Promise Land 50K


The Toughest 50K You Will Ever Love!!   

2008 Results


A limited number of shirts and shorts from past Promise Land 50K's are available for sale.

The entry shirts are $10 and the Patagonia shorts are $20.   Please include $2 for shipping.

E-mail David Horton at for availability


2nd Race in the Lynchburg Ultra Series




Sponsored By


Frank Villa Optometrist


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Promise Land History


Special Awards to all sub-10 hour finishers.

"Not Your Average 50K Race"


DATE:  Saturday, April 25, 2009
DISTANCE: 50 Kilometers
STARTING TIME: 5:30 A.M.  (10 hour time limit)


Free Camping at the Start/Finish Area


Please Note: Please do not bring a crew; parking is Very Limited at the Aid Stations

**I highly suggest that you bring a tent & camp with us at the start/finish area

Dr. David Horton Office: (434) 582-2386
Liberty University Home:(434) 239-1324
1971 University Blvd Fax:(434) 582-2468
Lynchburg, VA 24502 E-mail:


COURSE DESIGNERS & DEVELOPERS: George Wortley, Mike Sandlin, and David Horton


START/FINISH LOCATION: The start/finish area is located at the Promise Land youth camp, which lies between Bedford & Big Island, Virginia off Highway 122. From the intersection of H 122 & 221 in Bedford, drive 8.9 miles east on 122 to the Millstone Tea Room. Turn left on Colton's Mill Road & go 1.8 miles. After crossing a one-lane bridge, turn left & go 1.6 miles to the Promise Land. From the intersection of 122 & 501 in Big Island, drive west 8.8 miles to the Millstone Tea Room & follow the directions above.


ENTRY FEE:  $70 postmarked by April 3 - $90 thereafter. THERE WILL BE NO REFUND OF ENTRY FEES.  Make check payable to Dr. David Horton and send entry to the address listed above.


COURSE:  The course uses Overstreet Road, Glenwood, Cornelius Creek, White Tail, & Apple Orchard Falls Trails. There are just under 8,000 feet of elevation gain & the same amount of descent.


AID STATIONS: There will be five separate Aid Stations. Three of the aid stations; Overstreet Falls, Cornelius Creek Trail Junction, & Sunset Fields will be passed twice, therefore aid can be received at eight points. Aid will include Conquest, soda, water, and a variety of food items.


ACCOMMODATIONS: There is a big grassy field at the start/finish where you can camp. There is also a trailer with 18 bunk beds & a bunkhouse with 16 bunk beds. I plan on camping at the start/finish because of the early start (5:30 a.m.) There are also restrooms and shower facilities at The Promise Land.


MOTELS:  The closest motel is the Super 8 Hotel in Bedford, Virginia. They are giving a discount to runners for the Promise Land 50K.   When calling (1-800-800-8000) ask for the PL 50K discount.  The view from the back of the Super 8 is spectacular . . . all the mountains that runners will be running over are in full view!!! It is 17.4 miles from the Super 8 to the Promise Land. The Super 8 is located on Highway 460 on the west side of Bedford. 


PRE-RACE DINNER: From 6-8 on Friday, April 24. I will be buying some pizza, and possibly chicken, drinks and maybe some desserts for the meal.  If you want to eat with us at the Promise Land Youth Camp, please include $5.00 per person.


PRE-RACE BRIEFING: There will be a pre-race briefing at the Promise Land around 8:00 p.m. on Friday and at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Start.


CREW ACCESS: There will be crew access ONLY at Sunset Fields. Runners pass through this aid station twice (11.9 & 26.7 miles). Crews, DO NOT drive on Overstreet Road.  Please, do not attempt to see your runners at the other aid stations. Drive "very slowly" on these very curvy and narrow roads. Park only where you are instructed.


CUT-OFF TIME: There is a 10-hour time limit. Runners must reach Cornelius Creek Trailhead (23.9 miles) by 1:30 (8 hours) to be allowed to continue.


POST-RACE LUNCH: On Saturday, there will be hamburgers, hotdogs, and a variety of other food items cooked for runners at the finish line (free of charge).


AWARDS:  All sub 10-hour finishers will receive a special award.  The first ten male and first three female finishers will receive special awards.  Also, special awards will be presented to the first place male and female masters (40-49), grand masters (50-59), super masters (60 and over), best blood & Fastest Fat Boy.


AWARDS:  The awards will be presented to runners shortly after finishing.