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.Read more
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!
The VHTRC was founded to put on races. We are mighty proud of our courses and hospitality.
Entry is closed
Sat Sep 10
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
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
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
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
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
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
Runs every Wednesday at 6:00 pm in Great Falls National Park, in partnership with DC Capital Striders.
Sat Jul 2
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
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
Flint Hill, VA
Smooth, runnable loop up and over the Blue Ridge and back. Wear red, white, and blue.
Fri Nov 25
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.
Vicki’s Death March
Now that Shenandoah National Park is largely reopened, we can recommend Vicki’s Death March! Often referred to as “Shenandoah 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. Just be sure to get an early start, as Old Rag is an especially popular trailhead… especially now.