The Cub presented by Mast General Store

The Cub

The Cub April 20, 2024

The race starts and finishes at the Valle Crucis School. Packet Pick-Up and in-person registration will be at Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences on  April 19 from 4:30-6:30pm. Day of packet pick up and in-person registration will be at Valle Crucis School from 6:30am - 7:30am.

Route Description

The Cub, a.k.a. "Valle Crucis 7-Miler," or "The Baby Bear Run," showcases the beautiful mountain community and countryside of Valle Crucis, NC. The 7-mile mountain road race begins at the Valle Crucis School and turns right on to Broadstone Rd. The course passes the Mast General Store and the Baird Barn and continues over the Watauga River towards Baird's Creek Rd.  The route turns onto Baird's Creek Rd. and climbs up, and up  to Dewitt Barnett and the following steep climb to the Danner Cemetery (the most spectacular views of Valle Crucis). From there it's all down hill to the low water bridge, right on to Broadstone Rd., and then back to the school on a rare stretch of flat road to complete the seven mile loop. This route is hilly, steep, and challenging.

Valle Crucis sets the stage for some of  most scenic events in North Carolina. The Valle Crucis School start/finish area has plenty of parking, real bathrooms, great music, and real southern mountain charm.

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Water/Aid Stations -  (all stations will offer water in pre-filled cups available for self pick-up)

Mile 2.4: water
Mile 4.8: water 
Mile 6: water


Race Fees and Registration for The Cub

Register Now

Online registration closes for The Cub on April 18 at 11:59pm. Only participants registered by March 27 are guaranteed t-shirts. You may register in-person at the event or during packet pick-up the night before.

Now until March 27: $40.00

March 28 until April 20: $50.00



All participants registered by March 27 are guaranteed to receive Cub shirts. The top three male and female finishers for The Cub in seven different age categories will receive awards. The overall* top male and female finishers in both the general catetgory and the grandmaster  (age 50+)  category will also receive awards. Special prizes from our sponsors will be given away during The Cub!

*It is the policy of The Cub that overall winners are displaced from age group categories for awards.  All awards need to be claimed within 7 days of the race date.


The Cub adheres to the standard running industry policy that refunds are not allowed. Unlike the industry standard, however, we do allow registration transfers provided the person to which the registration is being transferred checks in at the registration table to update information prior to the race start. The new person must also complete a participation waiver.  Recipients of transferred registrations are not guaranteed a t-shirt or specific t-shirt size.  The entry fee for this year’s event will NOT transfer to next year’s event, no exceptions

Volunteer with us! We welcome helpers in a variety of positions; setting up, along the race route, at water stations, and at the finish line.





2011 Overall Results*         2011 Age group Results*

* Out and back on Watauga River Road not usual looped course

2012 Overall Results         2012 Age group Results

2013 Overall Results         2013 Age group Results

2014 Overall Results         2014 Age group Results

2015 Overall Results         2015 Age group Results

2016 Overalll Results         2016 Age group Results

2017 Overalll Results         2017 Age group Results

2018 Overalll Results         2018 Age group Results

2019 Overall Results          2019 Age group Results

2021 Overall Results          2021 Age group Results

2023 Overall and Age Group Results

Map of Route with Aid Stations

Map of Cub route with aid Stations

Course Topographical Map

Cub Race Topographical Map