VHTRC Summer Party

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.

  • Sun Sep 17, 2023
  • 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
In charge

This is a party for all members of the VHTRC and volunteers at our events and races and recognizes the vital contribution that members and volunteers make to the success of the club. The outdoor party is family-friendly and children are encouraged to come.

The 2017 party in Carderock, MD
The 2017 party in Carderock, MD.

The party starts at 1 p.m., with an optional morning run beginning at 10 a.m. Many of the guests will come just for the party. The party food and drink is provided by the club, so no need to bring any donations or offerings. Dress is casual — did you expect anything else?

The party is free for volunteers and VHTRC members, but please RSVP so we know how much food and drink to purchase. We look forward to seeing what many of you look like in something other than running shorts and skirts.

Food will be catered Lebanese cuisine
Food will be catered Lebanese cuisine, with vegetarian options.

The Run

There will be a group run starting at 10 a.m. at the Mustang Trailhead, less than five minutes drive from the party. The run will be informal, on a marked 4+ mile loop on gently rolling bridle paths. This is the loop used for the Capital Backyard race each May, and it will be utilized in October for the inaugural running of Furbutt's Backyard Ultra. Tracy Cooley, the RD for Furbutt’s Backyard, will serve as the leader for this run. We anticipate running for 1-3 loops, with the ribbons being cleared on the third loop. This will allow enough time to get to the party by 1 pm. Your party host will open up his home for you to get cleaned up and changed after the run.

Children slacklining during the 2014 party
Children slacklining during the 2014 party.

Previous parties

Socializing at the 2010 party
Socializing at the 2010 party.

If you want to see what others have looked like at this event in past years, check out these photos:

Gary Knipling with Michele Harmon
Gary Knipling with Michele Harmon in 2014. Gary will once again be the host this year.

Club Event Participant Medical Policy

This is an event with very real risks to your well being. The VHTRC does not provide medical care for runners at this event. Runners are responsible for their own health, safety, and well being at this event. No doctors, nurses, or emergency medical technicians, or anyone with any medical training are available along the course, at any aid station, or at the finish. The club does not supply any medical goods or services, including bandages, splints, antiseptic, or Ibuprofen or any other drugs to maintain the health of runners. Physical, medical, and emergency care is the runners' responsibility. In case of an emergency, we will endeavor to get local emergency personnel to an injured runner as soon as possible. Since most of our events are in remote areas, medical care may be far away in distance or time. Each year, runners finish — or are forced to drop out — with scrapes, deep cuts, hematomas, dislocations, and sprains. Runners have experienced cuts, bruises, bee stings, and asthma attacks. This is an event with very real risks.