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

Mark VanDyke

Training Runs

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 6th.

There is one other free VHTRC event that is supported on the BRR course: the VHTRC’s annual Christmas Party of a run, the Magnus Gluteus Maximus (MGM 50k). The MGM 50k course covers 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!

2024 training runs

BRR Training Run #1 (The North)

Sat Jan 20, 2024

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 10, 2024

7 miles

Since it can be easy for the uninitiated to get lost, “Death by Do Loop” is a chance to become familiar with this section of the Bull Run Run 50 mile course, while seeing how many laps you can do.

BRR Training Run #3 (The South)

Sat Mar 16, 2024

15.5 miles

This final run in the three run series of training events for the Bull Run Run 50 Miler covers the sections of the course between the Fountainhead and Marina aid stations, almost entirely on the BROT.

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 April 24, 2023