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Runners still have time to register for Western Carolina University’s Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K at special low rates, but registration fees will go up Thursday, March 1.

The half marathon will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 25, and take runners on a scenic 13.1-mile journey through the WCU campus and along the Tuckaseigee River. The 5-K race and walk (3.1 miles) are new to the event this year and will start at 7:45 a.m.

Both races are part of a week of events being held at WCU to mark the installation of David O. Belcher as WCU’s 11th chancellor and to highlight the accomplishments of the university’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.

Online registration for the half marathon and 5-K is available at Fees are $40 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5-K through Wednesday, Feb. 29. Beginning March 1, the fees increase to $60 for the half marathon and $25 for the 5-K. No registrations will be accepted after Wednesday, March 21, including on race day.

Race hosts are WCU’s School of Health Sciences and Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness. Proceeds will be used to support professional development opportunities for students.

The inaugural half marathon at WCU in 2011 proved to be very popular with runners around the region, with a total of 188 athletes registering for the race. Registrations for this year’s half marathon are already well ahead of numbers from last year, with nearly 100 half marathoners having signed up by mid-February.

For more information about the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K, go to To find out more about installation week activities at WCU, go to

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