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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Trail-work trifecta in the Massanuttens

  • Jun 29, 2021
  • Trail work

The VHTRC led three work trips in June, clearing trails in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Over three days, 18 volunteers contributed 153 hours of work.

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Kevin’s Retiring: We Need a New MMT Race Director

  • May 30, 2021
  • MMT

We’re looking for a new RD for the club’s 100-miler. Longtime director Kevin Sayers will retire after the 2022 race.

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Bull Run Run Postponed, Massanutten 100 Canceled

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • COVID-19, BRR, MMT

Due to the continuing public health crisis surrounding the COVID pandemic, the VHTRC will not conduct our usual races in spring 2021. BRR is postponed and MMT is canceled.

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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 11

13.6 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

Entry opens: Feb 21, 2020

A challenging yet chill race for women only … built for new trail runners and veterans alike.

Sat Oct 2

50.2 miles

Clifton, VA

Entry opens: Jan 15, 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 Feb 26

50 km

Westminster, MD

Entry opens: Jan 3, 2020

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 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.
Didn’t get in? Consider volunteering.

Entry is open

Sat Aug 14

33 miles

Stokesville, VA

Entry opens: Jul 6, 2021

A low-key run exploring the other trails around Wild Oak in the Jefferson National Forest. A creation of the legend, Dennis Herr. The 2019 race was canceled due to construction that closed a road section used for support and as a part of the course, and the 2020 race was canceled due to COVID-19.

Sun Aug 15

Lorton, VA

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club is again hosting its annual summer party for members, and for volunteers at its events. There is good conversation, bad jokes, and plenty of food and drink.

Entry opens Jul 30

Sat Sep 4

71 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Jul 30, 2021

If you want to run the Reverse Ring in late February (and who wouldn’t?!), you have to get this run done first! Entry may open in mid-August, depending on the status of the pandemic at that time.

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

Wed Jul 28


McLean, VA

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

Sun Aug 1

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.

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