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.

August 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
August 18, 2018 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 18, 2018 Twisted Branch
100 km
Web site

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

Naples, NY
August 18, 2018 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 18, 2018 River Valley Run Trail Festival
15 km
Web site

A very challenging 15k held on the trails of the River Valley Ranch in northern Maryland.  10k and 5k trail options also available. 

Manchester, MD
August 25, 2018 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 26, 2018 Women's Half Marathon Training Run
13 miles
Web site

The tentative date for the second of two practice runs on the Women's Half Marathon course, with group leaders and varying training distances available.  Open to anyone, including men, but entrants in the Women's Half are particularly urged to join us for this fun run, as are non-entrants who know the course.

Fountainhead Regional Park, VA
August 26, 2018 Volunteers Party
Optional
Web site

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club holds an annual afternoon 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.

Carderock, MD
September 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
September 1, 2018 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 2018. and will open in late July.

Fort Valley, VA
September 1, 2018 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 7, 2018 Wasatch Front
100 miles
Web site

At one time, before Hardrock, Wasatch was thought to be the hardest 100 miler. This is the last event in the Grand Slam, and it is challenging and beautiful.

Kaysville, UT
September 7, 2018 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, 2018 Breakneck Point Trail Runs
26.2 miles
Web site

"Expansive vistas overlooking the rugged Hudson Valley, beautiful single track, historic ruins, and a few of the steepest ascents and descents of any trail race in the country." What more can you ask for?  If you asked for a half marathon instead of a full, they offer that option as well.

Beacon, NY
September 8, 2018 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 8, 2018 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 8, 2018 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 15, 2018 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 15, 2018 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 15, 2018 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 15, 2018 Barkley Fall Classic
50 km
Web site

No, this is not THAT Barkley.  Instead, this is a (relatively) saner introduction to Frozen Head State Park, the home of the Barkley Marathons. 

Wartburg, TN
September 16, 2018 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 16, 2018 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 16, 2018 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 22, 2018 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 22, 2018 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 22, 2018 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 22, 2018 Mason District Running Festival
6 hours
Web site

The Mason District Festival is a multiple event (5K, 10K, 1 mile, 6 hour solo and relay, and kids fun run) held in a small park in the middle of Fairfax County. Hosted by the VHTRC's Bernard Pesjak as a gift to the community (no entry fees).

Annandale, VA
September 28, 2018 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 28, 2018 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, 2018 Big Schloss
50 km +
Web site

A challenging, low-key race that is closer to 32 miles. Put on by Amy and Steve Platt through 2010; revived in 2014 by Kirstin Corris.  Generally held on the last Saturday in September, and limited to about 60 runners. Entry through online signup will open early August.

Wardensville, WV
September 29, 2018 Shepherd's Spring
100 km
Web site

A new race from MMT and Catoctin RD Kevin Sayers, held primarily on the C&O Canal Towpath.  There are 100k, 50k and half marathon options. 

Sharpsburg, MD
September 29, 2018 Hinson Lake
24 hours
Web site

1.5032-mile loop on a flat dirt path, with numerous wooden bridges, around Hinson Lake in southern North Carolina. Low key and low cost; now with chip timing.

Rockingham, NC
September 30, 2018 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 30, 2018 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 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
October 5, 2018 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 6, 2018 PB&J Fat Ass 50K
50 km
Web site

A runnable Fat Ass 50km on the easy rolling trails of Prince William Forest Park, directed by the VHTRC's Sarah Curtis.  Entry through the VHTRC's online sign up system will open in late August.

Triangle, VA
October 6, 2018 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 7, 2018 Tussey Mountainback
50 miles
Web site

Dirt road and pavement course; previous participants speak highly of its beauty. 2019 date will move the race to late October.

State College, PA
October 7, 2018 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 12, 2018 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 13, 2018 No Business
100 miles
Web site

100.8 mile loop that traverses through the heart of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee.  Start/finish is in an abandoned coal mining town.

Stearns, KY
October 13, 2018 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 are also 100 km and 50 miler options. Moving from the spring to the fall in 2018.

Albion, IN
October 13, 2018 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 13, 2018 Cloudsplitter
100 miles
Web site

Held in the Cumberland Mountains in SW Virginia. The 100 miler has a 40 hour cutoff. There are accompanying 100 km, 50 km and 25 km races held concurrently. 

Norton, VA
October 14, 2018 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 19, 2018 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 20, 2018 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; and will open a few weeks prior to the run.

