7:30am start for all runners; 11:00am cut-off for participants if they have not completed the course. For safety reasons, we no longer allow early starting times for walkers. Organizers caution participants that this race is challenging and should not be considered for first-time half marathoners. Awards ceremony will begin at 10:15am at Davant Field in downtown Blowing Rock (near the swimming pool).
"Half the distance but just as hard." The High Country Half Marathon is roughly the first half of the Grandfather Marathon which is considered one of the toughest marathons in the United States. We've added some incredibly scenic views and a nice downhill at the end, which varies from the marathon, but make no mistake, the course is challenging! If you can complete the High Country Half Marathon, you've got something to brag about!
The Half Marathon will begin in Boone at Raley Parking Lot. The course will follow a flat River's St. onto Blowing Rock Road (mile 1 @ IHOP). Taking a right onto Winkler's Creek Rd. at Bojangles, the route begins it's curves and gradual uphill following along the picturesque Winkler's Creek. The route will then take a right onto Russ Cornett Road (mile 3) with more curves and gradual uphills and downhills. **New** At mile 4.4, the route will take a right onto Diamond Ranch. Next turn is a left onto Poplar Grove Road then a left onto Shulls Mill Road at mile 7.5. At Highway 221 the course turns left into Blowing Rock. Taking the first road on the right, the course turns onto Laurel Lane looping around the Equestrian Center. Taking another right onto Wonderland Trail and the finest views in the south, the course continues to wind downhill and to the right on Wonderland Trail until a left turn back onto Laurel Lane (near Bistro Roca). The route is completed with a right turn onto Clark Street and a short jaunt to finish at Davant Field.
All participants registered by 8/4/19 are guaranteed to receive moisture wicking shirts and goody bags. The top three male and female finishers for The Half Marathon 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 5.
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.
$75.00 - 8/5/19 until raceday
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