High Country Half Marathon Returns Saturday, Benefits Girls On The Run (2018-08-20 15:04:21)

Known as “The Hard Half,” the High Country Half Marathon is accepting registrations for those who are up for the challenge.

Scheduled for August 25th at 7:30 a.m., the race will cover 13.1 miles from Boone to Blowing Rock.

Presented by ZAP Fitness and sponsored by The Blue Cross of N.C. Institute for Health and Human Services at Appalachian State University, runners will enjoy some of the most spectacular views of any race in the state.

Race director Mary Sheryl Horine stated, “Our race has a fantastic following of runners and they keep coming back to enjoy the views and camaraderie along the race course.”

As the second race in the High Country Triple Crown series, the High Country Half Marathon is celebrating its eighth annual race. All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country, a self-confidence building program for girls in the third through eighth grades.

The race debuted in 2011 and participants have described it as challenging because it follows the route of the first half of the Grandfather Mountain Marathon.

Horine explained, “We celebrate the fact that we’ve got a beautiful environment for running in the summertime. Combine that with dedicated volunteers, cool awards and a great cause and you’ve got a race that people travel to from all over the southeast.”

The race begins at Appalachian’s Kidd Brewer Stadium and follows picturesque roads of Watauga County before ending in Blowing Rock at Davant Field.

An awards ceremony following the race will feature overall and age category awards, grandmaster awards, door prizes, food, beer provided by the Blowing Rock Brewing Company and Appalachian Mt. Brewery as well as cold brew coffee provided by Hatchet Coffee.

The registration fee is $75 and includes a tech running shirt and a finisher’s medal. Participants can register online and read a full route description at