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
Blue Mountain Moonlight 50K
Aug 1
50K 8:30 pm
665 Fire Trail Rd. Linden, VA - Dave Herring's House
Dave Herring This will be a nightime 50K on and around Blue Mountain in Linden, VA.  The majority of the run will take place in the GR Thompson Wildlife Management Area and Sky Meadows State Park (PATC Map 8).  The run consists of 90% trail and 10% fire road.  There will be many good climbs and plenty of roots and rocks.  This run will be set-up like a fatass event.  There will be 2 manned aid stations and 2 unmanned water stops.  The field will be limited to 30 runners.  I will take the first 30 runners who email me at starting July 1, 2015.  Anything over 30 runners I will keep a waitlist and move runners into the field of 30 as runners drop out before Friday July 31st.  Parking will be tight so please carpool if possible.  There is parking at my home around the horseshoe driveway and across from my home at one of the GR Thompson gravel lots.  You are welcome to spend the night after the run either downstairs in a sleeping bag or you may camp in the yard.  I will have a shower available (brief showers) (bring your own towel).  We may do breakfast (pancakes) at the house or we may travel down the Apple House in Linden.  Anyone who would like to volunteer is more than welcome.  I should only need a few people to help with the 2 aid stations.  Please direct any questions to myself at  This is a tough run, but it's not quite the Massanuttens.  There is plenty of good running to be had out there. Address/directions:  665 Fire Trail Rd. Linden, VA 22642  -  From the east:  take I66 west to exit 18 Markham (Route 688).  Turn left at exit and then right on (Route 55) John Marshall Highway.  Travel approximately 4 miles to right turn on Freezeland Rd. (Route 638) just past the Linden Post Office on the right.  Take Freezeland Rd. up approximately 6 miles to the top of Blue Mountain passing several cell towers near the top.  At 5.9 - 6.0 miles bear slightly right on to gravel Fire Trail Road by a parking area with a bank of mailboxes.  Drive slowly .6 miles down Fire Trail Rd.  My house is on the left - Green Colonial with black shutters.  Park in around the circle if possible.  There is overflow parking across the road at one of the WMA parking areas.