The Knob Two Mile Race

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


Knob Race Date and Logistics

Kno race runnerTBD 8am Start  

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 Lost Province Brewing Company from 6:30am-7:30am. In-person registration payment will  be limited to cash and checks (payable to ASU). The Knob will start from Lost Province and will finish at Howard's Knob Park.   

Shuttle transportation from the finish line will take runners back to the starting point at Lost Province.  We will also offer a dedicated gear shuttle to transport particpant's belongings to the finish line.

Route Description

The Knob -- 2 miles of pure hill! The Knob begins in front of the Watauga County Library in downtown historic Boone. Out of the parking lot you'll begin the Knob ascent onto Queen St. which then becomes Grand Blvd. Taking a right onto Bear Trail, the route will then take a left onto Eastwood/Junaluska Road.  Finally, after a major climb and with the peak in-sight, the route takes a right onto Howard's Knob Road and finishes in Howard's Knob Park. The route reaches an elevation of 4,406 feet (1,343 m) above sea level, and climbs nearly 1,000 feet (300 m) above the town of Boone and the campus of Appalachian State University. The course is surrounded with fall foliage and unparalleled views from the top.

Water/Aid Stations 

Mile 1.2: water

The Knob and the Bonk - 2 miles of pure hill

Race Fees and Registration: Knob

Register Now

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

Now until TBD: $20.00

TBD until raceday: $35.00


Triple Crown T shirt


All participants registered by TBD are guaranteed to receive Knob long sleeve  t-shirts and goody bags. The top three male and female finishers for The Knob 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.


2021 Results by Age group  2021 Results by Overall

2019 Results by Age group   2019 Results by Overall

2018 Results by Age group   2018 Results by Overall

2017 Results by Age group   2017 Results by Overall

2016 Results by Age group   2016 Results by Overall

2015 Results by Age group   2015 Results by Overall

2014 Results by Age group   2014 Results by Overall

2013 Results by Age group   2013 Results by Overall

2012 Results by Age group        2012 Results Overall

2011 Results by Age group        2011 Results Overall

Course Topographical Map

The Knob Route with elevation (link to USA Track and Field Map)