 1, 2015 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

Fourth of six events in this 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 7, 2015 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 7, 2015 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 8, 2015 EX2 Off-Road
13.1 miles
Web site

Half marathon and 10 km options on the trails of Prince William Forest Park.

Triangle, VA
November 14, 2015 Canary in the Cave
25 km
Web site

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

Fayetteville, WV
November 14, 2015 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. Registration will open on August 1.

Poolesville, MD
November 14, 2015 Rosaryville 50K
50 km
Web site

Run on the trails of Rosaryville State Park.

Upper Marlboro, MD
November 15, 2015 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

Fifth of six events in this 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
November 21, 2015 JFK
50 miles
Web site

The oldest and largest U.S. ultramarathon.

Boonesboro, MD
November 26, 2015 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 29, 2015 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

The final event in this fall series of 10 mile races.  Each race also has a 5 mile option.  This race is held on the trails around Hemlock Overlook in suburban Virginia.

Clifton, VA
December 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
December 12, 2015 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 19, 2015 Seashore Nature Trail
50 km
Web site

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

Virginia Beach, VA
December 26, 2015 Boyers Furnace
40 miles
Web site

This holiday classic is hosted by the VHTRC's Tony Escobar and Carter Wiecking. Nice mix of Massanutten Trail sections with dirt roads around the southern end of the Fort Valley.  A rare opportunity to see some underutilized portions of the eastern ridge of the Massanuttens in the latter part of the race, with mile after mile of great views into two valleys.

Fort Valley, VA
January 2016
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
January 1, 2016 Rotary Resolution
10 km
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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 1, 2016 Redeye
50 km
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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 opens the Monday after MGM 50km.

Triangle, VA
January 9, 2016 Wachtung
50 km
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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 9, 2016 PHUNT
50 km
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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 2016
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
February 6, 2016 Rocky Raccoon
100 miles
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Five 20-mile loops on a very flat and fast 100% trail course. 50 mile option is also available.

Huntsville, TX
February 6, 2016 VHTRC Awards Party
Not a run
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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 6, 2016 ICY 8 Trail Run
8 hours
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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 13, 2016 The Wild Oak Trail 100
100 miles
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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.  E-mail RD Dennis Herr for entry.

Bridgewater, VA
February 27, 2016 Black Mountain Marathon & Mount Mitchell Challenge
26 miles & 40 miles
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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
February 27, 2016 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 27, 2016 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 January 25 for the 2016 event.

Fort Valley, VA
March 2016
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
March 12, 2016 Thomas Jefferson
100 km
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Multi-loop race on single track trails in Walnut Creek Park near Charlottesville.

Charlottesville, VA
March 19, 2016 Elizabeth Furnace
50 km
Web site

A low-key 50 km in the Elizabeth Furnace area of the Massanutten Mountains, utilizing the old Dogwood Half Hundred course. Entry for the 2016 race will open in late January.

Fort Valley, VA