The VHTRC sponsors 20 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

Magnus Gluteus Maximus

Entry is open
December 11, 2021
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 is open
December 26, 2021
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 5
January 1, 2022
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 15
January 15, 2022
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 16, 2022
31.2 miles
Luray, VA

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.

MMT Training Academy Run 2: Elizabeth Furnace to Camp Roosevelt

Entry opens Jan 1
February 19, 2022
30.3 miles
Fort Valley, VA

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

Reverse Ring

Entry opens Jan 24
February 26, 2022
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. Mike Bur and Quatro Hubbard are the “organizers.”

Elizabeth Furnace 50 km

Entry opens Feb 1
March 12, 2022
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.

MMT Training Academy Run 3: Camp Roosevelt to Camp Roosevelt

Entry opens Feb 21
March 26, 2022
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

Entry opens Mar 22
April 16, 2022
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.

Holy Cowans Gap

Entry opens Apr 25
May 29, 2022
31.9 miles
McConnellsburg, PA

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.

Catherine’s Fat Ass

Entry opens Jun 6
July 23, 2022
29.1 miles
Luray, VA

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

Martha Moats Baker

Entry opens Jul 6
August 13, 2022
33.6 miles
Stokesville, VA

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.

The Ring

Entry opens Aug 1
September 3, 2022
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 10
September 24, 2022
32.0 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 took the reins from Kirstin Corris.

Quad State Quad Buster

Entry opens Sep 12
October 22, 2022
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.

VHTRC Turkey Chase

November 24, 2022
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.

Events from the past

The dates for these events are not current.

Awards Party

February 1, 2020
6:00 pm to 10:00 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.

VHTRC Volunteers & Members Party

August 15, 2021
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Lorton, VA

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

Hemlock Overlook

October 2, 2021
50.0 km
Clifton, VA

This one-off fat ass event is run over the southern section of the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail.

PB&J 50k

October 30, 2021
50.0 km
Quantico, VA

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

Potomac Heritage

November 7, 2021
30.5 miles
Washington, DC

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