Events

The VHTRC sponsors 22 running events and 2 parties 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.

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Upcoming events

Magnus Gluteus Maximus, 2020 Edition

December 12, 2020
50.0 km
Clifton, VA

Magnus Gluteus Maximus, latin for “fat ass,” is the VHTRC’s annual holiday-time “fat ass 50.” We are doing an informal run for 2020, where you can start and finish wherever you like. The only rules are wear seasonal colors.

Boyers Furnace, 2020 Edition

Entry is open
December 26, 2020
21.5 miles
Fort Valley, VA

A 21.5-mile loop through the Massanutten Mountains, named for Boyer’s Furnace, one of four iron blast furnaces operated in Fort Valley area during the 19th century. Scaled back for 2020. Entry is now open to VHTRC members only.

Redeye 50 km

Entry opens Dec 7
January 1, 2021
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. Sign up online for this very low-key run generally opens in early December after MGM 50k.

MMT Training Academy Run 1: Caroline Furnace to Elizabeth Furnace

January 16, 2021
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

January 17, 2021
30.7 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 on December 20; entry for non-members will open in a few days after that, if available.

Reverse Ring

Entry opens Jan 25
February 27, 2021
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

March 13, 2021
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 4: Chocolate Bunny

April 3, 2021
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 for entry into this run. Entry will be opened by director Dave Woll on March 15 through the VHTRC’s online sign up system.

Holy Cowans Gap

May 30, 2021
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

July 24, 2021
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

August 14, 2021
33.0 miles
Stokesville, VA

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.

The Ring

Entry opens Jul 30
September 4, 2021
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! Entry may open in mid-August, depending on the status of the pandemic at that time.

Events from the past

The dates for these events are not current.

VHTRC Volunteers & Members Party

August 24, 2019
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Burke, VA

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.

MMT Training Academy Run 2: Elizabeth Furnace to Camp Roosevelt

February 8, 2020
30.3 miles
Fort Valley, VA

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

MMT Training Academy Run 3: Camp Roosevelt to Camp Roosevelt

March 28, 2020
35.0 miles
Luray, VA

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

The Big Schloss

September 26, 2020
50.0 km
Wardensville, WV

A challenging, low-key, beautiful race that is closer to 32 miles. Generally held on the last Saturday in September, and limited to about 60 runners. Canceled for 2020. New direction in 2021 as Levi Mason and Cara Foley take the reins from Kirstin Corris.

PB&J 50k

October 3, 2020
50.0 km
Quantico, VA

A runnable 50 km run comprised of two loops on the easy rolling trails of Prince William Forest Park, directed by the VHTRC’s Sarah Curtis. A final decision on the 2020 event will be made later this summer.

Pumpkin Spice 50k

October 17, 2020
50.0 km
Quantico, VA

Rushed into production as a replacement for the cancelled PB&J. Five 10k loops on a mix of old road beds and single track trail in Prince William Forest Park.

Quad State Quad Buster

October 17, 2020
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; and will open a few weeks prior to the run.

VHTRC Turkey Chase

November 26, 2020
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.