Calendar

Here are trail running events that may be of interest to VHTRC members. VHTRC-sponsored events are colored. Other events are listed only as a service — we do not endorse them and have no responsibility for them.

About this calendar

Events listed here must be on dirt trails or otherwise of particular interest to VHTRC members. This is not a place to list road races. (If you are looking for local road races, go to Washington Running Report or Race Packet. For national ultras try Ultrarunning Magazine. For national trail runs, try Trail Runner Magazine.)

We do not list all running events here. But VHTRC members may suggest events. To do so, e-mail Quatro Hubbard who has overall responsibility for this calendar.

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Here are events whose registrations open in the next 60 days.

Event Registration opens
Seashore Nature Trail Thursday July 1
Martha Moats Baker Tuesday July 6
The Ring Friday July 30

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June, 2021

Thu Jun 24

Front Royal, VA

Come join us in clearing undergrowth and downed trees from the trails in the Massanuttens.

Fri Jun 25

100 miles

Sturgis, SD

Entry closes: Jun 18, 2021

A challenging 100 mile race in the Black Hills of South Dakota. There are two other offered race distances (100 km or 50 miles).

Sat Jun 26

50 km

Farmville, VA

Entry opens: Dec 1, 2020

Nighttime run on the High Bridge Trail, one of Virginia’s newest rails-to-trails projects. The course features a 2400 foot long bridge, Civil War era battlefields, and a chance to run through downtown Farmville.

Sat Jun 26

50 km

Stowe, VT

There is a 25 km option. The 50 km is a two-loop course on a wide, hard-packed trail system located below Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Registration opens on Jan 1.

Sat Jun 26

10 km

Gaithersburg, MD

First in a summer trail running series in suburban Maryland, directed by the same organization that brings the Backyard Burn series to the area’s trails. This 10 km race with a 5 km option is held on the trails of Seneca Creek State Park.

Sat Jun 26

100 miles

Squaw Valley, CA

The first trail 100 miler has a beautiful course, great aid stations, and a field selected by lot rather than merit.

Sat Jun 26

54 miles

Windham, NY

Entry opens: Feb 1, 2021

Held on the Black Dome Trail and Long Path in the Catskills. This is a VERY challenging 50++ miler, as the 23 hour time limit hints at.

Sun Jun 27

Edinburg, VA

Come join us in clearing undergrowth and downed trees from the trails in the Massanuttens.

July, 2021

Sat Jul 3

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.

Sat Jul 3

50 miles

Hector, NY

Series of races in Finger Lakes National Forest in western New York state. The 25 km, 50 km, and 50 mile races all share the same loop course. Registration opens on January 1 and tends to fill quickly.

Sun Jul 4

20.9 miles

Flint Hill, VA

Smooth, runnable loop up and over the Blue Ridge and back, with a general store mid-run for snacks. Wear red, white, and blue.

Mon Jul 5

15.5 miles

Washington, VA

A figure-eight loop featuring Little Devil Stairs, a mid-run stop at Elkwallow, some excellent views from Hogback, and a long, bombing downhill finish.

Sat Jul 10

50 km

Brecksville, OH

Trail race in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, located just south of Cleveland.

Sat Jul 10

50 km

Frederick, MD

Entry opens: Feb 1, 2021

The run you love to hate. Tough, rocky trail, great support and post-run activities. Entry opens after June 1 and will fill fairly quickly. There is also a 25k point-to-point race, with a later start, for veterans age 52 or older.

Sat Jul 10

4.65 miles

Charlottesville, VA

Held on the hilly trails in and around the Boars Head Inn just west of Charlottesville. Another race in the CAT’s Summer Trail Running Series.

Sat Jul 10

100 miles

Lanesboro, PA

This Fat Ass 100 miler is comprised of four 25-mile laps of this rail-to-trail course. There is also a 50 mile option.

Sat Jul 10

12 hours

Berkeley Springs, WV

This 12 hour run involves 5-mile loops on single track trails in Cacapon State Park

Fri Jul 16

100 miles

Silverton, CO

Very tough, oxygen-deprived run of the San Juan Mountains in beautiful southwest Colorado. Entry will also be very tough in 2020, after deferrals from the canceled race in 2019 get in.

Fri Jul 16

100 miles

Woodstock, VT

One of the oldest 100 mile runs. Beautiful countryside, friendly management, and a runnable course. 100 km option is also available.

Sat Jul 17

100 miles

Carson City, NV

Entry opens: Dec 6, 2020
Entry closes: Dec 20, 2020

This race promises lovely views of Lake Tahoe from the low-rent side of the border. 50 miler and 55 km options also available.

Sat Jul 24

29.1 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Jun 8, 2021

Popular event on the little-used trails in the southern section of the Massanutten Mountains, under the direction of Dan Aghdam.

Sat Jul 24

10 km

Germantown, MD

Part of the Blue Crab Bolt series of races. This 10 km race with a 5 km option is held on the trails at Schaeffer Farms in suburban Maryland.

Sat Jul 31

99 miles

Honeoye Falls, NY

Entry closes: Jul 28, 2021

Yes - a 99 mile race. For the runner seeking a new challenge! Three different loops in Mendon Ponds Park in western New York; the runner takes on each loop six times each. There is also a 99 mile relaty option.

