Stone Mill 50 Mile Preview Training Runs

Race website:

We are hosting 4 preview training runs for the premier 50 mile race in Maryland!

Preview Run #1 – 9 October – Stedwick E.S. – The run will take you from the school onto Stedwick Rd. for a short bit then left on Watkins Road (yeah, its pavement, but only for a short bit) over to the Seneca Greenway trailhead where you get back on dirt heading South to Clopper Lake. Go around lake and back.

Distance – about 20 Miles

Address: 10631 Stedwick Rd, Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Preview Run #2 – 16 October – Pennyfield Lock – Start at Pennyfield Lock and head North up Muddy Branch Trail to Rt. 28 and back.

Distance – about 17 Miles

Address: 39.0537° N, 77.2889° W

Preview Run #3 – 23 October – Pennyfield Lock (again) – Start at Pennyfield Lock and head up C&O Canal to the start of Greenway Trail by the actual Stone Mill and head North up to Rt. 28 parking lot.

Distance – about 20 Miles

Address: 39.0537° N, 77.2889° W

Preview Run #4 – 30 October – Rt.28 Trail Head – Head North up Greenway and Seneca Ridge Trail to Quince Orchard Road. Down Rt. 28 (sidewalk to start of Muddy Branch trail.

Distance – about 22 Miles

Address: 39.128111, -77.332955B

***Note: Each of these runs is an out-n-back, so the distance is easily customized to your needs.

Muddy Branch Trail Run Saturday July 10th

It’s been a hot, humid and sometimes wet summer so far so let’s get out on the Muddy Branch Trail for some more single track goodness! The weather should cooperate with us as the rains from yesterday have moved out of the area. There will be a couple of gallons of water at the turnaround point, please download the Caltopo map into your phone app to make sure you stay on the right track.

Where: Blockhouse Conservation Point Parking Lot: 14750 River Road
Darnestown, MD 20854 – 39.0661, -77.3047

When: Saturday July 10th 2021 @ 0730

What: 10 miles out turn around at MD124 –

How: Running, Skipping, Jumping, Jogging, Walking, Dancing……

If you plan on running or being out on the trails for more than 10 miles please let us know by signing in and out before you leave the parking lot.

Looking forward to seeing everyone out tomorrow morning!!

Capt. MuddyShoes

Welcome back Trail Runners!!

Hi there you crazy Mud Peoples!

It’s been quite a while since I have posted a group trail run for mymuddyshoes and I’m excited to see you all out there! Tomorrow morning we have 10 miles planned on some of my favorite trails in Rock Creek Park. As always you are free to run/walk/job/hike/trot as far or as short as you want. Just note on the sign-in/sign-out sheet that you’ll be out longer if your plan is 10+. There will be water along the trail but always make sure to be prepared with your own food/water and a way to contact someone should you get in trouble.

Here’s the details:

What: 10 mile trail run in Rock Creek Park

Where: Meadowbrook Local Park – Parking Lot: 38.9867, -77.0620

When: 7:30 AM, Saturday Jun 12th

How: – Rock Creek Park 10 Mile Loop (you can import this map into the Caltopo app on your mobile device)

Why: Trail running is good for your soul.

Hope to see everyone out there!


MCRRC’s Winter Trails program Zoom event with Ultrarunner Extraordinaire Michael Wardian

Happy Winter Trails MuddyShoes Peeps!!!

MCRRC’s Winter Trails program is hosting a Zoom call with Ultrarunner Extraordinaire Michael Wardian this Wednesday, Feb 3, at 7:00 PM.  Michael recently won the Quarantine Backyard Ultra (not actually a trail race), running a little over 4 miles an hour for 63 straight hours for a total of 262 miles, and he won the 2017 World Marathon Challenge, running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents with an average time of 2:45:57!  As we’re in the middle of winter running, he’ll talk to us about the marathon in that series held in Antarctica!  Michael has also participated in Lazarus Lake’s Barkley Marathons. We highly recommend watching the documentary “The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young!” available on Amazon Prime website here —

Winter Trails is opening up this opportunity to the first 75 MyMuddyShoes members to sign up at this link –

MCRRC’s Winter Trails Zoom event with Ultrarunner Extraordinaire Michael Wardian

Little Bennett Trail Run 8/10/19 7:30AM

Hey everyone!

We have reached the end of the 25K training program for Summer 2019. It’s been a hot, muddy, wet & all around amazing summer – they always are, right?

Next Saturday is the MD Heat Race out in Patpasco State Park and if you have become injured (like me) or are not signed up but would be interested in helping out, contact the RD Nick Yates who is always looking for more help.

