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The High Country Triple Crown Introduces “The Bonk – 2 Miles Downhill” and Registration for the Annual Running of The Knob

BOONE—The BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS), within the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University, announces a new component of the Triple Crown Series – “The Bonk.”

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“Until now, all of our races have challenged the competitive runner in both distance and terrain,” says Stacy Sears, Triple Crown race director. “We wanted to add an option that everybody could do that would be really fun.”

On Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. runners and walkers of all ages are invited to be part of the inaugural Bonk run (Knob spelled backwards). The Bonk will begin at the top of Howard’s Knob and all starters will receive special prizes to help them on their two-mile trip down the mountain.

Runners and walkers of The Bonk are encouraged to cheer on their uphill running counterparts who have entered The Knob race, which will start simultaneously. All registrants of both races will receive goody bags, T-shirts, numerous door prizes donated by sponsors and food provided by Wendy’s, Earth Fare, Menchie’s and Blue Ridge Diner.

Additionally, everyone registered for The Bonk or The Knob by Sept. 22 will be entered into a drawing for a free two-night stay at the Baymont Inn in Boone. Registration fees for The Knob and The Bonk are both $20 until Sept. 22 and $30 from Sept. 23 until race day.

The annual running of The Knob is a two-mile uphill race and will be held Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. as an event of Appalachian’s Homecoming celebration. The third race in the High Country Triple Crown series, The Knob will offer special awards to overall winners and age-group winners. Also following the race, cash awards totaling $1,500 will be given to the top three male and female overall winners of the Triple Crown series and top three male and female grandmasters competitors.

Proceeds from the High Country Triple Crown benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country. In 2013, the race series donated $10,000 to Girls on the Run to assist with the program’s scholarship fund. Girls on the Run inspires girls in the 3rd-8th grade to be healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

For more information and to register for the The Knob and The Bonk, please visit or call 828-262-7557.