a LONG season is at its end. Beginning in March with a 5k and then the High Country Triple Crown in April getting underway... we finally made it to this mid October run up to the top of Howard's Knob. This event in conjunction with Home Coming weekend at Appalachian St. drew many former App St. runners to the starting line- making for the most competitive field of the three race series.
With 1/2 mile to go the course reaches a small ridge where the incline relents for a hundred feet or so, enough to regain composure for the final assault. Here you can spot the land, largely undeveloped, which sits to the north of Boone. The beautiful knobbed terrain rolls out forever seemingly. Soon though, your mind is brought back to reality, as the road severely changes its mood and spikes out of the earth. The final pitch comes in 3 stages, first this abrupt climb where a couple of families were taking in the ridiculous decision we all made to pay to run up this thing!