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 have nearly 200 calendar entries here, but do not attempt to list all trail running events. VHTRC members may suggest trail races that would be useful additions. To do so, contact 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
Hellgate Sunday October 1
Holiday Lake Sunday October 1
Bighorn Trail Sunday October 15
Uwharrie Mountain Run Wednesday November 1
Gorges Ithaca Half Marathon Wednesday November 1
Western States Wednesday November 1
Coopers Rock Monday November 6
Breakneck Point Trail Runs Friday November 10
Boyers Furnace Monday November 20

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September, 2023

Fri Sep 22

100 miles

Swoope, VA

Entry opens: Dec 1, 2021

A challenging 100 miler that is the East Coast’s Hardrock qualifying race. The race weekend include 100km and half-marathon options. Note 6 p.m. Friday starting time.

Sat Sep 23

24 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. 25k distance offered for those ready for the full 24 miles.

Sat Sep 23

9 miles

Lexington, VA

Entry opens: Mar 1, 2023

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.

Sat Sep 23

12 hours

Triangle, VA

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 23

50 km

Morganton, NC

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.

Sat Sep 23

8 miles

Williamsburg, VA

Entry closes: Sep 27, 2023

Utilizing a mix of single track and dirt fire roads in York River State Park in James City County near Williamsburg, the Crazy 8 Trail 8 Miler is another Happy Cat event.

Entry is open

Sat Sep 23

33.3 miles

Wardensville, WV

Entry opens: Aug 8, 2023

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.

Sun Sep 24

50 miles

Brownsvillle, VT

Entry opens: May 25, 2023

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 24

20 miles

Potomac, MD

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

Sun Sep 24

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.

Fri Sep 29

100 miles

Abingdon, VA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

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.

Fri Sep 29

100 miles

Logan, UT

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

Fri Sep 29

107.8 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: May 22, 2023
Entry closes: Sep 25, 2023

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

Sat Sep 30

24 hours

Rockingham, NC

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

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 30

50 miles

King, NC

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

Sat Sep 30

26 miles

Phoenicia, NY

Rugged, point-to-point trail marathon with 7,000 feet of elevation gain held in central New York.

October, 2023

Sun Oct 1

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.

Sun Oct 1

50 km

Reading, PA

Entry closes: Sep 27, 2023

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 is put on by the Pagoda Pacers, and it has a course that led to the coining of the term “benign trail.”

Sat Oct 7

100 miles

Titusville, PA

This event has concurrent 50 km, 100 km and 100 mile solo races.

Sun Oct 8

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 8

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 13

50 miles

Seneca Rocks, WV

Entry opens: May 1, 2023

“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 14

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 75 mile and 50 mile options.

Sat Oct 14

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 14

50 km

Flintstone, MD

Held in Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland, the course consists of three separate 5-mile loops, which are run twice each to complete the 50k. A 25k option is available, as is a 50k relay.

Sat Oct 14

50 km

Washington Crossing, NJ

Entry opens: Feb 14, 2023

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 14

Earlysville, VA

Entry opens: Jan 17, 2023

Andy’s Backyard Ultra is a “last person standing” event, held west of Charlottesville. The course is a mixture of wooded single track, grassy fields, and farm roads.

Sat Oct 14

13.1 miles

Manchester, MD

Entry opens: Mar 1, 2023

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.

Sat Oct 14

50 miles

Williamsburg, VA

Interesting twist in that awards are only available to those running their First 50 miler, or the alternate 50k distance, with very generous time limits to appeal to newcomers. This Happy Cat race is in Freedom Park utilizes a 10 mile loop for both races, and does allow veteran runners to participate.

Sat Oct 14

24 hours

Mason Neck, VA

Entry opens: Aug 1, 2023
Entry closes: Oct 1, 2023

Fri Oct 20

100 miles

Stokesville, VA

Entry opens: Jun 18, 2023
Entry closes: Jun 25, 2023

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.