As for our run, I’ve recreated the course we ended up doing last time we ran out at Little Bennett. It’s a different start/finish area than we do for Winter Trails (Golf course is open) and the horse trailer parking lot has been known to get very muddy & they close it if this occurs. So last time we found the trailhead at the Sopers Branch Trail which can take you into the park and will get you a loop back around to where you started. It’s about 9 miles total. If you haven’t run this loop or get lost in this park please keep the CalTopo map handy on your phone or just print out the turn by turn directions below.

I’ll have have the usual goodies for post run so I’ll see you all there!

When: Saturday August 10th 2019 7:30AM


Little Bennett Park Day Use Area Clarksburg, MD 20871

What: 9 mile lollipop loop

Route to Loop: (Red line on Map)
Sopers Branch Trail Turn Right on Prescott Rd
Prescott Rd Turn Right on Hyattstown Mill Rd
Hyattstown Mill Rd Turn Right on Western Piedmont Trail
Westernn Piedmont Trail to Browning Run Intersection – 2.10 Mi

Loop: (Blue Line on Map)
Continue on Western Piedmont Cross 121 through Parking Lot to Kingsley trail
At Schoolhouse Turn Left on Purdum Trail
Up Pudum Trail Left on Browning Run Trail
Browning Run to Western Piedmont Trail – 4.75 Mi

MyMuddyShoes Summer Training Run #6 – Muddy Branch Trail @ Blockhouse Point 7:30AM

Hi MuddyBuddies – 
We are running the Muddy Branch Trail tomorrow morning but starting from a new location – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park.   It’s the parking log that you run through at River Rd on the Muddy Branch Trail so it will be familiar to most of us who have run this trail before.   Coach Mike Edwards will be leading you all on an out and back to Rt 28 which should get you 16ish miles, as the schedule calls for.  You can check out the map below for more details – i’d also suggest bookmarking the map as there are LOTS of side trails the further north you go on this trail so it will help you navigate back if you make a wrong turn.  There will be water at the Rt 28 turn around and I’ll have the usual water, fruit & snax for after the run – but as usual, if you will be out longer than 4 hours mark on the sign-in sheet so we know what your plans are.

Muddy Branch Trail

Where – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park – 14750 River Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

When – Saturday June 29th @ 7:30AM

What – 16ish miles on the Muddy Branch Trail –

Why – because you love hot & humid summer trail running 🙂

CU tomorrow morning – MuddyShoes

Tuesday Night Trail Run – Lake Needwood 6:30pm

Hey folks – 
I’ll be taking the lead since Phil is enjoying some much needed downtime this week after he successfully married off his daughter this past weekend.  Congrats to Rebecca and Nik!
It’s looking like the heat and humidity will be building this week so make sure to bring something to keep you hydrated for the run. 

Details:Where: Lake Needwood hiker biker trail parking lotCoords: 39.114922, -77.127945When: 6:30 p.m. (warm up 6:15)Which Way: Counter-Clockwise with Blue Jay Loop and Troll Trail : Repeats on Adie’s Hill *

*** The Bob White Phat Ass is coming up on Saturday July 13th. There will be several distance options, plenty of good food and drink and a great tribe vibe.  Find more details & signup on the link on our website below.

See you tomorrow evening –  Muddy Shoes

MyMuddyShoes Summer Training Run #5 – Black Hills 7:30AM

Hi hi MuddyShoesFolks!

We have another great run planned for this Saturday and we are now getting into some more summer like weather so make sure to plan for a hot and humid run.  I don’t know how hot or humid it will actually be, but we’ll have some water/fruit/snacks at the start/finish area by the parking lot so make sure to bring a bottle or hydration pack with you anyways.   The schedule calls for 15ish miles and I have put on the Caltopo map below 2 different out and back courses.  The Hoyles Mill out and back (blue line) is about 3.5 miles and the Cabin Branch/Hamilton/Hard Rock lollipop loop (red line) is about 4.6 miles.  You can mix up the routes, add more of the trails to your own plan but if you plan on going long or being out past 4 hours let us know on the sign in sheet.   
Here are the details:

Where:  Black Hills Regional Park @ the parking lot by the Cabin Branch Trail –

**NOTE** there is some road work that means you’ll have to go a slightly different way to the park – see details on the Parks link below 


What:  15ish trail running miles –

Why:  becuase you all all badass trailies who love to get dirty and sweaty!!
How:  one step at a time 🙂

Other notes –
Sign up for our summer fatass trail race – the Bobwhite fatass
Tuesday Nights @ Needwood with Coach Phil

Thursday Nights @ Cabin John with Coach Gretchen

See you all on Saturday morning!