Calendar of Events

This is a list of trail running events that may be of interest to VHTRC members. VHTRC-sponsored events are noted by the Furbutt logo in the "Sponsor" column. Other events are listed only as a service -- we do not endorse them and have no responsibility for them. We suppose it is reasonable to think some of these events are very good and others are less so. But we really don't know. Caveat emptor.

You can add VHTRC events to your calendar.

We do not list all running events here. But VHTRC members may suggest events. To do so, e-mail Quatro Hubbard.

Events must be on dirt trails or otherwise of particular interest to VHTRC members to be listed in the club's calendar. This is not a place to list road races.

(If you are looking for local road races, go to Washington Running Report or Race Packet. For national ultras try Ultrarunning Magazine. For national trail runs, try Trail Runner Magazine. )

Events that have occurred are on the calendar of past events.

Quatro Hubbard has overall responsibility for this calendar.

October 2019
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
October 20, 2019 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

A fall series of 10 mile races.  Each race also has a 5 mile option.  This race is held on the trails of Riverbend Park in suburban Virginia.

Great Falls, VA
October 20, 2019 Call of the Wilds Mountain Fest
50 km
Web site

Over 7,000 feet of elevation gain in the 50k course; there is a 25k option.

Waterville, PA
October 26, 2019 Patapsco Valley
50 km
Web site

Held on the trails of Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area, outside of Baltimore.  Brought to you by the VHTRC's Mario Raymond.

Baltimore, MD
October 26, 2019 CATs Trail Fest
26.2 miles
Web site

Put on by the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners (CATs) and held on single-track mountain bike trails on the campus of the Miller School, just west of Charlottesville in Albemarle County.  The CATHalf was augmented with the Pounding Creek Marathon in 2018, and for 2019 a Trail 10k has been added.

Charlottesville, VA
October 27, 2019 Tussey Mountainback
50 miles
Web site

Dirt road and pavement course; previous participants speak highly of its beauty. 2019 date will move the race to late October.

State College, PA
November 2019
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
November 2, 2019 Schaeffer
13.1 miles
Web site

Held at Schaeffer Farms trail near South Germantown Recreational Park, there is a 10k option along with the half marathon.

Germantown, MD
November 2, 2019 Pinhoti
100 miles
Web site

Point-to-point course on the Pinhoti trail in the Talladega National Forest, east of Birmingham in central Alabama. This race was the Blue Train destination for 2017.

Heflin, AL
November 2, 2019 Mountain Masochist
50 miles
Web site

Virginia's premier fall ultrarunning event is still going strong. The event that gave us the "Horton Mile" is now hosted by Clark Zealand. A tough and notoriously "long" course in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  MMTR is part of the Lynchburg Ultra Series and the Beast Series.

Lynchburg, VA
November 2, 2019 Stone Cat Trail Races
50 km
Web site

Put on by the G.A.C. and sponsored by a brewery. What is there not to like about that? After a long and storied run, the 50 miler and its associated marathon are no more.  50k distance only starting in 2019.

Ipswich, MA
November 3, 2019 Potomac Heritage
50 km
Web site

The event that proves that there are beautiful trails inside the Beltway. Tentative date for 2019. Entry opens October 1.

Washington, DC
November 3, 2019 Fire on the Mountain
50 km
Web site

A challenging, scenic and largely isolated run on the beautiful trails of the Green Ridge State Forest in western Maryland. About 75 percent trails, primarily single-track, and about 25 percent logging road.

Flintstone, MD
November 9, 2019 Stone Mill
50 miles
Web site

The fall Maryland 50 miler that is run on single-track trails, and for less than $1 per mile. Fun and fast, and noted for its outstanding aid stations.

Poolesville, MD
November 9, 2019 Rosaryville 50K
50 km
Web site

Run on the trails of Rosaryville State Park, this race is put on by the Annapolis Striders.

Upper Marlboro, MD
November 9, 2019 Canary in the Cave
25 km
Web site

WVMTR event in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia.

Fayetteville, WV
November 10, 2019 Jim Schatz Memorial Trail
10 km
Web site

This race is directed by VHTRC member Tom Simonds, on behalf of the Loudoun Road Runners, to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets. Formerly the Loudoun Trail 10k; host site is Camp Highroad in Bluemont, about 20 minutes outside of Leesburg.

Bluemont, VA
November 10, 2019 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

A fall series of 10 mile races.  Each race also has a 5 mile option.  This race is held on the trails below Hemlock Overlook Park.