Fri Oct 20

100 miles

Stearns, KY

Entry opens: Feb 2, 2023

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 21

100 miles

Mount Gilead, NC

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

Very challenging 100 mile race, with a 100 km option, in the Uwharrie National Forest in central North Carolina. This event also now includes 100km and 50km options.

Sat Oct 21

50 km

Baltimore, MD

Held on the surprisingly rolling trails of Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area, outside of Baltimore; a 25k option is also available. The post-race feast is not to be missed!

Sat Oct 21

44.8 miles

Pen Mar, PA

Entry opens: Sep 11, 2023
Entry closes: Oct 18, 2023

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.

Sun Oct 22

50 miles

State College, PA

Dirt road and pavement course; previous participants speak highly of its beauty.

Sun Oct 22

50 km

Waterville, PA

Entry closes: Oct 5, 2022

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

Sat Oct 28

50 km

Hopewell Township, NJ

Formerly the Trails4Tails Fest 50K and held in Washington Crossing park near Trenton on the NJ/PA border, this race also has a 25k option.

Sat Oct 28

24 hours

Williamsburg, VA

This Happy Cat event is held on a 2.25 mile loop course on the Greenspring Interpretive Trail near Williamsburg.

Entry is open

Sat Oct 28

50 km

Quantico, VA

Entry opens: Sep 11, 2023
Entry closes: Oct 25, 2023

A runnable 25k or 50k run on a looped course comprised of the rolling trails of Prince William Forest Park.

Sun Oct 29

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.

November, 2023

Sat Nov 4

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 Nov 4

100 miles

Oak Hill, WV

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

The first and only 100 miler in West Virginia. This highly recommended race is held in and around the scenic New River Gorge.

Sat Nov 4

100 miles

Heflin, AL

Entry closes: Oct 15, 2022

A beautiful, point-to-point course on the Pinhoti Trail in the Talladega National Forest, east of Birmingham in central Alabama.

Sat Nov 4

50 miles

Lynchburg, VA

Entry opens: May 1, 2023

Virginia’s premier fall ultrarunning event is still going strong. The event that gave us the “Horton Mile.” New course in 2021, with more trail, all in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. MMTR is part of the Lynchburg Ultra Series and the Beast Series. There is now a 50kn option.

Sun Nov 5

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 5

50 km

Flintstone, MD

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

A challenging, scenic and largely isolated run on the beautiful trails of the Green Ridge State Forest in western Maryland. A mix of single track trail and logging road, there is a concurrent 25k option.

Entry is open

Sun Nov 5

30.5 miles

Washington, DC

Entry opens: Sep 5, 2023
Entry closes: Nov 3, 2023

The event that proves that there are beautiful trails inside the Beltway. Entry opens a few weeks before the run .

Sat Nov 11

13.1 miles

Germantown, MD

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

Sat Nov 11

50 km

Upper Marlboro, MD

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

Sat Nov 11

50 miles

Poolesville, MD

Entry opens: May 15, 2023

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.

Sat Nov 11

26.2 miles

Sleepy Hollow, NY

Entry opens: Apr 1, 2023

A hilly and scenic marathon course, all on carriage trails and held in the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in New York. There is a half-marathon option.

Sat Nov 18

50 miles

Boonesboro, MD

Entry opens: Mar 1, 2023

The oldest and largest U.S. ultramarathon.

Sun Nov 19

10 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

A fall 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 western Fairfax County.

Thu Nov 23

2 hours

Potomac, MD

Entry opens: Oct 24, 2022
Entry closes: Nov 21, 2022

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.

Fri Nov 24

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.

Sat Nov 25

8 hours

Smithfield, VA

Entry closes: Nov 24, 2023

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, 2023

Sat Dec 2

100 miles

Triangle, VA

Entry opens: Apr 15, 2023

Five-loop event on the trails of Prince William Forest Park, with a three-loop 100k option. This holiday season tradition is brought to you by Toni Aurilio and “Team Gaylord” so the entertainment and enthusiasm levels will be off the charts.

