High Country Half Marathon

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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).

Packet pick-up will be at Up 'N Running (New Market Center) on 8/23/19 from 5:00-7:00pm. Day of packet pick up and registration will be at the ASU Raley/Peacock Parking Lot from 6:00am-7:00am. Payment accepted at on-site registration is limited to cash and checks. 

Parking is free at ASU at all Student, Faculty and Visitor lots.

Complimentary shuttles will provide transportation for runners from the finish line in Blowing Rock back to the starting area on ASU's campus.  There will also be a dedicated gear shuttle to transport particpant's belongings to the finish line.

MORE FUN FOR THE HALF MARATHON-- a 2.5 mile downhill finish to again end in Davant Park in downtown Blowing Rock!  The post-race celebration will include live music and food and drinks sponsored by the Beech Mt. Brewery and Appalchian Mt. Brewery!!

Route Description

"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.

Aid Stations:
Mile 1.8            water
Mile 4.5            water and Gatorade
Mile 6               water and Gatorade
Mile 8             water and Gatorade 
Mile 10             water and Gatorade




Race Fees and Registration for The High Country Half Marathon:

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On-line registration closes at midnight on 8/21/2019, however we do accept in-person registration at packet pick-up and on-site at the race. Only participants registered by 8/1/19 are guaranteed t-shirts.

***Now until 8/4/19: $65.00***

***8/5/19 until raceday: $75.00***


 Discounted Race Fees and Registration for all three races of the Triple Crown:

Register for all three Triple Crown races for a discounted rate of $110.00 (this special offer good until 5/25/2019)


***Now until 5/25/19: $110.00***







The High Country Triple Crown adheres to the standard running industry policy that refunds are not allowed. Unlike the industry standard, however, we do allow registration transfers provided the person to which the registration is being transferred checks in at the registration table to update information prior to the race start. The new person must also complete a participation waiver.  Recipients of transferred registrations are not guaranteed a t-shirt or specific t-shirt size.  The entry fee for this year’s event will NOT transfer to next year’s event, no exceptions.


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.



2019 Overall          2019 By Agegroup

2018 Overall           2018 By Agegroup

2017 Overall           2017 By Agegroup

2016 Overall           2016 By Agegroup

2015 Overall           2015 By Agegroup

2014 Overall           2014 By Agegroup

2013 Overall           2013 By Agegroup

2012 Overall           2012 By Agegroup

2011 Overall           2011 By Agegroup


Half Marathon Policies

Runners are reminded that the Half Marathon course is on open road.  Because of the winding and hilly nature of this course, the following policies have been adopted for the safety of all our particpants.

Strollers: Not allowed

Dogs: Not allowed

Children:  Any participant under the age of 14 needs to be accompanied by an adult


2020 Triple Crown Race Dates!


The Cub (7-Miler), presented by Mast General Store, May 23 at 8:00 am

High Country Half Marathon, August 22 at 7:30 am

The Knob (2-Miler), TBD

Men 2019

1. Michael Holland  2:10:40

2. Caleb Critcher  2:30:54

3. Sean Dunlap 2:45:29

Women 2019

1. Alice Purser 2:42:03

2. Laura McKenzie 3:18:45

3. Holly Klein 3:31:53

Grandmaster Men 2019

1. John Williams 2:43:07

2. Chris Squires  2:57:44

3. Scott Jensen 3:25:21

Grandmaster Women 2019

1. Christina Taylor 4:23:23

2. Cindy Wilson 4:59:58

3. Beth Vonnegut 5:00:57

2018 Triple Crown Winners

Men 2018

1. Caleb Masland  2:12:38

2. Michael Holland  2:13:34

3. Caleb Critcher  2:28:20

Women 2018

1. Michelle Lutz  2:47:18

2. Liz Riha  2:49:29

3. Hannah Wellborn  3:20:00

Grandmaster Men 2018

1. Chris Squires  2:57:54

2. Johnny Venderford  3:07:54

3. Stephen Spell  3:13:08

Grandmaster Women 2018

1. Sherri Nemeth  3:23:10

2. Janeen Anderson  3:53:18

3. Kathy Medford  4:04:42

2017 Triple Crown Winners

Men 2017

1. Wilton Norris 2:10:19

2. Caleb Masland 2:14:34

3. Christopher Larson 2:33:00

Women 2017

1. Tilda Helgesson 2:46;26

2. Becky Moretz 3:19:51

3. Paige Kell  3:25:55

Grandmaster Men 2017

1. Wayne Middlesteadt 3:05:00

2. Glenn Eller 3:10:02

3. Stephen Spell 3:13:16

Grandmaster Women 2017

1. Lisa Howell 3:47:23

2. Dawn Jenson 4:13:05

3. Beth Vonnegut 4:39:43

2016 Triple Crown Winners

Men 2016

1. Caleb Critcher 2:30:14

2. John Williams 2:41:32

3. Lewis Hendricks 2:52:00

Women 2016

1. Sarah Garvick 2:53:03

2. Jessica Howard 3:02:26

3. Lisa Beard 3:11:57

Grandmaster Men 2016

1. Steve Ryder 2:46:15

2. Stephen Spell 3:11:08

3. Robert Flanigan 3:35:49

Grandmaster Women 2016

1. Karen Anderson 3:38:48

2. Donna Vanderford 3:58:06

3. Linda Buchanan 4:29:12

2015 Triple Crown Winners

Men 2015

1. Caleb Critcher 2:36:51

2. Josh Church 2:41:12

3. Andrew Kinder 2:58:37

Women 2015

1. Emily Wolf 2:50:30

2. Emma Henry 3:08:46

3. Donna Jones 3:20:02

Grandmaster Men 2015

1. Terry Anderson 2:55:01

2. Wayne Middlesteadt 3:04:13

3. Stephen Spell 3:08:04

Grandmaster Women 2015

1. Nan Jekubovitch 4:04:39

2. Linda Buchanan 4:26:52

2014 Triple Crown Winners

Men 2014

  1. Caleb Masland 2:13:15
  2. Caleb Critcher 2:31:44
  3. Damon Braxton 2:39:16

Women 2014

  1. Michelle Lutz 2:33:03
  2. Donna Jones 3:20:47
  3. Tracie Haines 3:21:30

Grandmaster Men 2014

  1. Stephen Spell 3:07:07
  2. Kinney Baughman 3:22:49
  3. Steven Jacobson 3:39:22

Grandmaster Women 2014

  1. Michelle Johnson 3:15:35
  2. Nan Jekubovitch 4:19:12
  3. Carolyn White 5:03:20

2013 Triple Crown Winners

Men 2013

  1. Peyton Hoyle  2:04:47
  2. Caleb Masland  2:11:44
  3. Jack Brown  2:34:21

Women 2013

  1. Jackie Parsons  2:46:38
  2. Jessica Smith  3:03:50
  3. Michelle Johnson  3:14:08

Grandmaster Men 2013

  1. Jack Chambers  2:50:39
  2. Stephen Spell  3:04:39
  3. Bobby Mash  3:16:49

Grandmaster Women 2013

  1. Eri Ohashi  3:20:12
  2. Joan Hearn  7:09:02


2012 Triple Crown Winners

Men 2012

  1. Peyton Hoyal 2:09:55
  2. Caleb Masland 2:13:02
  3. Daniel Phillips 2:24:07

Women 2012

  1. Lori Crotts 2:34:57
  2. Meredith Bazemore 2:47:19
  3. Taylor Gupton 2:50:32