High Country Triple Crown

8.10.20 Update

After developing careful public health modification plans, the hopes were high that the High Country Triple Crown series would be able to happen this summer. Because of the continuing public health crisis and Governor Cooper’s recent announcement that North Carolina must stay in Phase 2 of the Safer at Home plan, we now feel that is necessary to cancel the 2020 High Country Triple Crown Series. We are incredibly disappointed, and we know you are too, but recognize our collective responsibility to ensure a safer and healthier community for all. 

All registered participants have received an email outlining their options for refund, deferral, participation in the "Informal High Country Half Marathon", or donation.  Please contact Mary Sheryl Horine at horinems@appstate.edu if you need this information to be sent again. 


The High Country Triple Crown is a well-established mountain running race series developed for the purpose of raising funds for organizations serving kids in Northwest North Carolina. In 2019, Girls on the Run of the High Country and AppKIDS were the recipients of race proceeds.

Now in our 16th year, we invite you to participate in The Cub Seven Miler, The High Country Half Marathon, and The Knob! The three races have been chosen for their unsurpassed beauty, mountain charm and cool running temperatures. The races are unique, challenging and highly fun-- our runners return year after year to be a part of the series. For those who are up for the challenge, we offer the chance to become Winners of the Triple Crown-- runners who complete all three races. Winners receive special awards following the last race in the series, The Knob. The top three male and female runners, in addition to the top three male and female grandmaster (age 50+) runners will receive cash awards totaling more than $1500.

2019 Winners

Men 2019

1. Michael Holland  2:10:40
2. Caleb Critcher  2:30:54
3. Sean Dunlap 2:45:29

Women 2019

1. Alice Purser 2:42:03
2. Laura McKenzie 3:18:45
3. Holly Klein 3:31:53

Grandmaster Men 2019

1. John Williams 2:43:07
2. Chris Squires  2:57:44
3. Scott Jensen 3:25:21

Grandmaster Women 2019

1. Christina Taylor 4:23:23
2. Cindy Wilson 4:59:58
3. Beth Vonnegut 5:00:57

See past results

Advisory Board

The following group of dedicated volunteers on The High Country Triple Crown Advisory Board has made it possible to offer the race series:

  • Stacy Sears
  • Heidi Tait
  • Mary Sheryl Horine
  • Carol Cook
  • Sarah Garvick
  • Kinney Baughman
  • Jackie Dyer
  • Ashley Goodman
  • Katie Howard
  • Sara Rice


Volunteering with the High Country Triple Crown offers opportunites to experience a completely different side of competitive running.  We're always looking for help with the planning of the Triple Crown series in addition to day-of help in many different positions. Please let us know your interests, we would love to have you!

Please contact Mary Sheryl Horine at horinems@appstate.edu for more information about volunteer opportunities!