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 race (or HOT for short) immediately found itself as the staple 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 come together 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 directing torch on to a new community organization, the Clinch Valley Trail Alliance. The Clinch Valley Trail Alliance (CVTA) immediately jumped on the opportunity to not only continue the race, but to also continue the community bonding aspect of the race.
After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CVTA is back at it again in 2021 with the same 12 hour mountain bike race format, and a 12K trail running race.
The Hill of Truth Festival takes place on October 2nd and 3rd, 2021 at the Haw Ridge Camp Ground just down from the CVTA HQ on Old Edgemoor Road.
On Saturday October 2nd, the mountain bike race will start at 10 a.m. and continue through to 10 p.m. Sunday morning, October 3rd an approximately 12K distance trail running race, the HOT Trot, will take place on the same course as the mountain biking race at 10 a.m. 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.
There will be a kids races around the Campground (event area) starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Kids participating in the kids race must sign a waiver at the start/finish tent.
NEW for 2021! We will have mini-horse kissing booth on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to support Faith-N-Friends, a non-profit bringing horses and people together.
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 around dusk at the camp ground and participants are invited to camp out Friday before the race as well as on Saturday evening. We might even have breakfast for you!
Event details are continuing to evolve so be sure to check back for updates. This is a fun, family event and we've been brainstorming some fresh ideas!