Clifton, VA
November 23, 2019 Little Gunpowder
50 km
Web site

An incredibly well-supported event on very runnable trails. Out-and-back 50k on the Little Gunpowder trails, northeast of Baltimore.

Kingsville, MD
November 23, 2019 JFK
50 miles
Web site

The oldest and largest U.S. ultramarathon.

Boonesboro, MD
November 24, 2019 Fall Backyard Burn
10 miles
Web site

A fall series of 10 mile races.  Each race also has a 5 mile option.  This race is held on the trails of Fountainhead Regional Park in suburban Virginia.

Fairfax Station, VA
November 28, 2019 VHTRC Turkey Chase
2 hours
Web site

The VHTRC version of this traditional fall running classic. Thanksgiving morning on the C&O Canal and the trails around Great Falls, on the Maryland side. Hosted by Bur.

Signup and more information will be available in November 2019.

Potomac, MD
December 2019
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
December 7, 2019 Devil Dog
100 miles
Web site

Five-loop event on the trails of Prince William Forest Park, with a three-loop 100k option. This new holiday tradition is brought to you by Toni Aurilio and Team Gaylord, so the entertainment and enthusiasm levels will be off the charts.

Triangle, VA
December 8, 2019 Bear Creek
10 miles
Web site

A fun run on primarily the Willis River Trail in Bear Creek State Park and Cumberland State Forest in central Virginia.

Cumberland, VA
December 14, 2019 Magnus Gluteus Maximus
50 km
Web site

The first event in the now-storied history of the club. Very low-key, a lot of fun, and no fee for those who RSVP and then show for the run. Come ring in the holidays with Furbutt and the VHTRC! Be sure to fill out the online RSVP to enter. Entry opens on November 4.

Clifton, VA
December 14, 2019 Seashore Nature Trail
50 km
Web site

Double loop course on hard-packed dirt trails in First Landing State Park.

Virginia Beach, VA
December 14, 2019 Hellgate
100 km
Web site

David Horton's "special" 100k starts one minute after midnight.  It is tough, cold, and icy. You will love it! This race has become semi-invitational, with registration generally starting after the Grindstone 100. 

Natural Bridge, VA
December 28, 2019 Boyers Furnace
40 miles
Web site

This classic holiday Fat Ass race includes a nice mix of Massanutten Trail sections and dirt roads, with miles of spectacular views of the Fort Valley, Page Valley and Shenandoah Valley.  Entry will open for the 2019 race in mid-November.

Fort Valley, VA
December 28, 2019 HUFF
50km
Web site

Held at Chain O' Lakes Park in Indiana, the HUFF trail run offers a 50k, a 3-person relay and a single loop 10 miler.

Albion, IN
January 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
January 1, 2020 Redeye
50 km
Web site

Start out the new year with some cold miles at Prince William Forest Park and clear your head of any lingering hangover.  Sign up online for this very low-key run generally opens in early December after MGM 50k.

Triangle, VA
January 4, 2020 Frozen Sasquatch Trail
50 km
Web site

Two loops on a 15.8 mile course in the Kanawha State Park outside of Charleston.  One loop 25km option is also available.

Charleston, WV
January 18, 2020 Massanutten Training Academy Run #1
32 miles
Web site

Day #1 of the MLK weekend of mountain training runs, this year hosted by Larry Huffman. This is a roughly 50km section of the MMT 100 course along the western ridge of the Massanuttens, starting at the Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and ending at Signal Knob.

Fort Valley, VA
January 19, 2020 Waterfall (MLK Training Weekend Day 2)
50 km
Web site

The traditional Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend kick-off to Massanutten 100 training, with two long training runs on portions of the MMT course. Day 2 is the Waterfall 50km race (Bur's Death March).  Entry opens to VHTRC members on December 20; entry for non-members will open in a few days after that, if available.

Luray, VA
February 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
February 1, 2020 ICY 8 Trail Run
8 hours
Web site

Eight hour run on what are generally flat, runnable horse trails in Lake Anna State Park, located north of Richmond and west of Fredericksburg.  Runners have a choice of an 8-mile loop or a 4.7-mile loop to run each time out. 10 anniversary running in 2018; this is a good introductory event for first-time trail runners.

Lake Anna State Park, VA
February 1, 2020 Rocky Raccoon
100 miles
Web site

Five 20-mile loops on a very flat and fast 100% trail course. 50 mile option is also available.

