The Cub presented by Mast General Store

The Cub

Look for registration to open for the 2023 race in late March!


Date and Logistics



8:00am start for all participants!

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  TBD 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," showcases the beautiful mountain community and countryside of Valle Crucis, NC. This 7-mile mountain road race will begin at the Valle Crucis School and turn 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 will turn onto Baird's Creek Rd. and climb 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, completing the seven mile loop. This route is hilly, steep, and challenging.

The Valle Crucis events are some of the most scenic in North Carolina. The Valle Crucis School staging area has plenty of parking, real bathrooms, great music, and real southern mountain charm.

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

On-line registration closes for The Cub at 11:59pm on TBD. Only participants registered by  TBD are guaranteed t-shirts. You may register in-person at the event. 

***Now until : $40.00***

*** until raceday: $50.00***


Discounted Race Fees and Registration for all three races of the Triple Crown:

Register for all three Triple Crown races for a discounted rate of $110.00 (this special offer good until TBD)

Register Now

Register for The Cub, The High Country Half Marathon and The Knob 

***Now until : $110.00***


Triple Crown T Shirt


All participants registered by TBD  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 three male and female finishers as well as the overall grandmaster  (age 50+)  top three male and female finishers will also receive awards. Special prizes from our sponsors will be given away throughout the Triple Crown Events. 

Triple Crown Winners: Runners who complete all three Triple Crown races (The Cub, The Half Marathon and The Knob) will receive special awards. The top three overall* male and female runners as well as the top three overall* female and male grandmasters (age 50+) will split $1,500.00 in cash awards following The Half Marathon on TBD.

*It is the policy of the HCTC that overall winners are displaced from age group categories for awards.  This policy also applies to cash awards in the Overall and Grandmaster categories. All awards need to be claimed within 7 days of the race date.


The High Country Triple Crown 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.

*COVID-19 Exception: If any HCTC race needs to be canceled for public health reasons, registrations will be refunded automatically.


2011 Overall Results         2011 Age group Results (please remember that this course was out and back on Watauga River Road and not the usual 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

Map of Route with Aid Stations

Map of Cub route with aid Stations

Course Topographical Map

Cub Race Topographical Map