High Country Triple Crown


Registration is open-- join us for the 2021 HCTC Series!

August 21, 2021: The Cub Seven Miler

September 25, 2021: The Knob Two Miler

October 23, 2021: The High Country Half Marathon

(Please click on the links to the left to register for individual races or the triple crown series!)

For more information about the High Country Triple Crown races, please contact Mary Sheryl Horine at horinems@appstate.edu

 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.

After taking a pandemic break in 2020,  we invite you to participate in The Cub, The High Country Half Marathon, and The Knob as we enter our 16th year! 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
  • Kate Prisco
  • Ashley Goodman
  • Katie Howard


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!