Huntsville, TX
February 1, 2020 Uwharrie Mountain Run
40 miles
Web site

8 and 20 mile options also available.  Online entry for the lottery opens on November 1st.

Uwharrie National Forest, NC
February 7, 2020 The Wild Oak Trail 100
100 miles
Web site

A run on the 27+ mile Wild Oak Recreational Trail, with four loops needed to finish this race. Tough and very low key.

Bridgewater, VA
February 8, 2020 The Algonquin
50 km
Web site

Flat, fast course on trail in Pocomoke River State Park in southeastern Maryland.

Pocomoke City, MD
February 22, 2020 Hashawha Hills
50 km
Web site

In keeping with tradition, RD Alan Gowen has once again lowered the entry fee for the 2020 race. Online signup opens in early to mid January.

Westminster, MD
February 22, 2020 Reverse Ring
71 miles
Web site

Why anyone who has completed The Ring would want to do this is anyone's guess. Entry is open only to those in the Fellowship, so the rest of you can breathe a sigh of relief and run Hashawha Hills. Mike Bur and Quatro Hubbard are the "organizers."

Fort Valley, VA
March 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
March 14, 2020 Elizabeth Furnace
50 km
Web site

A challenging, low-key 50 km in the Elizabeth Furnace area of the Massanutten Mountains, utilizing the old Dogwood Half Hundred course. Excellent training for those inclined to run the MMT 100 miler in May.

Fort Valley, VA
March 14, 2020 Bel Monte Endurance Run
50 miles
Web site

This event is put on by the folks who bring you the UROC/Great Eastern races, and it is held near Charlottesville. Event also includes a 50k and 25k.

Sherando Lake, VA
March 21, 2020 Terrapin Mountain
50 km
Web site

Run in the same general area as the Promise Land 50k, this event is part of the Lynchburg Ultra and Beast series. Half marathon option is also available.

Sedalia, VA
March 28, 2020 Singletrack Maniac
50 km
Web site

Held on a mountain bike trail system in Williamsburg's Freedom Park.

Williamsburg, VA
March 28, 2020 Dogwood Ultra Marathons
24 Hours
Web site

This 24 hour race is held on a 3.5-mile course in Twin Lakes State Park in Prince Edward County, west of Richmond in Central Virginia.  There is also a 12 hour and a 10 mile individual option, as well as a four-person relay option.

Green Bay, VA
April 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
April 4, 2020 Bull Run Run
50 miles
Web site

A beautiful, challenging run amongst the bluebells along the rolling Bull Run Trail in Northern Virginia. This will be the 28th year of the VHTRC's premier event. Entry opens on November 15.

Clifton, VA
April 4, 2020 Umstead
100 miles
Web site

8 loops in Umstead Park on a wide gravel horse trail.  There is a 50 mile option for those who drop from the 100 miler after 4 loops.  Registration for this race closes very quickly.

Raleigh, NC
April 11, 2020 Chocolate Bunny
26.6 miles
Web site

A low-key, tough, night-time run into Easter on the southern section of the MMT course. Prior daytime experience on the MMT course is a prerequisite for entry into this run. Entry will be opened by director Dave Woll a few weeks ahead of the run on the VHTRC's online sign-up system.

Luray, VA
April 18, 2020 Hyner
50 km
Web site

The Hyner Trail Challenge 50k in north central Pennsylvania offers 5 major climbs and 6500 feet of vertical; there is a 25k option.

Hyner, PA
April 19, 2020 Don't Run Boston
50 miles
Web site

The best way to finish your Boston Marathon taper - run a 50 miler the day before.  Put on by TARC, there is also a 50 km option.

Milton, MA
April 25, 2020 C&O Canal
100 miles
Web site

A flat and fast 100 mile race held on the scenic C&O Canal.

Knoxville, MD
May 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
May 2, 2020 UROC
100 km
Web site

The Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) is held at the Skylark Nature Preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains.The course includes single track trails mixed with some time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 100k, 50k and 25k options.

Skylark, VA
May 2, 2020 Miwok
100 km
Web site

A highly recommended trail run in the beauty of Marin County, north of San Francisco.

Sausalito, CA
May 2, 2020 Grayson Highlands
50 km
Web site

This race is held in the beautiful Grayson Highlands State Park in far southwest Virginia.