Sat Dec 2

100 km

Farmville, VA

Entry closes: Dec 3, 2022

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 9

100 km

Fincastle, VA

Entry opens: Oct 1, 2023

David Horton’s “special” 100k starts one minute after midnight. It is tough, cold, and icy - usually. You will love it! Hellgate is the final test in the Eco-X Beast Series.

Sat Dec 9

50 km

Clifton, VA

Entry opens: Nov 1, 2022
Entry closes: Dec 8, 2022

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.

Sun Dec 10

50 km

Virginia Beach, VA

Entry opens: Jul 1, 2023

Formerly the Seashore Nature Trail, this Virginia Beach holiday classic is held on a double loop course on hard-packed dirt trails in First Landing State Park.

Entry opens Nov 20

Sat Dec 30

40.3 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Nov 20, 2023
Entry closes: Dec 28, 2023

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, 2024

Entry opens Dec 3

Mon Jan 1

31.7 miles

Quantico, VA

Entry opens: Dec 3, 2023
Entry closes: Dec 30, 2023

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

Sat Jan 6

50 km

Winston Salem, NC

Double out-and-back around Salem Lake, primarily on dirt double-track. Flat and fast, this race now offers a 25 km and a night 5k race on the previous evening.

Sat Jan 6

8 hours

Hampton, VA

Entry closes: Jan 5, 2024

This race is held on a flat, fast, 3.75 mile loop at Sandy Bottom Nature Park; during the last hour runners will have the option of running a 0.5 mile out and back route to tack on more miles to their total. There is also a 3.75 mile race option for those interested in a shorter race.

Sat Jan 13

32 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Dec 13, 2023

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 14

31.2 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Dec 15, 2023
Entry closes: Jan 11, 2024

The traditional Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend kick-off to Massanutten 100 training, with two long supported runs on portions of the MMT course. Day 2 is the Waterfall 50km race (Bur’s Death March).

February, 2024

Entry opens Jan 1

Sat Feb 3

Cabin John, MD

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2024

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 3

8 hours

Lake Anna State Park, VA

Entry opens: Feb 15, 2023

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. Popular event put on by VHTRC member Alex Papadopoulos, this is a good introductory event that caters to first-time trail runners.

Sat Feb 3

100 miles

Huntsville, TX

Entry opens: May 19, 2023

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

Sat Feb 3

40 miles

Uwharrie National Forest, NC

Entry opens: Nov 1, 2023

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

Sat Feb 10

50 km

Pocomoke City, MD

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

Sat Feb 17

50 km

Appomattox, VA

Entry opens: Oct 1, 2023

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.” The race includes 25K and 10k options.

Entry opens Jan 2

Sat Feb 24

71 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Jan 2, 2024
Entry closes: Feb 22, 2024

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 24

50 km

Westminster, MD

Entry opens: Jan 3, 2023

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, 2024

Sat Mar 2

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 Jan 15

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 23

50 km

Havre de Grace, MD

Entry opens: Nov 24, 2023

A late winter tradition. A beautiful trail loop that you do twice in Susquehanna State Park in northern Maryland. A great first ultra. All that and much more.

Sat Mar 23

6 hours

Lusby, MD

A fabulously scenic trail race on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, held on a five-mile loop in Calvert Cliffs State Park, and with a finish line feast to die for.

Sat Mar 23

40 miles

Dayton, VA

Entry opens: Aug 1, 2023

This event debuted to rave reviews in 2023. Challenging race in the Hone Quarry Recreational Area of the George Washington National Forest west of Harrisonburg.

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.

April, 2024

Sat Apr 6

50.2 miles

Clifton, VA

Entry opens: Nov 15, 2022

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 Apr 6

100 miles

Raleigh, NC

Entry opens: Sep 13, 2023

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 20

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 20

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.