August, 2021

Sun Aug 1

15.2 miles

Wilmington, NY

Entry opens: Mar 6, 2021

The Sky Race is 15.2 miles with 8,000 vertical feet of gain. There is also a vertical K with a gain of roughly 3,300 feet in 2.4 miles.

Sat Aug 7

50 km

Barboursville, WV

Primarily run on the Kanawha Trace trail, and put on by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners club. There is are 25 km and 10 km options along with the 50 km.

Sat Aug 7

100 miles

Wrightwood, CA

If you want to run this Los Angeles area race, make plans well in advance, since race management chooses to fill the field a year early.

Sat Aug 7

50 km

King George, VA

Out and back run on the Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail in the Caledon Natural Area near Fredericksburg. The 3-H Trail Half Marathon is now included as a shorter option at this event.

Sat Aug 7

10 km

Clarksburg, MD

Final race of three in this summer series in suburban Maryland. This 10 km race with 5 km option is held at Little Bennett Regional Park.

Tue Aug 10

4 miles

Charlottesville, VA

Last in the CAT’s summer series of weekday evening races, this 4-miler is held on trails near Pen Park, on the northside of Charlottesville.

Sat Aug 14

100 miles

Waterville, PA

The race that appears to have put an end to any discussion about which 100 miler in the East is the toughest. Entry opens on December 7 for the 2020 race.

Sat Aug 14

100 km

Rockaway, NJ

Like most New Jersey Trail Series events, this is a multi-loop race. 10 mile, 50 km, and 50 mile options for this race, held within the Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area.

Entry opens Jul 6

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.

Sat Aug 21

100 km

Naples, NY

100 km race in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Sat Aug 21

100 miles

Leadville, CO

This is the event for those who don’t need oxygen to function. The lowest point on the course is 9200 feet.

Sat Aug 28

100 miles

Easton, WA

A popular and scenic 100 miler in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Lottery similar to the MMT 100 system will be used to fill the field in early February.

Sat Aug 28

50 km

Fairmont, WV

This new Fat Ass run is on a moderately difficult 7.9 mile figure-8 loop with a single aid station in the middle. Held in West Virginia’s Valley Falls State Park, there is a two-loop 25K option in addition to the full four loops for the 50K.

September, 2021

Sat Sep 4

50 miles

Damascus, VA

16 mile and 30 mile options as well as the traditional Iron Mountain 50 miler, with staggered start times for each. These races in a beautiful section of southwest Virginia are under the direction of Kevin Townsend.

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.

Fri Sep 10

100 miles

Kaysville, UT

At one time, before Hardrock, Wasatch was thought to be the hardest 100 miler. This is the last event in the Grand Slam, and it is challenging and beautiful.

Sat Sep 11

100 miles

Wellsboro, PA

Out-n-back race on a rail trail through Pine Creek Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of the East,” in northern Pennsylvania. 100 km option.

Sat Sep 11

50 km

Pequea, PA

Entry closes: Sep 7, 2021

A “daunting trail challenge” on a point-to-point course using sections of the Mason Dixon and Conestoga trails in York and Lancaster counties. Formerly known as the Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run.

Sat Sep 11

50 km

Youngstown, OH

Entry opens: Mar 21, 2021

YUTC is a popular trail race put on by the North East Ohio Trail Club. There is a 25 km option in addition to the 50 km.

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.

Fri Sep 17

100 miles

Swoope, VA

Entry opens: Apr 1, 2021

A challenging 100 miler that is held in the same general location as TWOT, and is the East Coast’s Hardrock qualifying race. Grindstone is part of the Beast Series. Note 6 p.m. Friday starting time.

Sat Sep 18

40 miles

Millboro, VA

Four trail races at Douthat State Park west of Lexington, with distances of 40 miles, marathon, half marathon, and 6 miles to choose from.

Sat Sep 18

26 miles

Claysburg, PA

Known as “Pennsylvania’s highest trail race” Rock N’ the Knob offers a marathon, half marathon and a 10k distance to choose from.

Sat Sep 18

50 km

Wartburg, TN

Entry closes: Sep 17, 2021

No, this is not that Barkley. Instead, this is a (relatively) saner introduction to Frozen Head State Park, the home of the Barkley Marathons.

Sat Sep 18

27 miles

Lock Haven, PA

“The rock gardens on this course make coming down from Signal Knob during The Ring a cakewalk.” The pre- and post-race festivities include a bottomless stein.

Sat Sep 18

100 miles

Flagstaff, AZ

A majority of the course follows the Arizona Trail and the historic Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stage Line route that was in use in the late 19th century. Many of the aid station locations match the stage line’s watering holes. Former VHTRC member Ian Torrence directs this event, which includes a 55k and relay option.

Sat Sep 18

13.1 miles

Tuxedo, NY

Trail half marathon, with a 15km option, held in Sterling Forest State Park, located north of New York City.

Sat Sep 18

50 km

Morganton, NC

Entry opens: Apr 2, 2021

50k race, with a 30k option. Run on a mix of single track, double track and gravel roads through the Pisgah National Forest area in southwestern North Carolina.

Sun Sep 19

13.1 miles

Delaplane, VA

A half-marathon (with options to race 10k or 5k) on the trails out of Valley View Farm, adjacent to Sky Meadows State Park in the beautiful Crooked Run Valley in northwest Virginia.

