The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club

Promoting trail running in the D.C. area for three decades.

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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Stan Duobinis

  • Jul 18, 2024
  • Member news

Stan Duobinis passed away on July 9. Stan and his wife, Margie Schlunt, were fixtures of the VHTRC from the earliest days of the club. They were avid participants of all club events and races — as runners, volunteers, and race directors.

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2024 Massanutten Trail Work Party

  • May 9, 2024
  • Trail work, MMT

Last Saturday, 18 volunteers coordinated by the VHTRC help clear trails in the Massanutten Mountains. Together, we cleared 29.6 miles of trail, removed 56(!) trees, and contributed 140.5 hours of labor to our public lands.

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2024 C&O Canal 100 mile race report

  • May 3, 2024
  • Race report

The annual C&O Canal 100 miler was held in Maryland over the weekend of April 27-28. Lo and behold we have not one but TWO reports from competitors in the race. First up: frequent contributor John Calabrese on his finish in the 2024 race.

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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 7

13.6 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

Entry opens: Apr 10, 2023

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

Sat Feb 22

50 km

Westminster, MD

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2024

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

Entry opens Oct 1

Sat Apr 5

50.2 miles

Clifton, VA

Entry opens: Oct 1, 2024

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 May 17

100.6 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Oct 31, 2024

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 36-hour cutoff.

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 closed

Sat Jul 20

29.1 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Jun 19, 2024
Entry closes: Jul 18, 2024

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

Sat Jul 27

24 hours

Mason Neck, VA

Entry opens: May 28, 2024
Entry closes: Jul 25, 2024

Entry is open

Sat Aug 10

38.7 miles

Stokesville, VA

Entry opens: Jul 10, 2024
Entry closes: Aug 3, 2024

A low-key run, created by Dennis Herr and now hosted by Q, exploring some of the other trails around the famous Wild Oak Trail in the Jefferson National Forest.

Entry is open

Sat Aug 31

71 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Jun 17, 2024

If you want to run the Reverse Ring in late February (and who wouldn’t?!), you have to get this run done first!

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

Sun Jul 21

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 Aug 17

10.1 miles

Fort Valley, VA

An introduction to trail running with emphasis on nutrition, in the Massanutten Mountains.

Sat Sep 14

1 miles

An celebratory party in Shenandoah River State Park.

Fri Nov 29

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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