Girls on the Run of the High Country, a program of the Appalachian State University Blue Cross of NC Institute for Health and Human Services, has inspired girls in Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Allegany and Wilkes counties for 22 seasons. The program has impacted the lives of over 2,000 girls and 400 volunteer coaches. This season, Girls on the Run will be offered at nine locations. Each team will meet two times a week for 75-90 minutes either before or after school and participate in research-based lessons that use dynamic discussions and fun running games to teach life skills. The season will culminate in a 5k event that brings together family, friends and community members to celebrate the girls’ growth throughout the season.

The program fee for the fall season is $100, and scholarship funding is available to those who qualify. The program fee includes registration for the end-of-season 5k event, a shirt, water bottle and goody bag. More information about the program and registration can be found on the Girls on the Run of the High Country website at 


  • Occurred Monday, September 16th, 2019 — all day


Mary Sheryl Horine

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