Catamount Climb DIY Half Marathon & 5K

Mon April 5 - Mon April 19

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.

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

Race Packets

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Planning Your Trip

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.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
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How To Submit Your DIY Results

Thank you for registering for 2021 Catamount Climb DIY Half Marathon & 5K. While we'd certainly prefer to see everyone out on the course - this year we just want to encourage everyone to stay active and healthy during these crazy times.

This “Do It Yourself” event will allow participants to run or walk at any time and any location that is convenient and safe for you and your families. Run a local Half/5K course (like the Catamount courses), around the block, on trails,12.5 laps (5K) around the track, or even run on a treadmill. You don't even have to live in North Carolina - so please invite friends and family in other states or countries to join the fun.

While not required – you can submit your time for inclusion in the online “Just For Fun” results. We will collect times Monday - April 5th thru Monday - April 19th. Don't like your time? Go Run or walk the same route again then submit a new time. We'll replace any/all previous times with the new one. Why not challenge your self to improve your time every day. Don't want to brag about how fast your are?? You don't even have to list a time - just show that you ran or walked.

There are three ways to submit your results:

Go to the 2021 Catamount Climb DIY Half Marathon & 5K site [] >> Click on the "RESULTS" tab in the upper right >> from there following the "Find A Participant" instructions to access your registration details >> Once there >> click and follow the instructions to "Submit Results". Easy.


Sign into your account >> Click on your "Profile" in the upper right corner >> Next to "2021 Catamount Climb DIY Half Marathon & 5K", on the right side, you'll see "Submit Virtual Results" >> click and follow the instructions to "Submit Results". Easy.


Send us an email with your Name and Time by clicking on the "RACE CONTACT INFO" link below. For additional proof of your Half/5K run/walk time send a photo or screenshot of your Garmin, Strava, or other smart device to info "@"


To see your results - click on this RESULTS link or the RESULTS tab at


Rules: This is a "Just For Fun - Do It Yourself - FUNdraiser" - so There Are No Rules. Everyone's on the honor system = please use a phone app like MapMyRun or Strava, OR run a confirmed distance (12.5 laps around the track, follow a local 5K route) to log your 5K run/walk. If you really want to "prove" you ran a 15:30 5K - email us a photo or screenshot of your Garmin, Strava, or other smart device to info "@" [If you can run that fast - we'll be certain to forward it on to USA Track & Field.]


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