BOONE, N.C. — The Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) at Appalachian State University announces the High Country Triple Crown. Now in its 15th year, the series is a trio of races covering mountain terrain in Watauga County. All proceeds benefit local youth participating in either the Girls on the Run of the High Country or AppKIDS programs.
As described by Mary Sheryl Horine, associate director of IHHS, “Girls on the Run is an after-school program that inspires girls in grades three through eight to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. AppKIDS is an annual winter clothes shopping program that benefits 90 underprivileged Watauga County K–12 students.”
The High Country Triple Crown consists of three races of varying difficulty and distance. Registration is open at https://triplecrown.appstate.edu.
The first race in the series is The Cub — also known as the Valle Crucis 7-Miler — is presented by Mast General Store. Participants can register online or at the event starting at 6:30 a.m. Racers will receive T-shirts, age category awards and overall awards, and have the chance to win numerous donated door prizes.
Other races in the series are The High Country Half Marathon, presented by ZAP Fitness, and The Knob.
Runners who participate in all three races will be eligible to win $1,500 in cash prizes. Registration fees will be reduced for participants who register early or register for all three races. The cost of all three races is $110 if registered by Saturday, May 25.
For more information and to register for The Cub, The High Country Half Marathon or The Knob, visit https://triplecrown.appstate.edu or call 828-262-7557.
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About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services connects Appalachian State University to the community by supporting health and wellness research, interprofessional clinics and community outreach programs. The institute partners with the community to better prepare students to become exceptional practitioners who will continue to address health issues and disparities throughout the region and beyond. Learn more at https://ihhs.appstate.edu.
About the Beaver College of Health Sciences
Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences opened in 2010 as the result of a strategic university commitment to significantly enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in North Carolina and beyond. In 2015, the college was named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry — Donald C. Beaver ’62 ’64 of Conover. The college offers 10 undergraduate degree programs and six graduate degree programs, which are organized into six departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health and Exercise Science; Nursing; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Recreation Management and Physical Education; and Social Work. Learn more at https://healthsciences.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.