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Local residents take top spots at Valley of the Lilies races

Residents of Cullowhee and Sylva took the four top spots during the sixth annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K held on campus Saturday, April 2.

Participants in the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon get off to a running start.

Participants in the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon get off to a running start.

The winner of the half marathon was Ben Stephenson, 26, of Cullowhee, who recorded a time of 1:23:40 for the 13.1 miles. The top female half marathon finisher was Jennifer Black, 24, of Cullowhee, with a time of 1:40:13. There were a total of 127 finishers for the half marathon.

The 5-K was won by Victor Jones, 18, of Cullowhee, with a time of 19:38 for the 3.1 miles. The women’s 5-K winner was Annalise Hicks, a 14-year-old from Sylva, with 23:39. A total of 148 runners and walkers completed the 5-K.

More results can be seen by going to halfmarathon.wcu.edu (link no longer active) and clicking on “Results and Photos.”

Race hosts were 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 title sponsor for the races was the Ascent Partnership, an initiative involving WCU and Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.

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