Fri Sep 24

100 miles

Logan, UT

Entry closes: Sep 10, 2021

Steep climbs and autumnal colors in the Northern Wasatch Range of northern Utah and southern Idaho.

Sat Sep 25

50 km

Milford, PA

Relatively flat, point-to-point traversing the northern portion of the Delaware Water Gap National Park. Largest single climb is 200 feet over a mile. There is also a point-to-point half marathon option.

Sat Sep 25

12 hours

Triangle, VA

Entry closes: Sep 15, 2021

A 12 hour run on trails in Prince William Forest National Park. The loop is 6.5 miles in length with about 650 feet of elevation gain.

Sat Sep 25

100 miles

Abingdon, VA

30 hour time limit for this popular event in far southwest Virginia, run on a former railroad bed that has been converted into the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Sat Sep 25

40 miles

Hanover, PA

5 laps of 8 miles each along the trails and some roads in the Codorus State Park in south-central Pennsylvania.

Sat Sep 25

8 miles

Williamsburg, VA

Entry closes: Sep 23, 2021

Utilizing the Marl Ravine Mountain Bike trail at York River State Park in James City County near Williamsburg. The 8-mile course is on an out-and-back trail loop. 

Sat Sep 25

24 hours

Rockingham, NC

1.5032-mile loop on a flat dirt path, with numerous wooden bridges, around Hinson Lake in southern North Carolina. Low key and low cost; now with chip timing.

Sat Sep 25

100 miles

Hewitt, NJ

A four loop 100 miler on a cloverleaf course, this race is held in Wawayanda State Park on the New Jersey boundary with New York. There are 50km and 50 mile options.

Sat Sep 25

32 miles

Wardensville, WV

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 take the reins from Kirstin Corris.

Sat Sep 25

50 miles

New Paltz, NY

18 hour time limit for this race in the Mohonk Preserve in the Hudson Valley region north of New York City. There is a relay option in addition to the individual 50 mile race. Traditionally a spring race, Rock the Ridge has been moved to the fall of 2021 due to the pandemic.

Sun Sep 26

50 miles

Brownsvillle, VT

Entry opens: May 25, 2021

50 mile course alternates between roads and trails, with lots of hills. There is also a mountain bike race, a 50km run and a three-person relay option in the 50 mile run.

Sun Sep 26

50 km

Gardners, PA

Held in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Michaux State Forest in southern Pennsylvania, and co-sponsored by a local Chambersburg brew pub! In addition to the 50 km race, there are 25 km and 15 km options.

October, 2021

Fri Oct 1

100 miles

Stearns, KY

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2021

100.8 mile loop that traverses through the heart of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee. Start/finish is in an abandoned coal mining town.

Sat Oct 2

26.2 miles

Shandaken, NY

The Cat’s Tail is a rugged trail marathon in the Catskill Mountains of New York, with roughly 7,000 feet of elevation gain.

Sat Oct 2

50 miles

King, NC

50 mile and 50 km races held primarily in Pilot Mountain State Park, utilizing the Sauratown trail system.

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.

Sun Oct 3

50 km

Reading, PA

Entry closes: Sep 29, 2021

Race management says of the run, “This Ultra was created to give newcomers to the world of ultra running a relatively easy race to get started.” The race where the term “benign trail” was first coined.

Sun Oct 3

10 miles

Lorton, VA

A fall series of 10 mile races. Each race also has a 5 mile option. This race is held on the trails of Pohick Bay Regional Park in suburban Virginia.

Fri Oct 8

50 miles

Seneca Rocks, WV

Entry opens: Apr 1, 2021

“A triptych of runs on the Eastern Continental Divide” - day one is 50 km, day 2 is 50 miles, and day 3 is a half marathon. This classic and highly challenging event is in West Virginia’s beautiful Monongahela National Forest, with the option to sign up for one race, two races or all three.

Sat Oct 9

100 miles

Albion, IN

The only 100 mile trail race in the state of Indiana, held at the Chain O’ Lakes State Park. There are also 100 km and 50 miler options. Moving from the spring to the fall in 2018.

Sun Oct 10

8 hours

Boonsboro, MD

Held in Greenbrier State Park. There are two race options.  The 5.22 mile single loop event, or the 8 Hour Ultra Challenge.

Sun Oct 10

50 km

Wellsboro, PA

Entry closes: Sep 26, 2021

The Green Monster Trail Challenge is held in the mountains of Tioga State Forest in northern Pennsylvania and includes 50k, 25k and 15k distance options.

Fri Oct 15

100 miles

Stokesville, VA

A run on the Wild Oak Recreational Trail. Tough and very low key. This is the “Hot TWOT” since it is held during what should be warmer fall weather, but it has often been anything but hot at this time of year on these trails, so be prepared! For those aiming to run the full 100, plan on a Friday AM start; others generally start on Saturday AM.

Sat Oct 16

100 miles

Titusville, PA

This event has concurrent 50 km, 100 km and 100 mile solo races, and registration for these races generally opens around mid-March.

Sat Oct 16

100 miles

Norton, VA

Held in the Cumberland Mountains in SW Virginia. The 100 miler has a 40 hour cutoff. There are accompanying 100 km, 50 km and 25 km races held concurrently.

