Runners of all ages will be gathering at Western Carolina University to participate in the seventh annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, April 1.
The half marathon will begin at 8 a.m. and take runners on a picturesque 13.1-mile journey through the WCU campus, along the Tuckaseigee River and around the community of Cullowhee. The 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk will start at 8:15 a.m.
Online registration for the half marathon and 5-K is available at active.com. Fees are $40 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5K through Sunday, March 5. Beginning Monday, March 6, the fees increase to $60 for the half marathon and $25 for the 5K. Online registration will close Friday, March 31, but race-day registration will be available from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at WCU’s Campus Recreation Center at $80 for the half marathon and $30 for the 5K.
Packet pickup will be held at the Campus Recreation Center from 4 to 8 p.m. on both Thursday, March 30, and March 31, and from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day.
Race hosts are WCU’s School of Health Sciences and Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness. Proceeds will be used to assist WCU students with professional development, presentations and travel to conferences.
Race sponsors are Carole Lily Massage, REI, Cullowhee River Club and GU Energy.