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 email@example.com if you need this information to be sent again.
Date and Logistics
September 19, 2020 -- Cancelled
8:00am start for all participants!
The race starts and finishes at the Valle Crucis School. Parking is free, please click here for directions to the school. Packet pick-up will be at Leon Levine Hall on 9/17/20 and 9/18/20 from 4:30-6:30pm. Race registration is available online until 30 minutes before the race start. Packet pick up will take place day-of at Valle Crucis School from 6:30am - 7:30am.
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
Only participants registered by 8/30/20 are guaranteed t-shirts. Online registration will stay open until 30 minutes prior to the race start.
***Now until 8/30/20: $35.00***
***8/31/20 until raceday: $45.00***
Discounted Race Fees and Registration for all three races of the Triple Crown
Register for The Cub, The High Country Half Marathon and The Knob
***Now until 8/22/20: $110.00***
Register for all three Triple Crown races for a discounted rate of $110.00 (this special offer good until 7/11//20)
All participants registered by 8/30/20 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. **Note - In 2020 there will not be an award's ceremony. All awards will be mailed to winners**
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 Knob on October 10, 2020.
*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.
Map of Route with Aid Stations
Course Topographical Map