By Greg Hince
May 30, 2012. The High Country Triple Crown, a series of three challenging races through mountain terrain, will be held in the coming months. All proceeds will go to the Girls on the Run of the High Country.
The organization is a self-esteem building program for girls in the 3rd-5th grade. Girls on the Run International was started in Charlotte in 1996, with the aim of providing life-changing experiences to adolescent girls. Around 200,000 people participate in their youth enrichment programs annually and they operate in 173 cities across North America.
The events are co-coordinated with help from Girls on the Run International and the Blue Cross and at Appalachian State.
The path of each race take runners through local communities and gives them the opportunity to take in views of the mountains. Each race varies in distance and difficulty.
The first race, The Valle Crucis Cub 7-Miler, will be held June 16 at the Valle Crucis School. The race begins at 8 a.m. and is sponsored by Mast General Store. Registration is $25 until June 2, and $35 after. Participants can register at www.triplecrown.appstate.edu.
The High Country Half Marathon will be held Aug. 25 at 7:30 a.m. It is sponsored by ExploreBoone.com.
The third of the races, The Knob, will be held Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. It is sponsored by Foscoe Rentals.
Runners who participate in all three High Country Triple Crown races will be eligible to win $1,000 in cash prizes. Registration fees are reduced for participants who register early or register for all three races. It is $75 to register for all three races.
For more information, and to register for races, visit www.triplecrown.appstate.edu or call 828-262-7557.