About the Hill of Truth Festival
The Hill of Truth Festival started as a 12 hour mountain bike race at Haw Ridge park in 1999. The race, known as the 12 Hours of the Hill of Truth (or HOT for short) immediately found itself the staple annual event for the local mountain biking community. The original directors (John-Todd Baker and Kent Bailey) loved seeing the event flourish as something more than a race, but a way for the community to gather and bond together.
"The heart of the HOT race was always getting people together around a camp fire and sharing stories, no matter the background or age of the people around the campfire. The race is great and all, but it's really the people and the atmosphere that make the HOT so memorable." - Kent Bailey
After directing the race for 20 years, John-Todd Baker and Kent Bailey passed the torch on to a then new community organization, the Clinch Valley Trail Alliance (CVTA) who jumped on the chance to continue the race, it traditions, and bonding opportunity for our region's trail community.
The Hill of Truth Festival takes place on October 1st and 2nd, 2022 at the Haw Ridge Campground just down from the CVTA HQ on Old Edgemoor Road at Haw Ridge Park in Oak Ridge, TN.
On Saturday October 1st, the 12 Hours of the Hill of Truth mountain bike race will start at 10 a.m. and continue through to 10 p.m. Sunday morning at 10 a.m., October 2nd runners will compete in the HOT Trot trail running race which takes place on the same course as the mountain biking race. Haw Ridge is home to a number of trail running races throughout the year and we appreciate all of our trail users. If you don't want to run, you can walk or bring the dog for a hike. The race course for both events will be between 7-8 miles.
There will be a free kids race around the Campground (event area) starting at about 3 p.m. on Saturday. Kids participating in the kids race must sign a waiver at the start/finish tent. There will be prizes!
We're working to put together a skills area at CVTA HQ for folks to test their riding ability throughout the event.
The campfire will begin on Saturday evening around dusk at the campground; we plan to have music, and are hoping to have vendors on site to serve food and beverages most of the day.
Event details are continuing to evolve, so be sure to check back for updates. This is a fun, family event and we are brainstorming some fresh ideas to make the Hill of Truth Festival even more fun for everyone!