Training Runs

This page lists group runs hosted by VHTRC members. These runs vary in distance, difficulty, and required knowledge of the route. Please read the run description carefully, as not all runs are for all people.

(If you just want to run in the woods on your own, consult Furbutt's Favorites - a guide to trails to run on.)

The club does not have a formal training run "program." These runs are just for fun. While you will likely learn a lot about trail running on one of these runs, they are not intended to be part of a coherent regime to prepare you for any event.

Runs inside or close to the Capital Beltway usually take less time and cover relatively benign trails. Runs further out, in the Shenandoah National Park or the Massanutten Mountains for example, are usually longer and involve more difficult trails. These latter runs will usually take all day when you consider travel time.

These are group runs, not "events." The participants are responsible for their own aid, navigation, and well being. For some of these runs, everyone will need to run with the group so participants should be sure that the group is not planning to run too fast or too slow for them. Other runs will be open to runners of varying ability. Be sure to check with the leader if the listing is not clear in this regard.

To find out more about a run, click on its name in the column "Run."

Members: List a Run

Run Distance Time and Place Leader Description of Run
Women's Half Marathon training run
Aug 18
1 to 14 miles -- runner's choice! 8:30 am
Fountainhead Regional Park
Tracy Dahl Get ready for the Women's Half Marathon by logging some miles on the course! Two practice runs will be held on the course on a Saturday and a Sunday in August. Each run begins at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot at Fountainhead Regional Park. All interested runners, whether or not they are entered in the race -- and men -- are invited. It is possible to run varying distances: 6, 8, 10, 14 miles or longer. The practice runs are very informal and the pace is relaxed. Light refreshments will be served. Please note that park rules require us to limit the number of participants in each run to 60. If you’re coming to a training run, you must sign up.
Women's Half Marathon training run
Aug 24
1 to 14 miles -- runner's choice! 8:30 am
Fountainhead Regional Park
Tracy Dahl Get ready for the Women's Half Marathon by logging some miles on the course! Two practice runs will be held on the course on a Saturday and a Sunday in August. Each run begins at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot at Fountainhead Regional Park. All interested runners, whether or not they are entered in the race -- and men -- are invited. It is possible to run varying distances: 6, 8, 10, 14 miles or longer. The practice runs are very informal and the pace is relaxed. Light refreshments will be served. Please note that park rules require us to limit the number of participants in each run to 60. If you’re coming to a training run, you must sign up.