The annual Hunter's Heroes run will take place on Saturday June 6,2015. The run, which began as a memorial run to fallen Watauga County Sheriff's Deputy William Mast Jr, returns for the 3rd year and will once again feature a 5k and 10 mile.
Motorist in Boone and between Boone and Blowing Rock are urged to be mindful of runners participating in the event.
The routes are as follows:
The 5k and 10-miler races will both begin at 8:30 am on Saturday June 6th, 2015 at the Watauga County Sheriffs Department.
The runners and walkers will head out of the Hodges Gap Road Parking Lot and up Oak Grove Road. They will then take a right onto 421 South and continue down the road until they reach the light at the Mellow Mushroom in downtown Boone, near the Courthouse. At the light, they will all take a right onto Water Street; at the end of the road take a left onto Rivers Street. Follow Rivers Street and enjoy the beautiful Appalachian State University Campus on both sides. As Rivers Street comes to an end, the participants will take a right onto 321 South. Stay straight on the highway and after three lights, the 5k runners and walkers will see their final destination at the Boone Police Department on the right.
If the runners are running the 10 miler, they will run straight down 321 South. At Tanger Outlet Mall, turn Right into the parking lot. At the stop sign turn left and follow the left side of the road all the way back pass Polo Raulph Lauren. Cross over wooden bridge on the Left side and stay on the path that leads you to Chetola Lake Dr. Take a Left onto Chetola Lake Dr. Follow the road until one of our volunteers directs you to follow the path surrounding the pond.
Take stairs up to Chetola Lake Dr. and follow this road until it meets Main St. After taking a right onto Main Street, and nearing the end of the race, the runners will turn left onto Park Avenue, where they will joyously cross the finish line at the Blowing Rock Police Department. The celebration and snacks will be awaiting the finishers arrival at the Memorial Park in the heart of downtown Blowing Rock, and near the finish line.
This year's memorial run will be in memory of Officer Jason M. Crisp with the U.S. Forest Service. The proceeds will go towards scholarships for his two sons. Jason M. Crisp lost his life in the line of duty along with his canine partner, Maros, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
More information about the event can be found on the Hunter's Heroes website.