Registration Is Open!
Date and Logistics
Saturday October 23, 2021
7:30am start for all runners; 11:00am cut-off for participants if they have not completed the course.
The 13.1 mile race starts at the Peacock Parking Lot on Appalachian's main campus (the physical address of the Peacock Parking lot is 461 River Street, Boone, NC 28607) and finishes in Davant Park in Blowing Rock. For safety reasons, we no longer allow early starting times for walkers. Organizers caution participants that this race is challenging and should not be considered for first-time half marathoners.
Packet Pick-Up and in-person registration will be at Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences on 10/21 and 10/22 from 4:30-6:30pm. Day of packet pick up and in-person registration will be at the Peacock Parking Lot from 6:00am-7:00am. In-person registration payment will be limited to cash and checks (payable to ASU).
Parking is free at all Appalachian Student, Faculty and Visitor lots.
Shuttle transportation - approval pending. (Because of Covid19, we were not permitted to offer shuttle transportation for runners or spectators last year and are waiting for approval for 2021. We will still offer a dedicated gear shuttle to transport particpant's belongings to the finish line even if we cannot transport people).
MORE FUN FOR THE HALF MARATHON-- a 2.5 mile downhill finish to again end in Davant Park in downtown Blowing Rock!
"Half the distance but just as hard." The High Country Half Marathon is roughly the first half of the Grandfather Marathon which is considered one of the toughest marathons in the United States. We've added some incredibly scenic views and a nice downhill at the end (which varies from the marathon), but make no mistake, the course is challenging! If you can complete the High Country Half Marathon, you've got something to brag about!
The Half Marathon will begin in Boone at Peacock Parking Lot. The course will follow a flat River's St. onto Blowing Rock Road (mile 1 @ Boonies). Taking a right onto Winkler's Creek Rd. at Bojangles, the route begins it's curves and gradual uphill following along the picturesque Winkler's Creek. The route will then take a right onto Russ Cornett Road (mile 3) with more curves and gradual uphills and downhills. At mile 4.4, the route will take a right onto Diamond Ranch. Next turn is a left onto Poplar Grove Road then a left onto Shulls Mill Road at mile 7.5. At Highway 221 the course turns left into Blowing Rock. Taking the first road on the right, the course turns onto Laurel Lane looping around the Equestrian Center. Taking another right onto Wonderland Trail and the finest views in the south, the course continues to wind downhill and to the right on Wonderland Trail until a left turn back onto Laurel Lane (near Bistro Roca). The route is completed with a right turn onto Clark Street and a short jaunt to finish at Davant Field.
Water/Aid Stations - (all stations will offer water in pre-filled cups available for self pick-up)
Race Fees and Registration for The High Country Half Marathon:
On-line registration closes for the half marathon at 11:59pm on October 20. Only participants registered by 10/3/21 are guaranteed t-shirts. You may register in-person at the event.
***Now until 10/3/21: $65.00***
*** 10/4/21 until raceday: $75.00***
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 8/21/21)
***Now until 8/21/21: $110.00***
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.
All participants registered by 10/3/21 are guaranteed to receive moisture wicking shirts. The top three male and female finishers for The Half Marathon 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. Half Marathon finisher's medals will be awarded.
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 October 23.
*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.
Half Marathon Policies
Runners are reminded that the Half Marathon course is on open road. Because of the winding and hilly nature of this course, the following policies have been adopted for the safety of all our particpants.
Strollers: Not allowed
Dogs: Not allowed
Children: Any participant under the age of 14 needs to be accompanied by an adult