The Knob and The Bonk


Knob/Bonk Race Date and Logistics

October 5, 2019 8am Start

Packet pick-up will be  at Up 'n Running at New Market Center in Boone on TBD from 4:30-6:00pm. Day of packet pick-up and registration will be at Lost Province Brewing Co. from 6:30-7:30am (TBD). Payment accepted at on-site registration is limited to cash and checks. The Knob will start from Lost Province and will finish at Howard's Knob Park.  The Bonk will start at Howard's Knob Park and will finish at the Lost Province.  Shuttle service will provide transportation in both directions for particpants and spectators (please bring car seats if the spectator is required to use one).  Because parking is very limited at Howard's Knob park we encourage the use of the continuously operating shuttles. 

Route description

The Knob and The Bonk will run simultaneously -- 2 miles of pure hill in both directions! The Knob begins at Lost Province Brewing Company in downtown historic Boone. Out of the parking lot you'll begin the Knob ascent with a right turn onto Queen St. which then becomes Grand Blvd. Taking a right onto Bear Trail, the route will then take a left onto Eastwood/Junaluska Road.  Finally, after a major climb and with the peak in-sight, the route takes a right onto Howard's Knob Road and finishes in Howard's Knob Park. The route reaches an elevation of 4,406 feet (1,343 m) above sea level, and climbs nearly 1,000 feet (300 m) above the town of Boone and the campus of Appalachian State University. The course is surrounded with fall foliage and unparalleled views from the top.

The Bonk (backwards Knob) will begin at Howard's Knob park with a jubilant cheer from 4,406 feet above Boone. Following the same route as The Knob, only backwards, the run will end at Lost Province Brewing Company.

Plan on plenty of merriment during this race as it is the last race in the Triple Crown series. Participants who finish all three races of The High Country Triple Crown will be recognized following The Knob!

Race Fees and Registration: Knob

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     Now until 9/13/19: $20.00

     9/14/19 until raceday: $35.00



Race Fees and Registration: Bonk

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     Now until 9/13/19: $20.00

     9/14/19 until raceday: $35.00



   ***Note, registration is only on-line through Race Planner or day-of at the event! On-line registration closes at midnight on 10/2/19.  Only participants registered by 9/13/19 are guaranteed t-shirts.***






All participants registered by 9/13/19 are guaranteed to receive Knob or Bonk t-shirts and goody bags. The top three male and female finishers for The Knob 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. Starters of The Bonk will receive special awards but will not be eligible for age category or overall awards.

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.



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.



2018 Results by Agegroup   2018 Results by Overall

2017 Results by Agegroup   2017 Results by Overall

2016 Results by Agegroup   2016 Results by Overall

2015 Results by Agegroup   2015 Results by Overall

2014 Results by Agegroup   2014 Results by Overall

2013 Results by Agegroup   2013 Results by Overall

2012 Results by Agegroup   2012 Results Overall

2011 Results by Agegroup   2011 Results Overall


Course Topographical Map

The Knob Route with elevation (link to USA Track and Field Map)

2018 Triple Crown Race Dates!


The Cub (7-Miler), presented by Mast General Store                 May 25, 2019    8:00 am

High Country Half Marathon, presented by ZAP Fitness             August 24, 2019   7:30 am

The Knob/The Bonk (2-Miler), presented by                             October 5, 2019 8:00am

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