By Audrey Gurkin
BOONE, N.C. — Runners and walkers of all ages may now register for the 15th annual running of The Knob — the third and final race in Appalachian State University’s 2019 High Country Triple Crown series. The series is sponsored by the Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) within the university’s Beaver College of Health Sciences.
Proceeds from the Triple Crown series benefit Appalachian’s Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR-HC) program, which inspires girls in grades three through eight to be healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. In 2018, the race series donated $13,000 to GORT-HC to assist with the program’s scholarship fund.
“The Knob — a challenging run for sure — is a great way to experience a beautiful fall morning and the camaraderie of fellow running enthusiasts,” said Mary Sheryl Horine, race director and associate director of Appalachian’s IHHS.
Beginning in downtown Boone at Lost Province Brewing Co., the uphill race follows a challenging 2-mile route to Howard’s Knob Park. Shuttle vans will be available to transport participants to the starting location after they finish the race.
The registration fee for the race is $20, and participants will receive T-shirts and numerous door prizes donated by sponsors. Food will be provided by Lost Province Brewing Co. and Stick Boy Bread Co.
Awards will be conferred to overall winners and age group winners of The Knob. Following the race, cash awards totaling $1,500 will be presented to the top three male and female overall winners of the Triple Crown series, as well as the top three male and female grandmaster (age 50-plus) competitors.
For more information about The Knob and to register for the race, visit http://www.triplecrown.appstate.edu or call 828-262-7557. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Lost Province Brewing Co.