Sat Apr 27

50 km

Bruceton Mills, WV

Entry opens: Nov 6, 2023

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

May, 2024

Sat May 4

100 km

Sausalito, CA

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

Sat May 11

26.2 miles

Beacon, NY

Entry opens: Nov 10, 2023

“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 on the following day.

Sat May 18

100.6 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Oct 30, 2022

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.

Sat May 25

Lorton, VA

This backyard ultra event is held on the horse trails at Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area on Mason Neck in southern Fairfax County. Night loops are on a flat bike path.

Sun May 26

31.9 miles

McConnellsburg, PA

Entry opens: Apr 24, 2023

Sheila Vibert and Brett Martin host this holiday weekend event in south-central Pennsylvania’s Cowans Gap State Park. Very challenging course in a beautiful area, with a lakeside barbecue at the finish.

June, 2024

Sat Jun 1

100 km

Forksville, PA

Entry opens: Dec 2, 2023

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 1

50 miles

Ithaca, NY

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

Sat Jun 1

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 1

100 miles

Loudonville, OH

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

Fri Jun 7

100 miles

San Diego, CA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2024

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

Sat Jun 8

100 miles

LaGrange, WI

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

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

Sat Jun 8

10 hours

Smithfield, VA

Entry closes: Jun 7, 2024

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.

Fri Jun 14

100 miles

Dayton, WY

Entry opens: Oct 15, 2023

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. 100 miler opens October 15th and other three distances open on January 5.

Sat Jun 15

13.1 miles

Ithaca, NY

Entry opens: Nov 1, 2023

Trail half marathon offering entrants a representative bite of Ithaca.

Thu Jun 20

44 miles

Mount Morris, NY

A 44-ish 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 22

54 miles

Windham, NY

Entry opens: Feb 1, 2024
Entry closes: Feb 15, 2024

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. Adopted a lottery entry system for 2022.

Fri Jun 28

100 miles

Sturgis, SD

Entry opens: Sep 1, 2023

A challenging 100 mile race in the Black Hills of South Dakota. There are three other offered race distances (50 miles, 50km and 30km).

Sat Jun 29

100 miles

Squaw Valley, CA

Entry opens: Nov 1, 2023
Entry closes: Nov 21, 2023

The first trail 100 miler has a beautiful course, great aid stations, and a field selected by lot rather than merit. Lottery registration will be open from November 1 to November 21.

July, 2024

Fri Jul 12

100 miles

Silverton, CO

Very tough, oxygen-deprived run of the San Juan Mountains in beautiful southwest Colorado. Four-tiered lottery system in December: men who have finished, women who have finished, men who have not finished and women who have not finished.

Sat Jul 13

50 km

Frederick, MD

Entry opens: Jan 3, 2024

The run you love to hate, hosted as always by former MMT 100 RD Kevin Sayers. Tough, rocky trail, with great aid station support and post-run activities. There is also a 25k point-to-point (and net downhill) race, with a later start.

Entry opens Jun 20

Sat Jul 20

29.1 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Jun 20, 2024

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

Sat Jul 20

100 miles

Carson City, NV

Entry opens: Dec 3, 2023

This race promises lovely views of Lake Tahoe from the low-rent side of the border. 50 miler and 55 km options also available. There is a two-week lottery window in December in order to enter.

August, 2024

Sat Aug 31

71 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Aug 1, 2023
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!

March, 2025

Fri Mar 28

100 miles

Boonesboro, MD

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 former MMT RD Kevin Sayers; the race is on forced hiatus in 2024 due to construction at the host site.

Past events

The dates for these events are not current.

Sat Oct 1

25 km

Fort Valley, VA

There is a 10k option in addition to the 25k.

Sat Nov 5

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 Jan 7

50 km

Charleston, WV

Entry opens: Aug 1, 2022
Entry closes: Dec 19, 2022

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

Sun Jan 8

10 miles

Williamsburg, VA

This Happy Cat event is a combination of primarily single track with some dirt fire roads in York River State Park.

