Runs

In addition to our races and running events, the VHTRC is associated with a number of unofficial training runs. These runs require no sign-up, offer no guarantees, and no one is officially in charge. But there will surely be a number of club members there.

Weekly training runs

Sundays in the Park

Every Sunday at 8:00 am, Rock Creek Park

Explore the trails of Rock Creek Park on these low-key runs. We leave at 8:00 am from either Peirce Mill or Theodore Roosevelt Island and the runs are roughly 7–10 miles long (see the schedule). No sign-up required.

Wednesday “Wolfpack” Runs

Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm, Great Falls Park

Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm the VHTRC, in partnership with DC Capital Striders, leads a trail run in Great Falls National Park.

Upcoming training runs

July 4 Trifecta Day 1: Browntown Loop

July 4, 2024
20.9 miles
Flint Hill, VA

Smooth, runnable loop up and over the Blue Ridge and back. Wear red, white, and blue.

July 4 Trifecta Day 2: Katie’s Death March

July 5, 2024
15.5 miles
Washington, VA

A figure-eight loop on the trails in Shenandoah National Park, featuring an opening climb up Little Devil Stairs, a mid-run stop at Elkwallow, some excellent views from Hogback, and a long, bombing downhill finish. Also the shortest of the three Trifecta runs, but one that will still present a fair challenge for your running legs!

July 4 Trifecta Day 3: Sophie’s Death March

July 6, 2024
24.2 miles
Syria, VA

Also known as “Shenandoah’s National Park’s greatest hits,” this 24-mile loop’s highlights include White Oak Canyon, Hawksbill, Stony Man, all connected by beautiful ridge running on the Appalachian Trail.

VHTRC All Access: Prince William Forest Park

July 13, 2024
9.9 miles
Quantico, VA

An introduction to trail running, with emphasis on trail navigation, in Prince William Forest Park.

VHTRC All Access: Massanuttens

August 17, 2024
10.1 miles
Fort Valley, VA

An introduction to trail running with emphasis on nutrition, in the Massanutten Mountains.

VHTRC All Access: Shenandoah River State Park

September 14, 2024
1.0 miles

An celebratory party in Shenandoah River State Park.

Vicki’s Death March

November 29, 2024
25.3 miles
Nethers, VA

Often referred to as “Shenandoah’s National Park’s greatest hits,” this 25-mile loop’s highlights include White Oak Canyon, Hawksbill, Stony Man, all connected by beautiful ridge running on the Appalachian Trail.