As we released our Liberty Mountain Trail Series calendar this summer, we had great anticipation that our Fall events would be able to proceed with a sense of normalcy. In the past few weeks, we have felt that the COVID-19 situation has not changed enough for us to properly host our races in the normal fashion. The health and well-being of our runners, spectators, staff and volunteers are our main priority. We also want to ensure that we are looking out for the safety of our larger community as well.
So, keeping this in mind, we will have some significant modifications made to our events this year. At this time, we are not cancelling the events. With the races being outdoors and taking part across our beautiful Liberty Mountain, we are still able to move forward with our races, but they will look different. Please read below for important information concerning participation. Our events will proceed with Virginia Phase 3 mandates in mind and a commitment that our participants would adhere to the rules and restrictions.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPATION:
We will be moving forward with a “Minimum Contact” event. The race day will be broken into 2 separate events, the half-marathon and the 5k.
A “race heat” format will be used and limited to no more than 50 participants per wave. Participants registered prior to Sept 11, will automatically be assigned to START WAVE 1- 8:00am or START WAVE A- 1:00pm, respectively. New participants should select a wave start time when registering.
Race Start Times
Half Marathon Wave 1 starts at 8:00am (50 runners)Wave 2 at 8:15am (50 runners)Wave 3 at 8:30am (50 runners)
*The venue will be disinfected at 11:30am for the next event. *
5k Wave A starts at 1:00pm (50 runners)Wave B at 1:15pm (50 runners)Wave C at 1:30pm (50 runners)
There will be no awards ceremony. Awards will be available for pickup beginning Monday,
There will be no race day registration or packet pickup on Saturday, Oct 10.Packet pickup will be extended to Thursday, Oct 8 and Friday, Oct 9, in the LaHaye Rotunda on-campus at Liberty University. Our staff will help you get your T-shirt and race information.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own hydration, though we will have traditional aid station support being served by volunteers in masks/gloves.
Participants should only arrive for their start time and leave the start/finish area upon finishing. There will be some hospitality available at the end of the race (pizza, water, Gatorade), though we ask that runners do depart Hydaway shortly after they finish their run.
All warmups and warm down activity will not be allowed in or around our start/finish area. Runners may warm up/warm down in the designated field or access the trail system via Lake Hydaway Road. The pavilion will be utilized as a staging area for the runner waves.
We will be asking that participants wear a mask and ensure a 10ft social distancing throughout the event as much as possible.
On race day, if you are experiencing a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 or have had known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days we ask that you please stay home for the safety of our other participants.
Deep Hollow Half Marathon & 5k is the premier trail race in the Liberty Mountain Trail Series. The Half Marathon is comprised of primarily single track trail intermixed with some forest roads. The 5K course is an out and back course on a forest road.
DATE | Saturday, October 10, 2020
LOCATION | Hydaway Outdoor Center
DISTANCE | Half Marathon – 13.1 miles | 5K – 3.1 miles
START TIME | Half Marathon @ 8 A.M. | 5K @ 1:00 P.M. (50-runner heats will be assigned at registration)
PACKET PICKUP (info packet includes race shirt and bib) | Thursday, October 8 – LaHaye Rotunda from Noon-6 P.M. | Friday, October 9 – LaHaye Rotunda from Noon-6 P.M. |
T-SHIRT | Featured giveaway t-shirt is guaranteed before Oct 1st registration. A limited number of extra shirts will be available on a first-come basis at packet pickup.
AWARDS | Awards will be given to the top 3 male & female overall winners, top 3 male & female in each age group, and top male & female masters (>40 years of age) overall winners. All finishers of the half-marathon will receive a finisher award. All awards will be ranked on “chip” time. All starting waves will be combined to determine award winners.
Door prizes will also be given out via social media following the race.
LMTS FINISHER AWARDS | Awards will be given to all runners who participate in all 5 LMTS 2020-2021 races in April 2021 (Deep Hollow, Valley View, Reindeer Run, Arctic 5k, King of the Mountain).
*Liberty University discount applied at checkout
REFERRAL DISCOUNT | Be sure to refer 5 of your friends/family using your custom code after you register for the race. Refer 5 registrations and we will refund you $20!