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: Jun 3, 2022

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.

Sat May 20

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.
Didn’t get in? Consider volunteering.

Entry is open

Sat Aug 13

38.7 miles

Stokesville, VA

Entry opens: Jul 13, 2022
Entry closes: Aug 11, 2022

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

Entry is open

Sat Sep 3

71 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Aug 1, 2022
Entry closes: Aug 31, 2022

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

Entry opens Aug 10

Sat Sep 24

32 miles

Wardensville, WV

Entry opens: Aug 10, 2022
Entry closes: Sep 22, 2022

A challenging, low-key, beautiful run near the Virginia / West Virginia border. Generally held on the last Saturday in September, and limited to about 60 runners. New management in 2021 as Levi Mason and Cara Foley took the reins from Kirstin Corris.

Fri Sep 30

100 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Aug 1, 2022
Entry closes: Sep 26, 2022

As if MMT weren’t hard enough. Take out the road sections of MMT and add more climb and this is what you get.

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

Wed Aug 10

Varies

McLean, VA

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

Sun Aug 14

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.

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.

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

Sat Sep 3

Wardensville, WV

Come out and help clear the trails on Great North Mountain the weekend before The Big Schloss.

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