The Massanutten Mountain Trail is a National Recreation Trail. It is a 71-mile loop in the George Washington National Forest, on the ridgelines of the eastern and western ranges of the Massanutten Mountain. According to the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club (VHTRC): "The 'trail' is hard, rocky, and slow. Sections of the trail have been around in some cases for centuries, but the entire, uninterrupted, 71-mile Massanutten Trail was not completed until 2002."
With the close proximity of a very active group of ultrarunners (VHTRC), the MMT ring was run by Chris Scott and Anstr Davidson (27h51m) even before it was officially dedicated in 2002. Since then, VHTRC organizes a race of the route every September, and some fast times have been recorded. Here is a list of winning times for each year, from the VHTRC website:
|2003||Ryan Henry & Randy Dietz||19h32m|
|2004||Sue Johnston & Scott Brockmeier||19h11m|
|2006||Event Not Held|
(for results after 2008 please go to the VHTRC website)
There is also a reverse loop run organized in February.
|Jack Kuenzle||16h 49m 4s|
|Kathleen Cusick||17h 22m 0s|
|Natalie Daniel||23h 9m 27s|
|Deborah Marcus||23h 30m 2s|
On Thursday, September 3rd at 3am I will begin a self-supported FKT attempt, clockwise, on the Massanutten Mountain Trai(MMT) aka "The Ring". I'll cache a resupply of water in 6 spots along the way and nutrition in 1spot. FUN!