Sat Jan 21

17.25 miles

Clifton, VA

Come out and get some easy rolling miles on the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail! Starting at the Hemlock Overlook Regional Park trailhead at the end of Yates Ford Road at 8 am, this run will cover the northern section of the course that makes up the first 17 miles of the BRR 50 Miler.

Sat Feb 11

30.3 miles

Fort Valley, VA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

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

Sat Feb 11

7 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

Since it is can be easy for the uninitiated to get lost, “Death by Do Loop” is a chance to become familiar with this section of the course while seeing how many laps you can do.

Wed Feb 15

200 miles

Stokesville, VA

Entry opens: Oct 14, 2022
Entry closes: Oct 21, 2022

96 hour time limit.

Fri Feb 17

100 miles

Stokesville, VA

Entry opens: Oct 14, 2022
Entry closes: Oct 21, 2022

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 18

13.1 miles

Fredericksburg, VA

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

Sat Feb 18

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 25

50 km

Maplewood, NJ

10 mile loops, so there are also 10 mile, 20 mile, 50 km and 50 mile options.

Sat Feb 25

40 miles

Black Mountain, NC

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

Sat Mar 4

50 km

Triangle, VA

Entry closes: Feb 28, 2023

Women’s only race, with a two-woman relay team option on the two loop course. The co-race directors are Katie and Zoe Papadopoulos. with some help from Papa Alex.

Sat Mar 11

8 hours

Clarksburg, MD

Run on a 6-mile loop in Little Bennett Park in Montgomery County.

Sat Mar 11

50 km

Gaithersburg, MD

Entry opens: Dec 28, 2022

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 11

14 miles

King George, VA

An untimed point-to-point race that starts at a Sheetz convenience store in rural King George County, outside of Fredericksburg, and ends at another Sheetz in the town of Dahlgren. The vast majority of the course is along the secluded Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail.

Sat Mar 11

50 miles

Sherando Lake, VA

Entry opens: Oct 1, 2022

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

Sun Mar 12

10 miles

Clifton, VA

A spring series of 10 mile races. Each race also has a 5 mile option. This first race is held at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.

Sun Mar 12

20 miles

Pocomoke, MD

Entry closes: Mar 5, 2023

A race at the southern end of Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Pocomoke River State Park. There are 10 and 20 mile options.

Sun Mar 12

10 miles

Cumberland, VA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

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

Sat Mar 18

35 miles

Luray, VA

Entry opens: Feb 13, 2023

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

Sat Mar 18

50 km

Sedalia, VA

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.

Sun Mar 19

17.25 miles

Clifton, VA

Come out and get some easy rolling miles on the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail! Starting at the Hemlock Overlook Regional Park trailhead at the end of Yates Ford Road at 8 am, this run will cover the northern section of the course that makes up roughly the first 17 miles of the BRR 50 Miler.

Sun Mar 19

50 km

Wrightsville, PA

A 50K out-and-back on the most scenic and challenging section of the Mason-Dixon Trail, with the start at sunrise, finish by sunset. 25K one-way option, and shorter distances, too. Organized by the Trail Dawgs as a self-supported run: no crew and only water provided (drop bag is an option).

Fri Mar 24

24 hours

Green Bay, VA

Entry closes: Mar 22, 2023

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 Mar 25

40 miles

Columbia, NJ

Entry closes: Mar 17, 2023

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

Sun Mar 26

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.

Sat Apr 1

50 km

Williamsburg, VA

This Happy Cat event is held in Freedom Park in Williamsburg, and includes the Cray Cray 10k option.

Sat Apr 1

50 km

Keezletown, VA

A five-loop 50k on the western slopes of the southern-most portion of the Massanutten Mountains. 20km and 5km options are also offered.

Sun Apr 2

13.1 miles

Pine Grove Furnace, PA

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.

Sun Apr 2

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 Pohick Bay, near Mason Neck and Gunston Hall in southern Fairfax County, Virginia.

