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!

The procedure for selecting a new Board is underway. Learn how to nominate candidates for the Board and the process by which the Board is elected. More information

Latest news

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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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TWOT 100

  • Feb 28, 2024
  • Race report

In the latest installment of Calabrese Corner, John Calabrese reports on his successful completion of four loops of TWOT, one of the more magnificent achievements that any long distance runner may hope to achieve in their lifetime on the trails!

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Willis River

  • Jan 31, 2024
  • Race report

In the latest installment of the Calabrese Corner, John Calabrese managed to emerge from the bogs of central Virginia and submit the following report on his run at the Willis River 50k, held on Sunday January 28, 2024

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The VHTRC is 30! We are celebrating with a year-long photo scavenger hunt. More information

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 Apr 6

50.2 miles

Clifton, VA

Entry opens: Oct 25, 2023

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 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.

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 Mar 9

30.5 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Jan 15, 2024
Entry closes: Mar 7, 2024

A challenging, low-key 50 km in the Elizabeth Furnace area of the Massanutten Mountains, utilizing the old Dogwood Half Hundred course. Excellent training for those inclined to run the MMT 100 miler in May.

Sat Mar 16

15.5 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

This final run in the three run series of training events for the Bull Run Run 50 Miler covers the sections of the course between the Fountainhead and Marina aid stations, almost entirely on the BROT.

Sat Mar 16

35 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Feb 12, 2024

This MMT training run covers the final third of MMT, from Camp Roosevelt to the finish.

Sat Mar 30

25.9 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Mar 1, 2024

A low-key, tough, night-time run on the southern section of the MMT course. Prior daytime experience on the MMT course is a prerequisite.

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

Sun Mar 3

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.

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