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Registration underway for April 2 half marathon, 5-K at WCU

Runners from across Western North Carolina and the Southeast will be gathering at Western Carolina University to participate in the sixth annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K on Saturday, April 2.

The half marathon will begin at 8 a.m. and take runners on a scenic 13.1-mile journey through the WCU campus and along the Tuckaseigee River. The 5-K (3.1-mile) run/walk will start at 8:15 a.m. The title sponsor for the races is the Ascent Partnership, an initiative involving WCU and Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.

Runners from across Western North Carolina participate in the Valley of the Lilies races.

Runners from across Western North Carolina participate in the Valley of the Lilies races.

Online registration for the half marathon and 5-K is available at imathlete.com. Fees are $40 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5-K through Saturday, March 5. Beginning Sunday, March 6, the fees increase to $60 for the half marathon and $25 for the 5-K. Online registration will close Tuesday, March 29, but in-person registration at WCU’s Campus Recreation Center will be available at $80 for the half marathon and $30 for the 5-K from Wednesday, March 30, through Friday, April 1, and on race day from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Packet pickup will be held at the Campus Recreation Center from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, and April 1, and from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day.

Each half marathon registrant will receive an electronic copy of a basic training program. Questions about the training program should be directed to Jill Manners, co-race director, at 828-227-3509 or manners@wcu.edu. Registrants for both races will receive a short-sleeve technical shirt.

New for this year’s races is an online “Group Run” form that runners can use to find training and running partners. Go to the event website, http://halfmarathon.wcu.edu, and click on “Training Program” to access the form.

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.

The Ascent Partnership, announced by WCU and the two local hospitals last October, is a collaboration that will focus on ensuring access to quality health care in North Carolina’s westernmost counties. Through the initiative, the partners are working together to train the next generation of health care workers, support athletics and the arts, create opportunities for community engagement on wellness, and expand local availability of needed health care services.

Other sponsors for the races are Carole Lilly Massage, the outdoor retailer REI and the Smoky Mountain News.

For more information about the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K, go to http://halfmarathon.wcu.edu or email valleyofthelilies@wcu.edu.

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