The High Country Triple Crown

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Article Published: Jun. 13, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 13, 2013
The High Country Triple Crown

Jen Parker, left, and Beth Darnell run the final stretch of The Valle Crucis Cub 7-Miler in last year’s High Country Triple Crown series.
Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services at Appalachian State University announces the High Country Triple Crown, a series of three foot-races covering mountain terrain.

All proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country, an afterschool program that inspires girls in the third to eighth grade to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun experience-based curriculum, which integrates running, according to the organization.

Headquartered in Boone, the High Country Triple Crown consists of three races of varying difficulty and distance.

Registration is now open at

The first race in the series is The Valle Crucis Cub 7-Miler, which will be held June 15 and is sponsored by Mast General Store.

The race begins at 8 a.m. at Valle Crucis School. Participants can register online or at the event, starting at 6:30 a.m.

Participants will receive T-shirts, goody bags, age category awards, overall awards and chances for numerous donated door prizes, including An Appalachian Summer Festival tickets, local hotel overnight stays, and other items.

Other races in the series are The High Country Half Marathon, sponsored by, at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 24 and The Knob, sponsored by Foscoe Rentals, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

Runners who participate in all three High Country Triple Crown races will be eligible to win $1,500 in cash prizes.

Registration fees will be reduced for participants who register early or register for all three races. The cost of all three races is $85.

For more information and to register for The Valle Crucis Cub, The High Country Half Marathon or The Knob, visit or call (828) 262-7557.

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