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Registration is open for the annual running of The Knob

BOONE –  On Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m. runners and walkers of all ages are invited to be part of the 9th annual running of The Knob. As the third and final race of the 2015 High Country Triple Crown series, The Knob is a great way to kick off Appalachian State University’s Homecoming Weekend.

Beginning at the Watauga County Library, the uphill run will follow a challenging but very picturesque two-mile route to Knob Park. Also starting at 4:30 p.m., runners and walkers of The Bonk will begin at the top of Howard’s Knob and will finish at the Watauga County Library.

Registration fees are $30 and participants of both races will receive goody bags, T-shirts and numerous door prizes donated by sponsors. Food will be provided by Wendy’s and Barberitos. Special awards will be offered to overall winners and age-group winners of The Knob. Also following the race, cash awards totaling $1,500 will be given to the top three male and female overall winners of the Triple Crown series and top three male and female grandmaster (age 50+) competitors.

Proceeds from the High Country Triple Crown benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country. In 2014, the race series donated $8,000 to Girls on the Run to assist with the program’s scholarship fund. Girls on the Run inspires girls in the 3rd-8th grade to be healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

The High Country Triple Crown is sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services within the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University.

For more information and to register for the The Knob and The Bonk, please visit http://www.triplecrown.appstate.edu/ or call 828-262-7557. Day-of registration for the race will take place beginning at 3p.m. at the Watauga County Library.