Sat Apr 15

50 km

Parkton, MD

After a short hiatus, these 50k and 25k races in the Bunker Hill area of Gunpowder State Park have returned. The 15.5 mile loop of mostly single track trails with a smattering of fire road and asphalt is run twice to complete the 50k.

Sat Apr 22

24 hours

Triangle, VA

Entry opens: Oct 1, 2022

This Athletic Equation 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 22

24 hours

Hampton, VA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

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 22

100 km

Triangle, VA

Entry opens: Oct 10, 2021
Entry closes: Apr 16, 2023

10 loops of a 10km course in Prince William Forest Park, with over 12,000 feet of elevation gain and an 18 hour time limit. 12 hour time limit for the optional 50 km. Limited to 50 runners.

Sun Apr 23

10 miles

Reston, VA

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

Sat Apr 29

100 miles

Knoxville, MD

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

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

Sat Apr 29

100 km

Skylark, VA

Entry opens: Oct 1, 2021

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

Sat May 6

30 km

Fort Valley, VA

The Orange Ridge Races (30k and 20k options) are held at the northern end of the Fort Valley and the Massanutten Mountains.

Sat May 6

50 miles

New Paltz, NY

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2022

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.

Sat May 6

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.

Fri May 12

100 miles

Old Fort, NC

Run on trails and gravel roads in, around and over Mount Mitchell, the highest point on the East Coast. 21k+ of elevation gain with five particularly large climbs, and a 40 hour time limit.

Sat May 13

Luray, VA

Entry opens: May 1, 2023

Come join us in sprucing up the MMT course for this year’s race.

Sat May 13

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 13

50 miles

Butler, PA

An event in the Morraine State Park in western Pennsylvania. There are 50 km and 30 km options, and a 5-person relay in the 50 miler.

Sun May 21

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 27

24 hours

Sharpsburg, MD

Entry closes: May 22, 2023

The latest adventure hosted by 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!

Sun Jun 4

13.1 miles

Williamsburg, VA

This Happy Cat event in York River State Park near Williamsburg includes a mix of single track and fire roads. Formerly the Taskinas Creek Marathon, but shortened beginning in 2022.

Tue Jun 13

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 17

50 miles

Triangle, VA

Entry opens: Oct 10, 2021
Entry closes: Jun 10, 2023

Challenging night run, held on a 25+ mile loop on primarily single track trail in Prince William Forest Park. Another fine Athletic Equation offering, that also offers the single-loop 25 mile race option.

Sat Jun 17

40 miles

Davis, WV

Entry opens: Feb 2, 2023

One of the premier races in the region. 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.

Sat Jun 24

50 km

Farmville, VA

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 24

50 km

Stowe, VT

Entry opens: Nov 15, 2022

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 generally opens on Jan 1.

Sat Jun 24

10 km

Gaithersburg, MD

First in the Blue Crab Bolt summer trail running series in suburban Maryland, this 10 km race with a 5 km option is held on the trails of Seneca Creek State Park.

Sat Jun 24

50 miles

Hector, NY

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

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 2

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.

Mon Jul 3

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.

Tue Jul 4

20.9 miles

Flint Hill, VA

Smooth, runnable loop up and over the Blue Ridge and back. Wear red, white, and blue.

Sat Jul 8

5 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.

Fri Jul 14

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. Entry is through a lottery.

Sat Jul 15

9 km

Williamsburg, VA

The Night Owl 9k is held starting at 6pm at Freedom Park in Williamsburg.

Sat Jul 15

12 hours

Berkeley Springs, WV

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

Fri Jul 21

100 miles

Easton, WA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2022
Entry closes: Jan 17, 2022

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

Sat Jul 22

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 22

10 km

Germantown, MD

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

Sat Jul 29

7 hours

Williamsburg, VA

Formerly the Soupy 7, this fun race opens the course up for a seven hour run, with awards coming from a grab bag of leftovers from other Happy Cat events. Held on the Greenspring Interpretive Trail in James City County, near Williamsburg.

