About the 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 hour 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 Baily) 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 (the 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 very successful 2019 edition, CVTA will be back at it again in 2020 with the same 12 hour mountain bike race format, and a new 12 hour trail running race format.
The Hill of Truth Festival takes place on October 2nd and 3rd, 2020 at the Haw Ridge Camp Ground. The festival will begin at the start of the 12 Hour Hill of Truth Trail running race on Friday October 2nd at 9PM. That race will go from 9pm-9am. On Saturday October 3rd, the mountain bike race will start at 10am and last till 10pm. Throughout Friday night all the way through Saturday night, participants will be constantly coming through the campground area as they finish and start their laps.
Food trucks and the the Crafter's Brew beer bus will begin arriving around 11am for lunch and staying throughout the afternoon.
There will be kids (ages 3-13) races that go around the Campground (Expo area) starting at 3pm on Saturday. Kids participating in the kids race must sign a waiver.
The camp fire will begin around dusk at the camp ground (located just past the Life Development Center.)
Also new this year is the Hill of Truth 12 hour trail running race. The trail running race will be Friday October 2nd from 9pm-9am. Runners Runners must complete as many laps as possible in a 12 hour window.