Sat Oct 16

50 km

Washington Crossing, NJ

A weekend full of races in Historic Washington Crossing Park (of Revolutionary War fame) in New Jersey, alongside the Delaware River and the Pennsylvania border. Saturday is the 50k race, and Sunday has a series of shorter races, including “Triple Dog” (combination of the Saturday 50k, with Sunday’s 5k and 15k races) and “Double Dog” (5k and 15k races combined) options.

Sat Oct 16

26 miles

Hollister, NC

Fairly flat and fast marathon and 10 mile races in Medoc Mountain State Park near Raleigh. This race historically has filled quickly.

Sun Oct 17

10 miles

Reston, VA

A fall series of 10 mile races. Each race also has a 5 mile option. This race is held on the trails of Lake Fairfax Park in suburban Virginia.

Sat Oct 23

100 miles

Troy, NC

Very challenging 100 mile race, with a 100 km option, in the Uwharrie National Forest in central North Carolina. Entry opens on January 1.

Sat Oct 23

40 miles

Fayettville, WV

Three-day stage race in the New River gorge in West Virginia. On hiatus in 2019; canceled in 2020 and the website notes that it is unlikely to be held in 2021.

Sat Oct 23

26.2 miles

Charlottesville, VA

Put on by the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners (CATs) and held on single-track mountain bike trails on the campus of the Miller School, just west of Charlottesville in Albemarle County. The CATHalf was augmented with the Pounding Creek Marathon in 2018, and in 2019 a Trail 10k was added.

Sat Oct 23

13.1 miles

Manchester, MD

Entry opens: Mar 3, 2021
Entry closes: Oct 18, 2021

Trail half marathon held on the River Valley Ranch along the Gunpowder River in northern Maryland. This trail festival event includes 5k and 10k options.

Entry opens Sep 13

Sat Oct 23

44.8 miles

Pen Mar, PA

Entry opens: Sep 13, 2021
Entry closes: Oct 20, 2021

You run in four states in one day, traditionally held on the Saturday the weekend before the Marine Corps Marathon. It’s a long run over challenging trail - you will have to move with dispatch to finish in daylight. Entry is limited to VHTRC members; and will open a few weeks prior to the run.

Sat Oct 23

26.2 miles

Chesterfield, VA

A low-key and exceptionally well-marked marathon held on dirt roads and wide trails in Pocahontas State Park, south of Richmond. Flat and fast; there are also half-marathon and marathon relay options. Formerly known as the Instant Classic, this event has moved to the fall from its traditional March race date for 2021.

Sun Oct 24

50 miles

State College, PA

Dirt road and pavement course; previous participants speak highly of its beauty. 2019 date will move the race to late October.

Sun Oct 24

50 km

Waterville, PA

Entry opens: Dec 16, 2020
Entry closes: Oct 1, 2021

Over 7,000 feet of elevation gain on the very challenging 50k course; there is a 25k option that is also no picnic, with over 5,000 feet of climbing.

Sat Oct 30

50 km

Baltimore, MD

Entry opens: Mar 15, 2021

Held on the surprisingly rolling trails of Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area, outside of Baltimore. Brought to you by the VHTRC’s Mario Raymond, and the post-race feast is not to be missed.

Sat Oct 30

13.1 miles

Germantown, MD

Held at Schaeffer Farms trail near South Germantown Recreational Park, there is a 10k option along with the half marathon.

Sat Oct 30

50 km

Quantico, VA

A runnable 50 km run comprised of two loops on the easy rolling trails of Prince William Forest Park.

November, 2021

Sat Nov 6

100 miles

Heflin, AL

Entry closes: Oct 17, 2021

Point-to-point course on the Pinhoti trail in the Talladega National Forest, east of Birmingham in central Alabama.

Sat Nov 6

50 miles

Lynchburg, VA

Entry opens: May 1, 2021

Virginia’s premier fall ultrarunning event is still going strong. The event that gave us the “Horton Mile” is now hosted by Clark Zealand. A tough and notoriously “long” course in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. MMTR is part of the Lynchburg Ultra Series and the Beast Series.

Sun Nov 7

10 miles

Great Falls, VA

A fall series of 10 mile races. Each race also has a 5 mile option. This race is held on the trails of Riverbend Park in suburban Virginia.

Sun Nov 7

50 km

Flintstone, MD

A challenging, scenic and largely isolated run on the beautiful trails of the Green Ridge State Forest in western Maryland. About 75 percent trails, primarily single-track, and about 25 percent logging road.

Entry opens Oct 1

Sun Nov 7

30.5 miles

Washington, DC

Entry opens: Oct 1, 2021

The event that proves that there are beautiful trails inside the Beltway. Entry opens October 1.

Sat Nov 13

50 km

Upper Marlboro, MD

Entry opens: May 30, 2021

Run on the trails of Rosaryville State Park, this race is put on by the Annapolis Striders.

Sat Nov 13

50 miles

Poolesville, MD

The fall Maryland 50 miler that is run on single-track trails, and for less than $1 per mile. Fun and fast, and noted for its outstanding aid stations, Stone Mill will host the RRCA Ultra National Championship in 2021.

Sun Nov 14

10 km

Bluemont, VA

This race is directed by VHTRC member Tom Simonds, on behalf of the Loudoun Road Runners, to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets. Formerly the Loudoun Trail 10k; host site is Camp Highroad in Bluemont, about 20 minutes outside of Leesburg.

