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Catamount Climb

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Join Western Carolina University’s Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness and School of Health Sciences for the Catamount Climb Half Marathon and 5K, formerly known as the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K.

Learn more about why the name changed

Race Information

The 2022 Catamount Climb Half Marathon and 5K will be hosted on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC along the banks of the Tuckasegee River. The 5K course is completely on campus and navigates through the heart of campus with moderate elevation change. The half marathon course starts on campus, and then heads off campus for a few miles before returning back to campus for the finish line.

The Catamount Climb Half Marathon and 5K (formerly known as Valley of the Lilies) is hosted by the Western Carolina University School of Health Sciences and the Department of Campus Recreation & Wellness.All race proceeds go to support student professional development and travel, and academic scholarships.

Registration Opens September 1st 2021

Half Marathon

  • $45 until March 6th 2022
  • $60 March 6th-April 8th 2022
  • $75 on Race Day


  • $20 until March 6th 2022
  • $30 March 6th-April 8th 2022
  • $40 on Race Day

Runners between 1-18 years old will receive a $5 discount on the 5K pricing above.

Each registered participant will receive a race packet that includes a race t-shirt, a race bib, and various coupons and other sponsorship materials. Finisher Medals will be given to all half-marathon finishers as well.

Packet Pick Up will occur the day before the race on April 8th at WCU, and the morning of the race on April 9th at WCU.

If you are interested in sponsoring, please let us know by emailing the race director at

Visiting Jackson County

Not only will you enjoy a challenging and rewarding Half Marathon or 5K race, but you also can take in the beauty of spring in the Western North Carolina mountains. After the race, grab some lunch at one of our area's great restaurants then enjoy the Jackson County Ale Trail and celebrate NC Beer Month. There are numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts and other accommodations in the area that make the perfect weekend getaway. Request a free visitor guide and book your trip today.

Frequently Asked Questionss

Race registrations are non-transferable. This is standard for most races. Although we want to be flexible, we also want individuals to commit to participation in the Catamount Climb.

Race registrations are non-refundable.  If you decide not to participate in the race due to injury, illness, or any other reason, you will not receive money back from your registration.  As with most races the more pre-registrations we have, the more we can better plan for the race both monetarily and from a safety and race day experience standpoint.

Yes, you can switch race registrations up until April 7th, 2022. To switch your race registration, please e-mail the Race Director Brandon MacCallum at

If you recognize the need to change some of your registration information, please e-mail your name, contact information, and changes to the Race Director Brandon MacCallum at by April 7th 2022.

We prefer individuals register through our online registration on However, if you need to make arrangements to register in person or via hard copy registration, please e-mail your request Race Director Brandon MacCallum at

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