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!

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Furbutt the bear

VHTRC Board elections (2022)

  • Nov 23, 2021
  • Club news, Board

The webpage for the 2022 VHTRC Board elections is now live and contains all the information about the candidates and voting procedures.

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Furbutt the bear

Candidates for the VHTRC Board (2022)

  • Nov 16, 2021
  • Club news, Board

Here are the candidates running for the VHTRC Board for the 2022–2024 term.

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Furbutt the bear

Procedures for VHTRC Election of Board Members (2022)

  • Oct 18, 2021
  • Club news, Board

Election season is upcoming for the election of the VHTRC Board members whose terms start on January 1, 2022. Read on to learn more about the nomination process, when the voting period will happen, and more.

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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 Feb 26

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 9

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.

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 Dec 11

50 km

Clifton, VA

Entry opens: Nov 3, 2021
Entry closes: Dec 9, 2021

The first event in the now-storied history of the club. Very low-key, a lot of fun, and no fee for those who RSVP and then show for the run. Come ring in the holidays with Furbutt and the VHTRC! Be sure to fill out the online RSVP to enter.

Entry is open

Sun Dec 26

40.3 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Nov 22, 2021
Entry closes: Dec 24, 2021

This classic holiday fat ass includes a nice mix of Massanutten Trail sections and dirt roads, with miles of spectacular views of the Fort Valley, Page Valley and Shenandoah Valley.

Entry opens Dec 5

Sat Jan 1

31.7 miles

Quantico, VA

Entry opens: Dec 5, 2022
Entry closes: Dec 30, 2021

Start out the new year with some cold miles at Prince William Forest Park and clear your head of any lingering hangover.

Sat Jan 15

32 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Dec 15, 2021

Day #1 of the MLK weekend of mountain training runs, this year hosted by Larry Huffman. This is a roughly 50 km section of the MMT 100 course along the western ridge of the Massanuttens, starting at the Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and ending at Signal Knob.

Entry opens Dec 15

Sun Jan 16

31.2 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Dec 15, 2021
Entry closes: Jan 13, 2022

The traditional Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend kick-off to Massanutten 100 training, with two long training runs on portions of the MMT course. Day 2 is the Waterfall 50km event (Bur’s Death March). Entry opens to VHTRC members in the latter part of December; entry for non-members will open in a few days after that, if available.

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

Sun Dec 5

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 Dec 8


McLean, VA

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

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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