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Our sweetest training runs in Virginia, Maryland, and DC.

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Run name Distance
(miles)
Ascent
(feet)
Ascent per Mile
(feet/mile)
In the District
Lucky Seven 6.8 1,120 165
Glover-Archbold–Palisades–C&O Canal Loop 7.5 550 75
Melvin Hazen–Glover-Archbold–Whitehaven–Rock Creek Loop 8.1 825 105
Potomac Heritage–C&O Canal Loop 8.5 550 65
Boundary Bridge Loop 9.1 860 95
Near the Beltway
Great Falls Maryland 4.5 500 115
Burke Lake 5.7 50 10
Rosaryville Perimeter Trail 9.2 525 60
Redeye Loop 9.9 1,000 105
Laurel Hill 10.3 400 40
Meadowood 15.0 700 50
Cabin John Trail 17.5 1,150 70
Fountainhead 19.2 2,300 120
Potomac Heritage Trail 19.5 1,500 80
Virginia Piedmont
Manassas Battlefield 8.7 500 60
Rivanna Trail 19.5 1,330 70
Shenandoah National Park, North District
Bluff Trail — Appalachian Trail — Mount Marshall Trail Loop 18.5 3,600 195
Dickey Ridge 19.8 3,900 200
Browntown Loop 20.9 3,725 180
The Fishhook 22.3 4,800 220
Browntown Loop Extended 25.2 4,700 190
Kerry’s Death March 25.7 6,040 240
Shenandoah National Park, Central District
Buck Ridge — Buck Hollow Loop 6.3 1,800 290
Mary’s Rock 9.0 2,600 290
Whiteoak – Hawksbill – Cedar Run Loop 11.0 3,300 305
Buck Hollow — Pass Mountain Loop 12.3 3,200 265
Cave Falls Loop 13.9 3,600 260
Rose River – Big Meadows – Rapidan Fire Road – Dark Hollow 14.6 2,470 170
Buck Hollow — Hazel River — Hot Short — Hannah Run Loop 20.2 5,300 265
Buck Hollow — Cave Falls — Pass Mountain Loop 20.5 5,100 250
Rose River – Lewis Falls – Mill Prong – Dark Hollow 21.5 4,125 195
Buck Hollow — Nicholson Hollow Loop 23.8 6,175 260
Sophie’s Death March 24.2 5,200 215
Rose River – Lewis Falls – Laurel Prong – Dark Hollow 24.9 4,700 190
Vicki’s Death March 25.3 5,800 230
Old Rag — White Oak Canyon — Nicholson Hollow Loop 28.0 7,050 255
West Virginia Loop 29.3 7,500 260
Shenandoah National Park, South District
Austin Mountain - Furnace Mountain Loop 13.4 3,440 260
Sugar Hollow Loop 18.0 3,300 185
Sugar Hollow to Blackrock 20.4 4,100 205
Harry Landers Special 21.0 4,500 215
CATAss 50k 31.4 6,500 210
Appalachian Trail, North of Shenandoah National Park
Appalachian Trail, Linden to Ashby Gap 11.2 2,225 200
The Roller Coaster 13.3 3,800 290
The Death Run 19.0 3,000 160
Massanutten Mountains, North
Moonlight Run 13.9 2,130 155
Strickler and Duncan Knobs Loop 14.0 2,180 160
Elizabeth Furnace Figure-Eight 19.7 4,400 225
OD 100 Northern Trails Loop 24.2 4,850 205
Gap to Gap 25.9 5,380 210
Massanutten Mountains, South
Fridley Gap Figure-Eight 10.6 2,950 280
Bird Knob to Browns Hollow 12.9 3,050 240
Route 211 to Route 211 25.9 5,380 210
George Washington National Forest
The Priest and Three Ridges 22.5 7,540 340
The Wild Oak Trail (TWOT) 27.0 7,850 295
Maryland
Maryland Heights 4.8 1,450 305