Sat Nov 20

50 miles

Boonesboro, MD

Entry opens: Mar 1, 2021

The oldest and largest U.S. ultramarathon.

Sun Nov 21

10 miles

Clifton, VA

A fall series of 10 mile races. Each race also has a 5 mile option. This race is held on the trails below Hemlock Overlook Park.

Thu Nov 25

2 hours

Potomac, MD

The VHTRC version of this traditional fall running classic. Thanksgiving morning on the C&O Canal and the trails around Great Falls, on the Maryland side. Hosted by Mike Bur.

Sat Nov 27

8 hours

Smithfield, VA

Timed race on Thanksgiving weekend designed to get runners outside and away from shopping and nibbling on Turkey Day leftovers. 2.8 mile trail loop with 150 feet of elevation gain per loop, held in Windsor Castle Park in the Tidewater portion of Virginia.

December, 2021

Sat Dec 11

100 km

Natural Bridge, VA

David Horton’s “special” 100k starts one minute after midnight. It is tough, cold, and icy - usually. You will love it! This race has become semi-invitational, with registration generally starting after the Grindstone 100 in early October. The final test in the Beast Series.

Sat Dec 11

100 km

Farmville, VA

Entry closes: Dec 4, 2021

Out-and-back on the High Bridge Trail, one of Virginia’s newest rails-to-trails projects. The course features a 2400 foot long bridge, Civil War era battlefields, and a chance to run through downtown Farmville. There is also a 50 km option.

Sat Dec 11

50 km

Clifton, VA

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.

Sat Dec 18

50 km

Virginia Beach, VA

Entry opens: Jul 1, 2021
Entry closes: Dec 17, 2021

Double loop course on hard-packed dirt trails in First Landing State Park.

Sat Dec 18

50 km

Albion, IN

Entry opens: Jan 20, 2021

Held at Chain O’ Lakes Park in Indiana, the HUFF trail run offers a 50k, a 3-person relay and a single loop 10 miler.

Entry opens Nov 22

Sun Dec 26

40.3 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Nov 22, 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.

January, 2022

Sat Jan 1

31.7 miles

Quantico, VA

Entry opens: Dec 7, 2020

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

Sat Jan 8

50 km

Winston Salem, NC

Entry opens: May 1, 2021

Double out-and-back around Salem Lake, primarily on dirt double-track. Flat and fast, this race now offers a 25 km and relay option (no relay in 2021).

Sat Jan 15

32 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Dec 16, 2019

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.

Sat Jan 15

50 km

Elkton, MD

Entry closes: Dec 31, 2021

Start off the new year right with the Delaware Trail Dawgs at this popular 50k, held in Fair Hill Park. There is also a 25 km option.

Sat Jan 15

100 miles

Honolulu, HI

Put on by the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team, this notoriously difficult, rooty, five-loop course takes place in the mountains just outside Honolulu on the island of Oahu, Hawai‘i.

Sun Jan 16

31.2 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Jan 5, 2020

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.

February, 2022

Sat Feb 5

100 miles

Huntsville, TX

Entry opens: Jun 1, 2021

Five 20-mile loops on a very flat and fast 100% trail course. 50 mile option is also available.

Sat Feb 5

40 miles

Uwharrie National Forest, NC

Entry opens: Nov 1, 2021

8 and 20 mile options also available. Online entry for the lottery opens on November 1st.

Wed Feb 9

200 miles

Stokesville, VA

Entry opens: Dec 9, 2021

96 hour time limit; the TWOT 200 mile race is held on even years only.

Fri Feb 11

100 miles

Stokesville, VA

Entry opens: Dec 9, 2021

A run on the 27+ mile Wild Oak Recreational Trail, with four loops needed to finish this race. Notoriously tough, and very low key, with a 48 hour time limit.

Sat Feb 19

50 km

Appomattox, VA

Fairly flat and fast, this is a good intro race for new trail and ultra runners. The first race in the Lynchburg Ultra Series, and the deceptively tame start to the infamous six race “Beast Series.” Under new leadership as of 2021 as race founder David Horton passed that baton; the race now includes a 25K option.

Sat Feb 26

40 miles

Black Mountain, NC

A very popular race to the top of Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain on the East Coast.

Entry opens Jan 24

Sat Feb 26

71 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Jan 24, 2022

Why anyone who has completed The Ring would want to do this is anyone’s guess. Entry is open only to those in the Fellowship, so the rest of you can breathe a sigh of relief and run Hashawha Hills. Mike Bur and Quatro Hubbard are the “organizers.”

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.

March, 2022

Sat Mar 5

26.2 miles

Raleigh, NC

A trail marathon held in the same Umstead State Park in the heart of the North Carolina Triangle as the Umstead 100 miler.

Entry opens Feb 1

Sat Mar 12

30.5 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Feb 1, 2022
Entry closes: Feb 8, 2021

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.

April, 2022

Sat Apr 2

100 miles

Raleigh, NC

Entry opens: Sep 11, 2021

8 loops in Umstead Park on a wide gravel horse trail. There is a 50 mile option for those who drop from the 100 miler after 4 loops. Registration for this race closes very quickly.

Sat Apr 16

25.9 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Mar 23, 2021

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.

Sat Apr 23

50 km

Hyner, PA

Entry opens: May 15, 2021

The Hyner Trail Challenge 50k in north central Pennsylvania offers 5 major climbs and 6500 feet of vertical; there is a 25k option.

