The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club puts on several excellent training runs for the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 race held in May. The Martin Luther King weekend was the first of the fat ass events. It was a warm, cold, sunny, snowy, foggy weekend to run!
A 42 mile run in the Massanuttens with the VHTRC on a lovely late December day with temperatures in the 60’s…ahhh. Life is good.
“Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.” -John Muir
I love the word monadnock. In case you weren’t enamored with geology in college like I was, here’s the definition:
Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland is a monadnock covered with a multitude of technical, rocky, steep and challenging trails. Enjoy!
A fun day in the mountains with the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club!
Here is a slideshow of beautiful trail from the 33rd annual Laurel Highlands Ultra in Pennsylvania. This 70.5 mile trail race was challenging, rocky, gorgeous, technical, rooty, fabulous, ferny, magical, frustrating, rocky, hilly, spectacular, and FUN. I took a few photos on trail – enjoy!
On Saturday, July 23, approximately 75 runners gathered in a parking lot near Luray, VA to do the Catherines Fat Ass 50K. Jeff gave a race briefing – “there are only 3 hills” and we were off to run through the Massanutten Mountains. There was a 21 mile option that some people (me) chose to do instead since it was another smoking hot summer day.
We started out with a steep, but beautiful uphill climb that kept going…and going…and going…
…but the view from the top was amazing!
A beautiful creek along the way.
The icy pops mid-race were a fabulous surprise from Jack and his son on the way into Pitt Spring – WOWZERS!
Saw several of these gorgeous moths on the purple trail.
Best. Aid. Station. Ever. – Ice cold washcloths, watermelon with lime, and lots of smiles and encouragement. These guys rocked!
Love the interesting rock formations on the trail.
On the final descent, a series of fun, rocky switchbacks.