Events

The VHTRC sponsors 26 running events and one party throughout the year. These official club events are free to enter and open to the public — with few exceptions, you need not be a member of the club — but prior registration is required.

Many of the runs are supported by club volunteers and feature marked courses with aid stations.

Upcoming events

Holy Cowans Gap

Entry opens Apr 22
May 26, 2024
31.9 miles
McConnellsburg, PA

Stephanie Fonda hosts 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.

Catherine’s Fat Ass

Entry opens Jun 20
July 20, 2024
29.1 miles
Luray, VA

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

Furbutt’s Backyard Ultra

Entry opens May 28
July 27, 2024
24.0 hours
Mason Neck, VA

Martha Moats Baker

Entry opens Jul 10
August 10, 2024
38.7 miles
Stokesville, VA

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

The Ring

August 31, 2024
71.0 miles
Fort Valley, VA

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

The Big Schloss

Entry opens Aug 6
September 28, 2024
33.3 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.

Massanutten’s Revenge 100

Entry opens May 20
October 4, 2024
107.8 miles
Luray, VA

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

Quad State Quad Buster

Entry opens Sep 9
October 19, 2024
44.8 miles
Pen Mar, PA

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.

PB&J 50k + 25k

Entry opens Sep 9
October 26, 2024
50.0 km
Quantico, VA

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

Potomac Heritage

Entry opens Sep 3
November 3, 2024
30.5 miles
Washington, DC

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

VHTRC Turkey Chase

Entry opens Nov 14
November 28, 2024
2.0 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.

Magnus Gluteus Maximus

Entry opens Nov 11
December 14, 2024
50.0 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.

Boyers Furnace

Entry opens Nov 18
December 28, 2024
40.3 miles
Luray, VA

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.

Redeye 50 km

Entry opens Dec 2
January 1, 2025
31.7 miles
Quantico, VA

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

MMT Training Academy Run 1: Caroline Furnace to Elizabeth Furnace

Entry opens Dec 18
January 18, 2025
32.0 miles
Fort Valley, VA

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.

Waterfall 50 km

Entry opens Dec 15
January 19, 2025
31.2 miles
Luray, VA

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).

Reverse Ring

Entry opens Jan 3
February 22, 2025
71.0 miles
Fort Valley, VA

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. Daisy Weill and Jesse Fuller are in charge.

Elizabeth Furnace 50 km

Entry opens Jan 28
March 15, 2025
30.5 miles
Fort Valley, VA

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.

Events from the past

The dates for these events are not current.

WHM Training Run 1

August 6, 2023
13.1 miles
Fairfax Station, VA

WHM Training Run 2

August 19, 2023
13.1 miles
Fairfax Station, VA

VHTRC Summer Party

September 17, 2023
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Lorton, VA

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.

BRR Training Run #1 (The North)

January 20, 2024
17.3 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.

Awards Party

February 3, 2024
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Cabin John, MD

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.

Death By Do Loop

February 10, 2024
7.0 miles
Fairfax Station, VA

Since it can be easy for the uninitiated to get lost, “Death by Do Loop” is a chance to become familiar with this section of the Bull Run Run 50 mile course, while seeing how many laps you can do.

MMT Training Academy Run 2: Elizabeth Furnace to Camp Roosevelt

February 17, 2024
30.3 miles
Fort Valley, VA

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

BRR Training Run #3 (The South)

March 16, 2024
15.5 miles
Fairfax Station, VA

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

MMT Training Academy Run 3: Camp Roosevelt to Camp Roosevelt

March 16, 2024
35.0 miles
Luray, VA

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

MMT Training Academy: Chocolate Bunny

March 30, 2024
25.9 miles
Luray, VA

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.