The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club

Promoting trail running in the D.C. area for more than 25 years.

Welcome to the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club

We are a fun group of trail runners of all abilities centered in northern Virginia. Many but not all of us run ultramarathons. Come play with us at our races and training runs!

Latest news

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Kevin’s Retiring: We Need a New MMT Race Director

  • May 30, 2021
  • MMT

We’re looking for a new RD for the club’s 100-miler. Longtime director Kevin Sayers will retire after the 2022 race.

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Bull Run Run Postponed, Massanutten 100 Canceled

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • COVID-19, BRR, MMT

Due to the continuing public health crisis surrounding the COVID pandemic, the VHTRC will not conduct our usual races in spring 2021. BRR is postponed and MMT is canceled.

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Free membership extensions

  • Jan 2, 2021
  • Club news, COVID-19

2020 was rough. If you were a member of the VHTRC as of March 1, 2020, your membership has been extended by one year free of charge.

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Upcoming stuff

Here’s what we have coming up. See our calendar for a full list of our (and others’) events

The VHTRC was founded to put on races. We are mighty proud of our courses and hospitality.

Sat Sep 11

13.6 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

Entry opens: Feb 21, 2020

A challenging yet chill race for women only … built for new trail runners and veterans alike.

Sat Oct 2

50.2 miles

Clifton, VA

Entry opens: Jan 15, 2021

A 50 mile trail run that parallels the Bull Run and the Occoquan River in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. The course traverses forested, rolling terrain during the height of Virginia’s spring beauty. The run’s unique character includes a Civil War theme that honors the battles that occurred here over 150 years ago. The 13 hour time limit makes Bull Run Run an excellent first 50 miler.

Sat Feb 26

50 km

Westminster, MD

Entry opens: Jan 3, 2020

31 miles of trails, old woods roads, open fields, and plenty of hills with a couple of stream crossings thrown in just for fun.

Sat May 14

100.6 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Jun 1, 2021

A challenging, rocky 100 miler on the trails of the Massanutten Mountains in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The course includes short but rugged mountain climbs with more than 18,000 feet of total ascent. There is a 35 hour cutoff.

Events are open to the public and free to enter, but do require prior registration and many have entry limits.
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Sat Jul 24

29.1 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Jun 8, 2021

Popular event on the little-used trails in the southern section of the Massanutten Mountains, under the direction of Dan Aghdam.

Low-key runs with no formal sign-up. Just show up and run.

Wed Jun 16


McLean, VA

Runs every Wednesday at 6:00 pm in Great Falls National Park, in partnership with DC Capital Striders.

Sun Jun 20

7-10 miles

Washington, DC

Explore the trails of Rock Creek Park on these low-key runs. We leave at 8:00 am from either Peirce Mill or Theodore Roosevelt Island and the runs are roughly 7–10 miles long.

Sat Jul 3

24.2 miles

Syria, VA

Also known as “Shenandoah’s National Park’s greatest hits,” this 24-mile loop’s highlights include White Oak Canyon, Hawksbill, Stony Man, all connected by beautiful ridge running on the Appalachian Trail.

Sun Jul 4

20.9 miles

Flint Hill, VA

Smooth, runnable loop up and over the Blue Ridge and back, with a general store mid-run for snacks. Wear red, white, and blue.

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