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The start/finish of the MMT 100, taken on a brilliant afternoon of the 2017 race.

Keith Knipling

Training Runs

The VHTRC sponsors four training runs on the MMT course in the months leading up to the race. These training runs kick-off on MLK weekend in January and usually extend into April. All runs are on Saturdays. Three of the training runs each comprises roughly one-third of the MMT course. The fourth training run, the Chocolate Bunny, is a nighttime run on the southern portion of the course the night before Easter.

Information on the 2021 training runs should be posted around Thanksgiving.

Before the start of the first MMT “Training Academy” run in 2002. Left to right: Amy Bloom, Steve Platt (they were not yet married), Brian McNeil, Mike Bur, and John Dodds. Tom Corris is taking the photo.

Brian reports: “(Amy and Steve) had the good sense to turn around at Milford Gap. The four remaining characters drank from hoses at cabins along the Shenandoah River when we ran out of water. What we DIDN’T know about the MMT course far outweighed what we did know at that point.”

Exploring on your own

With exception to the start and finish, the entire MMT course is on public land. You can explore the course yourself.

Unless you know the course well, we recommend that you obtain Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maps G and H. These are topographic maps that cover the trails in the Massanutten Mountains -- north of US 211 (Map G) and south of US 211 (Map H). Both maps are printed on water-resistant, tear-resistance synthetic stock in six colors. Most of the course is on map G. Only the Bird Knob section of the MMT course is on map H. The PATC also has a Guide to the Massanutten Mountains updated in 2013 (available as a separate item or in a set with maps G and H). There are discounts for PATC members.

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 October 20, 2020