Pen Mar, PA
October 20, 2018 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 20, 2018 Trails 4 Tails
50 km
Web site

A weekend full of races in Historic Washington Crossing Park (of Revolutionary War fame) in New Jersey, alongside the Delaware River and the Pennsylvania border. Saturday is the 50k race, and Sunday has a series of shorter races, including "Triple Dog" (combination of the Saturday 50k, with Sunday's 5k and 15k races) and "Double Dog" (5k and 15k races combined) options.

Washington Crossing, NJ
October 20, 2018 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 20, 2018 Nasty 9 Trail Run
9 miles
Web site

This race will offer two race distances, a challenging nine mile course with over 2000 feet of vertical gain and a 3-4 mile course with about 500 feet of climbing. 100 percent of both courses will be on the awesome single-track of Brushy Hills, a watershed tract outside of Lexington.

Lexington, VA
October 20, 2018 Wawayanda Wonderful
100 miles
Web site

A four loop 100 miler on a cloverleaf course, this race is held in Wawayanda State Park on the New Jersey boundary with New York.  There are 50km and 50 mile options.

Hewitt, NJ
October 26, 2018 Run Around The Gorge
40 miles
Web site

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

Fayettville, WV
October 27, 2018 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 28, 2018 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 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
November 3, 2018 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 3, 2018 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 3, 2018 Schaeffer
13.1 miles
Web site

Held at Schaeffer Farms trail near South Germantown Recreational Park.

Germantown, MD
November 3, 2018 Pinhoti
100 miles
Web site

Point-to-point course on the Pinhoti trail in the Talladega National Forest, east of Birmingham in central Alabama. This race was the Blue Train destination for 2017.

Heflin, AL
November 4, 2018 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 10, 2018 Canary in the Cave
25 km
Web site

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

Fayetteville, WV
November 17, 2018 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 17, 2018 JFK
50 miles
Web site

The oldest and largest U.S. ultramarathon.

Boonesboro, MD
November 18, 2018 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 below Hemlock Overlook Park.

Clifton, VA
November 22, 2018 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. Hosted by Bur.

Signup and more information will be available in November 2018.

Potomac, MD
December 2018
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
December 1, 2018 Devil Dog
100 miles
Web site

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 2, 2018 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 8, 2018 Magnus Gluteus Maximus
50 km
Web site

The first event in the now-storied history of the club; in 2018 under the direction of Katie Keier. 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.  Entry opens on November 5.

Clifton, VA
December 8, 2018 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 29, 2018 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.  Entry opens Nov 19, 2018

Fort Valley, VA
December 29, 2018 HUFF
50km
Web site

Held at Chain O' Lakes Park in Indiana, the HUFF trail run offers a 50k, a 3-person relay and a single loop 10 miler.

Albion, IN
January 2019
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
January 1, 2019 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 December after MGM 50k.

Triangle, VA
January 5, 2019 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 5, 2019 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
February 2019
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
February 2, 2019 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 8, 2019 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 23, 2019 Hashawha Hills
50 km
Web site

10th anniversary of this late winter VHTRC classic. In keeping with tradition, RD Alan Gowen has once again lowered the entry fee for next year's race. Lottery will be held in the 2nd week of January.

Westminster, MD
February 23, 2019 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 on Jan 24.

Fort Valley, VA
March 2019
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
March 16, 2019 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.  Entry for the 2019 race will open to VHTRC club members on Jan 30.

Fort Valley, VA
April 2019
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
April 13, 2019 Bull Run Run
50 miles
Web site

A beautiful, challenging run amongst the bluebells along the rolling Bull Run Trail in Northern Virginia. This will be the 27th year of the VHTRC's premier event. Entry opens on November 15. There will be no lottery, but other details will come soon.

Clifton, VA
April 27, 2019 Promise Land
50 km
Web site

One of the premier events in the mid-Atlantic. Beautiful trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with only three climbs to negotiate. Third and probably best event in the Lynchburg Ultra Series and the Beast Series.

Bedford, VA
July 2019
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
July 20, 2019 Catoctin
50 km
Web site

The run you love to hate. Tough, rocky trail, great support and post-run activities. Entry opens after June 1 and will fill fairly quickly.  There is also a 25k point-to-point race, with a later start, for veterans age 52 or older.

Frederick, MD
July 27, 2019 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 will open Monday July 1 for the 2019 race.

Luray, VA
August 2019
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
August 10, 2019 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 2019 race will open in early July.

Stokesville, VA