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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Calabrese Corner: The Reverse Ring

  • Mar 1, 2024
  • Race report

Our intrepid trail reporter, John Calabrese, capped off an amazing February of tackling big winter mountain challenges with a finish at the Reverse Ring. This newly-minted Master of The Ring has shared his thoughts on the race in the latest installment of the Calabrese Corner.

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Our New Bull Run Run 50 Miler Race Director

  • Feb 28, 2024
  • Club news, Club race

The Board of the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club is very excited to announce the new race director for the Bull Run Run 50 Miler, Lauren Gabler Masterson!

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Return of Robot Knee - The Reverse Ring

  • Feb 28, 2024
  • Race report, Club event

The reports are coming in from the Reverse Ring 2024: The Year of the Snowy Surprise. Hear now from Nick Neakrase, actually, newly minted Master of The Ring Nick Neakrase, if you please …

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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 May 18

100.6 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Oct 31, 2023

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.

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.

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 opens Apr 22

Sun May 26

31.9 miles

McConnellsburg, PA

Entry opens: Apr 22, 2024
Entry closes: May 23, 2024

Stephanie Fonda hosts this holiday weekend event in south-central Pennsylvania’s Cowans Gap State Park. Very challenging course in a beautiful area, with a lakeside barbecue at the finish.

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

Sun Apr 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.

Thu 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 Jul 5

15.5 miles

Washington, VA

A figure-eight loop on the trails in Shenandoah National Park, featuring an opening climb up Little Devil Stairs, a mid-run stop at Elkwallow, some excellent views from Hogback, and a long, bombing downhill finish. Also the shortest of the three Trifecta runs, but one that will still present a fair challenge for your running legs!

Sat Jul 6

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.

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.

You can’t go trail running without trails.
This is our way of giving back.

Sat May 4

Luray, VA

Come join us in sprucing up the MMT course for this year’s race.

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