Sat Apr 23

50 km

Bedford, VA

One of the premier events in the mid-Atlantic. Beautiful trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with only three climbs to negotiate. Third and probably best event in the Lynchburg Ultra Series and the Beast Series.

May, 2022

Sat May 7

100 km

Sausalito, CA

A highly recommended trail run in the beauty of Marin County, north of San Francisco.

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.

Entry opens Apr 25

Sun May 29

31.9 miles

McConnellsburg, PA

Entry opens: Apr 25, 2022

Alisa Springman and Sheila Vibert co-host this holiday weekend race in south-central Pennsylvania’s Cowans Gap State Park. Very challenging course in a beautiful area, with a lakeside barbeque at the finish. The 2021 event entry will be through the VHTRC online system and will open in the spring.

June, 2022

Sat Jun 18

40 miles

Davis, WV

A tough, slow, and beautiful run, on a course that is unique for this area. A great weekend for the whole family at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Canceled for 2021

Past events

The dates for these events are not current.

Sun Jul 21

50 km

Upper Marlboro, MD

Flat and fast race in Rosaryville State Park in Maryland. There are also 10km, 10 mile, and 25km options.

Sat Sep 28

6 hours

Annandale, VA

The Mason District Festival is a multiple distance fundraising event (5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon, 6 hour, 3 hour, and kids fun run) held in a small park in the middle of Fairfax County. Hosted by the VHTRC’s Bernard Pesjak.

Sun Sep 29

20 miles

Potomac, MD

Classic DC area fall marathon training race, now being held on the C&O Canal Towpath. 5 miler option also available.

Sat Feb 1

Cabin John, MD

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2020

A party for all VHTRC members, to announce and honor the winners of the VHTRC awards for the previous calendar year. RSVP will open for the party right after the New Year.

Sat Feb 8

30.3 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Jan 6, 2020

This MMT training run covers the middle third of MMT, from Elizabeth Furnace to Camp Roosevelt.

Sat Mar 28

50 km

New Germantown, PA

On hiatus for 2021; may return in the future. This race is held in the Tuscarora State Forest in Perry County in Pennsylvania, and while it is run on trail and forest service road, it is not run on the Tuscarora Trail.

Sun Mar 29

13.1 miles

Upper Marlboro, MD

Half marathon and 10 km options for this race on the trails of Rosaryville State Park. Another race in the Backyard Burn series of events. On hiatus until 2022.

Sat Jul 18

50 km

New Germantown, PA

On hiatus for 2021; may return in the future. 50 km race in the Tuscarora State Forest, Perry County, which is located in south central Pennsylvania.

Sat Jul 18

12 hours

Vernon, NJ

2 mile loop at Mountain Creek ski resort with over 900 feet of elevation gain/loss on each loop. 3 hour and 6 hour options also available.

Sat Sep 19

9 miles

Lexington, VA

This race will offer two race distances, a challenging nine mile course with over 2000 feet of vertical gain and a 3-4 mile course with about 500 feet of climbing. 100 percent of both courses will be on the awesome single-track of Brushy Hills, a watershed tract outside of Lexington.

Sun Sep 20

26.2 miles

Ellicott City, MD

Entry closes: Sep 13, 2020

Sunday is the trail running day for the Trail Fest weekend at Patapsco Valley State Park, with a half marathon and a one mile fun run option in addition to the trail marathon on offer.

Sun Oct 4

100 km

Hyner, PA

The 65 mile course is held in Hyner Run State Park and the Sproul and Tiadaghton State Forests in north central Pennsylvania. 13,400 feet of elevation gain and a 19 hour cut-off for this challenging race.

Sat Nov 7

11 miles

Thurmont, MD

An out-and-back starting at the Manor Parking Area in Cunningham State Park (the turnaround for the Catoctin 50 km) featuring Bob’s Hill (800 feet ascent in 1.5 miles). The purpose of this race is to have an event with a generous aid station cut off and time limit so entrants of all abilities can experience our festive finish line.

Sat Nov 28

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.

Sun Dec 6

10 miles

Cumberland, VA

A fun run on primarily the Willis River Trail in Bear Creek State Park and Cumberland State Forest in central Virginia.

Sat Jan 9

50 km

Mountainside, NJ

Entry closes: Jan 6, 2021

A 5-loop course, with options to run a single loop (10 km), double loop (half marathon), four loops (marathon) or the full 50 km. Held on the Wachtung Reservation in north-central New Jersey.

Sat Jan 9

50 km

Charleston, WV

Two loops on a 15.8 mile course in the Kanawha State Park outside of Charleston. One loop 25km option is also available.

Sat Jan 23

50 km

Elkridge, MD

This event is in Howard County. 5 loops of a 10km course in Rockburn Branch Park allows for a solo 50km run or a 5-person relay.

Sat Feb 6

8 hours

Lake Anna State Park, VA

Entry opens: Oct 10, 2020

Eight hour run on what are generally flat, runnable horse trails in Lake Anna State Park, located north of Richmond and west of Fredericksburg. Runners have a choice of an 8-mile loop or a 4.7-mile loop to run each time out. 10 anniversary running in 2018; this is a good introductory event for first-time trail runners.

