BOONE, N.C. — Runners and walkers of all ages may now register for the 15th annual running of The Knob — the third and final race in Appalachian State University’s 2019 High Country Triple Crown series. The series is sponsored by the Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) within the university’s Beaver College of Health Sciences.
Proceeds from the Triple Crown series benefit Appalachian’s Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR-HC) program, which inspires girls in grades three through eight to be healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. In 2018, the race series donated $13,000 to GORT-HC to assist with the program’s scholarship fund.
“The Knob — a challenging run for sure — is a great way to experience a beautiful fall morning and the camaraderie of fellow running enthusiasts,” said Mary Sheryl Horine, race director and associate director of Appalachian’s IHHS.
Beginning in downtown Boone at Lost Province Brewing Co., the uphill race follows a challenging 2-mile route to Howard’s Knob Park. Shuttle vans will be available to transport participants to the starting location after they finish the race.
The registration fee for the race is $20, and participants will receive T-shirts and numerous door prizes donated by sponsors. Food will be provided by Lost Province Brewing Co. and Stick Boy Bread Co.
Awards will be conferred to overall winners and age group winners of The Knob. Following the race, cash awards totaling $1,500 will be presented to the top three male and female overall winners of the Triple Crown series, as well as the top three male and female grandmaster (age 50-plus) competitors.
For more information about The Knob and to register for the race, visit http://www.triplecrown.appstate.edu or call 828-262-7557. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Lost Province Brewing Co.
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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 nine undergraduate degree programs and seven 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 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.