Sat Aug 5

50 km

Barboursville, WV

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2023

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

Sat Aug 5

50 km

King George, VA

Entry closes: Aug 4, 2023

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

Sat Aug 5

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.

Sat Aug 5

100 miles

Honeoye Falls, NY

This race weekend also includes a 50K distance and a 99-mile relay race with teams of up to 6 people.

Sat Aug 5

7 miles

Wilmington, NY

The Sky Race is held at a ski resort in New York, and consists of 7 miles with 4,200 vertical feet of gain. There is also a vertical (VK) race with a gain of roughly 3,200 feet in 3 miles. Ouch.

Sun Aug 6

13.1 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

Entry opens: Apr 10, 2023

Tue Aug 8

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 12

38.7 miles

Stokesville, VA

Entry opens: Jul 12, 2023
Entry closes: Jul 27, 2023

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.

Sat Aug 12

100 miles

Waterville, PA

Entry opens: Nov 4, 2022

The race that appears to have put an end to any discussion about which 100 miler in the East is the toughest.

Sat Aug 19

50 km

Catonsville, MD

Back in 2023 after a hiatus, this fun event is held on the trails of Patapasco Valley State Park outside of Baltimore. Two-loop course, with a 25k single loop option.

Sat Aug 19

13.1 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

Entry opens: Apr 10, 2023

Sat Aug 19

50 km

Cold Spring, NY

Entry opens: Feb 1, 2023

New in 2023! This 50k (with 25k and 5.5 mile options) will be held at Fahnestock State Park north of NYC and near the Hudson Valley of New York.

Sat Aug 19

100 km

Naples, NY

Entry opens: Jan 14, 2022

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

Sat Aug 19

100 miles

Leadville, CO

Entry opens: Dec 1, 2021

This is the event for those who don’t need oxygen to function. The lowest point on the course is 9200 feet. Lottery for entry opens on December 1.

Sat Aug 19

50 km

Fairmont, WV

This Fat Ass run is on a roughly 10-mile figure-8 loop with a single aid station in the middle. Held in West Virginia’s Valley Falls State Park, in addition to the 50K there are 25K, 10 mile and 5 mile options.

Sat Sep 2

50 miles

Damascus, VA

Entry opens: Jun 1, 2023

40, 30 and 16 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.

Fri Sep 8

70 miles

Rosendale, NY

Entry closes: Sep 4, 2023

These minimalist races are held in the “Gunks,” the Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) in New York and New Jersey. Options include the point-to-point 70 miler across the full length of the SRT that starts on Friday, and also 30 mile and half marathon options on Saturday.

Fri Sep 8

100 miles

Kaysville, UT

Entry closes: Jan 4, 2023

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 9

50 km

Millboro, VA

Four trail races at Douthat State Park west of Lexington, with distances of 50km, marathon, half marathon, and 6 miles to choose from (40 miler is no longer available).

Sat Sep 9

100 miles

Wellsboro, PA

Entry opens: Jan 1, 2022

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 9

50 km

Pequea, PA

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 9

50 km

Youngstown, OH

Entry opens: Jan 2, 2023

YUTC is a popular trail race put on by the North East Ohio Trail Club in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown. There is also a 25 km option.

Sat Sep 9

13.6 miles

Fairfax Station, VA

Entry opens: Apr 10, 2023

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

Sat Sep 16

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 16

50 km

Wartburg, TN

Entry closes: Sep 15, 2022

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 16

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.

Sun Sep 17

50 km

Wrightsville, PA

A 50K out-and-back on the most scenic and challenging section of the Mason-Dixon Trail, with the start at sunrise, finish by sunset. 25K one-way option, and shorter distances, too. Organized by the Trail Dawgs as a self-supported run: no crew and only water provided (drop bag is an option).

Sun Sep 17

Lorton, VA

Entry opens: Aug 15, 2023

One of the highlights of the VHTRC social calendar. All VHTRC members, their families, and volunteers are invited for good conversation, bad jokes, and plenty of food and drink.

Last updated August 29, 2023