Calendar of Events

This is a list of trail running events that may be of interest to VHTRC members. VHTRC-sponsored events are noted in the Furbutt logo in the "Sponsor" column.

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 2014
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
November 22, 2014 Little Gunpowder
50 km
Web site

Out-and-back 50k on the Little Gunpowder trails, northeast of Baltimore. The route for this Fat-Ass race is mainly single-track trail, with a very short connecting section of paved road.

Kingsville, MD
November 22, 2014 JFK
50 miles
Web site

The oldest and largest U.S. ultramarathon.

Boonesboro, MD
November 27, 2014 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
December 2014
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
December 6, 2014 Broad Run Trail Jingle Bell
5 miles
Web site

Race on the Broad Run trail to benefit the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition Trails and Blueways projects.

 

Bristow, VA
December 7, 2014 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 13, 2014 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. 2015 race date is Dec 12.

Natural Bridge, VA
December 13, 2014 Magnus Gluteus Maximus
50 km
Web site

The club's first event. 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. It's available now on the event Web page.

Clifton, VA
December 20, 2014 Seashore Nature Trail
50 km
Web site

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

Virginia Beach, VA
December 27, 2014 Boyers Furnace
40 miles
Web site

Nice mix of Massanutten Trail sections with dirt road and some pavement around the southern end of the Fort Valley.  Entry is now open.

Fort Valley, VA
January 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
January 1, 2015 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 opens the Monday after MGM 50km.

Triangle, VA
January 1, 2015 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 3, 2015 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 3, 2015 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 3, 2015 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 3, 2015 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 10, 2015 Willis River
50 km +
Web site

A run on the Willis River Trail in central Virginia. 35 km bailout option also available.  This race used to be known as the Swinging Bridge 50 km.

Cumberland, VA
January 18, 2015 MLK Training Weekend - Day 2
26 miles
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. On Day 2, the run is a variation on the "Gap-to-Gap" section of the MMT 100 course, with the start/finish at the more accessable Route 211 East parking lot. Online sign-up for 2015 will open in mid-December.

Luray, VA
January 31, 2015 Rocky Raccoon
100 miles
Web site

Five 20-mile loops on a flat park trail. 50 mile option is also available.

Huntsville, TX
February 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
February 7, 2015 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 7, 2015 ICY 8 Trail Run
8 hours
Web site

Eight hour run on what are generally horse trails in Lake Anna State Park 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 7, 2015 Uwharrie Mountain Run
40 miles
Web site

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

Uwharrie National Forest, NC
February 8, 2015 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 14, 2015 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.  E-mail RD Dennis Herr for entry.

Bridgewater, VA
February 14, 2015 Dahlgren Trail
1/2 marathon
Web site

Half marathon run on the Dahlgren Rail Heritage trail near Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg, VA
February 14, 2015 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 21, 2015 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) in late January for the 2015 event.

Fort Valley, VA
February 21, 2015 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 28, 2015 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
February 28, 2015 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
March 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
March 6, 2015 Moonlight Run
14 miles
Web site

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

Front Royal, VA
March 14, 2015 Thomas Jefferson
100 km
Web site

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

Charlottesville, VA
March 14, 2015 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 2015 race will open in late January.

Fort Valley, VA
March 21, 2015 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 21, 2015 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.  Entry opens on November 28.

Susquehanna State Park, MD
March 21, 2015 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 28, 2015 Tuscarora Trail Ultra
50 km
Web site

This race is held in the Tuscarora State Forest in Perry County in Pennsylvania.

New Germantown, PA
April 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
April 11, 2015 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 VHTRC's premier event.

Clifton, VA
April 18, 2015 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 18, 2015 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.  The event has migrated from early August to early June and now mid-April race dates.

Sterling, VA
April 19, 2015 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 17, 2015 Groundhog
50 km
Web site

Punxsutawney is a beautiful place to run in September.  But now the race is in May - probably beautiful then, too.

Punxsutawney, PA
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
September 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
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 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 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 25, 2015 The Bear
100 miles
Web site

Steep climbs and autumnal colors in the Northern Wasatch Range.

Logan, UT
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 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 17, 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 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 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
November 2015
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
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 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