Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5k – March 28, 2015 – Western Carolina University – Cullowhee NC

Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5k

A scenic course, featuring rolling hills, on the campus of WCU and along the Tuckaseegee River in Cullowhee, NC.

Proceeds: The proceeds of the race will go to students at WCU to assist in professional presentations and travel to conferences. We have a strong tradition of undergraduate research and professional engagement, which often leads to student travel and presentations at conferences in his or her field of study. Race proceeds will assist students with the expense associated with these outstanding opportunities. Many students are not able to engage in professional development without financial assistance. The race is hosted by the School of Health Sciences and the Department of Campus Recreation & Wellness.


Mile 1 Flat and mostly downhill
Mile 2 Flat
Mile 3 Has a moderate climb of approximately ½ mile
Mile 4 Slightly uphill (minimal climb)
Mile 5 Significant uphill for first ½ mile, steep downhill for last ½ mile
Mile 6 Downhill and flat
Mile 7 Mostly flat, slightly rolling hills but very small inclines
Mile 8 Flat to minimal rolling hills
Mile 9 Flat to minimal rolling hills
Mile 10 Flat to minimal rolling hills
Mile 11 Very steep ¾ mile climb, this is the largest hill on the course
Mile 12 Mostly steep downhill for first ¾ miles, short uphill section right before mile 12 marker (steep but only about 150 yards in length)
Mile 13 Downhill and flat except last 1/10 mile features slight uphill to finish


Half Marathon starts at 8 AM. 5k starts at 8:15 AM.


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