Sat Feb 13

50 km

Pocomoke City, MD

Entry closes: Feb 10, 2021

Flat, fast course on trail in Pocomoke River State Park in southeastern Maryland.

Sat Feb 20

50 km

Maplewood, NJ

10 mile loops, so there are also 10 mile, 20 mile and 50 km options. Uses the same trails as the Mayapple 100 km and 50 km races, held in May.

Sat Feb 20

13.1 miles

Fredericksburg, VA

Half marathon run on the Dahlgren Rail Heritage trail near Fredericksburg.

Sun Feb 21

50 km

Cumberland, VA

Entry closes: Feb 19, 2021

A free 50 km (+/-) run on the Willis River Trail in central Virginia. There is are 20 km and 35 km out-n-back Willis River trail options, though it is the subsequent Bear Creek out-n-back trail section that is the most fun.

Sat Mar 13

50 km

Triangle, VA

Entry opens: Oct 10, 2020

New in 2019 and with a new course among the myriad trails of Prince William Forest Park: the No Man’s 50k. Women’s only race, with a two-woman relay team option on the two loop course.

Sat Mar 13

50 km

Gaithersburg, MD

A run on the beautiful Greenway Trail in Montgomery County. Marathon option available along with the full 50 km distance. The start and finish are at Seneca Creek State Park.

Sat Mar 13

50 miles

Sherando Lake, VA

Entry opens: Oct 13, 2020
Entry closes: Mar 13, 2021

This event is put on by the folks who bring you the UROC/Great Eastern races, and it is held near Charlottesville. Event also includes a 50k and 25k.

Sat Mar 20

50 km

Sedalia, VA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2021

Run in the same general area as the Promise Land 50k, this event is part of the Lynchburg Ultra and Beast series. Half marathon option is also available.

Sat Mar 20

40 miles

Columbia, NJ

Entry opens: Oct 10, 2020

Very challenging race on the technical mountain trails in the Delaware Water Gap, along the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border west of New York City.

Fri Mar 26

100 miles

Boonesboro, MD

The Greenbrier Endurance Runs are in Greenbrier State Park in western Maryland. 100 mile run starts on Friday evening; there is a 50 mile “Midnight Madness Run”, and a 50k fun run on Saturday morning. Hosted by MMT RD Kevin Sayers

Sat Mar 27

100 miles

Hardwick, NJ

The races are held on a 5 mile loop made up of fire roads, single track and ATV trails. There is a veritable cornucopia of options at this weekend trail festival; choose from distances ranging from a half marathon up to 100 miles.

Sat Mar 27

9 hours

Lusby, MD

A trail race on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, held on a five-mile loop in Calvert Cliffs State Park, with 9 hour or 6 hour format options.

Sun Mar 28

10 miles

Lorton, VA

A spring series of 10 mile races. Each race also has a 5 mile option. This race is held on the trails created at the former Lorton Reformatory prison grounds in suburban Virginia.

Sat Apr 3

24 hours

Green Bay, VA

Entry closes: Mar 24, 2021

This 24 hour race is held on a 3.5-mile course in Twin Lakes State Park in Prince Edward County, west of Richmond in Central Virginia. There is also a 12 hour and a 10 mile individual option, as well as a four-person relay option.

Sat Apr 10

50 km

Williamsburg, VA

Held on a mountain bike trail system in Williamsburg’s Freedom Park.

Sun Apr 11

10 miles

Reston, VA

A spring series of 10 mile races. Each race also has a 5 mile option. This race is held on the trails of Lake Fairfax in suburban Virginia.

Sun Apr 11

13.1 miles

Pine Grove Furnace, PA

Entry closes: Mar 22, 2021

A dual distance trail race (half marathon, or a 5 km-ish option) that winds through the Michaux State Forest in southern Pennsylvania. The races are directed by Jen Henry.

Sat Apr 17

35 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Mar 23, 2021

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

Sat Apr 17

50 km

Parkton, MD

A two-loop course (with a single loop 25k option) on the trails of the Bunker Hill section of Gunpowder State Park, north of Baltimore.

Sun Apr 18

50 miles

Milton, MA

The best way to finish your Boston Marathon taper - run a 50 miler the day before. Put on by TARC, there is also a 50 km option.

Sat Apr 24

24 hours

Triangle, VA

This event is run on the trails out of Camp 5 (Happyland Camp) in Prince William National Park. The course consists of 6.25-mile loops.

Sat Apr 24

24 hours

Hampton, VA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2021
Entry closes: Apr 1, 2021

A 24 hour run that is on a 3.75 mile dirt trail. Team competition is also an option in addition to individual runners.

Sat Apr 24

100 miles

Knoxville, MD

Entry opens: Dec 16, 2020

A flat and fast 100 mile race held on the scenic C&O Canal.

Sat Apr 24

50 km

Bruceton Mills, WV

Entry opens: Dec 1, 2020

A rocky, challenging and scenic 50k (with half marathon option) in Coopers Rock State Park in north central West Virginia.

Sun Apr 25

10 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

A spring series of 10 mile races. Each race also has a 5 mile option. This race is held on the trails of Fountainhead Regional Park in southern Fairfax County, Virginia.

Sat May 1

100 km

Skylark, VA

Entry opens: Nov 9, 2020

The Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) is held at the Skylark Nature Preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains.The course includes single track trails mixed with some time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 100k, 50k and 25k options.

