High Country Fairgrounds (All Friday and Saturday race-related activities)
748 Roby Green Rd
Boone, NC 28607
Friday, May 5 Schedule:
5:00pm – 9:00pm : Runner Reg./Packet Pick-up: (WAIVER REQUIRED click either Runner or Minor)
5:00pm – 9:00pm : Pre-race Dinner: You can make dinner reservations when you register for any race or CLICK HERE to make dinner reservations only. Online reservations open until Tuesday, May 2, 11:59pm.
6:00pm : 1-Mile Fun Run
Pre-race Pasta Dinner:
Because of the recent venue relocation, the Pre-race Dinner will not be held in 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience. Nearby Boone has many restaurant options.
Day/Date: Friday, May 5
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Under the big tent at the High Country Fairgrounds (Start/Finish Venue)
Host: Todd Community Preservation Organization
Food: Pasta (Marinara, pesto), Salad, Bread, Soft Drinks, desert (All You Can Eat)
Reservations: Are required and must be paid by Tuesday, May 2, 11:59pm. You can make dinner reservations when you register for any race or CLICK HERE to make dinner reservations only.
Cost: $11/Adult (13 and older), $7/Child (ages 4 – 12 years). Day of $15/Adult, $9/Child.
New River Mile (1-Mile)
Day/Date: Friday, May 5
Ages: All ages
Registration: Race day registration will be available. Runners registering after April 1 are not guaranteed a T-shirt. Waiver is required at the time of packet pick-up/registration MINOR WAIVER.
Registered Runners Get: New River Marathon T-shirt, finisher’s medallion and the famous Stick Bread Company COOKIE!
Parents: are welcome to run with their children on the course and do not need be registered. Baby joggers are welcome.
Course: 2 marked loops on the grounds of the High Country Fairgrounds.
Registration: Via the Race Registration page.
Entry Fee: For complete fee schedule, please refer to the Entry Fees and Deadlines tab under Race Registration
Saturday, May 6 Schedule:
6:15am – 7:45am : Runner Reg./Packet Pick-up (WAIVER REQUIRED click either Runner or Minor)
7:15am : Prerace Prayer/Devotional at Stage led by Team SP (Samaritan’s Purse)
7:30am : Marathon Start
7:45am : Half-Marathon Start
8:00am : 5K Start
8:00am : Amantha Mill on Stage (the High Country’s Best Blue Grass), CLICK HERE for some video.
9:15am : 5K Awards Ceremony
10:45am : Half-Marathon Awards Ceremony
12:30pm : Marathon Awards Ceremony
1:30pm : Marathon and Half-Marathon courses close
Runners for the Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5K and 1-Mile Run need to bring a signed waiver with them to check-in (see link below) and also have two options for check-in and runners must pick up three items: race bib (with bib tag for chip timing already attached), race bag, and race shirt.
Option 1: Friday night, May 5, 5:00pm – 9:00pm.
Option 2: Saturday, May 6, 6:15am – 7:45am. Important Note: road traffic will be held for the start of each race. Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes before the start of the Marathon (7:30am start time) to avoid being held in traffic.
PLEASE CAR-POOL! Parking space is ample, but parking will proceed quicker with fewer cars. Parking will be directed by local Volunteer Fire Departments. Parking will be in the hard-packed field of the High Country Fairgrounds. Traffic will be held before the start of each race, so even if you’re running the 5K, plan to arrive at least one-hour in advance of your race start.
- The Marathon and 5K will within the High Country Fairgrounds near the Finish Line.
- The Half Marathon will start on Roby Green Rd, approximately 0.1 mile from the High Country Fairgrounds.
- After the Start of the Marathon (7:30am), the runners participating in the Half Marathon will be gathered near the exit from the High Country Fairgrounds.
- Runners will be called to the start line 5 minutes prior to the start of their race and vehicle traffic will be held for the Start of the Half Marathon.
- The races will start on time.
- Items left at the Start may be retrieved at the Lost and Found at the Finish Line Officials’ Tent.
On Course Support:
- Staffed support Stations will be available approximately every two miles (marathon and half-marathon) and will consist of water, sports drink (gatorade), and porta-johns. The marathon support stations at mile markers 10.9, 14.9, 16.8, 20.1 and 22.0 will also have Hammer Gel (Huckleberry, Apple-Cinnamon, and Espresso), M&Ms and bananas. One support station will be available on the 5K course. Water only will be available at the Mile 1.2-1.3 support station for the marathon and half-marathon.
- Marathon support stations will be available at miles 1.2, 3.7, 5.3, 6.9, 9.0, 10.9, 12.9, 14.9, 16.8, 18.4, 20.1, 22.0, 24.0.
- Half-Marathon support stations will be available at miles 1.3, 3.8, 5.5, 7.1, 9.1, 11.3.
- Distance Markers will be signed every mile and 5K.
- Turns will be signed and staffed.
- The course will follow roads which are lightly traveled and will remain open to normal traffic. However, intersections and specific sites will be staffed to control traffic and direct runners.
Finish Line Photography:
- Race photography will be provided.
- Photos will be taken at the start, on the course, at the finish line, and post finish line for all races (Fun Run excluded).
- For the best photo and to keep your number visible to the finish line photographer, please restrain from stopping your stopwatch. You will be provided with a chip time.
- There will be a staging area near the finish line for individual and group photos.
- A videographer may be capturing race day footage.
- Photos will be posted and will be available for sale. Please allow several days for all photos to be uploaded.
- Chip timing will be used. All times will be based on gun time. Results will be posted periodically throughout the morning.
- All finishers in the marathon, half-marathon and 5K will receive a finishers “medal”. The finishers medallion will be locally crafted from either locally reclaimed wood or local sustainable harvested wood.
- Stick Boy Kitchen is our Finish Line Sponsor. Runners will be refreshed at the finish line with made from scratch scones and bagels, fresh fruit and more.
- Post race festivities will take place around the finish line. The Todd Community Preservation Organization will be offering (for sale) fresh brewed coffee (6:00am) and breakfast goodies (for spectators and early finishers). By mid-morning they will be selling a variety of foods. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy some tasty food, watch the finish line, and listen to Amantha Mill, one the High Country’s premier Bluegrass bands.
- Awards Ceremonies
- 5K will be held at 9:15am
- Half-Marathon at 10:45am
- Marathon at 12:30pm
- Awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female finishers in each race (Fun Run excluded).
- Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each age group in each race. Age groups include: 19 years and younger, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Top three overall are not eligible for age group awards.
- The top 3 men and women in each race will receive a locally crafted wooden bowl and a gift certificate to a local business, which may include:
- 3 day/2-night stay at Echota
- 2-nights stay at the Friends Cottage, Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center
- RiverGirl Fishing Company 3-hour fly-fishing lessons for up to 4
- RiverGirl Fishing Company 3-hour tubing trip for up to 4
- Ashe County Cheese Gift Basket
- Boondocks Gift Certificate
- Appalchian Ski Moutain Gift Certificate
- Stickboy Boy Kitchen Gift Certificate
- The Hotel Tavern Gift Certificate
- Age Group Awards include locally crafted prizes.