Lynchburg, VA has history tied to trail running and very few events capture the “grassroots” feeling of a trail half marathon like the Deep Hollow Half Marathon and 5k. The half marathon course was developed in 2007 and the local running community continues to embrace the event. The initial course included the old “Deep Hollow Trail”, on the beautiful Liberty Mountain Trail System, from which the race initially got its name. That trail no longer exists (though the race name has stuck), having been incorporated into what is now “Horton’s Loop”, named after the ultra-running legend and Liberty University Exercise Science professor himself, David Horton.
Liberty University manages the 5,000-acre trail system where the race takes place. The half marathon course features a diverse blend of single-track trails and mountain roads (see 2017 course guide). With nearly 2,000 feet of elevation change throughout the 13.1-mile course, it is a brutal though rewarding challenge. This event is the most popular race in the series and draws experienced trail runners from all over Central Virginia.
Deep Hollow Half Marathon and 5k is a premier event and is worth the trip to Lynchburg. As a Liberty University Homecoming event, the race always draws an impressive crowd and creates a spectacular race day environment. Great competition, a safe course, and an encouraging community make this an excellent event to be a part of. The 5k course provides an opportunity for all runners to succeed and reach their goals, while the half marathon course gives even the most experienced runners an exciting challenge. Be sure to add this to your fall race line-up!