BOONE — It’s that time of year again for the annual High Country Triple Crown running series and registration is officially underway.
For 12 years, the trio of running events gives athletes a chance to take on the fun, yet challenging terrain of Watauga County.
The three races are set to take place on May 28, Aug. 27 and Oct. 8.
The High Country Triple Crown is designed to provide different levels of difficulty and distances for the competing runners.
The first race of the series is the Valle Crucis Cub, a seven-mile run that wraps through the small town nestled in the western part of Watauga County.
Racing action continue with the High Country Half Marathon on Aug. 27. The run starts out at Kidd Brewer Stadium on the campus of Appalachian State and will eventually end up at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve for the finish line.
The final event of the High Country Triple Crown, and arguably the most grueling, is the ascent to Howard’s Knob Park. The two-mile, uphill run begins at the Watauga County Library and ends after almost 1,000 feet in elevation change at Howard’s Knob Park, sitting at 4,406 feet above sea level.
Runners who participate in all three High Country Triple Crown races will be eligible to win $1,500 in cash prizes. Registration fees will be reduced for participants who register early or register for all three races. The cost of all three races is $100 if registered by May 10.
All proceeds raised from the High Country Triple Crown are donated to Girls on the Run of the High Country, an after-school program that reaches out to girls in third grade through eighth grade to boost confidence while promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle through running.
For more information and to register for The Cub, The High Country Half Marathon or The Knob, visit http://triplecrown.appstate.edu or call 828-262-7557.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87