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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2022 Massanutten Trail Work Party

  • May 10, 2022
  • Trail work, MMT

In the days leading up to MMT, 17 volunteers from the VHTRC have been busy preparing the Massanutten trails by clearing more than 27 miles of trail, removing dozens of trees, and contributed 160 hours of labor to our public lands.

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Donate to the Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp Pavilion

  • Mar 11, 2022
  • MMT

The Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp is building a new pavilion that will serve as the new finish of MMT. They are breaking ground now and hope to finish by this year’s race. Learn how you can help.

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Results for the 2022 Hashawha Hills 50 km

  • Feb 27, 2022
  • Club race, Hashawha Hills

Results for yesterday’s thirteenth annual running of the Hashawha Hills 50 km Trail Run are here.

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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 10

13.6 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

Entry opens: Aug 11, 2021

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

Sat Feb 25

50 km

Westminster, MD

Entry opens: Jan 3, 2022

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 Apr 15

50.2 miles

Clifton, VA

Entry opens: Nov 19, 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.

Events are open to the public and free to enter, but do require prior registration and many have entry limits.
Didn’t get in? Consider volunteering.

Entry is open

Sun May 29

31.9 miles

McConnellsburg, PA

Entry opens: Apr 25, 2022

Alisa Springman and Sheila Vibert co-host this holiday weekend race in south-central Pennsylvania’s Cowans Gap State Park. Very challenging course in a beautiful area, with a lakeside barbeque at the finish. The 2022 event entry will be through the VHTRC online system and will open in the spring.

Entry opens Jun 6

Sat Jul 23

29.1 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Jun 6, 2022

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.

Sun May 29

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.

Wed Jun 1


McLean, VA

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

Sat Jul 2

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 3

15.5 miles

Washington, VA

A figure-eight loop featuring Little Devil Stairs, a mid-run stop at Elkwallow, some excellent views from Hogback, and a long, bombing downhill finish.

Mon Jul 4

20.9 miles

Flint Hill, VA

Smooth, runnable loop up and over the Blue Ridge and back. Wear red, white, and blue.

Fri Nov 25

25.3 miles

Nethers, VA

Often referred to as “Shenandoah’s National Park’s greatest hits,” this 25-mile loop’s highlights include White Oak Canyon, Hawksbill, Stony Man, all connected by beautiful ridge running on the Appalachian Trail.

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