High Country Half Marathon Scheduled for August 24
BOONE, N.C. – “Half the Distance but Just as Hard.” The High Country Half Marathon is accepting registrations for those who are up for the challenge! Scheduled for August 24 starting at 7:30am, the race will cover 13.1 miles from Boone to Blowing Rock. Sponsored by The Blue Cross of NC Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) at Appalachian State University, runners will enjoy some of the most spectacular views of any race in the state.
As the second race in the High Country Triple Crown series, the High Country Half Marathon is celebrating its ninth annual race. All proceeds benefit local kid’s organizations including Girls on the Run of the High Country and AppKids.
The race debuted in 2011 and participants have described it as challenging as it follows the route of the first half of the Grandfather Mt. Marathon. Mary Sheryl Horine, race director stated, “We celebrate the fact that we’ve got a beautiful environment for running in the summertime. Combine that with dedicated volunteers, cool awards and a great cause and you’ve got a race that people travel to from all over the southeast.”
The race begins on Appalachian’s campus and follows picturesque roads of Watauga County before ending in Blowing Rock at Davant Field. An awards ceremony following the race will feature overall and age category awards, grandmaster (age 50+) awards, finisher’s medals and great door prizes. Food and other refreshments will be provided by local brewing companies as well as Hatchet Coffee. Live music will also be staged at the finish area to celebrate the considerable effort runners will be putting forth.
Participants can register online and read a full route description at www.triplecrown.appstate.edu. The registration fee is $65 and includes a tech running shirt and a finisher’s medal. Other races in the High Country Triple Crown Series include The Valle Crucis Cub 7-Miler, which was held over Memorial Day weekend and presented by Mast General Store, and The Knob two-mile race to be held on October 5 and sponsored by Lost Province Brewing Co.
Runners who participate in all three High Country Triple Crown races will be eligible to win $1,500 in cash prizes and a congratulatory award for participating in all three events.
For more information and to register for The High Country Half Marathon or The Knob, please visit www.triplecrown.appstate.edu or call 828-262-7557.