VHTRC Volunteers & Members Party

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.

  • Sun Aug 15, 2021
  • 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
In charge

The party generally recognizes the vital contribution that volunteers make to the success of the club and its events. But this year we are celebrating so much more — the return to a degree of normalcy after the past year plus of the pandemic. This is a party for all members of the VHTRC and is our chance to honor the volunteers at our events.

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

The directions to the host site will be provided when you RSVP.

The party starts at 1 p.m., with an optional morning run beginning at 9 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.

Enjoying catered Lebanese food at the 2018 party
Enjoying catered Lebanese food at the 2018 party.

The Run

There will be a (tentative) group run starting at 9 a.m. on some nearby trails. The run will be informal, 5–20 miles long, with various options in between. We anticipate running for up to 3 hours, allowing enough time to clean up by 1 p.m. for the party. Check back here for more details closer to Party Weekend!

We look forward to seeing what many of you look like in something other than running shorts and skirts.

Socializing at the 2010 party
Socializing at the 2010 party.

Previous parties

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

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.