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The Bull Run Occoquan Trail meanders through a sea of bluebells.

Mark VanDyke

Training Runs

The dates for the 2022 Bull Run Run 50 Miler training run series have been set! Three runs are planned (winter weather conditions permitting, of course). These runs will be totally self-supported, with more details noted in the specific event boxes below. Those who complete all three will have covered roughly 98% of the total BRR 50 course prior to race day. So, there is that. But more to the point, these group runs are fun! So plan to come out to join us for one, two or all three. Get all your studying out of the way prior to the 50 mile final exam on April 9th.

There are two other free VHTRC events that are supported on the BRR course. The Hemlock Overlook race, also known as the Baby Bull or the HO 50k, on October 2, 2021. And the VHTRC’s annual Christmas Party of a run, the Magnus Gluteus Maximus (MGM 50k). Both the HO 50k and the MGM 50k courses will cover most of the final two-thirds of the BRR 50 miler course on the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail (the BROT) and on the horse trails of Fountainhead Regional Park that are fondly referred to as the Do Loop.

Questions? Comments? Smart remarks regarding the training runs? Contact Katie and Q; we look forward to seeing new friends and old out on the BROT this winter!

2022 training runs

BRR Training Run #1 (The North)

Sat Jan 22, 2022

17.25 miles

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.

Death By Do Loop

Sat Feb 12, 2022

7 miles

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

BRR Training Run #3 (The South)

Sun Mar 6, 2022

14 miles

The first portion of the two out-n-back sections will be on the BROT to the Bull Run Marina, and then returning on the same trail back to the cars. This round trip should total about 14 miles. After refueling, the plan is then to go out on the “horse trail” to link up with the infamous Do Loop, then return on the same horse trail to the cars. This section is about 8 miles, as the first section will be using the White trail that is part of the outbound section of the BRR 50 miler course.

Group shot before the “Death by Do Loop” training run on February 16, 2020.

Weekly training runs

Missed a training run? The VHTRC holds weekly training runs in Rock Creek and Great Falls parks. No sign-up is required for these.

Last updated December 14, 2021