Mouth of Wilson, VA
May 2, 2020 Rock the Ridge
50 miles
Web site

24 hour time limit for this race in the Mohonk Preserve in the Hudson Valley region north of New York City.  There is a relay option in addition to the individual 50 mile race.

New Paltz, NY
May 16, 2020 Massanutten Mountain Trails
100 miles
Web site

The VHTRC's rugged, demanding 100 mile race on the rocky trails in the Massanutten Mountains around Fort Valley.  Entry opens on January 1.

Fort Valley, VA
May 24, 2020 Holy Cowans Gap
50 km
Web site

Alisa Springman and Sue Malone co-host this holiday weekend race in south-central Pennsylvania's Cowans Gap State Park.  Very challenging course in a beautiful area, with a lakeside barbeque at the finish. The 2020 race entry will be through the VHTRC online system and will open in the spring.

McConnellsburg, PA
May 30, 2020 World's End
100 km
Web site

Apparently this one is pretty challenging.  Run on the Endless Mountains in Loyalsock State Forest and Worlds End State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania.  There is a 50k option.

Forksville, PA
June 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
June 5, 2020 San Diego
100 miles
Web site

A major 100 miler in the mountains of eastern San Diego County. 

San Diego, CA
June 6, 2020 Old Dominion
100 miles
Web site

The Old Dominion is the second oldest 100 miler. The course is a mix of road and trail in and around the Massanutten Mountains and Fort Valley.

Woodstock, VA
June 13, 2020 Laurel Highlands
70 miles
Web site

One of the purest trail runs around. Tough and historic. There is also a 50K option and a relay.

Ohiopyle, PA
June 13, 2020 Kettle Moraine
100 miles
Web site

There is also a 100 km. Signup begins on Jan 1.

LaGrange, WI
June 19, 2020 Bighorn Trail
100 miles
Web site

Highly recommended run. Also a 50 miler, 50K and 30K.

Dayton, WY
June 20, 2020 Highlands Sky
40 miles
Web site

A tough, slow, and beautiful run, on a course that is unique for this area. A great weekend for the whole family at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.  Registration opens on January 1.

Davis, WV
June 20, 2020 Mohican
100 miles
Web site

Traditional trail run in Ohio, there are 50 mile and trail marathon options along with the 100 miler.

Loudonville, OH
June 27, 2020 Western States
100 miles
Web site

The first trail 100 miler has a beautiful course, great aid stations, and a field selected by lot rather than merit.

Squaw Valley, CA
July 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
July 17, 2020 Hardrock
100 miles
Web site

Very tough, oxygen-deprived run of the San Juan Mountains in beautiful southwest Colorado. Entry will also be very tough in 2020, after deferrals from the canceled race in 2019 get in.

Silverton, CO
August 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
August 1, 2020 Angeles Crest
100 miles
Web site

If you want to run this Los Angeles area race, make plans well in advance, since race management chooses to fill the field a year early.

Wrightwood, CA
August 8, 2020 Martha Moats Baker Memorial
50 km +
Web site

A low-key run to explore the other trails around Wild Oak in the Jefferson National Forest. A creation of the legend, Dennis Herr. The 2019 race was canceled due to construction that closed a road section used for support and as a part of the course.

Stokesville, VA
August 8, 2020 Mighty Mosquito
99 miles
Web site

Yes - a 99 mile race.  For the runner seeking a new challenge! Three different loops in Mendon Ponds Park in western New York; the runner takes on each loop six times each.  There is also a 99 mile relaty option.

Honeoye Falls, MY
August 8, 2020 Eastern States
100 miles
Web site

The race that appears to have put an end to any discussion about which 100 miler in the East is the toughest.  Entry opens on December 7 for the 2020 race.

Waterville, PA
September 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
September 5, 2020 The Ring
71 miles
Web site

If you want to run the Reverse Ring in late February (and who wouldn't?!), you have to get this run done first! Entry opens July 27, 2020.

Fort Valley, VA
September 26, 2020 Big Schloss
50 km +
Web site

A challenging, low-key, beautiful race that is closer to 32 miles. Generally held on the last Saturday in September, and limited to about 60 runners. New direction this year as Levi Mason and Cara Foley take the reins from Kirstin Corris.

Wardensville, WV
October 2020
Date Event Description Place Sponsor
October 23, 2020 Run Around The Gorge
40 miles
Web site

Three-day stage race in the New River gorge in West Virginia. On hiatus in 2019.

Fayettville, WV