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 26
1 to 13 miles 8:30 am
Fountainhead Regional Park
Tracy Dahl This low-key training run is geared toward runners preparing for the Women's Half Marathon on Sept. 9, 2017, though all runners -- including men -- are invited. This run is limted to 60 people, and you must RSVP. We'll run the first part of the course (the infamous Do Loop) together; this is about 8 miles. You can run longer by tacking on out-and-back miles on the second half of the course. You can also do fewer than 8 miles by creating your own out-and-back run on the second half of the course. All paces will be accommodated, and we won't leave anyone behind!   We will not provide food or liquid on the course, but we'll have light refreshments at the end. Bring your own water bottle/hydration system. There are bathrooms near the parking lot. No shower facilities are available. RSVP at We'll meet at 8:30 a.m. in the main parking lot of Fountainhead Regional Park, 10875 Hampton Rd., Fairfax Station, VA 22039 More info