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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 2021 Catamount Climb Half Marathon and 5K will be held virtually this year in accordance with university, local, state and national guidelines.

Registered participants will have the opportunity to complete their distance (5K or Half Marathon) between April 5th – April 19th and submit their results online at Run SignUp!. This is a virtual race, so registered participants can run anywhere like a local park, neighborhood, trail system, track, or greenway.

Registration Opens January 1st through April 19th

Half Marathon

$25 for those above 18 years old. Half Marathon and 5K are both $25 for those above 18 years old.

$15 for those under 18 years old.

$25 for those above 18 years old.

$15 for those under 18 years old.

Each registered participant will receive a race packet that includes a race t-shirt, a race bib, a finisher medal and various coupons and other sponsorship materials.

Due to the varying nature of courses amongst participants, placing medals and awards will not be available this year.


Participants will have two options to receive the race packets:

  • If the participant is local, they can select to pick up their packet at the Campus Recreation Center in person. After they register, the race director will contact the participant once the packet is ready to pick up in March.
  • The participant can elect to have their packet mailed to them. Participants registered prior to March 5th will receive their packet before the race period of April 5th -19th so that they can wear the shirt and bib while running. Participants who register after March 5th will receive their packet in May 2021.



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 5th, 2021. 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 5th 2021.

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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