The High Country Triple Crown is celebrating its 16th year of existence as the premier running series in the High Country of North Carolina. Headquartered in Boone, NC, the Triple Crown consists of three races of varying difficulty and terrain. All races showcase the breathtaking scenery of the NC mountains coupled with the vitality of the local community. Runners are encouraged to complete all three races for special prizes and reduced fees.
The Cub, a.k.a. "Valle Crucis 7-Miler," showcases the beautiful mountain community and countryside of Valle Crucis, NC. This 7-mile mountain road race will begin and end at the Valle Crucis Park passing the Mast General Store and the Baird Barn, continuing over the Watauga and climbing to the Danner Cemetery (the most spectacular views of Valle Crucis). This route is hilly, steep, and challenging. Valle Crucis is home to some of the most scenic spots in North Carolina. The Valle Crucis Park staging area has plenty of parking, real bathrooms, great music, and real southern mountain charm.
The Half Marathon will begin in ASU's Kidd Brewer Stadium. Out of the stadium, the course will follow a flat River's St. onto Blowing Rock Road (mile 1 @ IHOP). Taking a right onto Winkler's Creek Rd. at Bojangles, the route begins it's curves and gradual uphill following along the picturesque Winkler's Creek. The route will then take a right onto Russ Cornett Road (mile 3) with more curves and gradual uphills and downhills all the way to a left keeping on Russ Cornett (mile 6 @ mailbox #3030). After another left onto Poplar Grove Road the course winds around and takes a left onto Shulls Mill Road (mile 8- just past Crestwood) and then a left on Highway 221 (mile 10) into Blowing Rock. Taking a right to go past the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, the curse will follow a scenic path through Mayview and finish at Davant Field.
The Knob begins at Lost Province Brewing Company in downtown historic Boone. Out of the parking lot you'll begin the Knob ascent with a right turn onto Queen St. which then becomes Grand Blvd. Taking a right onto Bear Trail, the route will then take a left onto Eastwood/Junaluska Road. Finally, after a major climb and with the peak in-sight, the route takes a right onto Howard's Knob Road and finishes in Howard's Knob Park. The route reaches an elevation of 4,406 feet (1,343 m) above sea level, and climbs nearly 1,000 feet (300 m) above the town of Boone and the campus of Appalachian State University. The course is surrounded with fall foliage and unparalleled views from the top.