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.
Knob Race Date and Logistics
October 10, 2020 8am Start -- Cancelled
Packet pick-up will be at Levine Hall of Health Sciences in Boone on October 9 from 4:30-6:30pm. Day of packet pick-up will be at Lost Province Brewing Co. from 6:30-7:30am on October 10. Online registration will remain open until 7:00am on October 10 and no in-person paper registration will take place. The Knob will start from Lost Province and will finish at Howard's Knob Park. Because of Covid19, we will not be able to offer shuttle transportation for runners or spectators.
The Knob -- 2 miles of pure hill! The Knob begins at Lost Province Brewing Company in downtown historic Boone. Out of the parking lot you'll begin the Knob ascent with a right turn 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 - (all stations will offer water in pre-filled cups available for self pick-up)
Mile 1.2: water
Race Fees and Registration: Knob
Now until 9/20/20: $20.00
9/21/20 until raceday: $35.00
***Note, registration is only on-line! On-line registration closes at 7:00am on October 10. Only participants registered by 9/20/20 are guaranteed t-shirts.***
All participants registered by 9/20/20 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 Knob on October 10.
*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.