Sat May 1

10 hours

Derwood, VA

A unique event, at least for this area, on the trails of the Montgomery County Agricultural Farm Park. The “challenge” is to complete the 5.18 mile course within an hour for the duration of your race. The challenges offered are 6 loops/50k and 10 loops/50 miles, with each loop starting at the top of each hour. The winners are determined by the fastest time for the final loop.

Sat May 8

26.2 miles

Beacon, NY

“Expansive vistas overlooking the rugged Hudson Valley, beautiful single track, historic ruins, and a few of the steepest ascents and descents of any trail race in the country.” What more can you ask for? If you asked for a half marathon instead of a full, they offer that option as well.

Sat May 8

5 km

Crozet, VA

First in the traditional summer series of shorter distance week night trail races hosted by the Charlottesville Area Trailrunners, this challenging 5k is in the Mint Springs Valley Park near Crozet.

Sat May 15

50 miles

Butler, PA

An event in the Morraine State Park in western Pennsylvania. There are 50 km and 30 km options as well.

Sat May 22

13.1 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

Half marathon with a 10 km option at Fountainhead Regional Park; another in the Backyard Burn series of races.

Sat May 29

24 hours

Sharpsburg, MD

The latest adventure hosted by MMT and Catoctin RD Kevin Sayers. The 1.5 - 2 mile loop is on the private property of Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministries in Maryland. In addition to the 24 hour race, there are 6 and 12 hour options. 24 hour finishers who complete 100 miles will get a buckle!

Sat May 29

50 miles

Ithaca, NY

Trail 50 miler in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Sat May 29

6.66 miles

Ithaca, NY

The devil is in the details. Three mile climb of 1,400 feet, followed by an equally brutal descent.

Fri Jun 4

100 miles

San Diego, CA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2021

A major 100 miler in the mountains of eastern San Diego County.

Sat Jun 5

100 km

Forksville, PA

Entry opens: Dec 5, 2020

Apparently this one is pretty challenging. Run trails on the Endless Mountains in Loyalsock State Forest and Worlds End State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania. There is a 50k option.

Sat Jun 5

100 miles

Woodstock, VA

The Old Dominion is the second oldest 100 miler. The course is a mix of road and trail in and around the Massanutten Mountains and Fort Valley.

Sat Jun 5

50 km

Manassas, VA

Three loops on the very historic Manassas National Battlefield Park trails. The Janet that you Ran It with is Janet Choi, and her race is held on National Trails Day each year.

Tue Jun 8

5 km

Charlottesville, VA

A weekday evening 5k on the trails of the University of Virginia’s Observatory Hill (“O-Hill”), put on by the CATs. Another race in their Charlottesville area Summer Trail Running Series.

Sat Jun 12

50 miles

Triangle, VA

Entry opens: Oct 10, 2020

Challenging night run, held on a 25+ mile loop on primarily single track trail in Prince William Forest Park. There is also a single-loop 25 mile race option.

Sat Jun 12

70 miles

Ohiopyle, PA

One of the purest trail runs around. The Laurel Highlands 70 miler is tough and historic. The 50k option is now held on the following day.

Sat Jun 12

100 miles

LaGrange, WI

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2021

Kettle Moraine also now offers 100k, 50k and 38 mile options.

Sat Jun 12

50 km

Wilmington, DE

The race starts and ends at Ramsey’s Farm, and the course is a mix of mostly single track, mixed with some double track and a small portion of gravel road. The 50k course is two loops of the 25k. There is also a 10k option.

Sat Jun 12

13.1 miles

Ithaca, NY

Trail half marathon offering entrants a representative bite of Ithaca.

Sat Jun 12

10 hours

Smithfield, VA

This timed event is held on the grounds of historic Windsor Castle Park in the Tidewater area of southeast Virginia. 2.8 mile trail with about 150 ft gain per loop, with chip timing.

Sun Jun 13

50 km

Ohiopyle, PA

This race is the younger cousin to the historic Laurel Highlands 70 miler. Both races are point-to-point events.

Fri Jun 18

100 miles

Dayton, WY

Highly recommended run. Bighorn is tough, its beautiful and it is well-supported. Also 50 miler, 50 km and 30 km options, with start times staggered so that all races finish on Saturday afternoon at the same park.

Fri Jun 18

60 miles

Chattanooga, TN

Three straight days of trail races in the Chattanooga area, with Day 1 on Raccoon Mountain (18 miles), Day 2 on Lookout Mountain (22 miles) and the final day Signal Mountain (20 miles).

Sat Jun 19

100 miles

Loudonville, OH

Traditional trail run in Ohio, there are 50 mile and trail marathon options along with the 100 miler.

Sat Jun 19

40 miles

Mount Morris, NY

A 40 mile trail ultra using both sides of the famous gorge in Letchworth State Park of western New York, an area that is often called the Grand Canyon of the East.

Sat Jun 19

50 km

Pembroke, VA

A race on the Cascade Crest trail at the Mountain Lake resort in Giles County, near Blacksburg (where Dirty Dancing was filmed in the late 1980s).

Sat Jun 19

50 km

Blue Knob, PA

Entry closes: May 15, 2021

Run on trails in and near Blue Knob State Park in central Pennsylvania. The point-to-point races include the 50k and a half marathon distance.

Last updated June 11, 2021