Posts tagged “VHTRC

MMT Training Runs – MLK Weekend

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!

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Sunrise in the Massanutten Mountains – MMT Training Run #1

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Orange trail – before the snow – Waterfall 50K

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Orange trail- after the snow – Waterfall 50K


The Year of the Fat Ass

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club puts on a ton of Fat Ass events – runs with no entry fee, no awards, and no wimps – and the best volunteers and aid stations you’ll find anywhere. This year was all about the VHTRC for me – I ran or volunteered at as many of our events as I could. I ended up with a lot of miles, a lot of smiles, the support and love of my tribe, familiar trails to come home to, new trails to play on, new friends to share trail with and new adventures planned for 2016. Life is good.

Here’s a look back on my year of the Fat Ass! Happy, happy trails!

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Redeye 50K – January 1, 2015

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Gap to Gap, January 18, 2015

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TWOT 100K, February 13-14, 2015

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Elizabeth Furnace 50K, March 14, 2015

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Bull Run Run 50 Miler – volunteer – April 11, 2015

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MMT 100 – crewing and pacing – May 16-17, 2015

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Holy Cowan’s Gap 50K – May 24, 2015

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VHTRC Trifecta – Jeremy’s Run – July 3, 2015

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VHTRC Trifecta – Browntown – July 4, 2015

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VHTRC Trifecta – Sophie’s Death March – July 5, 2015

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Catoctin 50K – July 11 (not technically a Fat Ass, but close enough)

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Catherine’s Furnace 50K – July 25, 2015

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The Ring – 71 miles – September 5-6, 2015

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Women’s Half Marathon – volunteer – September 19, 2015

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Grindstone 100 – pacing my love to his first 100 mile finish! YAY! – October 9-10, 2015

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Hot TWOT #2, 109 miles – October 23-25, 2015

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MGM 50K – December 5, 2015

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Boyer’s Furnace 40 Miler – December 26, 2015


VHTRC Trifecta

The Virginia Happy Trails Fourth of July Trifecta continues…

An epic weekend – three days of playing on the mountain trails of the Shenandoahs. Here are a few of the sights!

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Browntown

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Sophie’s Death March

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Jeremy’s Run


Vicki’s Death March 2014

A VHTRC Fat Ass run on Black Friday every year. This year was a blue sky, sunshine, SNOWY adventure.

White Oak Canyon

White Oak Canyon

Big Meadows Horse Trail

Big Meadows Horse Trail

Hawksbill

Hawksbill

A snowy Skyline Drive

A snowy Skyline Drive

View near Hawksbill

View near Hawksbill

 


Boyer’s Furnace 40 Miler – A VHTRC Fat Ass

The Boyer’s Furnace Fat Ass was held on a beautiful Saturday in late December. Blue skies, sunshine and temps in the 60’s made this challenging 40 miler even more of a treat.

The view from Kennedy Peak.

The view from Kennedy Peak.

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Orange Trail rocks

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Sunset over Fort Valley

 


Wordless Wednesday – My Tribe

Vermont VHTRC

My Tribe – the VHTRC at Vermont 100


VHTRC Cat 8 – Massanutten Mountains

Virginia Happy Trails Running Club MMT training run – a cold and snowy run in the Massanuttens. Beautiful views, frosty temperatures, good friends on trail…a fun day!

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Bird Knob

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winter trail

 


VHTRC Boyer’s Furnace Fat Ass Forty

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

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Sunrise in Fort Valley

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Early climb to Woodstock Tower

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Super clear views as far as the eye could see

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Gourmet aid station!

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A lovely stretch of trail with many Massanutten rocks

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Late afternoon views

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The final push through the river trail at Veach Gap


VHTRC MGM50K Fat Ass

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club hosts the best Fat Ass events. The annual Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50km was another fabulous event. With a sprinkling of snow at the start and some icy rain at the finish, most of the day was just cold and cloudy. The trails were challenging with a snow and ice layer that turned into mud as the day went on. Aid stations were stocked with the best of ultra fuel – cheese puffs, M&Ms, holiday cookies and bourbon. The after-party at Hemlock was a rollicking good time. And as always, the best part of the day was playing with great friends on the trail. Cheers to another year of happy running in the VHTRC!

The obligatory "groupie" shot at the start

The obligatory “groupie” shot at the start

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Icy rocks by the river

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In the Do Loop

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Aid stations in true VHTRC style


Vicki’s Death March

An annual Black Friday run – Vicki’s Death March is a VHTRC Fat Ass event – 25ish miles of the “best of” Shenandoah National Park. Starting at the Old Rag parking lot and continuing to White Oak Canyon, Hawksbill, Little Stony Man, Skyland, Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow, and ending up back in the parking lot of Old Rag where post-run beverages and festivities wait! This year there was considerable ice and snow on the trail which prompted several of us to detour from Skyland taking the Old Rag Fire Road back to the parking lot to avoid ice on Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow. We ended up with 22 miles of glorious trail running with friends on a cold winter day. Absolutely the best way to spend Black Friday.

White Oak Canyon

White Oak Canyon

Overlook on the climb up White Oak Canyon

Overlook on the climb up White Oak Canyon

Upper falls - White Oak Canyon

Upper falls – White Oak Canyon

Snowy trail

Snowy trail

View from the AT on the way to Skyland

View from the AT on the way to Skyland

 

 

 

 

 


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