High Country Cool Down 5K, 10K, 1-Mile Fun Run Fundraiser to Help Pay to Returf Soccer Fields

Last Updated on July 9, 2019 8:01 am

BOONE, NC – ​ Escape the summer heat and run in the cool North Carolina Mountains at the 1st Annual High Country Cool Down 5K & 10K, which will be held on Saturday, August 3 in Boone, NC. The races are designed for the casual jogger (or walker) or the competitive runner and proceeds will be used to help pay for the returfing of the fields at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. The Soccer Complex is owned and managed in a three-way partnership with Appalachian State Men’s and Women’s Soccer, High Country Soccer Association, and Watauga County Parks & Rec.

The 10K will start at 9am and the 5K will start at 9:15am. There will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids 9-years-old and younger beginning at 8:30am. Both races will start and end at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. The course map uses much of the Greenway Trail and the Watauga High School property. Race registration includes a race t-shirt (guaranteed if registered by July 9) as well as post-race bananas and waters.Other activities, such as small-sided pickup soccer games for kids, will be offered throughout the morning. Concessions and coffee will also be available for purchase.

Race Website:

Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex at 574 Brookshire Road in Boone, NC. There is plenty of parking and bathrooms.

Race Day Packet Pickup: Check-in tables will be located in the center parking lot between the two main soccer fields. Check-in will begin at 8am.

Event Timeline:

8AM – Check-in and race day packet pickup

8:30AM – Kids 1-Mile Fun Run

9AM – 10K begins

9:15AM – 5K begins

9:45AM – Awards Presentation

Awards: First, Second, and Third Place

Overall Male & Female and Overall Master (40+) Male & Female

Age groups (Male & Female): 9 & under, 10-14,15-19, 20-29, 30-49, 50-64, 65+

Entry Fees for 5K
Online before July 10 = $25 (t-shirt guaranteed)
Online July 10-Aug. 2 = $30 (t-shirt not guaranteed but probable)
Race Day Registration = $35 (only leftover t-shirts available)

Entry Fees for 10K
Online by July 10 = $30 (t-shirt guaranteed)
Online July 10-Aug. 2 = $35 (t-shirt not guaranteed but probable)
Race Day Registration = $40 (only leftover t-shirts available)

*Pay by cash or check; must be received by the above deadline dates at the High Country Soccer office.
*Make checks payable to and drop off and/or mail to: High Country Soccer, c/o Cool Down Race, 805 State Farm Road, Ste. 302, Boone, NC 28607
*Include shirt size with mailed or dropped off payments: YS, YM, YL, AS, AM, AL, AXL, AXXL
*If you are paying on Race Day, please arrive by 8am.
*1-Mile Fun Run (9yo and younger): FREE (does not include t-shirt)
*Leftover T-shirts will be available for purchase
*No dogs, skateboards, or bicycles allowed on racecourse
*Walkers welcome!

Contact: For questions, email For more information and to register, please visit

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